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‘The Necropolis Boat’ by Luke Kennard

-Reviewed by Andrew Bailey- Luke Kennard’s The Necropolis Boat has a subtitle that offers a handy way in to the sequence: “Five songs and a tortured context”. Let’s trust that. Let’s start with the songs. Each is titled ‘The Great Necropolis Songbook’, from #1 to #5, and most use the kind of end-stopping rhymes that…

‘#romance’ by Jess Green

-Reviewed by Éireann Lorsung- Imagine—maybe this is easy, maybe you have to strain a bit—that time when you were just done with university. Anything could happen. Hopped up on the expectations and praise and challenges of your tutors, you head out into the world. And then what? In Jess Green’s chapbook, the ‘then what’ is…

‘How Many Camels Is Too Many?’ by Colette Sensier

-Reviewed by Éireann Lorsung- There is an essay by the poet Adrienne Rich entitled “Tourism and Promised Lands” (it’s in her book What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics), in which Rich examines what she calls tourism in poetry. By ‘tourism’, Rich indicts the assumption underlying the use of the ‘exotic’ in metaphor…

‘Echoes, Ghosts and Others With Futures Ahead of Them’ by Steve Van Hagen, ‘Orchestra & Chorus’ by J.T. Welsch

-Reviewed by Charlotte Henson- Echoes, Ghosts and Others With Futures Ahead of Them by Steve Van Hagen, and Orchestra & Chorus by J.T. Welsch (both published by Holdfire Press) have unimpressive covers (though the artwork is great) but a better interior design, which is what matters, really. Both average around 30 pages and are priced at a reasonable…

‘Snapshots of Rude: From Rude Tube and the Idiot Box’ by Catherine Woodward

-Reviewed by Sophie Mayer- TV guide listings, haiku, conversation, final score screen, Christian Bök-a-like vowel riffs: Catherine Woodward’s first collection goes boldly into the channel-surfing of contemporary poetry. Snapshots of Rude: From Rude Tube and the Idiot Box implies both this playful, formal variety (‘snapshots’) and the controlled focus of the over-arching project, a post-human…