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Cain by Luke Kennard

– Reviewed by Humphrey Astley –  Luke Kennard’s Cain ought to establish him as the Stewart Lee of poetry: he’s an arch-ironist who isn’t afraid to make a satire of himself, and knows his craft so well that he can’t help but deconstruct it. This isn’t anything new – postmodernism is virtually mainstream – but Kennard’s take…

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Best British Poetry 2015 edited by Emily Berry

– Reviewed by Jenna Clake – In her introduction to Best British Poetry 2015, Emily Berry states that when she was selecting poems for the anthology, she ‘thought dutifully about the meaning of “best”’: whether or not she should choose poems she liked best, or poems ‘deemed, somehow, objectively best’. Luckily, she went with the former,…

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Campaign In Poetry ed. by Rachel Piercey & Emma Wright

– Reviewed by Sohini Basak – Strikingly, the poems in Campaign in Poetry are as much about contesting lack of concern about democracy as about the people, the individuals who are the units of the democracy. I will start with a poem on the centrefold, Rachel Long’s ‘Aunty’, which depicts what the most basic political scenario is often about: an encounter with…

‘More Sawn-Off Tales’ by David Gaffney

-Reviewed by Ralph Jones– Short, Sharp Bursts of Weird Give David Gaffney 150 words and you’ll be holding his hand as he leads you to some very strange places. More Sawn-off Tales is the second in the writer’s Sawn-off flash fiction series and this collection comprises 73 disquieting stories, each exactly the same in length.…

Missing Slate #8 (Winter 2013)

-Reviewed by J.S.Watts– I had better begin by stating, for the record, that I am a traditionalist when it comes to reading. By this I mean that I am old fashioned/ don’t own a Kindle (or any other portable electronic reading device – I am conscious that other makes/ brands/ lifestyle choices are also available). I…

Saboteur Awards 2013: Fiction

-In which Richard T. Watson sums up the Fiction side of the Saboteur 2013 Awards– The first of the Fiction stable’s awards was for the Best Short Story Collection by a single author. Four out of five nominees were traditionally-printed books, while one (Superbard’s The Flood) was designed specifically for the iPad and featured a…

‘Holophin’ by Luke Kennard

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson– In Luke Kennard’s debut novella, the Holophin is a tiny, incredibly-powerful, highly-personalised computer. While humanity has forever been developing tools and technology to make life easier – the wheel, the plough, the sail, the loom, the steam engine, the computer, the telephone – in recent decades the drive has also…