Tag Archives: The Knives Forks and Spoons Press

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Wordless by Kevin Reid and George Szirtes

-Reviewed by Judi Sutherland- It takes a quirky kind of mind for a poet to decide, for National Poetry Writing Month, not to write a poem every day, but to take a photograph. Dundee-based poet Kevin Reid began his visual poems online, creating a silent dialogue between two ‘characters’; a black bowler hat, and a…

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The Fruit Journal by Tom Watts

-Reviewed by Harry Giles- The Fruit Journal presents so completely as an academic journal – mid-seventies cover design and typography, diagrammatic images, the wry full title Understanding Foetal States In Uteri: A Fruit Journal of Prenatal Development – as to feel like a trick, a joke, a smuggling of poetry under plain covers. As an…

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‘Clause in a Noise’ by Mark Goodwin

-Reviewed by Hayden Westfield-Bell- Opening with a dedication to ‘Tony Frazer, and his faith in play’, Mark Goodwin begins his new chapbook, Clause in a Noise published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press with a hint; that these poems may be more than they appear. Heavily engaged with the concept of play, Goodwin’s poems challenge syntax…

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‘Bike, Rain’ by Cliff Yates

-Reviewed by Fiona Moore- Some of the poems in Bike, Rain start ordinary and turn strange. A few are surreal all through: a colt climbs a tree, a chicken roosts on someone’s head, “She broods, lays eggs on my head. They roll down my face, / smash at my feet.” ‘Chicken’ can stand for whatever…

‘Two’ by Jesse Glass

-Reviewed by Ian Chung- As someone unfamiliar with L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, the publisher’s description of Two as ‘a two-part L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E excavation of the rhetoric of history’ gave me little in the way of direction as a reader. Two, as the name suggests, consists of two long poems. The first is titled ‘Poetic Fictions: A New Age…

Saboteur Awards 2013: Published Poetry

-in which Claire Trévien sums up the categories she presented at the awards- Best poetry pamphlet The Best Poetry Pamphlet category was one of the most closely fought over category, displaying a wonderful range of experimental, sci-fi, and decadent verse. During the entire month, however, there were two clear frontrunners, with runner up Sarah Hymas’…

Saboteur Awards 2013: The Shortlist

Your Pick of this Year’s Best Indie Lit! VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! Once a year, to mark our birthday, we at Sabotage like to give out some awards to the publications we’ve most enjoyed during the year. This year, we want YOU to vote for the winners in twelve different categories. After over 2000 votes,…

Published Poetry 2012: a Top 10

-Listed by Claire Trévien- As the end of the year approaches, it is customary to attempt round-ups of sorts. Last year, I asked for people’s favourite poetry pamphlets on twitter. This year I will be taking inspiration from last year’s fiction top ten and providing links to the top ten most read published poetry reviews…