Monthly Archives: May 2019

A Feminist Critique of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square in Comparison to Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Introduction Patrick Hamilton is probably best known for his plays Rope and Gaslight. Alfred Hitchcock turned Rope into a feature...

Review -‘Apple Water (Povel Panni) – Reviewed ISBN 9781999649231 When I opened Raine’s submission for review, I had recently read a review of a book by an Oxbridge graduate of Romany descent...

Still Life of a Dance

My life is a dance of suppression. Every morning when I leave the house I must perform my lie....
Ruth Aylett

Celeste Aida And Other poems

Celeste Aida The rain falls with blunt determinationbut there’s a sun behind the flat white skywhose intangible glow glosses the wet pebble edgingand in-your-face...
Teresa Coe

Terese Coe -Poetry

RELENTLESSRounder and deeper than the line, the soundbreaks up through dry leaves.Meandering, the river,  through you. Branded, you, with even the bitterness that brandsthe Western...

Gerald Cedillo -Poetry

Frogs Occasionally, country roads back home allowed a quiet somewhat-peace after we quarreled. Bodies loosely swaying in their seats, words hurled to pothole rhythms, lean gravel shoulders. We’d push through...
Peter Clive Poetry

Peter Clive Poetry

A whisky grace I raise a glass to you, Lord: there is no fountain, no breath-taking conceit of ornamental marble spouting perfectly orchestrated jets and arcs of...
Anne Walsh Donnelly

Caged Owl – Anne Walsh Donnolly

Two years ago, at age fifty, I started to explore my sexuality in therapy. I experienced a wide range of emotions in...
William Derge Poetry

William Derge Poetry

William Derge Poetry - Derge won the $1,000 2010 Knightsbridge Prize judged by Donald Hall and the Rainmaker Award judged by Marge Piercy. He has received honorable mentions in contests sponsored by The Bridge, Sow’s Ear, and New Millennium, among others. He has been awarded a grant by the Maryland State Arts Council.

B. Anne Adriaens -Poetry

B. ANNE ADRIAENS currently lives and writes in Somerset, Britain. Her work often reflects her interest in alienation and all things weird and dark, as well as her concerns about pollution and the environment in general. She’s written several dystopian short (and not so short) pieces and is putting together a poetry collection exploring the many places where she’s lived. She attended the Poetry Summer School at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, in June 2017 and the following July, she was awarded the title of Frome Festival Poet Laureate. Her work has previously appeared in Helios Quarterly, B.A.D. (The Bees Are Dead) and Harpur Palate, as well as on several online literary platforms.
Helen Boden

Helen Boden -Poems

Helen Boden is a Yorkshire-born, Edinburgh-based writer, educator and editor, with poems in magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland, Mslexia, Lighthouse and Butcher’s Dog. She also collaborates with visual artists to make responsive poems and place-specific text.
Kitty Coles

Kitty Coles -Poetry

Kitty Coles lives in Surrey and works for a charity supporting disabled people. Her poems have been nominated for the Forward Prize and Best of the Net. She was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2016 and her debut pamphlet Seal Wife, which was published in 2017, is available to purchase on Amazon or via Indigo Dreams

The Ekphrasis of Abstract and Monochromatic Paintings

The notion of ekphrasis as a distinctive genre of writing in relation to images arrives in the mid nineteenth century (Webb 1999)....
Winners of The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest 5

Poems by- Chapbook winners & commended poets

Guest Judge Helen Mort comments on the entries to Chapbook Contest 4.

Sam Smith -Poetry

Another Pause among white tussocks a sun-doped song-thrushspreads her wings  /  and opens her feathers  /  to be ant-cleaned nearby shallow ponds and pools...

Patrick Wright -Poetry

Patrick Wright has a poetry pamphlet, Nullaby, published by Eyewear in 2017. A full collection, Shadows on the Ceiling, will follow in 2019. His poems have appeared in several magazines, including Agenda, Wasafiri, The Reader, London Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Iota. His poem ‘The End’ was included in The Best New British and Irish Poets Anthology 2018, judged by Maggie Smith. He has also been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. He currently works as a Lecturer at The Open University, where he teaches Arts and Humanities, including Creative Writing, and as Contributing Editor at Write Out Loud. He is also working on a second PhD in Creative Writing at the Open University, on the ekphrasis of abstract and monochromatic paintings, supervised by Siobhan Campbell and Jane Yeh.
Pym Schaare

Linguist and Poet – Pym Schaare

Pym Schaare, linguist and poet, explores how language forms alter socio-sexual-cultural boundaries, as in fantasy, fairy-tales and poetry re-purposing thought and form. Author of Since Then: Poems and Commentary; The Poetry of Performance; and The Mutual Orgasm: A Clitorocentric Manifesto: Shadows under her Shoes. Robyn Mathison Poetry Award, 2017, longlisted & shortlisted: Fish Publishing.
poems by Michael Durack

Tipperary Poet Michael Durack

Michael Durack lives in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. His work has appeared in journals such as Boyne Berries, Skylight 47, The Stony Thursday Book and Poetry Ireland Review. Publications include a memoir in prose and poems, Saved to Memory: Lost to View (2016) and a poetry collection, Where It Began, published by Revival Press in 2017. With his brother Austin he collaborates on a programme of poetry and guitar music and they have produced two albums, The Secret Chord (2013) and Going Gone (2015.)
Marilena Zackheos

Marilena Zackheos Poetry

Marilena Zackheos’ debut poetry collection Carmine Lullabies a little like walking around a familiar room in the dark. The furniture is all there and the same, but the walls and floor are bent and there is a dangerous, insidious, leather-clad voice whispering at you from the shadows.

Susanne P Thomas -Poetry

Big Bad Wolf I watched a veteran teacher With unwavering words, underlined in anger Address a crowd of 5-year-olds Asking questions about the big bad wolf And how to...

John Kaprielian Poetry

Tins of Dust They say you should change your spices every year or they lose potency and aroma but in the back of my spice cabinet behind the cinnamon-sticks and whole...
Abigail Elizabeth Rowland

Poetry from Penzance to Wales -Abigail Elizabeth Rowland (Ottley)

Confessions of a Circus Performer Poise is all - even when sleeping - there is memory in musculature. From girlhood onwards nights without ceasing I have fine-tuned my...
Poetry by Pauline May

Poetry by Pauline May

EYES ON THE ROAD It’s this winter sunrise spiking my eyes as I drive. It’s morning’s red-fingered goriness dazzling, as I pull the sun shield down and...
E.V. McLoughlin Poetry

E.V. McLoughlin Poetry

On the ward this is about a pad. a thick one, hospital-walls green. I’ve run out. a one-day mother in pink pajamas with out-of-season snowmen. Don’t you have your own? a piece-of-liver...
Warren Paul Glover

Warren Paul Glover – Poetry

MEDICINE VENISON A.M. Morning. I took my dog to the vets. Blood tests. Well, more blood tests, actually. Follow-ups to the first lot. Elevated liver enzyme. Protein deficiency. Vet optimistic about the prognosis. ‘He...
Ruth Gilchrist

Ruth Gilchrist -Poems

Ruth Gilchrist is a Scottish based writer. A member of EyeWrite and Dunbar’s Writing Mums. “Writer of the Year 2015” Tyne and Esk. Ruth collaborates with museums, photographers, film poems, radio and musicians. Poems published in Snakesin and Scrivens webzines and the SouthBank poetry magazine Southlight and The Eildon Tree. Also in various anthologies, including the Federation of Writers Scotland.
Nicola Geddes

Scottish poet – Nicola Geddes

In Praise of Grey Far from black and white now the season of grey in all its rainbow light sea grey, rain grey wet granite day grey pewter, silver and...
Orla Fay

Boyne Berries Editor Orla Fay

The Return of the Muse In the silence of the midwinter day I turn to this poem for sheltera beehive hut, a floating island.I...
Sue Morgan

Poetry – By Sue Morgan

The Building of Tambo International AirportI pedal full pelt, pell-mell down the back-straight road to blue, scented gum treesand wild dens, where hordes from our...

An Eye at the Window by Matthew Roy Davey

Alice’s mum told her that Grandad was ‘not with us any more’ and that he had ‘gone to a better place’.  Alice knew exactly...

Ear to the Ground. By Bruce Meyer

A spur line ran near our town, though not through it. When the tracks were clear as far as we could see, we’d lay...
Melissa Todd

Beetroot Chutney- Melissa Todd

She paused at the door, smoothing her hair and skirt, checking her reflection in the glass: no new spots, OK, a little shiny, but...
Diana Powell

The Woman Who Never Begs- Diana Powell

In the painting, the model sits there, lounging. The artist calls his work ‘Reposing’, but Magda doesn’t like that. ‘Lounging’ is better. She liked to...

Green Eggs and Ham- Brendan Landers

Sam is my little boy. He has finally drifted off to sleep. This has taken some effort on my part - three readings of...

A Couple with a Baby by Marina Petrova

A couple is swimming with a baby in the pool of a Hampton Inn in Schenectady.  They stretch the baby at both ends, extending...
Marie-Andree Auclair

At Midnight Maybe – by Marie-Andree Auclair

At Midnight Maybe We park on the night side of a heather-fuzzed hill skull ease out of the car. Ensconced in plaid blankets we huddle against the windshield draw...
Jess Neal Woods

Historical Novelist and Poet, Jess Neal Woods.

Viceroy Often mistaken for a monarch, You don’t have your own existence. Not appreciated for your slender wings Or the broad stroke of ink that runs horizontal Across your...

Crow by Jieyan Wang

An icy wind slithered inside Mia’s coat. The ground underneath her was smothered under six inches of snow, and the black trees towering over...

Last in the Present Series. By David McVey

Ronald Startham wondered if there would be any assassins in the studio tonight. He was sitting in the semi-darkness of his dressing-room. If it was...
Mary Buchinger

Poetry by Mary Buchinger

Buttoning-Up I button my buttons and head out to catch the train, the millions and I. At least a hundred of us will lose a fastener today...
Jeremy Nathan Marks

Hopper. By Jeremy Nathan Marks

When my neighbor’s wife passed away last year he told me how he had boxes of her things he could not bring himself to...
Lyn Ann Byrne

For the Love of Words. By Lyn Ann Byrne

All these years I’ve held on tight to the finger licked corners of stale crusty novels.  I’ve held them open between my clammy hands...
Poem Styles

Poetry inspired by the pause between travels – Abigail S. Cull

The Mermaid There is still an ocean inside your chest, your heartbeat marks the ebb and flow, changing tides. Do you still scent the sea when you inhale deeply? Do you still dream...
Neil Creighton

The Gathering Host by Neil Creighton

Australia’s jewel is burning. All along the rugged, mountainous south-west coast of the island state of Tasmania, rain-forests, once a tangle of towering trees and vine, stand dry and vulnerable. The...
Alyssa Cooper

Perpetual Motion Pendulum Girl. By Alyssa Cooper

Perpetual Motion Pendulum Girl When I was young, I thought that swing sets were portals; the way that they slowed time and softened gravity, tiny black holes, chains gripped in dirty...

Poems of Place: Central America and Lisbon

First, two strong drinks served to us by Kristiane Weeks-Rogers. Mexican Drinking Toast La Catrina’s teeth are tucked all over streets of Mexico; between cobblestones, vendor stands. Behind...
Sandra Arnold

Dawn trek in the Wahiba Desert- Essay by Sandra Arnold

Sandra Arnold lives in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and has published two novels and one non-fiction book. In 2019 her third novel Ash is forthcoming from Mākaro Press (NZ) and her first flash fiction collection Soul Etchings from Retreat West Books (UK).