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John Goodby and his thoughts on the creative process

John Goodby is an English Literature & Creative Writing Professor at Swansea University. He is a prize-winning poet and translator of poetry, having been published in most leading British Poetry journals including Poetry Review, London Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales and The Independent. He is a world authority on Dylan Thomas, a PHD supervisor …

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The little magazine that could – Dave Kavanagh looks at the birth of The Blue Nib

  I conceived of The Blue Nib in 2015; I wanted to offer aspiring poets a fresh platform for new work and I wanted it to be something special. I went in search of a formula; I searched the web for magazines and E-zines. During my research I found three types of poetry websites. There …

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5 poems from Will Reger

  Will Reger is a founding member of the CU (Champaign-Urbana) Poetry Group (cupoetry.com), has a Ph.D. from UIUC, teaches at Illinois State University in Normal, and has published most recently with Front Porch Review, Chiron Review, Paterson Literary Review, Zingara Poetry Review (forthcoming),  Innisfree Poetry Journal (forthcoming), and Broadkill Review (forthcoming). His first chapbook is …

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4 poems — collaboration: Jayant Kashyap and Lisa Stice

  Jayant Kashyap lives in live in Purnea, India, and he is the co-founding editor of Bold + Italic, with poems published around the world in quite a few print anthologies and e-zines, including The Ekphrastic Review, StepAway and Rigorous magazines. One of his poems was featured in the Healing Words award ceremony in London, …

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Poetry from Kevin Griffin, Byron Beynon, Rie Sheridan Rose, David Ratcliffe and Michael H. Brownstein

  Byron Beynon’s poems and essays have appeared in several publications including London Magazine, Chiron Review, Crannog, Southlight, Cyphers and Poetry Wales. He co-ordinated the Wales section of the anthology Fifty Strong (Heinemann). Collections include Cuffs (Rack Press) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).     HÔTEL DIEU, ARLES At noon I enteredthe old hospital,a …

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The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins – reviewed by Shirley Bell

  The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins Clare Songbirds Publishing House Chapbook Series Clare Songbirds Publishing House  Chapbook Series140 Cottage Street, Auburn, New York, 13021   www.ClareSongbirdspub.com ISBN 978-1-947653-24-5     In the new year in Issue 20, I was pleased to review a chapbook from Christopher Hopkins, ‘Take Your Journeys Home’. He is …

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5 Poems by Ross Thompson

5 Poems by Ross Thompson   Ross Thompson is a writer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as The Honest Ulsterman, One, The Island Review, The Freshwater Review, The Wild Word, Popshot and Memory House.  His poem ‘Postscripts’ is included in The Poetry Jukebox installation at the Crescent Arts Centre, and he contributed to three pieces to Happy Holidays, an album by …

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Poetry from Susan McLeod , Michael McAndrew, Tawnya Renelle, David Cameron, Peter Clive and Finn McLysaght

Poetry from Susan McLeod , Michael McAndrew, Tawnya Renelle, David Cameron, Peter Clive and Finn McLysaght   Susan McLeod was born in Scotland and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. She completed her first novel, The Brazen Calyx, as part of her Creative Writing MA studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and …

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Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page

Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). Also a spoken word artist, Anne has performed at festivals and events in Ireland and abroad including Lingo, Electric Picnic, Bloom and The …

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Poetry by Tezozomoc, Jude Alexzander , Leanne Neill and Ankush Banerjee

Tezozomoc is a Los Angeles Chicano Poet and 2009 Oscar Nominated Activist and has been published in the following journals: The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles Paperback (ISBN: 9781882688524, Northwestern University Press, 2016),  Men’s Heartbreak Anthology (Karineh Mahdessian, 2014).   Tezozomoc has an academic chapter in Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and …

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The History of a Poetry Group – Pimento Poets by Maureen Sutton

PIMENTO POETS,  By Maureen Sutton   Long before we acquired the name ‘Pimento Poets’ I organised a poetry group in Lincoln which was an extension of a W.E.A. (Workers Educational Association), creative writing class.   Students were keen to continue their writing between term times and so we met in:  Cafes, Public Houses, and the atrium …

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Ian C Smith – Life is a Camel, The Movie in My Mind, & Stitched Up

Ian C Smith’s work has appeared in, Antipodes, Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Critical Survey, Prole, The Stony Thursday Book, & Two-Thirds North. His seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy, Ginninderra (Port Adelaide). He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.     Life is a Camel …

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5 poems by Isabelle Kenyon

Isabelle Kenyon is currently a Guildford based poet and a graduate in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance from the University of York.Isabell e is the author of This is not a Spectacleand Micro chapbook, The Trees Whispered (Origami Poetry Press) and editor of anthology Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, which raises money for UK mental health charity, Mind. Her poems have …

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4 poems by featured poet, Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon: Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University in 2017. . . Merci   With your tongue, like that. Starlings chattered in the yard, gentle …

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Anne Tannam talks about performance poetry and poetry for the page

Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). Also a spoken word artist, Anne has performed at festivals and events in Ireland and abroad including Lingo, Electric Picnic, Bloom and The Craw Festival (Berlin). In 2016 she was awarded a writers residency …

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Poetry from Susan McLeod , Michael McAndrew, Tawnya Renelle, David Cameron, Peter Clive and Finn McLysaght

Susan McLeod was born in Scotland and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years. She completed her first novel, The Brazen Calyx, as part of her Creative Writing MA studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on her second. The eagle-eyed will note that the novel title is taken from a …

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5 Poems by Ross Thompson

Ross Thompson is a writer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. His work appears or is forthcoming in publications such as The Honest Ulsterman, One, The Island Review, The Freshwater Review, The Wild Word, Popshot and Memory House.  His poem ‘Postscripts’ is included in The Poetry Jukebox installation at the Crescent Arts Centre, and he contributed to three pieces to Happy Holidays, an album by The Grand Gestures – a collective …

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