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2 poems by David Lander

David  has previously published in The Australian, The Age, Overland, Tirra Lirra and Australian Poetry. He has had careers in education and theater. He now lives with his partner in Hobart, Tasmania.           THERE IS SOMETHING   There is something trying to enter the world. I am its doorway. I hear …

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A Writer’s Workspace.

I had a brief discussion with a fellow writer recently and during the course of our grumbling he revealed that he loves to write on trains. He went on to tell me how he often catches the slow train from Dublin to Belfast and writes for the entire journey plus the return. This brought me …

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4 poems from Ingrid Casey

Ingrid Casey is a poet, short fiction writer, and visual artist. She writes about Ireland, parenting, family, and art, often with a visceral, visual and surreal take on the world. Her work is informed by literature, philosophy, and painting. Her debut collection, Mandible, is forthcoming in spring 2018 with The Onslaught Press.     Migration …

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5 poems by Sarah Davies

Born in Merseyside,educated in Edinburgh and London and living in Bedford, Mother, martial artist, rabbit breeder by accident and cinephile, Wants more sun I have been published in magazines such as Magma,the Rialto, Obsessed with Pipework, Iota, Snakeskin, Poetry Scotland, Interpreters House and Stride. Working on that collection,when I have the time     The …

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Jane Simmons continues her series of reviews of contemporary women’s poetry.

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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Featured poet.

My name is Eileen Hugo and I am a poet. I am retired and doing all the things I love. The Austin International Poetry Festival was one of my favorite places to listen to and read poetry. Four of my poems have been chosen for the Di-verse-city Anthology. I also won a first prize for …

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Its Arrived

  List Price: $20.00, £14.95, Euros 16.50 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) Black & White on White paper 118 pages Blue Nib Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1999955021 ISBN-10: 1999955021 BISAC: Poetry / General “Welcome to The Blue Nib Anthology 1, Poetry, June – December 2017. Dave Kavanagh and I are delighted to present this book, which we hope will be …

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Erik Korhel on writing children’s poetry, illustrated by 5 of his poems

Erik Korhel is from Seattle, Washington.  He began pursuing his dream writing poetry with his first release, a children’s book of poems titled “My Tooth Fell in My Soup”. This book is well received by the educational community, having achieved a Must Have Books and Resources listing with the “New York City Department of Education”. …

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A look at Modernism by Niamh Clarke

Niamh Clarke is originally from Dundalk, Co.Louth. She received her BA in English and Philosophy from NUI, Galway. She is currently studying a Diploma in Journalism from The Irish Academy of Public Relations and has a FETAC certificate in Print Journalism from Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute. She is the writer at the blog The Essay …

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Marc Frazier reviews The Earth Avails by Mark Wunderlich

Marc Frazier has widely published poetry in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Good Men Project, f(r)iction, The Gay and Lesbian Review (forthcoming), Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, and Poet Lore.  He has had memoir from his book WITHOUT published in Gravel, The Good Men Project, decomP, Autre Cobalt Magazine and Evening Street Review and Punctuate …

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5 poems by Jude Brigley

Jude Brigley has been a teacher, editor, coach, performance poet and a speaker, and she is now writing for the page.  She believes that poetry should be at the heart of the English curriculum and that it can play an important role in everybody’s life.  While being an experienced examiner, inset provider and research student, …

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5 poems by Erik Korhel

Erik Korhel is from Seattle, Washington.  He began pursuing his dream of writing poetry with his first release, a children’s book of poems titled “My Tooth Fell in My Soup”. This book is well received by the educational community, having achieved a Must Have Books and Resources listing with the “New York City Department of …

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3 poems by Fiona Sinclair

Fiona Sinclair is the editor of the on line magazine Message in a Bottle. Her seventh collection Slow Burner will be published this August by Smokestack publications. She lives in Kent with her husband and an imaginary dog.     Chartwell. Despite your bulldog breed admiration for Churchill, you have never visited Chartwell. I suggest …

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5 poems by LORNA SHAUGHNESSY

LORNA SHAUGHNESSY was born in Belfast and lives in Co. Galway, Ireland. She has published three poetry collections, Torching the Brown River, Witness Trees and Anchored (Salmon Poetry), and a chapbook, Song of the Forgotten Shulamite (Lapwing). Her work was selected for the Forward Book of Poetry, 2009. She is also a translator of Spanish …

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Helen Dunmore’s Costa Book of the Year, Inside the Wave: a review by Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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4 poems by Helen Kay

Helen Kay lives near Crewe. Her poems have been accepted by various magazines including: Stand, Rialto, Interpreter’s House and Orbis. She was runner-up in the High Sheriff’s Prize for Literature (2016) and shortlisted for the 2017 Paper Swans pamphlet prize. Her debut pamphlet, A Poultry Lover’s GuideTo Poetry, was published in 2015 by Indigo Dreams.      Irlen …

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Shirley Bell introduces stunning found poetry in translation – in Gifted Beneficato by Patrick Williamson with Guido Cupani

Patrick Williamson, a British poet and translator, who lives in France. I also work with music and filmpoems (Afterwords, set to music by Mauro Coceano). My work is increasingly focused on Italy, where I have published two collections Beneficato(English-Italian, Samuele Editore, Pordenone, 2015), and Nel Santuario (Samuele Editore, 2013; Menzione Speciale della Giuria in the XV Concorso Guido …

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4 poems by Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith began writing poetry to help his mind and spirit heal as his body recovered from a life-changing injury. Recent work appears online and in print in such outlets as The Blue Nib, Nostalgia Digest, The Wild Word, The Good Men Project and Poetry24. He teaches and resides near Princeton, NJ.       …

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Poetry world split: Rebecca Watts v Hollie McNish. Jane Simmons examines the split and invites you to consider your response to the argument.

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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Five Poems by Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. His work has appeared widely in the U.S. and abroad, and has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including four in 2016. Three new collections have appeared in 2017: “A Landscape in Hell;” “Family Reunion;” and “How Fascism Comes to America.”     …

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4 poems by John Saunders

John Saunders is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group. His collections are After the Accident(Lapwing Press, 2010) and Chance (New Binary Press, 2013). One of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers, 2012, he was shortlisted in the 2012 inaugural Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition and is a 2014 Pushcart Nominee. John’s poems have appeared in journals in Ireland, …

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2 poems by J D DeHart

J D DeHart is a writer and teacher.  He blogs about books and authors at dehartreadingandlitresources.blogspot.com and publishes poetry at onpossibilitypoems.blogspot.com.  DeHart has a chapbook, The Truth About Snails, published by RedDashboard.  . . . . . . . . .   The Word Has an Edge   Below the soft word is a knife blade waiting to …

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5 Poems by Marilyn Hammick

Marilyn Hammick writes (and reads) while travelling, during still moments at home in England and France, recalling a childhood in New Zealand and years living in Iran. Other times she can be found stitching, walking or on her yoga mat.           Dear One   In my head I’ve started this many …

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Poetry by Linda Imbler, Alyssa Trivett and Ken Allan Dronsfield

Linda Imbler is the author of the published poetry collection “Big Questions, Little Sleep.” She is a Kansas-based Pushcart Nominee. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international journals. Linda’s creative process and a current, complete listing of sites which have or will publish her work can be found at lindaspoetryblog.blogspot.com.       …

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Getting fired up about FIRED! Irish Women Poets and the Canon, an all-Ireland literary protest and education group by Mary O’Donnell

Mary O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s best-known poets and fiction-writers. Her four novels include Where They Lie (2014) and The Elysium Testament (1999). Her best-selling debut novel The Light Makers was recently reissued by 451 Editions. Poetry includes Reading the Sunflowers in September, Spiderwoman’s Third Avenue Rhapsody, Unlegendary Heroes (Salmon), The Place of Miracles (New …

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3 Poems by Mark Tarren

Mark Tarren is a poet and writer based in Queensland, Australia. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various literary journals including The New Verse News, The Blue Nib, Poets Reading The News, Street Light Press, Spillwords Press and Tuck Magazine.         The Arch of Tears   Deep between the covers of …

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3 poems by Judy Shepps Battle

Judy Shepps Battle began writing poems long before she became a psychotherapist and sociology professor at Rutgers University. Widely published both in the USA and abroad during the Sixties and Seventies, she deferred publishing to concentrate on career and family. Fortunately her muse was tenacious and she continued to write during the next three decades …

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Take Your Journeys Home by Christopher Hopkins, reviewed by Shirley Bell

  Take Your Journeys Home , by Christopher Hopkins. Clare Songbirds Publishing House  Chapbook Series 140 Cottage Street, Auburn, New York, 13021 www.ClareSongbirdspub.com ISBN 978-1-947653-12-2 USA, November  2017             Christopher Hopkins grew up on a council estate in Neath, South Wales during the 1970s. This fractured landscape of machines and mountains and …

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Poetry by Christine Valters Paintner, Weasel Patterson, Fiona Perry, Eoin Hegarty and Maggie Mackay

Christine Valters Paintner is an American poet and writer living in Galway, Ireland. She is the author of eleven books of nonfiction on creative process and contemplative practice and her poems have been published in both Ireland (The Galway Review, Boyne Berries, Headstuff, Skylight 47, Crannog, North West Words) and in the U.S. (Spiritus Journal, …

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Meet the Poet – Number 1, in a series of short introductions – E.E. Cummings, by Samantha Maw

Samantha Maw is studying a Creative Writing MA at Lincoln University and is looking forward to developing a writing career. She is a qualified teacher who has worked in primary and secondary schools in the UK and in Africa (Uganda).  She has been writing poems and stories for pleasure since childhood, and continues to pass …

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