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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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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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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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4 poems by M. A. Banash

Matt was born and raised outside Philadelphia. His work has been published in Poetry Quarterly, Penumbra St. Louis U Madrid, and SurVision. When he grows up he wants to play second base for the Phillies. Right now, his goal is to put everything into poetry.           Yelling “Fire” at the Crowded …

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Review of The Red Lion, Live Theatre, 8th April 2017 currently at the Trafalgar Studios, London until 2nd December 2017 by Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

  Ceinwen has worked as a Probation Officer, a Mental Health Social Worker and Practice Educator. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been published on web magazines and in print anthologies. These include Fiction on the Web, Literally Stories, Alliterati, Stepaway, Poets Speak (whilst they still can) Three Drops …

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3 poems by Jim Bourey

Jim Bourey is an old poet living on the northern edge of the Adirondack Mountains. He lived in Delaware for thirty years before this recent move. His chapbook “Silence, Interrupted” was published in 2015 by the Broadkill River Press. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Broadkill Review, Double Dealer and other journals and anthologies. He …

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3 poems by Alan Halford

Alan Halford was born in Dublin, Ireland. The Memory Bone was his was his first collection of work. (2016) Poems have appeared in The Blue Max Review (Rebel Poetry) Fathers and what must be said (Rebel Poetry) The Galway Review Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts (2013/2015) Madswirl.com (USA) https://www.facebook.com/AlanHalfordPoetry/       In memory of J.H. 1974. Cry …

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3 poems by Jeremy Nathan Marks

Jeremy Nathan Marks writes, reads, teaches, researches and talks to folks about things which interest them and which interest him. He has had editorials, essays, poems and photographs published in various places in Canada, the United States and across two ponds. He makes his home as an American exile in London, Ontario, Canada. A town …

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Poetry from Pauline Flynn, Steve Klepetar, Wanda Morrow Clevenger, Beth Copeland, Lynn White

Pauline Flynn is an Irish Visual Artist by profession and has an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. She began writing poetry in 2009 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2010. She has travelled widely, lived in Japan for four years and is influenced by its aesthetic. She is …

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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 Blue Nib, Poets Reading The News, Street Light Press, Spillwords Press and The New Verse News.     Sleep in my Eyes   ​Then there was your mahogany warm desk   your …

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5 poems from 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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Featured in this issue – Poet in Focus: Shane Martin on Poetry Matters! by Niamh Clarke – followed by 5 poems by Shane Martin

Niamh Clarke : Niamh 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 …

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5 poems from Akshaya Pawaskar 

Akshaya Pawaskar is a doctor practicing in India and poetry is her passion. Her poems have been published in Tipton Poetry journal, Writer’s Ezine, Efiction India, Ink drift, The blue nib, Her heart poetry, Awake in the world anthology by Riverfeet press and few anthologies by lost tower publications. She had been chosen as ‘Poet of the …

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5 poems by Dave Kavanagh

Dave was born and still lives in Loughshinny, a tiny farming and fishing village in the coastal North Co. Dublin. He has been writing since he could hold a pen in his fist. His work has seen recent publication in a number of anthologies as well as online at sites such as madswirl.com and Medium.Dave …

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