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Poetry- Matt Spittles SB

Matt Spittles has written poetry from a young age drawing inspiration from his experiences and observations in the natural world. He has lived in Lincolnshire since 2011 and is a keen walker, angler and traveller. Matt is a member of The Hub Writers in Sleaford and Lincoln Writers Group. ______________ Spring Soft sunlight on stone …

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Jane Simmons -New Poetry

Song of Innocence I plant flowers in our first window-box – confetti-petalled geraniums, fuchsias flamboyant as flamenco dresses, trailing lobelia’s modest white stars. They have not built on the strawberry field yet – the ripening fruit nestles innocently in its straw, nursing its splinter seeds, its growing runners, and generation is an unfinished business. On …

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Dick Jones- New Poetry

Initially wooed by the First World War poets and then seduced by the Beats, Dick Jones has been exploring the vast territories in between since the age of 15. Dick’s work has been published in a number of magazines, print and online and in several print anthologies, including Sing Freedom! (Amnesty International), Brilliant Coroners (Phoenicia Publishing), and Words of Power (qarrtsiluni/Phoenicia). …

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Mary Wight- New Poetry

Mary Wight lives and writes in the Scottish Borders. Her poems have appeared in various magazines. _______________   SIGHTSEEING Bellies sweet with prawns and Guinness, they dawdled back along the strand needing nothing more. A sea trout, eyes gone, body gleaming still, lay as if waiting for a wave to swim it back. She took a photograph …

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Poetry- by Fiona Perry.

Fiona’s short stories and poetry have been published in The Blue Nib, Skylight47, Into The Void, Boyne Berries, Other Terrain, A New Ulster and many more. In 2014 and 2015 her short fiction was shortlisted for the Australian Morrison Mentoring Prize. She grew up in Northern Ireland but has spent most of her adult life …

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Iain Twiddy- Poetry

Iain Twiddy studied literature at university and lived for several years in northern Japan. His poems have been published in The Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The London Magazine and elsewhere. ________________   PRACTICE RUN  I’m looking through a cold bedroom window hedgehogged with condensation at a rose bush pricked with autumn frost, though still …

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Poetry from Sandra Horn

Sandra Horn is a writer based in Southampton. She has had poems published in Artemis and Magma magazines and in several anthologies: Lines in the Sand, Write to be Counted, Dancing in the Chequered Shade, the Emma Press Book of Age, the Writers’ Cafe and Some Cannot Be Caught: the Emma Press book of Beasts. _____________   PATHOLOGY MUSEUM SPECIMEN Here, held in …

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Emma Lee- New Poetry

A SMUDGE OF CINDERS My teacher looked at me as if breezeblock wasn’t a word she knew. I had pushed my sock down. It was itching the scabs on my leg. A breezeblock had fallen from the stack in the yard. I splashed cold water on my scraped skin. My mother said to leave it. …

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Poetry- Clara Burghelea

Process of Detachment I expect my son will let go of me when he’s five. I will go back to just being Clara. So ready to unspool from the erupting teeth, the needy eyes, the extra hugs, the sticky fingers and slip back into my old unprompted self. The one who walked hard and spoke …

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Poetry- Clare Morris

A LEICESTER TRIPTYCH The Change:  2.15pm, 15/3/2018, Leicester Royal Infirmary And so you sat down next to her bed, With the bag of toiletries and magazines, your habitual offerings, (the ones now in the bottom drawer that burn your fingers to touch them) And she whispered with conspiratorial mischief about the matriarch opposite And you …

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Poetry- Patricia L. Hamilton

Bio  a California native, is the author of The Distance to Nightfall (Main Street Rag, 2014). She won the Rash Award in Poetry in 2015 and 2017 and has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. By day she is a professor of English in Jackson, TN, where her specialisations are creative writing and 18th-century British literature.  She …

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Poetry- Kate Ennals

An Invitation Come, Father, let’s wander London’s dark skies, sit by the river, watch dusk silt and slide, salute and swirl a glass of ruby red wine. Let’s toast civilisation, Forge radical ideas, unravel politics, range our voices across continents. Discuss Truth and Justice. I need your advice on The growth of greed and corruption, …

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Poetry- James Finnegan

James Finnegan – Dublin-born, highly commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition (2016, 2018), short-listed in Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, The Canterbury Anthology for Poet of the Year, published in The Irish Times – Hennessy New Irish Writing, Poetry Ireland Review, CYPHERS, Skylight 47, North West Words, and The Best New British & Irish Poets 2018 – first full collection of …

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Poetry from David Bankson

David Bankson lives in Texas. He was finalist in the 2017 Concīs Pith of Prose and Poem contest, and his poetry and microfiction can be found in concis, (b)oink, {isacoustic*}, Artifact Nouveau, Riggwelter Press, Five 2 One Magazine, Antinarrative Journal, and others. _______________   Chartreuse I regret, like coiled flowers I burst when loosed, but …

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Katrina E. Halfaker- Poems

Katrina E. Halfaker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Though a native of the south suburbs of Chicago, she currently lives in East Central Illinois with her husband and three cats. Her work has also appeared in Silver Needle Press. ______________ the midwest one broken …

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James Fountain- New Poetry

Empty Highway Home The road is clear, but for the weather lashing down liquid intermittently, my wipers doing overtime at midnight, after a John Mayall gig in Stoke, driving home to Nottingham. I am afraid of the dark, blank road, driving rain blotting out the white markings, guiding forces blurred, no companions to keep me …

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Leela Soma- New Poetry

Leela Soma came to Glasgow in 1969 with her husband.  She worked, until her retirement, as a teacher of Modern Studies. During this time she took up creative writing under the tutelage of Laura Marney. She followed this with Creative Writing Classes in the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Glasgow. _______________   Mother …

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Thomas Bailey- New Poems

Thomas Bailey is 21 years-old, and lives in London. He is currently studying English at Cambridge, and is editor of his college’s annual poetry publication. His work has been published in Agenda’s Online Broadsheet, The Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Acumen’s Young Poets Section, Off the Block, and The Cambridge Student, among other places. When he gets …

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Linda Imbler- Poetry

Egghead Knows Best An old friend and I once played a game of Trivial Pursuit with my brother’s friends. At one point, a kid asked my dad for an egg to stiffen up his Mohawk hair style. My friend then asked him if he always played his records backwards. The kid replied that it wasn’t …

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David Ratcliffe – Poetry

Slipping his moorings Less than an hour earlier, he’d knelt thumbs crossed; on failing to receive a signal he slid solo on a one-way voyage, slipping his moorings with no one at the helm drifting toward a squall no lenient heart had charted. Senses long since mutinied lifeboats cut adrift, alone like never before, he …

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Denise O’Hagan- New Poetry

A Stain the Shape of Italy It’s when I least expect it Stilled in a queue, perhaps, Or stalled at traffic lights, That the fingers of my memory Pick at the past Loosening the scabs of memory: It’s irresistible. One little prod And the present flakes away As I’m clutching my mother’s hand again Down …

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James Walton- Poetry

Rap, rap, rap, rap, ill tidings call It came like rain on windows a specimen in a jar, the lid too tight for breathing. I fumbled through the program how those Austrians can dance, but it was only distraction. Among the seals from Kaikoura the black sand of carbon footprints, your South Island smile. Brushing …

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Sally McHugh- New Poetry

 Blue Atlas Tracing the grids of the blue atlas my finger runs down the page, charting the north Atlantic ocean, Lisbon, Africa with its Sahara winds blowing, Freetown. Latitude, longitude, lines criss-cross, I lower my touch across the Tropic of Cancer, Equator, and the Tropic of Capricorn. Changing course at the Cape of Good Hope I …

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Poetry- by Micah James Bauman

Love conquers all says the unbroken heart the playful, unbroken heart as love stands over me in a gas station restroom I dance before the mirror to an unfamiliar pop song playing over the speakers love has conquered this place too why would it bother this is a filthy facility with a condom dispenser, fifty …

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Karen Poppy- New Poetry

Hello, Goliath I will write you As I know you. Finally, I’m not afraid. Sharp light of your being, Come toward me. You can dance, laughing. You can tell lies. You can say anything. You can make others Hate me. Giant you, Little me. Yet, I Have something hot In my tiny hand. A pebble. …

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Philip Dunkerley- New Poetry

Burt’s Bees i.m. Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, d. 2015, aged 80 Weary of the push and frenzy of Manhattan, Burt lit out in his old pickup-truck for Maine, pausing only to hive-up a swarm of wild bees from off of a fence post along the highway. Luckily he’d been taught bee-keeping by a …

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Bev Smith- New Poetry

the art of casting shadow i love that age is slowing you i might can catch you now between the light and dark before it falls and the twilight that dapples skin washes away now while we lay as two leopards in our long wise contentment intentionally blemished where nothing hidden lies but exposes all …

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Fiona Sinclair- New Poetry

Evanescence You claim not to dream. But I know some nights, during REMs anarchy, your body jolts as if defibrillated, your whimpers chill more than screams. I do not wake you; in case you remember Nature’s Seconds  If I had longer arms, I’d be a stripper. We share the joke like a joint. I think …

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Caron Freeborn- New Poetry

Arrhythmia When I was a little girl I worried about infinity –there’s a galaxy beyond this one and then beyond that one and beyond that and beyond thatand beyond that and beyond that and beyond that and beyond-until my daddy told my mum I had to go the doctor. Beat Dr Thacker had a colour …

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New Poetry -Roy Liran.

Beached boats at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer He divides the canvas in unequal halves of equal size, a bladed horizon for skies and earth, for man and woman, rich and poor, birds and poets. The easel shifts on the burning sand, reacting to the brushes and to the knife’s applied pressure, causing lines to wobble, planes to interact. …

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Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon- Poetry

BREAKWATER [response to ‘La Pointe de la Hève, Sante-Adresse’, Claude Monet, 1864]                Dusted by sand, fanned by spring breezes, she lies in her shingle bed. She and her lover, dreamed through yesterday: held real life below the waves and screamed with joy to see it splutter and drown. …

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New Poetry- Catriona Clutterbuck

QUEENS OF THE MAY Mayday. White afternoon light in the white mouth of the year. Follow a blue thread of sound to the braid of girls in their convent-school years song-circling the stations of faith – grey chapel and tennis court, silver graveyard and Canon’s Walk, towering beech trees baby-greening ajar the cervix of summer …

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Poetry- Harry Dell

What’s False About Cracked Teeth? There are words I will not write here, and not the ones already locked up in lizard skin. No lock or clasp can contain them, or curtail their twitches and coils. They eke out like poisonous vapor, to not exist and rob saliva of snapped flight. Without the cross between …

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Dylan Everett: New Poetry

Textroots. (5 poems) Text/isle roots Tree flow she knows no end in the wind and dirt and poison she breath, no breeze no delicate hope, no dirt in the wind, no scope in the leaves that breathe dead stars, we antelope with horns we winged things we shivering motions we broken dreams we all inhale …

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New Poetry- Arthur Broomfield

The return of the artist It was that kind of a once-in-a-lifetime snow and hailstones day so dreamed of by smug artists and Yale dons, dendrological in a buns and sofa way: King David on his throne, Bathsheba pouring goat curd and curses over the scone mix, when the garlic guest strolled in, carrying his …

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Lucy Durneen- New Poetry

Hill of Moses That argument about the Brontës, I am thinking of it again – of Emily, I mean, the unremarkable virgin – I am thinking of her out of the blue, climbing the Hill of Moses. The Stockholm wind is like the wind of Haworth moor, (“loud,               …

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Poems by Brina Platt

Brina Platt was born in Lincoln City, Oregon. USA in 1994. She has devoted her writing to raising awareness of mental illness and the escapism to be found in travelling. Her poems have been published in Esprit Magazine and Ripple Magazine. She is currently working on an MFA at Kingston University. _________________ As a Consequence of In the …

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Chris Boyland- Poetry

Chris Boyland is a prize-winning poet who lives and works in Glasgow. His poems have been published in magazines and journals such as: [Untitled], The Poets’ Republic, 404Ink, Northwords Now, and anthologies such as  Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry and the New Voices Press 2018 anthology. He has performed at spoken word nights across Central Scotland and blogs occasionally at https://theglasgowempire.scot/. _______________   The …

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Helen Angell- New Poetry

Helen Angell is a poetry and non-fiction writer based in South Yorkshire. She has had poems published in Route 57, Medea and Esoterica. Winner of the ‘Beats Working’ Music Journalism Bursary at Sensoria Festival in 2017, her music journalism also features in God Is In The TV and Dynamic online zines. _________________ In Clifton Park …

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Five New Poems by Matt Duggan

The Blue Nib Literary Magazine Five New Poems by Matt Duggan Poems have appeared in many journals such as The Journal, The Dawntreader, Into the Void, Ink, Sweat, and Tears, Ghost City Review, Lakeview International Journal, Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry in 2015 and the Into the Void Prize in 2016, he has …

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5 poems by Beth McDonough

5 poems by Beth McDonough Beth McDonough trained in Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Following an M.Litt at Dundee University, she was Writer in Residence at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2014-16). Her work is strongly connected to place, particularly to the Tay, where she swims, and forages nearby. Her poetry may be read in Gutter, …

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5 poems by Jude Brigley

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 …

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5 alba poems by Alfred Booth

5 alba poems by Alfred Booth   5 alba poems An alba poem. A short  poem of lover’s separation before dawn; cf.  Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene. ******************** those words love? caress? the end of moonlight sweet kisses farewell until the next eve insobriety? lust? brings us together again, we must say the words? farewell kiss …

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5 poems by Roy Liran

5 poems by Roy Liran   Born in Israel in 1971. Lives in the Galilee with his wife and twins. Works in the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) as an archaeologist, architect and artist. His first poetry book, ‘Not who I thought’ was published (in Hebrew) in 2016 by Pardes Publishing. It includes 65 poems and …

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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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5 Poems by Rose Mary Boehm

A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of ‘Tangents’, a poetry collection published in the UK in 2010/2011, her work has been widely published in US poetry journals (online and print). She was three times winner of the Goodreads monthly competition, a new poetry collection (‘From the Ruhr …

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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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