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Earth Music

Earth Music by Eithne Lannon – Reviewed by David Butler

Earth Music by Eithne Lannon (Turas Press, 2019) Poetry might be thought of as an endeavour to explore the congruence between two sensitivities: a contemplation of experience – Wordsworth’s ‘emotion recalled in tranquillity’ -; but equally an openness to the possibilities inherent in language, both semantic and auditory. If either of these sensitivities is lacking, …

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BLACK CAR BURNING BY HELEN MORT

Black Car Burning by Helen Mort – Reviewed

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985, and grew up in nearby Chesterfield. Five times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. Her first collection, Division Street (2013), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Costa Poetry Award, and won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. In 2014, she was named as a ‘Next Generation Poet’, the prestigious accolade announced only once every ten years, recognising the 20 most exciting new poets from the UK and Ireland. No Map Could Show Them (2016), her second collection, about women and mountaineering, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Helen has been the Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence and the Derbyshire Poet Laureate and was named one of the RSL’s 40 under 40 Fellows in 2018. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Sheffield. Black Car Burning is her first novel.

Review: The Time Traveller’s Picnic by Fiona Sinclair

The Time Traveller’s Picnic Fiona Sinclair Dempsey & Windle  ISBN: 978-1-907435-83-6, 112pp, unpriced Fiona Sinclair’s poems feel as if you’ve sat down in a crowded, friendly cafe and can’t help but listen in on the conversation at the next table. They are chatty and welcoming, but not frivolous. The poems cover a childhood with parental …

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Poets and writers in issue 38

Dick Edelstien reviews- Empire by Mary O’Donnell

Empire by Mary O’Donnell, Arlen House 2018, 200 pp, €15, ISBN 978-1-85132-175-9 A number of books recently published in Ireland relate to the centenaries of the First World War and the fight for Irish independence. Apart from being a good excuse to sell books, the conjuncture affords a timely opportunity for reflection and for delving …

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River Hoard by Neil Leadbeater

Review: River Hoard by Neil Leadbeater

Cyberwit Press ISBN 9789386653420 “River Hoard by Neil Leadbeater” is split into three parts, “Nights we Tricked the Corncrake”, “Fen Country” and “Objects at Upper Ludstone” plus a sequence “North Aral Sea”. As the titles suggest, it is mostly concerned with nature and human interaction with it. The title poem of the first part has …

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Emma Lee reviews Lady Jesus and Other Poems.

Lady Jesus and Other Poems Arathy Asok (Authorspress, www.authorspressbooks.com ISBN 978-93-88332-19-4, 70pp, 175 Rupees/$14) “Lady Jesus and other poems” is a collection of contemporary, unflinching poems that don’t back away from politics or patriarchy. In “They Ask me Questions I will not Answer”,  “They looked to see What crowds were being formed, That thought of …

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Samantha Maw reviews PACT by Jessamine O Connor

  Jessamine O Connor is a Dublin born poet living on the Sligo Roscommon border in the west of Ireland. She facilitates The Hermit Collective (an award-winning arts group), and the weekly creative writing group The Wrong Side of the Tracks Writers. She coordinates conversational English classes for Ballaghaderreen Failte Isteach and is involved in …

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dream of stones

Emma Lee reviews Christine Valters Paintner’s – Dreaming of Stones

Christine Valters Paintner’s “Dreaming of Stones” Paraclete Press www.paracletepress.com ISBN: 9781640601086 96pp $18 “Dreaming of Stones” is split into six sections, Hours, The Time of Our Lives, Possibilities, Wild Places, Love and Monks and Mystics, and comes with an introduction and afterword by the author. There are 108 pages of poems and each feels like …

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Review- case of mis en abyme by Carla Scarano D’Antonio

Carla Scarano D’Antonio moved to England (Lancashire then Surrey) in 2007 from Rome (Italy) and started attending creative writing courses. She obtained a Degree of Master of Arts in Creative Writing with Merit at Lancaster University in October 2012. Her work was published in Shipwrights (an online Swedish Review), Purple Patch, First Edition magazine, Northern …

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Review of Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine

A review of the short fiction collection Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine Mimi Gladman Wendy Erskine’s excellent debut collection of short stories was published in September by The Stinging Fly Press, based in Dublin. The British publishing industry weekly The Bookseller reported in October that the international rights to the collection have since been acquired …

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David Butler Reviews Maurice Devitt’s, Growing Up in Colour

MAURICE DEVITT completed the MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei, won the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition and was placed or shortlisted in many other competitions including The Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Listowel Collection Competition and Cúirt New Writing Award. Selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2016, he was a featured poet at the Poets in Transylvania …

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Emma Lee reviews “Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers” by Rachel Coventry

Afternoon drinking in The Jolly Butchers feels like being invited to join in a casual conversation with a group you found yourself sitting near to in a pub or café because the conversation sounded interesting and the participants noticed your curiosity. That’s not to say that the conversation doesn’t tackle darker or intricate topics but the …

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Consciousness and Control – Room Little Darker by June Caldwell reviewed by Brian Kirk

Consciousness and Control Room Little Darker by June Caldwell 978-1788542906 Apollo (11 Jan. 2018) When Room Little Darker was published last year it immediately grabbed public attention because of the dark subject matter of some of the stories. Some reviews hailed it as a book which pushed the boundaries of the form, seeing it as …

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Jane Simmons reviews Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems

TESTAMENT ANNE ELIZABETH BEVAN ISBN 978-1-910855-82-9 £10.00 Lapwing Publications, Belfast. Testament, Cork based poet Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems, has already received praise from reviewers:Anne’s poetry gets straight to the heart of the matter – whatever subject matter she alights upon. Her words transport you on an inner journey of the mind and soul; …

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Emma Lee Reviews Bind by Christine Murray SB

Bind Christine Murray Turas Press https://turaspress.ie/shop/bind-by-christine-murray/ ISBN: 978-0-9957916-4-0, 72pp, €12 Christine Murray uses minimal, impressionistic language to convey images from the natural world.  bind is split into sections,  bind ,  a hierarchy of halls ,  babel,  wintering and Dawn, the name of the last section rocks convention by having an initial capital. The lack of capitals signals to the reader …

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Dick Edelstein reviews: Fealty by Ricky Ray 

Fealty by Ricky Ray. Hardcover £16.99, 146 pp. Eyewear Publishing, 8 June 2018. ISBN: 978-1912477227 While many new writers have seized on expanding opportunities for publishing poetry collections, New York poet Ricky Ray, still in his thirties, has been biding his time, waiting nearly two decades to publish Fealty. His debut collection reveals an evolved writing …

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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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Regular reviewer Jane Simmons, looks at Kate Miller’s: The Observances

Kate Miller: The Observances Carcanet ISBN 978 1 90618 815 3 Kate Miller grew up in Hampshire and now lives in London. She was awarded the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008 and has received several other awards. Selected for Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt) and in 2013 and in the 2015 anthology, the Forward Book of …

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