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Chapbook 5 Contest Judge – an interview with Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland is a Canadian-British poet/writer, who has lived in the UK since 1973, has fourteen collections, editing seven others. He’s founding editor of Dream Catcher journal now in its 38th issue. He runs creative writing workshops and widely performs his poetry. Leads seminars; mentors, runs Writers Retreats and collaborates with other artists. He appears …

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A View from the Steep

A new anthology from Pimento Poets, discussed by Shirley Bell A View from the Steep Pimento Poets ISBN 978-0-9929699-1-2 £7.99 I make no apology for publicising this anthology from Pimento Poets, one of the longest running and most successful poetry groups in Lincoln, even though I compiled and edited it and some of my poetry …

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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- 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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Jane Simmons reviews Hannah Sullivan’s award winning Three Poems SB

Jane Simmons continues her reviews of contemporary women’s poetry with this review of Hannah Sullivan’s award winning Three Poems. Faber ISBN:  978-0571337675 Hannah Sullivan’s debut collection recently won the prize for poetry in the Costa book awards. At the award’s presentation, Sinéad Morrissey said of Three Poems: A magnificent debut . . . assured, cool, and …

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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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Fiction Editorial – Mimi Gladman

I have received many amazingly high-quality submissions over the last few months, and have struggled to squeeze them all in, so this edition of The Blue Nib is surely fatter than ever before. This issue is bursting with a wide range of excellent new fiction, encompassing themes as diverse as mortality, the uncanny, coming of …

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New Poetry- Arathy Asok

strike The farmers held Dead rats in their mouths, Wearing green loin clothes Hiding what is left of their pride. They sit in the capital city Waiting for some eyes to open, They sit for days Unblinking at the cold. Far away in distant lands Their crops have withered in the heat. Their children look …

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Venomous- Fiction by Abigail Walker

Author Bio: I have been writing and reading since primary school, which my teachers refused to believe – repeatedly sending me home with their staged book, all containing four words to a page and big pictures – until I read aloud from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, my chosen ‘free-reading’ book, to my reception class. …

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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- 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- David Susswein

Biography I am a writer from the South of England, right at the bottom. I have tried all my life to write well, to communicate, to talk to others;I cannot understand any other reason to write.Envoi, DreamCatcher, Picaroon Poetry, ShotGlass Journal, Tuck Magazine, Dissident Voice,an anthology in Farsi/English ‘Where Are You From?’  and others have heard my …

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New Poetry- Edward Lee

IN THE DARKNESS THERE IS REST In the wall above every bed I have ever lay upon there is a window so well hidden not even the night can find it, leaving me with a lifetime full of insomnia, the relentlessly seeking sunlight forever flooding the room.   NAME(LESS) They separated us at the border, …

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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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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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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- 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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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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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- 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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Translation…. an Act of Seduction

Dr Anna Pia is based in Edinburgh, a language graduate with a Doctorate in Education(2008) and an interest in language, dialogue and identity. She started writing seriously in 2011 and has a history of writing for different audiences. Anna has been published in the Times Educational Supplement many times, the Scottish Educational Review and other …

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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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White Ink- Fiction by John Higgins

Yet another pretentious arsehole spouting off about aesthetic theories. What is he looking for? To see how long he can shitetalk before sand falls out from between my legs? In some gaff. Four a.m. Fag ash falling all around. Burning into the carpet. Empty cans crushed. Stacked into teetering pyramids. Voices colliding. Fights starting. Techno …

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The Burden – Essay by Mike Smith

Mike Smith writes poetry, plays and essays – mostly on the short story form, in which he writes as Brindley Hallam Dennis. He blogs at www.Bhdandme.wordpress.com . He lives on the edge of England within sight of a sliver of Solway Firth. __________________     The Burden – The Gardener by Rudyard Kipling. By Mike Smith Several critics …

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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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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 -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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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