Full of Ears and Eyes am I by Lauren Suchenski -Reviewed

Full of Ears and Eyes am I by Lauren Suchenski Finishing Line Press Price: $14.99 US ISBN-10: 1635342430  ISBN-13: 978-1635342437 https://www.amazon.com/Full-Ears-Eyes-Am-I/dp/1635342430 Full of Ears and Eyes am I is an attractive...

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Peter Clive Poetry

A whisky grace I raise a glass to you, Lord: there is no fountain, no breath-taking conceit of ornamental marble spouting perfectly orchestrated jets and arcs of...

The Ekphrasis of Abstract and Monochromatic Paintings

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William Derge Poetry

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B. Anne Adriaens -Poetry

B. ANNE ADRIAENS currently lives and writes in Somerset, Britain. Her work often reflects her interest in alienation and all things weird and dark, as well as her concerns about pollution and the environment in general. She’s written several dystopian short (and not so short) pieces and is putting together a poetry collection exploring the many places where she’s lived. She attended the Poetry Summer School at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, in June 2017 and the following July, she was awarded the title of Frome Festival Poet Laureate. Her work has previously appeared in Helios Quarterly, B.A.D. (The Bees Are Dead) and Harpur Palate, as well as on several online literary platforms.

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Dawn trek in the Wahiba Desert- Essay by Sandra Arnold

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Guest Judge Helen Mort comments on the entries to Chapbook Contest 4.

Sam Smith -Poetry

Another Pause among white tussocks a sun-doped song-thrushspreads her wings  /  and opens her feathers  /  to be ant-cleaned nearby shallow ponds and pools are alive...

Patrick Wright -Poetry

Patrick Wright has a poetry pamphlet, Nullaby, published by Eyewear in 2017. A full collection, Shadows on the Ceiling, will follow in 2019. His poems have appeared in several magazines, including Agenda, Wasafiri, The Reader, London Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Iota. His poem ‘The End’ was included in The Best New British and Irish Poets Anthology 2018, judged by Maggie Smith. He has also been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. He currently works as a Lecturer at The Open University, where he teaches Arts and Humanities, including Creative Writing, and as Contributing Editor at Write Out Loud. He is also working on a second PhD in Creative Writing at the Open University, on the ekphrasis of abstract and monochromatic paintings, supervised by Siobhan Campbell and Jane Yeh.

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Marilena Zackheos’ debut poetry collection Carmine Lullabies a little like walking around a familiar room in the dark. The furniture is all there and the same, but the walls and floor are bent and there is a dangerous, insidious, leather-clad voice whispering at you from the shadows.

Susanne P Thomas -Poetry

Big Bad Wolf I watched a veteran teacher With unwavering words, underlined in anger Address a crowd of 5-year-olds Asking questions about the big bad wolf And how to...

John Kaprielian Poetry

Tins of Dust They say you should change your spices every year or they lose potency and aroma but in the back of my spice cabinet behind the cinnamon-sticks and whole...

Poetry from Penzance to Wales -Abigail Elizabeth Rowland (Ottley)

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EYES ON THE ROAD It’s this winter sunrise spiking my eyes as I drive. It’s morning’s red-fingered goriness dazzling, as I pull the sun shield down and...

E.V. McLoughlin Poetry

On the ward this is about a pad. a thick one, hospital-walls green. I’ve run out. a one-day mother in pink pajamas with out-of-season snowmen. Don’t you have your own? a piece-of-liver...

Ruth Gilchrist -Poems

Ruth Gilchrist is a Scottish based writer. A member of EyeWrite and Dunbar’s Writing Mums. “Writer of the Year 2015” Tyne and Esk. Ruth collaborates with museums, photographers, film poems, radio and musicians. Poems published in Snakesin and Scrivens webzines and the SouthBank poetry magazine Southlight and The Eildon Tree. Also in various anthologies, including the Federation of Writers Scotland.

Scottish poet – Nicola Geddes

In Praise of Grey Far from black and white now the season of grey in all its rainbow light sea grey, rain grey wet granite day grey pewter, silver and...

An Eye at the Window by Matthew Roy Davey

Alice’s mum told her that Grandad was ‘not with us any more’ and that he had ‘gone to a better place’.  Alice knew exactly...

Diarmuid Fitzgerald – Poetry

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Beth stared at them from the doorway. Jessie had spotted them from inside and sent Beth out to see. Outside, the two rabbits were...

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