Home #Blue Nib Issues Issue 39 | Sept 2019 |

Issue 39 | Sept 2019 |

Sharp Hills by Chrissie Gittins – Reviewed

Sharp Hills by Chrissie Gittins - Reviewed by Ada Wofford. Along with being a Contributing Editor to the Blue Nib, Ada Wofford is bravely avoiding her inevitable 9-5 enslavement by studying library science at UW-Madison. She holds a BA in English literature and has been published in number of journals.

Peadar O’Donoghue The Death of Poetry -Reviewed

Marie-Louise Eyres reviews Peader O'Donoghue's The Death of Poetry for The Blue Nib. Marie-Louise is a poet who has been writing since 1997. Recently short/long listed for the Bridport, Mslexia and inaugural Brotherton Prizes, her poems appear widely in UK and US journals. In previous lives she was an actress, a literary agent, and a BBC cardigan-wearing executive.

A Long Way from Home. Fiction by Reddaway

Lily hugged her bundle close to her chest.  The lane was crowded, and she was being jostled and pushed.  If she wasn’t...

Appreciating the Whole: A Look into the Form and Meaning of That They May Face the Rising Sun

The title of That They May Face the Rising Sun is essential in understanding the work. When the men are burying Johnny, Patrick Ryan asks, “Does it make a great difference that his head lie in the west?” To which, he himself eventually, and somewhat ironically, answers, “He sleeps with his head in the west…so that when he wakes he may face the rising sun.”

How A Writer Finds Inspiration Among Her Clutter And Elsewhere

How a Writer Finds Inspiration   Your storage level is almost full! Stuff, I’ve got loads of it: stuff in boxes, stuff in bags, stuff in files,...

New Poetry from Hennessy awards nominee James Finnegan

STYX AND STONESa Clare born priest-poet and philosopher advises     that one be consoled by      and sure about          ...

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