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Issue 43 | September 2020 |

Tsundoku and the Art of Infinite Reading by Michael Paul Hogan

Michael Paul Hogan deftly summarises both the joy and the torment in our love of books

The Alchemy Of Words by Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Sophia Kouidou-Gile explores the many ways we hope to transform base ideas into gold when we write

Poetry by Margot Saffer

Margot Saffer’s poems remind us of our flawed humanity while gently guiding our emotions through her skilful use of language.

Poetry by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews’s poems exult in vivid imagery, while paying close attention to language and its sheer inventiveness.

Poetry by Cătălina Florina Florescu

Using raw, sparkling language, the poems of Cătălina Florina Florescu boldly address the body and womanhood, by blurring the lines between expectations and ownership.

Issue 43 Editorial, Ireland & UK, Tracy Gaughan

Tracy Gaughan on the poets appearing in issue 43 of The Blue Nib

Featured Poet- Peter Boyle

Two poems by celebrated Australian poet and translator Peter Boyle, which dwell simultaneously on the miraculous in life and its precariousness.

Poetry by Davide Angelo

In these magnificent poems, Australian poet Davide Angelo gently explores the nature of two very different situations, as well as the histories they carry and the dreams inherent in them.

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In the Mughal Gardens by Michael Paul Hogan

'There are wonderful titles that are simply wonderful titles, and wonderful titles that manage the supreme trick of being simultaneously brilliant and completely relevant to the content of the actual text.'

A Discernible Pattern by Lloyd Rees

Get lost in this strange but compelling story from author Lloyd Rees.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Wolf Planet’ by Oz Hardwick

Emma Lee reviews Oz Hardwick's 'Wolf Planet'.

Touched By Whales by Gail Harrington

Travel writer, Gail Harrington weaves her way through a host of memories and explains the wonder of wanderlust

Survive One Must by Chitra Gopalakrishnan

Or did the photographer just use the slant angle on a whim, without giving much thought to its emotional effect?

Faults and Fixes

Poet, and writer, Mike Smith explores why it is important to take the reader with you, when editing work.

Cretan Jail Journal

I’ve lost the feistiness and determination I exhibited upon capture, screaming for my right to a phone call and demanding the prison phone number so family in Kiev could call back.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘Hinge’ by Alycia Pirmohamed

Emma Lee reviews ‘Hinge’ by Alycia Pirmohamed