Phillip Hall Reviews ‘All Suspicions Have Been Confirmed’ by Shane Strange

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We Stand On Guard by Alison Frank

Alison Frank reminds us that, however spotless our record, we all quail a little while waiting in line at passport control.

1 Poem by Geoff Page

Australian poet Geoff Page gives us pause in this wryly contemplative depiction of our demise in ages past, ‘before the age of masks’.

3 Poems by Michael H. Brownstein

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Howard Baskerville’s Wall by Farhad H. Gooraan, Translated by Parisa Saranj

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Karin Molde’s poems have a visual narrative streak, guiding the reader’s gaze to the little, yet potent, details that make their stories.

The Shroud of Turin by Michael K. White

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Coming to Terms with Trying to Make Your Name by Sarah Leavesley

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Emma Lee Reviews ‘Song of Globule’ by Stephen Oliver

Emma Lee, Editor of The Critical Nib, reviews 'Song of Globule' by Stephen Oliver

3 poems by Anabelle Aguilar Brealey translated from the Spanish by Diana Manole with Anabelle Aguilar Brealey

Anabelle Aguilar Brealey’s poems are soft and vivid in the way they pour into the reader’s eyes and mouth and Diana Manole’s translation captures their tender core.

Robin Hillard Reviews Antonia Hildebrand’s ‘A Simple Twist Of Fate’

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Poetry by Carolyn Martin

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‘Black Rain Falling’ by Jacob Ross -Reviewed

Emma Lee reviews Jacob Ross's latest novel, 'Black Rain Falling'.

Emma Lee Reviews ‘The Alpaca Cantos’ by Jenny Blackford

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Geneva Brodie by William Kitcher

Short fiction that goes to the heart of author ego.

Poetry by Viviana Fiorentino

Viviana Fiorentino’s poems bravely tackle the conventions of the mother-daughter relationship in simple yet raw language.

PETER BOYLE IN CONVERSATION WITH DENISE O’HAGAN

Sydney-based poet and translator, Peter Boyle talks with Denise O'Hagan about his early experiences, what inspires him and why it is important to 'let go of the hunger for fame'.

3 poems by Adrian Suciu translated from Romanian by Nicoleta Crăete

Adrian Suciu’s poems are profusely rich in imagery and flesh; whether addressing mundane interaction or the divine figure, the language remains simple, yet deep in meaning.

Justin Goodman Reviews ‘An Insubstantial Universe’ (eds. Alyal and Stockdale)

‘An Insubstantial Universe’ editors Amina Alyal and Edwin Stockdale Yaffle Press https://www.yafflepress.co.uk/anthologies ISBN 978-1-913122-13-3, £11.50 Attempting to ‘reimagine a key Victorian figure from a twenty-first century perspective’...

Turns, Short Fiction by Ivona Coghlan

Ivona Coghlan's story exposes the child eye view of dysfunction and the moments of realisation.

IF THE MEN PUSH YOU, short fiction by Sid Walls

When Ella tells me what men want I think, not Alan. Alan wants magic eyes, he tells me they will be made of glass and have stars on them

ONE POEM BY NICOLE SELLERS

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Emma Lee Reviews ‘Nature Lover’ By Efi Hatzimanolis

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William Coniston – Three poems

Coniston’s explanatory verse enriches the dialogue between the poetic and the scientific.

2 poems by Martina Reisz Newberry

Martina Reisz Newberry, of Upland, California, daughter of a steel worker, storyteller father and a talented, artistic mother, uses words that jostle and ripple in responding to the environment.

Poetry by Kathryn de Leon

Kathryn de Leon, longtime poet arriving into world of publishing, writes her discovery of poetry, of Sylvia Plath, and the fires of '67, subjects familiar to our time

The Fairy Godmothers by Ann Erskine

Ann Erskine's short fiction explores the bonds of sisterhood and loyalty.

A Poem by Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker conjures up seasonal melancholy with a languorous longing, and a sensitive rendering of its subtler aspects.

Emma Lee Reviews, Geoffrey Heptonstall’s ‘Rites of Passage’

‘Rites of Passage’ Geoffrey Heptonstall Cyberwit ISBN 978-81-8253-673-9 Geoffrey Heptonstall’s ‘Rites of Passage’ is split into three sections, ‘The Bird of Paradise’, ‘Oceans and Islands’ and ‘More...

Raine Geoghegan – Two poems

Geoghegan liberates sound in poems that celebrate the rich tapestry of gypsy folklore and culture.

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