The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 23, 19th February 2018

5 poems by LORNA SHAUGHNESSY

LORNA SHAUGHNESSY was born in Belfast and lives in Co. Galway, Ireland. She has published three poetry collections, Torching the Brown River, Witness Trees and Anchored (Salmon Poetry), and a chapbook, Song of the Forgotten Shulamite (Lapwing). Her work was selected for the Forward Book of Poetry, 2009. She is also a translator of Spanish …

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Helen Dunmore’s Costa Book of the Year, Inside the Wave: a review by Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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4 poems by Helen Kay

Helen Kay lives near Crewe. Her poems have been accepted by various magazines including: Stand, Rialto, Interpreter’s House and Orbis. She was runner-up in the High Sheriff’s Prize for Literature (2016) and shortlisted for the 2017 Paper Swans pamphlet prize. Her debut pamphlet, A Poultry Lover’s GuideTo Poetry, was published in 2015 by Indigo Dreams.      Irlen …

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Shirley Bell introduces stunning found poetry in translation – in Gifted Beneficato by Patrick Williamson with Guido Cupani

Patrick Williamson, a British poet and translator, who lives in France. I also work with music and filmpoems (Afterwords, set to music by Mauro Coceano). My work is increasingly focused on Italy, where I have published two collections Beneficato(English-Italian, Samuele Editore, Pordenone, 2015), and Nel Santuario (Samuele Editore, 2013; Menzione Speciale della Giuria in the XV Concorso Guido …

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4 poems by Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith began writing poetry to help his mind and spirit heal as his body recovered from a life-changing injury. Recent work appears online and in print in such outlets as The Blue Nib, Nostalgia Digest, The Wild Word, The Good Men Project and Poetry24. He teaches and resides near Princeton, NJ.       …

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Poetry world split: Rebecca Watts v Hollie McNish. Jane Simmons examines the split and invites you to consider your response to the argument.

Jane Simmons is a retired teacher/lecturer who is now studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln. She has written several short stories and is currently working on her second novel and a collection of poetry. She is a member of the Lincoln-based Pimento poets and Outspoken Poets and regularly reads/performs …

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