The Blue Nib

Issue: Issue 12

Review – Pascale Petit, Mama Amazonica

Mama Amazonica,  Pascale Petit, Bloodaxe Books Paperback £9.95 9781780372945; Poetry Book society autumn choice. The blurb says :”Mama Amazonica is set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazon rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction. It reveals the story of Pascale Petit’s mentally ill mother and the consequences of abuse”.  But this does …

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Nyein Way – 2 poems from Myanmar

Nyein Way is a contemporary (conceptual/post conceptual) poet, writer, performance artist, and educator. He has published four poetry books, including: Words and Tree(2004); Gaganana (2010); Anamataga (2011); and Pattalar: Xylophone (2013). Other books include the educational publication, Classroomology (1999), and poetry volumes of Conceptual Poetics and a Contemporary Poet (2008), and Nakanpadi – A Book of 21st Century New Poetics (2013). He is also a contributor to an …

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2 poems by Michael A. Griffith

Michael A. Griffith teaches courses and workshops in public speaking, communications, and creative writing at the college and adult continuing education levels. His essays have appeared in Teaching For Success, Ripen the Page (where this essay appeared in slightly different form in August 2016) and Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal. His poetry has recently appeared online …

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Kate Ennals – Poetry

Kate Ennals is a poet and writer and has published material in a range of literary and on line journals (Crannog, Skylight 47, Honest Ulsterman, Anomaly, Burning Bush 2, Poets meets Politics, The International Lakeview Journal, Boyne Berries, North West Words etc). Her first collection of poetry At The Edge was published in 2015. She …

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5 Poems – Attracta Fahy

Attracta Fahy has a background in Nursing and Social Care. She works in private practice as an Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapist/Supervisor. She is lives in Co.Galway, and is currently doing her MA in Writing in the National University of Ireland. She is a mother and supports her three children who are also presently in college. …

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OF POETRY AND CRITICISM – an opinion piece by Zebra Black

Aside from identifying typos, issues of line breaks and general technical support or vocabulary suggestions, short of acclamations giving another the proverbial critque may not be very supportive. The idea of peers writing  criticism to others, without prior agreement, assumes that this act is welcomed by the recipient. In my opinion, at the very least a criticism …

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Poetry – 8 poems

Fi Smith is a Dublin poet, previously published in The Incubator, Pear Drop Journal and The Molotov Cocktail, working on her first collection.  She is blog editor for firstfortnight.ie, annual festival of mental health awareness through the arts. @fifilebon           Forest of Anchors I made a slip tied at the back with my …

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Derek Coyle poetry

Derek Coyle has published poems in Irish Pages, The Texas Literary Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Orbis, Cuadrivio, Skylight 47, Assaracus, and The Stony Thursday Book. He has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award (2010, 2014, 2015), and in 2012 he was a chosen poet for the Poetry Ireland ‘Introductions Series.’ In 2013 he was …

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Bekah Steimel poetry

is a 37-year-old writer living in St. Louis, whose poems have been published globally. Her pastimes include flirting, drinking whiskey and making people unconformable. Find her recent work in literary magazines such as Oddball, FIVE:2:ONE and Crab Fat. Visit www.bekahsteimel.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @BekahSteimel.         Slurred   My …

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Christopher Hopkins poetry

Christopher Hopkins grew up on a council estate in Neath, South Wales during the1970s. This fractured landscape of machines and mountains and the underlying ‘Hiraeth’ in welsh life has developed his unique voice. He currently resides in Canterbury and works for NHS cancer services. Christopher has had poems published in Backlash Press, The Journal (formally …

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Poetry by Cathy Donelan

Cathy Donelan is a writer from the West of Ireland. Her fiction has appeared in ROPES, The Honest Ulsterman, Dodging The Rain, The Nottingham Review, Spontaneity and Blue Smoky Literary And Arts Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in The Galway Review, A New Ulster and The Blue Nib. She has won the December 2015 Poetry Pulse Prize and been highly commended in the 2016 Fool For Poetry …

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