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Issue 36, Winter 2018

Issue 36 of The Blue Nib, 15th December 2018

New Poetry

House Work Since January stole my tongue and tied it into knots, the house has become a blank verse. My hands repeat a cleaning rhyme in every stanza, I pack metaphors into drawers, layer them on shelves in the hot press among folded towels. Sparkling saucepans, spilling stolen poetry, hang from the freshly-painted bracket over …

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Bloodline

Buy it now “Bloodline” Michael A Griffith Michael A Griffith’s poems often start with a simple observation and then take that idea or image for an exploratory walk. His focus often falls on family relationships. Making a packed lunch in “Tetris” prompts musings on parental roles, ”       You’re off to work as …

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Review of Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine

A review of the short fiction collection Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine Mimi Gladman Wendy Erskine’s excellent debut collection of short stories was published in September by The Stinging Fly Press, based in Dublin. The British publishing industry weekly The Bookseller reported in October that the international rights to the collection have since been acquired …

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Poetry- Bob Beagrie

Chiromancy ‘The great Sage as high as Heaven visited here.’Wu Cheng’en – Journey to the West, 1592 High staggered moorland crossroadstoo few trees, the big wide skyfresh roadkill and opportunist crowsturning turning turning turning,The Roda Cross by the roadsidescattered offerings in the grassHogtenberg’s summit beyond WesterdaleCrouched friars, Rosedale Abbey, Cockayne RidgeRoundhead recruits resting sore shanks,tarmac’s …

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Consciousness and Control – Room Little Darker by June Caldwell reviewed by Brian Kirk

Consciousness and Control Room Little Darker by June Caldwell 978-1788542906 Apollo (11 Jan. 2018) When Room Little Darker was published last year it immediately grabbed public attention because of the dark subject matter of some of the stories. Some reviews hailed it as a book which pushed the boundaries of the form, seeing it as …

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David Butler Reviews Maurice Devitt’s, Growing Up in Colour

MAURICE DEVITT completed the MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei, won the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition and was placed or shortlisted in many other competitions including The Patrick Kavanagh Award, The Listowel Collection Competition and Cúirt New Writing Award. Selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2016, he was a featured poet at the Poets in Transylvania …

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Jane Simmons reviews Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems

TESTAMENT ANNE ELIZABETH BEVAN ISBN 978-1-910855-82-9 £10.00 Lapwing Publications, Belfast. Testament, Cork based poet Anne Bevan’s first collection of poems, has already received praise from reviewers:Anne’s poetry gets straight to the heart of the matter – whatever subject matter she alights upon. Her words transport you on an inner journey of the mind and soul; …

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Emma Lee reviews “Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers” by Rachel Coventry

Afternoon drinking in The Jolly Butchers feels like being invited to join in a casual conversation with a group you found yourself sitting near to in a pub or café because the conversation sounded interesting and the participants noticed your curiosity. That’s not to say that the conversation doesn’t tackle darker or intricate topics but the …

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The Goldsmiths Prize by Fiction Editor Mimi Gladman

The Man Booker Prize was won in October by Anna Burns, with her Northern Ireland-based novel of sexual coercion Milkman. There’s always a lot of media attention on the novels listed for the Man Booker, but I’m often equally or even more intrigued by the lesser-known Goldsmiths prize list. This is a British award launched …

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Emma Lee Reviews Bind by Christine Murray SB

Bind Christine Murray Turas Press https://turaspress.ie/shop/bind-by-christine-murray/ ISBN: 978-0-9957916-4-0, 72pp, €12 Christine Murray uses minimal, impressionistic language to convey images from the natural world.  bind is split into sections,  bind ,  a hierarchy of halls ,  babel,  wintering and Dawn, the name of the last section rocks convention by having an initial capital. The lack of capitals signals to the reader …

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Dick Edelstein reviews: Fealty by Ricky Ray 

Fealty by Ricky Ray. Hardcover £16.99, 146 pp. Eyewear Publishing, 8 June 2018. ISBN: 978-1912477227 While many new writers have seized on expanding opportunities for publishing poetry collections, New York poet Ricky Ray, still in his thirties, has been biding his time, waiting nearly two decades to publish Fealty. His debut collection reveals an evolved writing …

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Sarah Leavesley

Photo-poems: visual art and poetry combinations for a high-tech age by Sarah Leavesley

Although my working and creative life has mostly been as a writer, I’ve always loved photography. As a poet, the initial appeal for me in combining photos and poetry on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram was to try and reach new audiences – people who wouldn’t normally read poetry but did respond to …

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Poetry- Carla Scarano D’Antonio

Sailing North We left with cherry trees blossoming,people arranging polished hornsin a window.Opposite to southVegetation grew rusty,gold, scarlet redsilver grey, brown.Inhaling thro,branches torn barefrozen. North:thorn, torn, hornton, not. What the world throws at me she loses the world in her bellyher thighs are fractions of petalsher face is a riotrain and smoke smile in a …

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Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon

Poetry- Ceinwen E Cariad Haydon

The Skater at the local rinkher skates cut trailsfingernails scratch wooden handrailsshe clings on for dear life.out in the woodsa lakemute swans skitter on floesmis-footed and beautifuliced crust watersurface strength deceptivehair cracks creepbeneath her weighticicles dangleDamocles bladespierce down from rocksfrozen airswells her lungsstretches themshapesblue-veined balloonspainedher breath freezes to death Backtrack Our afternoon hangs, heavy with …

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