Featured Poets

Featured poets 2017-2018

Featured Poets of 2017 – 2018 gives us a chance to again shine a light on this wonderful selection of truly talented poets who we […]


Instapoets v Traditionalists

INSTA-POETRY, IS THIS ART? THE JURY IS STILL OUT In her editorial of issue 37, Shirley Bell weighed in and shared her view of the so-called […]


Edvard Munch: love and angst

Edvard Munch: love and angst ‘No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and […]

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Emma Lee -Reviews Editor

Emma Lee comes to us as Reviews Editor with extensive experience. As well as being a regular reviewer for The Blue Nib, Emma also reviews […]

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Helen Mort announces the winners of Chapbook Contest IV.

Trying to choose between poetry pamphlets is very different from choosing between individual poems. When I judge a single poem prize, I often feel like I’m doing the literary equivalent of speed dating: I’m waiting for a piece to come along that will sweep me off my feet, create an instant but lasting impression. Judging pamphlets feels like a much slower, fuller process. […]

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Poetry by DJ Tyrer

Babysitter Angry return home Classic misunderstanding Parents shout and scream Weren’t lit’rally meant to sit Squash their children into paste Bits I’m British around the […]


Poetry by Rodney Wood

PROTECTION, ADVANCED FLANK, REAR GUARDS AND OUTPOSTS a drawer of rusted hinges / screws / nails (bent) / screwdrivers / saws / pliers / lightbulbs […]


D.A. Lucas Poetry

We’ll Catch the Next One: a ghost and a gun meet again to talk before catching their trains away to some oblivion. the gun cackles […]


The Settlement-Chris Boyland

The Settlement I’d borrowed some of your words – ‘wrong’, ‘useless’, ‘stupid’, ‘useless’ (seem to have two of those – dunno – maybe one’s a […]


Pedigree – Fiction

‘Was that all right?’ he said, panting anxious. ‘Did you like it?’ Angie plumped her pillow as he eased away. ‘Oh, it was fine.’ She […]


Bella by the Rosebush – Fiction

It smelled like coffee again. Each morning—every morning, it seemed, that same crimson odor seeped into the walls and the sheets. Each morning—every morning, it […]


The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins – reviewed by Shirley Bell

The Last Time We Saw Strangers, by Christopher Hopkins Clare Songbirds Publishing House Chapbook Series Clare Songbirds Publishing House  Chapbook Series 140 Cottage Street, Auburn, New York, […]

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