Category Archive: Review

I AM MADE MORE UNEVEN ABOVE THE HEART: ‘THE CELERY FOREST’ BY CATHERINE GRAHAM

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The Celery Forest. Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn: Buckrider Books, 2017) Review by P.W. Bridgman After I read The Celery Forest the first time—from beginning to end in one sitting—I found my heart… Continue reading

The Burden of Gratitude: ‘The Ungrateful Refugee’ by Dina Nayeri

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Dina Nayeri, The Ungrateful Refugee (Canongate, 2018) By Lynnda Wardle Living in a crumbling Italian hotel-turned-refugee camp, the 8-year old Dina Nayeri witnesses a story as old as time itself. While everyone waits… Continue reading

“Sounds how the cutting of time might”: O. at the Edge of the Gorge by Martyn Crucefix

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O, At the Edge of the Gorge. Martyn Crucefix (Guillemot Press, 2018) Review by Alison Graham Martyn Crucefix has a remarkable body of work behind him, ranging from the equal parts startling and… Continue reading

Even More Mad: Ariana Harwicz, ‘Feebleminded’, translated by Carolina Orloff and Annie McDermott

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‘An Evening with Ariana Harwicz’ took place at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on 26th April 2019. The discussion was chaired by translator Daniel Hahn, and featured translator and Charco Press editor Carolina Orloff.… Continue reading

The Mundane Goes Weird: ‘Live Show: Drink Included’ by Vicky Grut

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Vicky Grut, Live Show: Drink Included (Holland Park Press, 2018) By Lynnda Wardle “Perhaps it sounds uncaring” says one of the characters in Vicky Grut’s fine debut collection Live Show: Drink Included, “but… Continue reading

LYRIC MEDIUMS: Kate Bush’s ‘How To Be Invisible’

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Kate Bush How To Be Invisible (Faber, 2018) by Becky Varley-Winter In her lyrics to ‘The Sensual World’, Kate Bush draws inspiration from Molly Bloom, the ‘Penelope’ figure and ‘mountain flower’ whose orgasm… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2018: Richard Price

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Amy Chazkel, Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life (Duke University Press, 2011) I have been interested in Brazil since a school project in primary school. And… Continue reading

FROM MECHANISMS, TOWARDS THE HUMAN BODY: ALISON GRAHAM REVIEWS TIMOTHY OGENE’S ‘DESCENT & OTHER POEMS’

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Timothy Ogene Descent & Other Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2016) Review by Alison Graham The word descent encompasses many possibilities, affording breadth as well as depth. What kind is happening here? The word might… Continue reading

PARTIAL SYMMETRIES: Norah Lange’s ‘People in the Room’ and Carla Maliandi’s ‘The German Room’

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Norah Lange, People in the Room, translated by Charlotte Whittle (And Other Stories, 2018) Carla Maliandi, The German Room, translated by Frances Riddle (Charco Press, 2018) By Rebecca DeWald “Reality is partial to… Continue reading

REVIEW, BUT NOT REALLY A REVIEW: EDWARD O’DWYER READS ALI WHITELOCK’S ‘AND MY HEART CRUMPLES LIKE A COKE CAN’

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Ali Whitelock, and my heart crumples like a coke can (Wakefield Press, 2018) Review by Edward O’Dwyer When you first pick up a copy of and my heart crumples like a coke can you’ll… Continue reading

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