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FAITH IN GREATER THINGS: ANA BLANDIANA’S ‘THE SUN OF HEREAFTER / THE EBB OF THE SENSES’

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Ana Blandiana, The Sun of Hereafter/The Ebb of the Senses, Trans. Paul Scott Derrick and Viorica Patea (Bloodaxe Books, 2017). Originally published in 2000 & 2004. Review by Matt MacDonald The Sun Of Hereafter bristles… Continue reading

“THE HASH SMOKERS ARE GOING OUT TO SHOPLIFT SCOTCH EGGS”: CHERYL FOLLON’S ‘SANTIAGO’

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Cheryl Follon, Santiago (Bloodaxe Books, 2017) Review by A. C. Clarke. ‘I took my insomnia down the white-hot heat of a two-mile strip’: from the first sentence of the first poem in this beguiling… Continue reading

QUEEN OF HER OWN UNIVERSE: TRACEY HERD’S ‘NOT IN THIS WORLD’

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Tracey Herd Not in This World (Bloodaxe, 2015) By Jacqueline Thompson On the 10th of June 1987, American actress Elizabeth Hartman threw herself from the window of her fifth floor Pittsburgh apartment. Haunted by… Continue reading

FUELLING THE FIRE: CLAIRE ASKEW’S ‘THIS CHANGES THINGS’

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Claire Askew, This Changes Things (Bloodaxe, 2016) Review by Vicki Husband ‘Dukkha’ – a complex Buddhist concept of the suffering that is inherent in life – is the poem that opens this collection.… Continue reading

Line Drawings, and Other Diagrams: Miriam Gamble’s ‘Pirate Music’

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Miriam Gamble, Pirate Music (Bloodaxe, 2015) by Matt Macdonald The surest sign of a cohesive collection is that something of it lingers in the mind after the reading, and even more telling is that this… Continue reading

THE SOUND OF SILENCE: ANA BLANDIANA’S ‘MY NATIVE LAND A4’

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Ana Blandiana, My Native Land A4 (Bloodaxe, 2014 [2010]). Trans. Paul Scott Derrick and Viorica Patea. by Matt MacDonald Coming to this collection as an outsider, to both the native language of the poems and… Continue reading

REFRAMING HOPE AND DOUBT: RODDY LUMSDEN’S ‘NOT ALL HONEY’

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Roddy Lumsden, Not All Honey (Bloodaxe, 2014) By Laurie Donaldson This new collection by the ever-inventive Roddy Lumsden, published by Bloodaxe Books, is a beautiful fusion of insights about personal experience in thought-provoking… Continue reading

SNOWLIGHT AND SUNLIGHT: PAULINE STAINER’S TIGER FACING THE MIST

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Pauline Stainer, Tiger Facing the Mist (Bloodaxe, 2013). by Stephanie Green. Pauline Stainer is noted for her minimalist, acutely precise poetry, working through an accretion of images, a balance of the concrete with the subliminal… Continue reading

2013: Reads of the Year – Calum Rodger

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Nathan Hamilton (ed.) Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (2013, Bloodaxe) It’s probably true that the UK poetry world is richer, more varied and more vital than ever, which is… Continue reading

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