Tag Archive: poetry review

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

“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

OCEAN DEEP: J. O. Morgan’s ‘In Casting Off’

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J. O. Morgan, In Casting Off (HappenStance, 2015) Review by Matt Macdonald From a critical standpoint, it would be all too easy to compare In Casting Off with Morgan’s earlier narrative collections, Natural Mechanical and… 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

Poems of Quiet Devastation: Kate Hendry’s ‘The Lost Original’

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Kate Hendry, The Lost Original (HappenStance, 2016) Review by Kylie Grant Speaking at Wigtown Book Festival recently, Michel Faber was asked why he had chosen poetry over fiction to explore his wife’s death from cancer.… Continue reading

WE WERE PUNKS ONCE: GRAHAM FULTON’S ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY DENISOVICH

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Graham Fulton, One Day in the Life of Jimmy Denisovich (Middlesbrough, Smokestack, 2014) by Calum Rodger Half-way through Glasgow poet Graham Fulton’s latest collection, One Day in the Life of Jimmy Denisovich, there’s a… Continue reading

THE CUP HALF FULL: Stewart Conn’s The Touch of Time

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This review accompanies the conversation conducted between Richie McCaffery, Gerry Cambridge, and Stewart Conn which you can find here. Stewart Conn The Touch of Time: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2014) by Richie McCaffery In… Continue reading

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