A Mind of Winter: Notes on Exile

As every immigrant knows, Rebecca Ruth Gould writes of the poet Ilya Kaminsky (and other exiles), everything you thought you knew, you have to learn all over again; best cultivate a ‘mind of winter’

PUBLISHED ON: 02/08/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Memoir

As every immigrant knows, Rebecca Ruth Gould writes of the poet Ilya Kaminsky (and other exiles), everything you thought you knew, you have to learn a …

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The Leading Question

Belinda Cooke recommends this no holds barred condemnation of the crime against humanity that was the Irish Famine

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

    Roger Elkin The High Window Press     This collection has Elkin rising to his own challenge:   Who will set down their narrative th …

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Planet Blues

PUBLISHED ON: 26/04/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Feature length, Reviews, review-essay

It’s early winter. I’ve just been for a walk in a field. It’s part of the large estate that surrounds my home – a rented, retired 1830s farmhouse – an …

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Let Me Tell You What I Saw

Shara Atashi finds that the cruelty of war is a universal theme in this dual language Arabic-English long poem written by a soldier of the Iraq war, and makes broader comparisons with English and American war poetry and fiction

PUBLISHED ON: 30/03/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

The effect of this long poem (an abridged dual-language Arabic-English version of the 550-page poem ‘Uruk’s Anthem’) could be described as a shellshoc …

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The Listening Project

Ed Garland is inspired by a hybrid form of fiction built from and creatively perceived through restricted signals, exploring varieties of listening and sensory experience

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Listening Project follows the life of a woman called Imogen, whose difficulties arise both from her hearing loss and from family tensions over her …

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Grand Larcenies: Translations and Imitations of Ten Dutch Poets

The translator’s aim is the creation of a natural artefact in the target language, Scott Emblen-Jarrett writes of this collection inspired by Minhinnick’s The Adulterer's Tongue

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

As a translator, the question of untranslatability is a topic that I often find rearing its head, especially when it comes to poetry, a genre that for …

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When the Swimming Pool Fell in the Sea

The immediacy of Carole Coates’ poems reads as a diary kept in real time, on subjects of illness, memory and grief, writes Ellie Rees

PUBLISHED ON: 22/02/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

This is where the story which is a true story changes and the third person becomes an unrepentant ‘I’.   Carole Coates’ When the Swimming Pool Fell in …

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Auscultation

Ellie Rees is startled and intrigued by a selection of poems that separates into explorations of inner and outer states, of the animal and the human body

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The front cover is tempting: a mysterious title, Auscultation, a quotation that describes the collection as ‘unique and utterly original’ and an image …

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Odetta in Babylon and the Canada Express

PUBLISHED ON: 25/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Published in 1968, twelve years after Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Gregorio Kohon’s Odetta in Babylon and the Canada Express was, if not quite a landmark, t …

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Forms of Exile: Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva

Filip Noubel admires a translation of a prolific Russian poet for whom exile is home

PUBLISHED ON: 08/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Poetry is the place where meaning remains an open question. When engaging with a poem, the reader is offered a rare gift: the freedom to interpret con …

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