The front cover is tempting: a mysterious title, Auscultation, a quotation that describes the collection as ‘unique and utterly original’ and an image of a butterfly resting on a stethoscope. On the back, the claim that the poems explore ‘the brutal and beautiful world of being a vet and a stepmother’ is startling. The first […]
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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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Inhale / Exile

Shara Atashi hails a vigorous poetry collection, epic in proportions and in theme: the history of war-torn Iraq

PUBLISHED ON: 03/11/21

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

Abeer Ameer’s vigorous poetry collection Inhale/Exile is an epic and a storybook in one. Epic, because the single poems are pieces of a whole body, st …

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The History of Wales in Twelve Poems, A Last Respect: The Roland Mathias Prize Anthology of Contemporary Welsh Poetry

Chris Moss on two anthologies which prove that Welsh poetry in English is in robust health

PUBLISHED ON: 01/11/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

The art of the poetry anthology is a competitive arena. You have the celeb selections (Amis on Larkin, Cerys Matthews on her whims), the ‘authoritativ …

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Poem and Interview with Steven Hastings to Celebrate National Poetry Day 2021

Steven Hastings shares the thinking behind 'Memory Clinic II' in an interview with New Welsh Review

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Author process

Memory Clinic II Welcome to the memory clinic. Do you know why you are here?                                                                           …

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Flashbacks and Flowers

Natalia Elliot reviews Rufus Mufasa's poetry collection about transgenerational trauma and motherhood

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Audio review

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Poetry Showcase: ‘Stranger to Yourself’

Poetry showcase video by Tayler Walters and Natalia Elliot, with poems by John Barnie, Emma Baines and Matthew Jarvis

PUBLISHED ON: 07/10/21

CATEGORY: Poetry, Showcase video

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Lumen

Katrina Naomi is delighted by a poetry collection that is exuberant, smart, utterly original and full of dog-originating philosophy for wellbeing and recovery

PUBLISHED ON: 01/10/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tiffany Atkinson’s Lumen begins with a quotation from Aneurin Bevan, which feels as radical and apposite now as it did when he said it in 1948:   …

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Road Trip

Pam Thompson recommends a compassionate, complex poetry collection of the Windrush generation and rural Gwent

PUBLISHED ON: 01/07/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

Marvin Thompson was born in London to Jamaican parents and now lives in south Wales. His debut collection, Road Trip https://www.peepaltreepress.com/b …

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