The Half-Life of Snails

Morgan Davies admires this intriguing human story in which the nuclear debate is wrapped in a powerful exploration of personal and social development

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Sisters Helen and Jennifer live in the shadow of Wylfa Nuclear Power Station. Growing up in a sheep-farming family on the north coast of Anglesey, Wyl …

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Catullus: Shibari Carmina

Jemma L King advises, ‘when in Rome, join a fetish club’, as she marvels at an exciting, breathing, timeless new adaptation, aided by Japanese rope bondage

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The term ‘confessional poet’ is obviously less of a descriptor and more of a slur, largely aimed at mid-century female writers. But go back far enough …

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Much with Body

Ed Garland is overjoyed to find a book of poems that explores the troublesome parts, as well as the beautiful aspects, of nature and embodiment

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The voices in these poems describe troubled thresholds and uneasy mixtures: frogs invade houses and ‘sprout out of the skirting, / flimsy as pinkie fi …

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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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The Works of Gwerful Mechain [A Broadview Anthology of British Literature edition]

Chris Moss notes that sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows in Medieval literature, and delights in these vivacious and deftly constructed translations that positively bounce along, shining a light on this worthy, if less prolific, rival to Chaucer and Dafydd ap Gwilym

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

As every schoolgirl or boy lucky enough to be introduced to Chaucer knows, sex and the sacred were sweaty bedfellows during the Medieval period. If th …

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Dear Body

Helen Mort

PUBLISHED ON: 07/05/19

CATEGORY: Poetry

In the shower, my mum is a Picasso drawing – the diagonals of her crutches, shell-scoops of her breasts, the folded cloth of her back and the jut of h …

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Blood & Other Elements, Inside the Animal House and Sherpas

Assessing these three poetry pamphlets from Rack Press, Suzannah V Evans is struck by a shared fascination with the intricacies of bone and body

PUBLISHED ON: 23/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

‘The spines of larks and quails, widgeon knuckles’, ‘the gristle of my dreams’, ‘“blood and gristle” the surgeons sing’. Reading these lines, it might …

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Hands

Jack Stewart

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/18

CATEGORY: Poetry

Clasp them together. Mix Paint and blood, innocence And the violation of innocence… Jack Stewart was educated at the University of Alabama and Emory …

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A Boat Called Annalise

Vicky MacKenzie is disappointed by these flat-footed memories of ocean-going, especially when poets might be expected to elevate and enrich literature of travel

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/16

CATEGORY: Reviews

Hjelmgaard is a New Yorker who lives in London; she has connections to Wales through her daughter, who resides in Aberystwyth, and she also worked on …

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