Category Archives: Poetry

From the Void: It’s Fiction Reaches Out

Let’s begin with the rudimentary; this is not a book for philistines: the cover art of the book was posted on a social media site and was considered as possibly not meeting the site’s standards on nudity. The issue is

From the Void: It’s Fiction Reaches Out

Let’s begin with the rudimentary; this is not a book for philistines: the cover art of the book was posted on a social media site and was considered as possibly not meeting the site’s standards on nudity. The issue is

Everyone I Love Is A Stranger To Someone

  Annelyse Gelman is a fearless writer. Unafraid of vulnerability, of her own sublime awkwardness, of delving deeply into pain, she reaches out towards her readers with her emotional transparency, which is never mawkish, never self-indulgent, but self-aware, wise and

Everyone I Love Is A Stranger To Someone

  Annelyse Gelman is a fearless writer. Unafraid of vulnerability, of her own sublime awkwardness, of delving deeply into pain, she reaches out towards her readers with her emotional transparency, which is never mawkish, never self-indulgent, but self-aware, wise and

The Affirmation of Poetry

Do you read Harper’s Magazine? You know, the “oldest general-interest monthly in America … with its emphasis on fine writing and original thought … with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture”? They published an article back

The Affirmation of Poetry

Do you read Harper’s Magazine? You know, the “oldest general-interest monthly in America … with its emphasis on fine writing and original thought … with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture”? They published an article back

Jeffrey Wainwright – The Reasoner

The world of Jeffrey Wainwright’s The Reasoner tends to be one underlined by controlled and self-assured impulses, whether the poems are dealing with generalised subjects and people or those drawn directly from his own sphere of experience. Reinscribed into the

Jeffrey Wainwright – The Reasoner

The world of Jeffrey Wainwright’s The Reasoner tends to be one underlined by controlled and self-assured impulses, whether the poems are dealing with generalised subjects and people or those drawn directly from his own sphere of experience. Reinscribed into the

Cordelia

If Grace Chia’s first collection Womango (1998) is, as its poet’s preface confides, about “the fuel which boils [the poet’s] blood and [her] womanhood,”[1] then what confronts us in Cordelia is a celebration of womanhood “gorgeous / head above water

Cordelia

If Grace Chia’s first collection Womango (1998) is, as its poet’s preface confides, about “the fuel which boils [the poet’s] blood and [her] womanhood,”[1] then what confronts us in Cordelia is a celebration of womanhood “gorgeous / head above water

Live in beauty and (im)possibilities

“All I want to do is make poetry famous.” Almost half way through Life Cycle by Dena Rash Guzman, the eloquent screamer David Lerner’s quote popped up, as I was still busy accepting my fate as a poetry reviewer –

Live in beauty and (im)possibilities

“All I want to do is make poetry famous.” Almost half way through Life Cycle by Dena Rash Guzman, the eloquent screamer David Lerner’s quote popped up, as I was still busy accepting my fate as a poetry reviewer –

to be near the mother in her dark place: Medbh McGuckian’s The High Caul Cap

With its talismanic title, the latest collection by Belfast poetess Medbh McGuckian, The High Caul Cap, sets in motion a flurry of gestures. The “caul,” An cul in the Gaelic, refers to an amniotic sack, once thought to be a

to be near the mother in her dark place: Medbh McGuckian’s The High Caul Cap

With its talismanic title, the latest collection by Belfast poetess Medbh McGuckian, The High Caul Cap, sets in motion a flurry of gestures. The “caul,” An cul in the Gaelic, refers to an amniotic sack, once thought to be a