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My Baby Shot Me Down: An Anthology

The contemporary woman poet is rarely heard and scarcely published, but always she writes, scribbling away because she must. Compiling the work of ten up-and-coming poets through flash fiction and poetry, My Baby Shot Me Down reflects on this art and draws out diverse, new ways of reading women and […]

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Crossing The North Sea

I never used to get poetry. I mean, sure I liked some nice lines of beautiful words put together to form some clever or romantic idea. You know, like Keates. But when it came to anything more opaque, snarly or flighty, I would usually turn away in slightly dismissive unease. Until […]

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Scunnered

Encarta says that ‘gallus’ means ‘daring in a cocky or foolhardy way’. That sounds about right. Dillon’s 250 or so kicks-in the-shin do not only deviate from the traditional haiku in terms of content and structure: they also lack the humility characteristic of the form. The result is a sometimes […]

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New Collected Poems

It is always intimidating to approach the collected poems of a Nobel Prize winner. It’s also rare that the majority of a Nobel Prize winner’s work can be read in a single evening. Tranströmer has repeatedly been praised by critics for his approachability – and this must be due in […]

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The Wrecking Light

Robin Robertson’s fourth book of poems is a tense and slight bundle that lingers – almost teeters – between themes of absence and loss and an assertive authorial presence. The speaker haunting the first poem of The Wrecking Light isn’t there – or “almost” isn’t (‘Album’). In the book’s last piece, he pleads […]

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The Floating Man

The Floating Man is a collection of short poems which, unlike some poetry, is an accessible piece of art and shouldn’t fail to attract a wide audience. Its language is unpretentious and topics such as the natural world, history and music are a familiar starting point to enjoy these short thought-provoking […]