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BOOK REVIEW: Humanagerie Edited by Sarah Doyle & Allen Ashley

‘Inspired by notions of the animalistic, Humanagerie is a vivid exploration of the nebulous intersection between human and beast […] these thirty-two poems and thirteen short stories explore emergence and existence, survival and self-mythology, and the liminal hinterland between humanity and animality.’  Edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley, Humanagerie is a collection of quality –

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BOOK REVIEW: Where the Road Runs Out by Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes’ third collection with Manchester’s ever-reliable Comma Press is a bittersweet gem. Writing mostly in a kind of disciplined free verse, Holmes runs her eye across a wealth of strange material, exploring the private dreams of pylons, the curious properties of sinkholes and how best to react when transforming into a sea horse. Yet

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BOOK REVIEW: A Herring Famine by Adam O’Riordan

For his debut collection, In the Flesh, Adam O’Riordan demonstrated a leaning towards the past and a fluidity of form, both of which bent naturally to his rich, allusive style. As Andrew Motion writes in the blurb for this new volume, here is a poet with ‘tremendous delicacy of feeling and expression’, and so he

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POETRY: News Brief by Leila Chatti

News Brief * Going about my day, sometimes I glimpse the news corralled in the narrow margins of my bright screen, and often it depresses me. Like today, a life reduced to two lines small enough to cover with my thumb: Man shoots himself in mall. No one hurt. How quickly we forget these strangers

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INTERVIEW: Leila Chatti. “Poems felt like little prayers.”

Leila Chatti Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet. The recipient of a scholarship from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and prizes from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest and 8th Annual Poetry Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets, her poems appear in Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Tin House, Narrative,The Missouri

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