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I Sing the Body Electric: Poetry & Social Media

My copy of Mira Gonzalez’s ‘I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together’ came with a card from the publisher, Brooklyn based Sorry House. On the card are some words, including ‘To show our affection, here’s a photo of our first author Mira Gonzalez’s ass.’ This is the least interesting thing to note […]

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The Flood by Laurel Peterson

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby - Langston Hughes When it rains in Arizona it smells like peppers. Not the painfully spicy scent of ghost peppers with their white and burning flesh, but sweet and exotic like bell peppers, […]

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Deserter

… he crossed the border          The great river bed with cold water whispering on the pebbles and the distant mountain, snow-capped, steep and hard to reach in black fatigues, no automatic weapon, good army boots, a polished buckle on his belt, the trip, nigh on impossible yet he was strong in arms and legs and […]

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Book Review: Advanced Immorality

In the autumn of 2013, la quenelle swept France. Authorities were aghast as teenagers saturated Facebook with quenelle photos; when a French West Bromwich striker performed the gesture in celebration, his contract was terminated. While many of its practitioners pleaded ignorance,the gesture’s true significance was obvious. Left hand perched on the right shoulder, right arm […]

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Book Review: Protest of the Physical

theory   there is beauty in the ordinary the row of shops on Shambles Street the day chasing its own shadow  I don’t think there has ever before been an attempt to interweave Thom Gunn, Barnsley and a chorus of graffiti into one extended poetry sequence but McMillan has pulled it off with the soulful yet energetic […]

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Book Review: CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets

‘not knowing names doesn’t make it something less’ from‘just because I do this, doesn’t mean’, by Andrew McMillan In Oscar Wilde’s play ‘The Importance Of Being Ernest’ Gwendolen says she has always wanted to marry someone named Ernest: ‘There is something in that name that inspires absolute confidence.’ Poets don’t build a name overnight; they […]

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