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The Sentence by J.A. Sutherland

I saw him on the first day, in the middle one of the three phone boxes that stand half way up the mile. I’d seen other street performers (though I’m not sure he could be described as such) use this phone-box in previous years. One year, a man in top hat and tails stood blowing […]

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Book Review: Love and Eskimo Snow

Ideas-driven fiction is perilous ground for writers at any stage of their career. It poses the constant challenge of balancing the insistent voice of theme with the integral components of the story itself – character, plot and pacing. Too much theme, and you risk turning your fiction into a political pamphlet – too much story, […]

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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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