Trees on Bear Road, Brendan Cleary

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Trees on Bear Road, Brendan Cleary, Sunk Island Publishing, £3.50 Reviewed by Jane Holland.

Still chipping away at the streetwise wordface, long-established poet Brendan Cleary excels at the pub anecdotal:


this guy at the urinal

turned round and stared

vomited white bile

the insides of his stomach

then crashed on the tiles

& died there & then

right in front of him


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DIVING FOR SHINY THINGS by Lisa B

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“Diving for Shiny Things’ is an appropriate title for this anthology by Canadian poet Lisa B.  I dived deep through fifty two poems, snagged my beak on what promised to be gold but, far too often developed into ‘therapeutic’ writing; and got my wings trapped underneath the sheer volume of this weigh...

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Below the Belt by Mia Darlone

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REVIEW: Below the Belt, Manchester July 2008

In 1986, along with 49,999 others, I was standing inside the home stadium of a West German football team in the centre of Cologne. It was late summer an...

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Poetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007?

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REVIEW: Performance Poetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007

There is a vibrant performance poetry scene at the Edinburgh Fringe.  The problem is finding it. 
 
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Drab Curtains & Mustard Walls by Darren Thomas

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REVIEW: Write Out Loud's Open Mic Night at the Howcroft Inn, Bolton 17th February 2008

The Howcroft with its authentic drab curtains and mustard coloured walls creates an impression of a well worn bu...

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Ugly Tree Reviewed by James Hartnell

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REVIEW: The Ugly Tree Issue 17 ISSN 1478-8349 Mucusart Publications £4.00
ed. Paul Neads

With 38 poems from 19 contributors including one featured poet, this A5 perfect-bound issue represents...

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Dropping the Mask by Dave Morgan

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Review: Rosie Garland (pictured) and Aaron Murdoch at Dead Good Poets Society, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Wed 15 April 2008

The performances of Rosie Lugosi and Chloe Poems have generally left me ...

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Better Late... By Louise Coulson

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REVIEW: Write Out Loud's Open Mic Night at the Tudor House, Wigan 10th April 2008

After a late start - the guy who usually does the sound had doubled booked and was rehearsing with his b...

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