The Weather in Normal: Carrie Etter, Seren

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Carrie Etter is one of the few writers who, when I hear she has a new book coming out, I get all excited about because I know it’s not going to disappoint. Her last book, Imagined Sons, was a series of prose poems about what the son she gave up for adoption might be like. It was inventive, innovative and also full of deep feelings and very moving. Those two ideas – inventive and moving – don’t alw...

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This Phantom Breath: Henry Normal, Flapjack

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The cover of Henry Normal’s collection The Department of Lost Wishes features a youthful poet in a garish jacket and a huge badge that asks “Are we having fun yet?”. The answer from me is a resounding “Yes” although many of the poems - especially the later ones – have a wistful and sometimes sad qua...

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The Healing Next Time: Roy McFarlane, Nine Arches Press

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Roy McFarlane’s second collection, published during Black History Month last year, is a serious and determined attempt to document in poetry institutional and everyday racism in Britain. There is ange...

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Blackbird, Bye Bye: Moniza Alvi, Bloodaxe

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Moniza Alvi was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hertfordshire. After working for many years as a secondary school teacher in London, she is now a freelance writer and tutor, and lives in Wymondham, No...

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The Best of a Bad Situation: Jamie Thrasivoulou, Silhouette Press

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In performance Jamie Thrasivoulou has a sten gun delivery. It is the rhythmical bang, bang, bang of the best of ranters’ performance poetry, laying audiences to waste with a voice that is described as...

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Elastic Man: Paul McGrane, Indigo Dreams

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Paul McGrane’s debut collection is an enjoyable glimpse into the mind of a man whose tastes, formed in the last decades of the 20th century, will chime with those of many readers today. His title ackn...

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Where the road runs out: Gaia Holmes, Comma Press

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Gaia Holmes is a Halifax-based poet and creative writing tutor who has previously made a living as a busker, a cleaner, a gallery attendant, an oral historian, and a lollipop lady. The first section o...

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Five Views of Mount Fuji: Myra Schneider, Fisherrrow Press

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Myra Schneider was born in 1936, and grew up in Scotland, London, and Sussex. She has published a number of poetry collections, writes essays and reviews for literary magazines, and has co-edited anth...

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Tutti Frutti: Konstandinos Mahoney, SPM

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A skilled observer, Konstandinos Mahoney communicates his enthusiasm for life and language in every poem of Tutti Frutti, his honest, warm and perceptive first collection, which was second prize winne...

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The Wear and Tear of Conversation: Charlotte Harker, Dempsey & Windle

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Charlotte Harker’s The Wear and Tear of Conversation is an ironic and humorous account of the interactions between the self and its surroundings. The transgender poet and artist deals with depression ...

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