It was real. It was real. It was real to you. Alternating narrative between the past and present, History of Present Complaint by HLR (Close to the Bone Publishing) is a raw, and visceral collection of poetry and prose on mental illness. Post Complaint // Dirty Dishes was my favourite poem/prose. Perfection, and something not … Continue reading Book Review. History of Present Complaint by HL R.
A New Use for Words I used to hide inside them, use them as a way to feel ‘normal’ and safe, like a long sleeved jumper or a familiar place but now I write them, turn them into new phrases I wish I’d read somewhere when I was a child where the only blind people … Continue reading Book Review. Light Perception by Beth O’ Brien.
A Young Girl with a Dog and a Page Bartholomew Dandridge ca, 1725 oil on canvas perhaps because you and the dog have the same collar; perhaps, not for the first time, you know you are less important than the dog a darkness in the background, a dark and ghostly presence searing through history. In … Continue reading Book Review. A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson.
I traffic thoughts around regret, arrive at the edge of an answer. Sin is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty’s by Morag Anderson (Fly on the Wall Press) is a slight volume of poetry, which produced a sense of mystery and intrigue, writing of secrets, and religion, intimacy, violence and the darker side … Continue reading Book Review. Sin is Due to Open in a Room Above Kitty’s by Morag Anderson.
‘if you did a bit each day it wouldn’t get too much’ but it does, and it has, and I’m sinking. Leanne Cooper’s writing in Dark Days: Long Nights flows so easily and is immediately engaging. Prose The River, my favourite piece in the book, with the lines ‘I stand upon the old wooden bridge … Continue reading Book Review. Dark Days: Long Nights by Leanne Cooper.