Issue III: playlist

Free Verse Revolution:

Alongside the mood boards created last week, our editor has also created a Spotify playlist to accompany Issue III.

The playlist is public and you can listen to it here. It has been curated to be listened to in order but, of course, feel free to dip in and out of it as you please.


Full track list:

Pray You Catch Me – Beyonce

Martha’s Harbour – All About Eve

Metal & Dust – London Grammar

Andare – Ludovico Einaudi

Full Circle – Half Moon Run

Things We Lost in the Fire – Bastille

Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones

Mother’s Daughter – Miley Cyrus

This Is What Makes Us Girls – Lana Del Rey

Woman – Kesha

Family Portrait – P!nk

Burn – Phillipa Soo

Divenire – Ludovico Einaudi

When – dodie

Saturn – Sleeping At Last

She Used To Be Mine – Sara Bareilles

Over The Rainbow…

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Issue III: hestia (hearth & home)

Free Verse Revolution:

Submissions are now open for Free Verse Revolution’s third issue of 2021! Issue III will be centred around the goddess Hestia (Vesta), home, belonging, heart(h), family and our foundations.

Hestia was the guardian of the home, the family and the state. She refused to be married and stayed a virgin goddess, seen as the centre of all things we tie our identity to. Her Roman equivalent was Vesta, which led to the Vestal Virgins in the city: a cult of six priestesses who watched over a flame in Rome. It was said that if this flame was allowed to burn out, Rome would fall.

Issue III invites you to interpret the ideas of home, the hearth, belonging, and guardianship, as well as explore Hestia’s story or the cult of the Vestal Virgins. Home is not always a place. We seek belonging in people, in feelings and in our history. Family…

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Review of Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths, Helen Morales

A fascinating and sometimes damning exploration of how classical mythology has been used by the Western world to either perpetuate patriarchal norms and expectations or to dismantle them. Morales gives long needed attention too to how myth can be subverted by women, people of colour and the LGBTQ+ community; she reveals the intersectional nature of … Continue reading Review of Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths, Helen Morales

Sand sisters

for Aimée Divisions had already been drawn before you were born —  our blood would be thick but we were pulled from different rivers, silt running down our thighs:   I remember the morning I held you, brushing distance from your brow and learning your name,  just as you would learn mine — stumbling over … Continue reading Sand sisters

Issue II released

Issue II from FVR is now available to download!

Free Verse Revolution:

Issue II: hermes (the kaleidoscope) is now available to download!

The digital download is completely free but if you wish to donate/pay as you feel, you can do so through the Donate tab.

Our summer issue celebrates the abstract, surrealism and the multi-faceted with many contributors reflecting upon life and death.

Thank you to our incredible contributors: Jaya Avendel, Ingrid B., Enrico Barigazzi, Renwick Berchild, clementine valerie black, George J Cardy, Jodie Duffy, Elisa, Kim Escobar, Tan Ruey Fern, Cassie Fielding, Karen Fraser, Pieter L. Harreman, Ginger Harris, Sarah E. Hoffman, Jess Janz, Richard LeDue, ESH Leighton, Dee Li, Liyona, Malgosia lp, Sarah Bellum Mental, Gabriela Marie Milton, Jay Mora-Shihadeh, Ellie Morfou, Navila Nahid, Vanessa Napolitano, S. K. Nicholas, Jonathan O’Farrell, Ellie Onka, Lisa Perkins, Victoria Punch, L. Stevens, Kristiana Reed, Nick Reeves, Lynn White, Howard Young, Lori Zybala.


I hope you enjoy Issue II immensely. It was a…

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Review of We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, Samra Habib

Habib’s memoir is beautiful and found me at just the right time. Not only does she write openly and movingly about being queer and her relationship with Islam, Habib also writes about coming of age and childhood trauma in a way which has forever touched me. The prevalence of belonging in this memoir is what … Continue reading Review of We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, Samra Habib