Review of Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s, Jay Spencer Green

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  There is very little I can say without spoiling Green's humorous thriller, and it is difficult to review after reading the Acknowledgements section which extolled and indicted this novel in equal measure; as Green essentially thanked others for their patience whilst he wrote this bizarre tale. The book is exceptional … Continue reading Review of Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s, Jay Spencer Green

Review of Signs of Life: Poems for Remembering, Meg Bloom

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  Bloom’s debut collection is immediately reminiscent of Kaur and Lovelace as she combines pithy thoughts with extended pieces which demonstrate Bloom’s talent for creating raw and honest imagery. At times, this similarity let the collection down. My issue with the work of Kaur and Lovelace is how often the words … Continue reading Review of Signs of Life: Poems for Remembering, Meg Bloom


My stomach aches my belly aches for something new for something different until my palms sweat until my fists clench and I remember: and I remember: how awful new and different feel how awful risk-taking tastes how soon my stomach rumbles how soon my belly aches. Photograph & poem: © Kristiana Reed 2019 Between the Trees … Continue reading Bellyache

Enough – Kristiana Reed

My recent poem on Free Verse Revolution; the poem is from my recent collection, Between the Trees.


I wished for a mountain

with a babbling brook

a rock to climb

and a moment of calm,

where love, cannot touch you

except the swelling of your heart

as sunlight breaks through cloud

into bird song melody.

I dreamt of a forest

vast and crowded

with buzzing, bees and everything

in between,

where love, cannot find you

running through leaves

deeper into the moss.

I woke in a house

with brick walls

and plastered ceilings

at dawn, rosy and golden

a home and sanctuary,

in which love, was free

to touch and find me;

the girl who didn’t realise,

she was enough.

Kristiana Reed is a writer and an English Teacher living in the UK. She is the creator of My Screaming Twenties on WordPress and she recently released her debut poetry collection, Between the Trees. Her work has been published in several poetry anthologies (Swear To Me…

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The bitter turn in the air warns you it is your time to go; to make swift flight on Zephyr’s frost bitten wings and head south past leaves which fall in golds and onwards to the land of the liquid sun, melting into the Sahara’s horizon; slipping below the surface of the Nile to kiss … Continue reading Swallow