Advance Review of History of Present Complaint, HLR

History of Present Complaint by HLR cleverly interweaves the terrifying past with the equally frightening present. HLR’s debut is brave and raw as she stoutly refuses to shy away from the palatable. This collection of poetry and prose transgresses boundaries and will evoke a deep-seated grief and ache within any reader.  HLR’s work focuses on … Continue reading Advance Review of History of Present Complaint, HLR

Advance Review of Moonglow on Mercy Street, John Biscello

"stepping boldly and bravely / into the glaring unknown."[Floodlights] Moonglow on Mercy Street is John Biscello's newest poetry collection which reflects on the past year and showcases Biscello's wondrous talent for poetry and storytelling. Part one of this collection is beautifully kind to the reader: 'bless your broken softly' [How the Light Gets In]. 'Birthing … Continue reading Advance Review of Moonglow on Mercy Street, John Biscello

Advance Review: I Saw Myself Alive in a Coffin by Kait Quinn

I Saw Myself Alive in a Coffin, Kait Quinn's second poetry collection, begins with a wonderful author's note detailing Quinn's honest intentions. Through her experience with depression, grief and suicidal ideation, Death and thinking about death became ever present in Quinn's consciousness and so in her poetry too. And yet, Quinn does not seek to … Continue reading Advance Review: I Saw Myself Alive in a Coffin by Kait Quinn

Top 10 Indie Books: Snowdrop: A Collection, Olivia Snowdrop

To celebrate my ten favourite indie/self-published books of 2020, over the next 10 days I will reshare my reviews of these wonderful books and links to buy them! Snowdrop: A Collection by Olivia Snowdrop When I read a poetry collection I always look for honesty. I search for the raw and brutal truth which comes … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books: Snowdrop: A Collection, Olivia Snowdrop

Review of All The Things I Never Said, Jennie Louise

All The Things I Never Said by Jennie Louise is a short, personal collection of poetry exploring relationships with family, lovers, strangers and the self. The illustrations by Gina Stavrou complement the pieces gorgeously as Louise reminisces and pines for the past as well as the present in beautifully nostalgic pieces. 'To family' opens with … Continue reading Review of All The Things I Never Said, Jennie Louise

Advance review of The Colour of Hope, Jen Feroze

"the world will feel too tight - the skin of a peachabout to burst." [For Louise] These lines from Feroze’s poem,‘For Louise’, from her debut collection The Colour of Hope beautifully and evocatively summarise the collective experience of people across the globe, this year. ‘For Louise’ spoke of a universal hope which the Foreword of … Continue reading Advance review of The Colour of Hope, Jen Feroze