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
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! The Virtue of Doubt by Jillian Richardson Jillian Richardson’s The Virtue of Doubt is fresh and different yet harnesses poetry and playwriting with the skill of the … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books: The Virtue of Doubt, Jillian Richardson
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! X and I by S. K. Nicholas When S. K. Nicholas announced the X and I snippets on his blog were to become a novel, I stopped reading them. … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books: X and I, S. K. Nicholas
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
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! The Colour of Hope by Jen Feroze “the world will feel too tight – the skin of a peach about to burst.” [For Louise] These lines from … Continue reading Top 10 Indie Books: The Colour of Hope, Jen Feroze
Free Verse Revolution has been relaunched as a literary magazine – now accepting poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, photography and visual art ❤
Happy new year!
Our first issue of 2021, will be titled hebe (the fountain of youth). Hebe was the Greek goddess of youth. She represented youth, especially eternal youth, and being in the prime of life; her Roman equivalent was Juventas. She was the daughter of Zeus and older sister of Hera, queen of the Olympian gods. She was the cupbearer to the gods at Mount Olympus until she married the deified Heracles (Hercules). Classical literature explored her powers to keep mortals and immortals youthful, suggesting she was revered by the other gods as a result.
While reading about Hebe, I recalled stories of The Fountain of Youth, written about by Herodotus in the 5th century BC. Clear parallels can be drawn between a goddess of youth and legendary a ‘fountain’ which in tales restores youth when you drink from its waters. For years, explorers have searched for it…
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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway This was the first book by Hemingway I read and it was the perfect introduction to his style and brilliant economy with the English language. It's autobiographical and follows his time in Paris. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath I haven't stopped thinking about this book since reading it. … Continue reading Top Ten Books 2020
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
"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
after Kait Quinn The girl, the husk powdery to touch, frightened of fear and the secrets it keeps. The awe in my eyes when I see you, stitched in the elegant bow of willow trees. Love and beauty, the kingdom of frost melting into mid-july, the childhood of us. The begging, words thick with dust, … Continue reading What are you letting go of?