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

Review of A Mockingbird On Blackity Street, Tenae Wolfe

Wolfe's second collection, released to coincide with Black History Month in the United Kingdom (in October), embraces and embodies the voices and histories of people who demand to and deserve to be heard. Wolfe openly admits she cannot tell every story and can only write from what she knows but across this collection her words … Continue reading Review of A Mockingbird On Blackity Street, Tenae Wolfe

Advanced review of 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 with being beautifully human and complex. Only a few ever meet this expectation for me. Too often, poets try to be clever and value style over substance. Too often, contemporary poetry collections focus on … Continue reading Advanced review of Snowdrop: A Collection by Olivia Snowdrop

Review of The Virtue of Doubt, Jillian Richardson

Jillian Richardson's The Virtue of Doubt is fresh and different yet harnesses poetry and playwriting with the skill of the old greats. Richardson's words on love and family were Shakespearean in their poeticism and rhythm. Whilst Avaricia's words put me in mind of Euripides' Medea and Beloved recalled Sophocles' Antigone. Richardson's storytelling is stunning. A … Continue reading Review of The Virtue of Doubt, Jillian Richardson

Review of The Language of Ghosts, Lauren Poole

The Language of Ghosts is Lauren Poole's tremendous debut, raising the bar for 21st century poetry. Divided into three parts, 'preterite tense', 'imperfect tense' and 'present tense', Poole's deliberate and purposeful structure reminds the reader healing is not linear and nor is trauma. Similar to A. B. Cofer's Not Enough, Just Enough and Kait Quinn's … Continue reading Review of The Language of Ghosts, Lauren Poole