Review of The Rocky Orchard, Barbara Monier

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  The Rocky Orchard is Monier’s fourth novel and a testament to her experience and craft. Monier captures Mazie, the novel’s protagonist, exceptionally. From four years old to her late twenties, Mazie’s characterisation is realistic and charts her growth as a young woman; whilst still reminding us all of the traits … Continue reading Review of The Rocky Orchard, Barbara Monier

Review of Epiphaneia, Richard Georges

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery.  Written during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Epiphaneia is a collection which explores life, loss, grief and community. From the very beginning, Georges speaks with maturity, experience and wisdom; immediately placing Epiphaneia above several, current poetry releases as its poetic calibre ensures it deserves a space on everyone’s bookshelf. At … Continue reading Review of Epiphaneia, Richard Georges

Review of The Girl in the Purple Room, Patrick Baird

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery. The eponymous piece of this collection is its crowning glory and it left me wishing Baird had written a collection of short prose rather than poetry. This short piece immediately transports the reader into a twilight zone between reality and distortion. The end is utterly bizarre but in a way … Continue reading Review of The Girl in the Purple Room, Patrick Baird

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