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

Review of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

First published on Indie Blu(e) Publishing.  I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal is Young Adult fiction with its finger keenly on the pulse of current affairs. Told through dual narrative, Jones and Segal collaborate to tell the story of one turbulent night shared and survived by Lena and Campbell.  … Continue reading Review of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

Review of Another Day in Paradise, H. M. Reynolds

This is Reynolds’ third chapbook and it is clear to see her writing gets better with every collection. I said this after reading Mislilac but the growth present in Another Day in Paradise is palpable. Reynolds’ work has always been raw, truthful and visceral but in this collection she interwove cutting intelligence, vulnerability and aching … Continue reading Review of Another Day in Paradise, H. M. Reynolds

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