Review of A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib

A Little Devil in America by music critic and poet Hanif Abdurraqib is a thoroughly enjoyable and moving read. Each essay weaves Abdurraqib’s personal experience navigating American society with his love and expansive knowledge of Black performance. Abdurraqib writes about music, space, magic, sport, dance, film and television, to celebrate and critique the array of … Continue reading Review of A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib

Review of Beowulf: A Verse Translation, Andrew Carnabuci

This review was first published on Reedsy Discovery. Taking on a text which has been translated again and again for centuries is no mean feat; especially when walking in the footsteps of a scholar like Tolkein. But, Carnabuci’s translation, I believe, successfully bridges the gap between early, Latinised translations of Beowulf and Heaney’s somewhat prosaic … Continue reading Review of Beowulf: A Verse Translation, Andrew Carnabuci

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: 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