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More than a Mere Murmuration. A Triptych of Birds and A Few Loose Feathers. Pratibha Castle 

In the back garden here in Lusk, at the edge of Dublin, along Ireland’s east coast, there are many birds, sea gulls due to our proximity to the coast, blackbirds who return annually to build their nests in the chimney despite its metal bars, thrushes more recently and sometimes the sighting of a yellowhammer or …

Poetic Treats from 2021

Some of the poetry collections and pamphlets that arrived this year to ensure my life at Storms Stayed Bloody Poetic Make sure your Christmas Stays Bloody Poetic🎄

Under Photon Crowns, Selected Writings of Dai Fry

Under Photon Crowns, Selected Writings of Dai Fry is the first individual chapbook collection published by Black Bough Poetry and is an incredible kaleidoscope of journeys, bright black waves of twisting movements that take us far beyond the glories of ‘Majorelle skies’ and down deep into the ‘wild-green waters’ to ‘the breath of the Kracken’ …

Thomas McColl – Forever After, Between the Pages

Forever After, Between the Pages of Poetry CollectionsA Series of Interviews with poets on how their collections came together & what followed after. When my debut poetry pamphlet was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press in September 2020 there were two things I started to reflect on; the journey it had taken me to get …

The Gull and the Bell Tower – Kari Flickinger

This collection brought me back to jazz nights at Le Duc des Lombards in Paris in the late 90s with its strained light, stifling smoke and those journeys the sounds took me on; joyous, jerking, juvenile, gyrating, discombobulating, dysphoric, destructive, devouring, divine, the mind always running after that next note, never quite able to identify …

Mamiaith by Ness Owen

‘Begin with fearlessness…’ from the poem How to Begin Mamiaith by Ness Owen There is a deep sense of loss in the opening poem to Ness Owen’s Mamiaith (Welsh for Mother Tongue) but it is delicately laid down with a hope for rebirth; a memory planted within the roots so we can look out the …

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