Lamorna Elmer

Out in the Yard

Out in the Yard The terrible elephant paws at the ground like a new, drunk kitty. But it’s normal to be thrown out of parties, I say. Just don’t outstay your welcome. But what’s a caprioska without lime? We make similar mistakes, the elephant and I. We play good cop bad cop in the afternoons. [...]

Chris Killen

Excerpt from In Real Life

Somehow Paul finds himself teaching creative writing. He is thirty-one years old. He is going bald. He is wearing black skinny jeans and a pale blue shirt and a pair of smart, real-leather shoes. He is standing in a large room on the first floor of a university building, holding a marker pen, about to [...]

Will Harris

Five Poems

 Horae Solitariae One lady, I recall, the relict perhaps of an insolvent rake, would sit and mutter in a temper out of keeping with her age. I saw her once, and others of the damned, take shelter under the same tree from the rain. So anxious to impress, none said a word while overhead the [...]

Joshua Weiner

Four Poems

A Lollipop for E.P. Stuck a Chupa Chup into the ground Beside the grave of Ezra Pound Then jumped aboard the vaporetto To lose myself in the Jewish ghetto Looking for the synagogue That kept moving in the Venice fog Like an apparition in the crowd Where Jews were sometimes allowed.         [...]

Sharon Millar

Making Guava Jelly

The girls had been eating guavas for weeks. Guava jams, juices, stews, tarts with latticed pastry, every day the kitchen was misty with the perfume of guava. It was the largest crop in years, the branches obscenely laden, bending under the fruit. Nana always believed the dead came out at night to eat guavas. Guayabas, [...]

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12 Angry Men, The Lowry, reviewed by Peter Wild

12 Angry Men, The Lowry, Manchester, 23rd March 2015 If you were to learn that I was a big fan of the 1957 Sidney Lumet movie 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda, Lee J Cobb, Martin Balsam and Jack Klugman, you’d probably expect me to like a theatrical iteration. But you should know I am somewhat [...]

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Peter Hainsworth and David Robey, Dante: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, £7.99); reviewed by Edmund Prestwich

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey, Dante: A Very Short Introduction; OUP, £7.99, pbk, 144pp.   Hainsworth and Robey have to work within the limits of the Very Brief Introduction format. Their first pages rise brilliantly to the challenge. Swift-moving, decisive, sensitive and suggestive, plunging straight into a discussion of two famous encounters in the Inferno, and [...]

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Manchester Cornerhouse, reviewed by Peter Wild

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Manchester Cornerhouse, Sunday 15 March Last year, with The Wind Rises, we saw the last film by Hayao Miyazaki, the man responsible (if we can say a single man is responsible) for making the name of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese Disney, a global brand. This year, we see The [...]

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Tomaž Šalamun, Soy Realidad, Dalkey Archive Press (2014, €9.00), reviewed by Joey Frances

Tomaž Šalamun, Soy Realidad, Dalkey Archive Press, 2014, €9.00 “La syntaxe est une faculté de l’ame.” So opens ‘The Bird Dove’, with a Paul Valéry quotation, in the French. One of my favourites of the contradictory things Walter Benjamin says about translation is: “all translation is only a somewhat provisional way of coming to terms [...]

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