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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Ian Pople

Volker Braun, Rubble Flora: Selected Poems ed. and trans. David Constantine and Karen Leeder, reviewed by Ian Pople

Volker Braun Rubble Flora: Selected Poems ed. and trans. David Constantine and Karen Leeder. Seagull Books £14.95 The opening sentence of the introduction to this handsomely produced book reads, ‘Volker Braun is one of Germany’s foremost lyric poets’.  Well, up to a point, Lord Copper.  Constantine and Leeder just further down the page declare, ‘…he [...]

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Ian Pople

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends National Portrait Gallery until 25th May, 2015, reviewed by Ian Pople

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends National Portrait Gallery until 25th May, 2015 Madame Ramon Subercaseaux sits tilted back away from the piano on whose keys rests her right hand.  Her tilted form creates a diagonal with her head to the right and her train to the left under the keyboard.  A colour contrast forms [...]

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The Manchester Review

The Smiths/Morrissey Convention, The Kings Arms, Salford, reviewed by Fran Slater

The Smiths/Morrissey Convention, The Kings Arms, Salford, 12th April 2015 It’s a good thing The Kings Arms is a good pub. A great pub actually. But even in such a wonderful establishment, some may have balked at the long waiting periods between the events at this convention. With a minimum of one hour waiting time, [...]

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The Manchester Review

David Der-wei Wang, The Lyrical in Epic Time, reviewed by Emma Rhys

David Der-wei Wang, The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis (2015), New York/Chichester: Columbia University Press, 508pp., hbk If one harbors ‘feeling’ throughout life, one may end up violating the societal demands of ‘actions.’ – Shen Congwen The above quote from fiction writer Shen Congwen, cited by David [...]

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