First: a poem by Alison Brackenbury

26 February 2017 // Poetry

Prehistory is mainly guess. How else to start the small machines of happiness? After the age of ice, trees could creep back. Grove heart, oak, ash, tall lime made the first wood, soon felled for farming, feuds and blood. What whispers through our deepest shade? Wildwood. Wildwood. Recent research suggests that most of Britain’s ancient […]

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A Herring Famine

3 February 2017 // Poetry

A Herring Famine by Adam O’Riordan (Chatto & Windus, paperback, 80 pages. Out now and available here) Review by Robert Selby Many of the poems in Adam O’Riordan’s impressive debut collection, In the Flesh (2009), were inspired by, or focused upon, an image – a sepia photograph, a postcard’s beach scene, satellite imagery – and […]

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Hanes: a poem by Sophie McKeand

19 January 2017 // Poetry

Something to get you in the mood for our afternoon of poetry and prose, taking place at Machpelah Mill, Hebden Bridge, this Saturday. Words, film & sound by Sophie McKeand. Feat. live recordings from Liverpool Psych Fest on 27th Sept 2014 courtesy of PZYK Production Line. With thanks to Emmi Manteau for help with sound […]

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WAKE UP: A review of Jacob Polley’s ‘Jackself’

16 January 2017 // Poetry

Jackself by Jacob Polley (Picador, paperback, 80 pages. Out now and available here.) Review by Martha Sprackland who’s at the door of the door of the door who else but Jackself, the folktale hero of this ‘fictionalised autobiography’. In the fourth collection from Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award-winning Jacob Polley, myth and nightmare are glimpsed through […]

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Hey, Who Really Cares? – a poem by Martha Sprackland

11 January 2017 // Poetry

after the song by Linda Perhacs & Oliver Nelson Birds in the wire cage of an open shop singing of grated tin and rusted wind. When the city turns it turns into a dream of water, all the red dust turned to blue. The thing is, I walk past this chalk graffiti so often I […]

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