Dispensing with further dramatics that evoke a lack of direction, I’ll just come out and say, I’m not writing. That I’ve been fortunate enough to have written almost everyday for … Continue reading No paddle or sail, but the horizon’s a beauty
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If a virus infected all animals and made them inedible to humans what would we do? In Agustina Bazterrica’s novel (translated by Sarah Moses), we adapted and legitimised cannibalism. Except … Continue reading Reviewed: Tender Is The Flesh
Inspired in part, by the downgrading of exam grades in British schools this week, Too Late Now was written as a way of venting my anger and frustration at the stupidity of Mankind.
Probably because of the urgency I felt, prose did not seem the correct medium and so I chose poetry. To me a poem should, whatever its subject, pack a punch.
After it has rested, I may look at the poem again and rework it, hopefully make improvements. However, it felt right to share with you this raw version.
Three O’s at eight o’clock each night
echo about the red brick walls
with the ghost of a love that comes
haunting with a buried hand squeezed tight.
I’ve been strapped to a chair and had my eyelids pinned open while a demonic hand turned the pages of Haverscroft by S A Harris. I had no choice other … Continue reading Reviewed: Haverscroft
Ben Smith is a poet and “a lecturer in creative writing at Plymouth University, specialising in environmental literature and focusing particularly on oceans, climate change and the ‘Anthropocene’.” The idea … Continue reading Reviewed: Doggerland
This is a book with a TOC to be proud of: Elizabeth Gaskell: The Old Nurse’s Story Fitz-James O’Brien: What Was It? Edward Bulwer Lytton: The Haunted and the Haunters: … Continue reading Reviewed: The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (ed. Michael Newton)