Review of ‘How the Heart Can Falter’ by Giovanna MacKenna

One of the pleasures of writing reviews is that you read closely a lot of contemporary poetry and just occasionally a debut collection stops you in your tracks because you know it is the beginning of something significant. How the Heart Can Falter (The Museum of Loss and Renewal Publications, 2022) by Giovanna MacKenna is oneContinue reading “Review of ‘How the Heart Can Falter’ by Giovanna MacKenna”

Review of ‘Walking Off the Land’ by Anne McMaster

In her poem Baptism at the Farm Well Anne McMaster issues an invitation, ‘Will you join me here?’: an invitation to join her on her family farm during her childhood in rural Ulster, and it is one I have willingly accepted several times since first acquiring my copy of Walking Off the Land (Hedgehog PoetryContinue reading “Review of ‘Walking Off the Land’ by Anne McMaster”

Review of ‘The Liquid Air’ by Andy Breckenridge

I first came across Andy Breckenridge when he was a guest performer at a ‘Flight of the Dragonflies’ Zoom event. I was captivated by his performance that night and when the evening closed, I knew I wanted to return to the poetry he had read, for his poems are impressively layered and invariably characterised byContinue reading “Review of ‘The Liquid Air’ by Andy Breckenridge”

Review of ‘Ragged Rainbows’ by Julie McNeill

You know you’ve enjoyed a poetry pamphlet when you’re left wanting more. That was certainly my experience when I read debut talent, Julie McNeill’s Ragged Rainbows, for this is a compelling, reflective and ultimately optimistic collection of poems that prompts us to consider the challenges faced by the world around us and to think aboutContinue reading “Review of ‘Ragged Rainbows’ by Julie McNeill”

Review of ‘A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers’ by Pratibha Castle

Before I read A Triptych of Birds and a Few Loose Feathers (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2022) I had heard Pratibha Castle perform her poems on several occasions. I knew, therefore, she was a talented writer. However, it was only on reading her debut collection that I came to appreciate fully the magnitude of that talent,Continue reading “Review of ‘A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers’ by Pratibha Castle”

Review of ‘The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh’ by Raine Geoghegan

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the first full collection of my poetry friend, Raine Geoghegan, The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh, shortly to be published by Salmon Poetry Press.  It contains a unique combination of poems, monologues, haibun and songs which celebrate the culture, traditions and beliefs of her Romany ancestors. Geoghegan usesContinue reading “Review of ‘The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh’ by Raine Geoghegan”

Review of ‘Ticking’ by Ellie Rees

I have a shelf of poetry books that I call ‘keepers’, collections which under no circumstance will I send to the charity shop or pass on to poetry friends, because I want to read them again and again. Ticking (Hedgehog Poetry Press, 2022), the debut collection by super-talented Ellie Rees will be going on thatContinue reading “Review of ‘Ticking’ by Ellie Rees”

Review of ‘Snake Skins’ by Kate Boston-Williams

Today I’m reviewing the debut collection by Kate Boston-Williams, entitled Snake Skins (Hybriddreich Ltd, 2021). Though these poems are personal, they concern common experiences and as a consequence many readers will be able to connect with them. They focus on the effects of change, initiated by circumstances such as growing up, the loss of lovedContinue reading “Review of ‘Snake Skins’ by Kate Boston-Williams”

Review of ‘Love All The People’ by Gerry McGrath

Readers of poetry south of the border may be unfamiliar with the work of Scottish poet, Gerry McGrath. His new chapbook, Love All the People ((Hybriddreich Ltd, 2021), provides an opportunity to remedy that and to acquaint oneself with the work of an exceptional, mature talent. The book contains poems written by the poet overContinue reading “Review of ‘Love All The People’ by Gerry McGrath”

Review of ‘Immersed in Blue’ by Margaret Royall

It’s my pleasure to start 2022’s programme by reviewing the newest collection of a poet friend with whom I became acquainted during the early days of Hedgehog Poetry, Margaret Royall. This work is an unusual collection of poetry and prose entitled, Immersed in Blue and it is published by Steve Cawte at Impspired, as partContinue reading “Review of ‘Immersed in Blue’ by Margaret Royall”

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