In this issue.

Chapbook Contest Results

Welcome to issue 29

Shirley Bell, editor introduces the poetry and articles featured in issue 29.And announces the results of the Winter/Spring Chapbook contest 2018.                                 

Chapbook Contest Results

 Guest judge Kevin Higgins has chosen his winners for the Winter/Spring Chapbook contest. Results previewed in this issue along with list of winners & highly Commended

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Featured Poet

Featured Poet Emma McKervey
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Emma McKervey writes on a range of topics and  treats each one with astute observation and precise description.                                                         

In conversation with

Dave Kavanagh asks Featured Poet Emma McKervey about her poetry, her inspiration and the road to publication.

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Poetry from Ireland & Wales

Irish Poet Stephen Byrne
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Stephen Byrne’s, poetry includes thoughtful observation and the idea of mortality, even if it wrapped in the humour and pace of his poem on Mick Jagger’s song: sadly, time really is not on our side. 

Welsh Poet David Subacchi

Welsh Poet David Subacchi gives us a varied mix of poems, all bedded firmly in reality. Where is Wales asks some searching questions about the identity of his home country.

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Jennifer Fytelson’s poems  are sharp, sardonic, and full of energy and so evocative that  America is displayed in all its fast paced  complexity.

Robert Klein Engler references to Musée des Beaux Arts by W. H. AudenAbout suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters…  and his poetry is self aware, and interested in how a  poem is made as well as involved in the pain and intricacies of life. 

Poetry Plus

Gibbons – by Katherine Waudby.

Katherine Waudby’s Gibbons; the awkward interface between the wild and the captive, and how we can harm what we love.

Margaret Siu

Margaret Siu writes such delicate touch and offers us heart stopping poetry, full of anguish 

Articles & Reviews

How to cope with Sex Daily: An article from Dave Kavanagh about how writers have overcome obstacles and managed to write, which is a sharp reminder of how many ways writers can be sidetracked or prevented from writing:

Jane Simmons has written another excellent review, this time of Jane Draycott’s The Occupant. Jane has a particular talent for identifying what is salient in a writer’s work, and for close and careful analysis.

A Poetry Of Lossy Media by Thomas Park also looks at the depredations of time and how it marks and changes what it touches,