Reviews

Review: “Invasions” by Calvin Gimpelevich

Review: “Invasions” by Calvin Gimpelevich

Author: Calvin Gimpelevich | Publisher: Instar Books | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Opening with micro-piece “Velcro” – a surreal meditation on post-gender confirmation surgery Velcro nipples – it becomes apparent that Calvin Gimplevich’s Invasions will be an exploration of the physical body, […]

Review: “Salt” by Amber D Tran

Review: “Salt” by Amber D Tran

Author: Amber D Tran | Publisher: Shanti Arts | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads As a reader who prefers his poetry language- rather than narrative-focussed, Amber D Tran’s 2018 collection, Salt, is not the kind of book I would usually gravitate towards, which […]

Review: “White Wine and Medicinal Marijuana” by Julia Cirignano

Review: “White Wine and Medicinal Marijuana” by Julia Cirignano

Author: Julia Cirignano | Publisher: Createspace | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads In the preface of her collection White Wine and Medicinal Marijuana, Julia Cirignano says she hopes to “attract, startle, and also comfort” her readers. Through a compilation of unique, sensory and […]

Review: “You Should Come with Me Now” by M John Harrison

Review: “You Should Come with Me Now” by M John Harrison

Author: M John Harrison | Publisher: Comma Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads M John Harrison’s You Should Come with Me Now is his first collection of short fiction in fifteen years. These aren’t short stories per se, but rather scenes, vignettes […]

Review: “Shadows on the Tundra” by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė

Review: “Shadows on the Tundra” by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė

Author: Dalia Grinkevičiūtė | Publisher: Pereine Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Published by Pereine Press, a boutique publishing house specialising in European literature, Shadows on the Tundra is an extraordinary tale of survival against the odds. In 1949, aged just 21, […]

Review: “Be With” by Forrest Gander

Review: “Be With” by Forrest Gander

Author: Forrest Gander | Publisher: New Directions | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Grief never leaves you. Even if you find a way to proceed with your journey after the impasse of mourning, the imprint of sorrow remains. The same is true of […]

Review: “A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache” by Charley Barnes

Review: “A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache” by Charley Barnes

Author: Charley Barnes | Publisher: V Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads As a debut poetry pamphlet Charley Barnes’s A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache does what so many other collections and pamphlets fail to do: Barnes does an amazing job of creating […]

Review: “Your Person Doesn’t Belong to You” by Isabel Sobral Campos

Review: “Your Person Doesn’t Belong to You” by Isabel Sobral Campos

Author: Isabel Sobral Campos | Publisher: Vegetarian Alcoholic Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads The story of Joan of Arc is an enduring tale of passion, nationalism and courage. She lived and died in the 13th century – at a time when women […]

Review: “A Refuge for Jae-In Doe: Fugues in the Key of English Major” by Seo-Young Chu

Review: “A Refuge for Jae-In Doe: Fugues in the Key of English Major” by Seo-Young Chu

Author: Seo-Young Chu | Publisher: Entropy | Read: Online One of the paradoxes of trauma is that it usually begins after a person is out of immediate danger. Like an echo, harm may take time to reach us. Traumatic stress, one could say, is always […]

Review: “Edge of the Known Bus Line” by James R Gapinski

Review: “Edge of the Known Bus Line” by James R Gapinski

Author: James R Gapinski | Publisher: Etchings Press | Buy: Amazon UK/Amazon USA | More: Goodreads Edge of the Known Bus Line is a novella that sits in the blurry territory between dystopian future and experimental… but to try and pigeonhole it into a single […]