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Applications Open for Free Online Workshop Series: Writing Poetry Collaboratively

For the first time, Second City Poets will be running a formal workshop series on collaboration in poetry. Applications are open to groups of two to five poets* who, ideally, already have an interest in collaboration (though no practical experience is necessary). This is a free opportunity with no registration fee; for successful applicants wishing … Continue reading Applications Open for Free Online Workshop Series: Writing Poetry Collaboratively

Review: Samatar Elmi, ‘Portrait of Colossus’

Samatar Elmi, Portrait of Colossus (flipped eye publishing)28 January 2021£427 pages of poetry (24 poems)Review by Anne Gill I Before I read a book, I like to flick through the pages, eyes unfocused. I get a quick impression of the text: density, variation, length. In Samatar Elmi’s Portrait of Colossus, the poems are all different. … Continue reading Review: Samatar Elmi, ‘Portrait of Colossus’

Review: Ian Davidson, ‘From a Council House in Connacht’

Ian Davidson, From a Council House in Connacht (Oystercatcher Press)23 February 2021£522 pages of poetry (18 poems)Review by Sean Colletti I At the launch of From a Council House in Connacht, Ian Davidson recounts the various ways in which his recent pamphlet has been identified—poetry, memoir, diary and essay. The length of the poetry pamphlet … Continue reading Review: Ian Davidson, ‘From a Council House in Connacht’

Review: Matthew Caley, ‘Prophecy is Easy’

Matthew Caley, Prophecy is Easy (Blueprint Poetry Press)15 January 2021£7.5018 pages of poetry (15 poems)Review by Sean Colletti I Even the author’s note at the beginning of Prophecy is Easy is exciting; “shrinking, cutting out, merging, misappropriating and wilfully [sic] mis-reading” as a process for translation of Modernist and Surrealist French poetry gives Matthew Caley’s … Continue reading Review: Matthew Caley, ‘Prophecy is Easy’

Review: Hannah Hodgson, ‘Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow’

Hannah Hodgson, Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow (Verve Poetry Press)18 February 2021£7.5025 pages of poetry (23 poems)Review by Sean Colletti I The back of Hannah Hodgson’s second pamphlet reads “These poems are heavy with import, but they are light with the liveliness of art that is beautifully rendered.” Nowhere is this dichotomy more … Continue reading Review: Hannah Hodgson, ‘Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow’

Unicycle Slipstreams and Making Camels: Collaborating During a Pandemic

My favourite part of the collaborative process is right when the pieces begin to fit—when you reach that place where the poem opens up—and it’s a collective moment, not a lonely and individual one. * I leave Sean a voicemail. I have a conversation with Hannah. In both examples, I address someone. When I talk … Continue reading Unicycle Slipstreams and Making Camels: Collaborating During a Pandemic


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