I probably shouldn’t (because it’s ‘bragging’ and I was told not to) but I am going to.. it’s exciting for me and a great honour. So here goes (cough)… the newest issue of The North carries a review of my A Handful of Water. What’s more it’s written by Wendy Klein who is herself a marvellous poet with two superb books of her own, Cuba in the Blood and Anything in Turquoise. (The North and Wendy Klein….(gasp)!!!!)
She kindly wrote: Every piece of this beautifully presented collection is achieved with economy and precision and delivered with delicacy.
You can read the rest of what she says here. Thank you, Wendy.
She also reviews Jo Hemmant’s The Light Knows Tricks (Doire Press); David Cooke’s Workhorses (Ward Wood Publishing) and Michael Bartholemew Briggs’ Fred and Blossom (Shoestring Press).
You can subscribe to The North here and this is what they offer in each issue:
A lively range of contemporary poetry by new and established writers.
A broad spectrum of book reviews, from mainstream publishers to the smaller presses – sympathetic, rigorous.
Critical articles, conversations with writers, autobiography.
‘Blind Criticism’: two or three writers put their heads on the block and comment on a poem without knowing who wrote it.
‘Poets I Go Back To’: writers reveal which poets from the past have most influenced them.
‘The Collection’: writers talk about books that are important to them.
Plus occasional ‘Brief Guides To …’ well known poets (for example, John Killick on Douglas Dunn, Anna Adams on Elizabeth Bishop).
This current edition is a bumper one. I think you can also get single copies. These independent magazines need all the support they can get. (I mourn the demise of the beautiful and distinguished The SHOp.)