I’ve a review of Rachael Allen’s debut pamphlet, the 9th in the Faber New Poets series, at Sabotage. It’s a terrific set of poems.
The not-for-profit scheme, funded by ACE at £155k so far or ~£12k per New Poet, is a nice one for Faber, refreshing the stable of “the pre-eminent publishers of poetry in the UK” whilst presumably allowing them to ‘forget the profit and loss’, helping them quietly benefit from association with these young poets just as the poets’ profiles are undoubtedly raised by the publication. It also allows them to dictate what’s ‘new’ (in a prescriptive rather than descriptive sense) on terms that are favourable to Faber.
(First appeared in Issue 13 of Under the Radar.)
To The Lighthouse: Harry Man’s Lift; John Barron’s The Nail Forge; Mark Russell’s Pursued by Well-being
As part of my ongoing post-internet poetry project, I’ve a long piece on Rachael Allen’s 4chan Poems up at The Missing Slate. I’ve also posted it to the post-internet poetry tumblr.
I have a review of the Nine Arches Press anthology Maps and Legends up at Sabotage. Having first started reviewing works from, and reviewing for, Nine Arches Press a good few years ago, it was a good opportunity to write about NAP’s position within UK contemporary poetry, as well as thinking a bit about the whole poetry publishing landscape.
(This first appeared in Issue 12 of Under the Radar.)
‘what kind of place the heart is’
Polly Atkin’s Shadow Dispatches; Chrissy Williams’ Flying Into The Bear