Tincture by Bob Beagrie

Bob Beagrie’s ‘Tincture’ walks us perfectly through a numb haze. It employs claustrophobia and disjointedness as he paces the familiar rooms of his home which become a parallel word of strangeness. He is ‘inhabiting her slumberlands’. The sharp dart of the words ‘parietal lobe’ are like a stone thrown into a stifled pond. It is … Continue reading Tincture by Bob Beagrie

Two poems by Sharon Black

As someone who cannot control her eating or weight and has spent years trapped in this terrible cycle, this poem resonated with me so much. Lines like ‘because it weighs her like ballast/because it fits like a straitjacket’ are so full of truth. This poem exactly replicates the feelings of shame and loneliness that I … Continue reading Two poems by Sharon Black

La Rochelle by Anne Gill

Anne Gill’s poem ‘La Rochelle’ is heartbreaking. It offers a tender, loving yet blistering snapshot into caring for someone you love during their illness. The fine-honed imagery of fish and bones is particularly affecting - I struggle with poems that seem to bounce from image to unconnected image and this poem is all the more … Continue reading La Rochelle by Anne Gill

Whistle If You Want To by Grant Tabard

‘Whistle if You Want To’ has a beautiful, heartbreaking sense of antiquity, is a hymn to an almost forgotten time with its ‘Frankie Lane’, ‘cheerio’ and ‘radio waves’. I loved this poem’s neatness and avoidance of sentimentality. It is the more affecting for that. The last three lines are so piquant with emotion. - Jane … Continue reading Whistle If You Want To by Grant Tabard

Two poems by Anathema McKenna

‘We Woke’ manages to contain much within its sparse waste-no-word form. There is the sharply distilled beauty in phases 'We turned to folk remedies,/colour theory, blue cloths' and ‘that melted ice goes somewhere,’ as well as the hissing alliteration which really does convey the seething anger of the poet. McKenna pulls no punches but still … Continue reading Two poems by Anathema McKenna

Question by Marg Roberts

Welcome to a series of weekly poems, selected by guest editor Jane Burn on the theme of Trauma. We start with Question by Marg Roberts. Jane says ‘Question’ is a snapshot into a surreal world. It has an uncomfortable air of other-worldly un-belonging, a suffocating sense of displacement. It speaks of a fate that so … Continue reading Question by Marg Roberts

Open call for submissions!

Please welcome our third and final guest editor, Jane Burn. Jane's accomplishments are too numerous to list here in full! She's a poet with multiple magazine credits. She's also an illustrator, crafter, maker, house-renovator. She's associate editor at Culture Matters Press, currently finishing up edits on an anthology with co-editor Fran Lock. She's the founder of … Continue reading Open call for submissions!

It’s In The Air by Marc Brightside

In this, the final selection in our 'Difference & Defiance' series by our guest editor Jess Green, the planet defies us and the end is nigh... It’s In The Air The world decided it was time to take a dive, reset the code. Our high street was a dead land, people drowning in their iPods, … Continue reading It’s In The Air by Marc Brightside

Two Poems by Joe Williams

The latest in our series of poems on Difference and Defiance contains one of each - the defiance of the North, and the differences (and similarities) between two football fans. The Town That Was Murdered They shut the pits down long before they closed the shipyard doors. The steel that we were promised never came. … Continue reading Two Poems by Joe Williams

Sun by Bethan Lewis

And now for something completely different - a poem in which emotions change utterly over the course of a day, the hours and the shifting weather creating vast differences to the poet's internal climate. Sun Morning sunlight swells like a pipe organ, throws frisbee halos though our hair; the sun's generous caresses pour warmth into … Continue reading Sun by Bethan Lewis

Morality Tale by Becky Cherriman

As we hear the news of 39 humans found dead in a lorry on Essex, as we turn our eyes to Turkey and the Kurds, Kashmir, Yemen, and many number of countries with whom we trade arms, we can maybe take a moment to read this. Morality Tale Picture every one of the world’s weapons … Continue reading Morality Tale by Becky Cherriman

The Chrysalis by Chris Boyland

Words of advice for all of us hoping to survive and thrive in the days ahead - thank you Chris! The Chrysalis Change. Shift yourself, grow dragon tail, sport feathers. Change. Inherit new ways of thinking, borrow sharp new teeth, gaze cautiously into the shadowy corners of your own capacity. Change. Learn to come back … Continue reading The Chrysalis by Chris Boyland