poetry book review roundup

Hummingbird by Sophia Elaine Hansen

Microwave Noveau by Liam Bates @wordswithpurple

Shot Glass Confessional by Cyrus Parker


These are 3 short poetry collections. All different.


Sophia Elaine Hanson is the bestselling author of The Vinyl Trilogy and Hummingbird was her 1st poetry collection. She has written another 2. It’s a good book.


I cannot remember a great deal of Microwave Noveau, other than I liked the tone of the writing and the topics that were written about. Liam Bates has a pamphlet coming out from Broken Sleep books on the 17th of June, titled Working Animals

undefinedI’m trying to not buy more books, I’ll probably make an exception for this one.


undefinedShot Glass Confessional is good. It’s short, the poems are short. It isn’t my favourite by Cyrus Parker. I loved Masquerade.undefined


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Book Haul

I’m poor, I don’t usually buy books brand new and so it was a real treat buying a few in August and September.

August

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The Woman with an Owl Tattoo by Anne Walsh Donnelly.

This life-affirming poetry collection reflects on the author’s growth since the ending of her marriage and what it means to unearth one’s true sexual orientation, in mid-life. Anne Walsh Donnelly’s intimate exploration of sexuality and identity is both brave and touching, marking this debut collection as a triumph.

Will you Still Love me if I Love her by Elfie

A debut poetry chapbook exploring queer realisation, self-discovery, and search for acceptance. This sapphic collection features poems ‘Attraction’ and ‘Fraud’ first published by Royal Rose Magazine and ‘TV’ featured in Issue 3 of Constellate Literary Journal.

Lady Saturn by Wanda Deglane

Lady Saturn by contemporary poet Wanda Deglane is in itself a navigation through depression and anxiety to find love – the utmost important self-love. These personal poems traverse the backdrop of what it means to be born into chaos, to feel unwanted and unloved, to be constantly seeking and attempting self-discovery, to struggle to sleep with a racing mind or to defeat depression and anxiety with the help of a pill that makes her brain like her ‘mother’s old microwave, / constantly short-circuiting and casting the whole room / in darkness.’ Take this quest through beautiful, lyrical stanzas and vivid imagery depicting pain, trauma, depression, anxiety, and a deep yearning to land softly at a place on the verge of inner acceptance and love, just the way you are, seeking that happy-go-lucky soul you once inhabited.

September

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Potential by Isabelle Kenyon

Published as part of the much-loved Ghost City Press summer series, Isabelle Kenyon’s micro chapbook is a brave and prickly collection which touches on new relationships, the-thing-between-her-legs and sexual assault. Light in tone, it is an exploration of the wonderful and the horrible things which can occur alongside love.

the sea refuses no river by Bethany Rivers

In this collection, the sea refuses no river, there is an acceptance of the pain and an acceptance of the healing moments; the healing journeys. To quote Adrienne Rich: I came to explore the wreck’, and in this collection, Bethany discovers how, ‘The words are purposes. The words are maps.’

The Castle: 25th June Edition. Royal Rose mag.

Four amazing writers published in this edition of The Castle.

An Aside :

Elfie is a talented writer. Their chap Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? is a must read.
Kristin Garth writes The Best sonnets.

Royal Rose

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