Recently there have been some great reviews of Place Waste Dissent;
‘. . . the book is stamped with left-field credentials: Gee Vaucheresque monochrome montages of photos, police documents, agitprop fliers and eviction notices circumscribe and blend into the verse itself . . .’
Peter Boughton in Minor Literatures
‘. . . the jagged edges of Hawkins’ verse collages express heated moments of collision and confusion during the opposition to evictions which turned out to be a foretaste of the kind of Neo-Liberal urban enclosure that blights London today . . . ‘ Stephen E. Hunt for International Times
‘ . . . it is the strength of the presentation that gives this book its edge. It is performance art on the page, an installation with time as the third dimension rather than space . . . ‘
Jackie Law at Never Imitate
Refreshing to get a book review these days . . . here’s Andy Hickmott on my 2014 book Contumacy in Issue #45 (#55) of The Journal (plus a free read of a review of a KF&S Press book by James Davies).
Andie Berryman reviewed West Side HERstory, Issue 1 of a pamphlet Hesterglock Press published of writing by Bristolian Women, including Taban Yasin Othman, Katie Winifred, Maggie Collins, Jennifer Comley, Hannah Morland-Jones, Clara Quinon and Sian Rhiannon. The work came out of a series of workshops led by poet and artist Sarer Scotthorne at Bristol’s Arts West Side. Thanks Andie. You can read it here …
Jenna Clake reviewed Issue 1 of Boscombe Revolution for Sabotage Reviews…
Boscombe Revolution is an anthology of twenty-one poems responding to ideas of ‘place’ and ‘revolution’. What this results in is an interesting array of poetry from writers across the globe – the poets hail from Athens, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Boscombe itself – who interpret ‘revolution’ as societal issues, science lessons, leaving childhood, caravans and consumerism.
Some of the most interesting poems in the anthology are those that are more experimental. Iordanis Papadopaulos’s ‘watching people big view’ is constructed from lines which mimic online shopping transactions: The poem seems to be quite pessimistic, drawing on the definition of revolution as ‘a cycle of events’: people are reduced to nameless figures that are caught in a cycle of buying emotions and cultural history (‘Someone in the UK bought a coward if you return a hero if you fall with free delivery’). However, Papadopaulos doesn’t assume that we’ll instantly agree: the final line: ‘and this view is true and this view is not true’ allows the reader to enter into a debate about what this poem actually means.
Read it in full here…