Endless / Nameless ~ Rachel Sills & Richard Barrett

The gingerbread silhouette of my father
Is absent today I’m perspiring
Or you could say shimmering over a coastline
In a row pegged-out, colour coded
Three weeks’ worth of hearts
A Freudian couch with sponge cake perhaps?
An arrow, a narrowboat, arrowroot blot
A stair-lift stops, temperamentally
I decline to use the honesty box
But am generous for life-guards
On a good day, only on a good day
A magazine before dinner before, later, the paper
The evening smell of tobacco
‘Papa?’  I hear; to which I answer ‘yes, Nicole?’

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Andrew Seems Popular by Mark Cobley reviewed at 3am

Although many of the lines in ‘Andrew Seems Popular’ have the feeling of being sourced from a primer, there are many lines which seem improbable: ‘That manager envied him his good fortune’. The idiom of this sentence works but not the subject, ‘manager’; when have we ever talked in this way? Another example is ‘The gardeners walked quickly’, as if two people were trying to catch a train who just happened to be gardeners. In many lines Cobley is attempting ‘bad’ poetry and doing it very successfully.

A review by James Davies of the excellent Andrew Seems Popular is available to read at the 3AM website.

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Dash Booked a Builder by Ollie Evans

Out now from Red Ceilings Press. Ollie Evans is a poet and performer from London. He has been making experimental ventriloquist theatre as a soloist and with his group, Dummy Company, since 2008. His first booklet, Stutter Studies (2011) was published by Department Press. He has had poetry printed in the International Egg & Poultry Review (2011), Depart (2012) and Anything Anymore Anywhere (2012). A book of poems after Dante, The Comedy, is due out through Holdfire Press in October 2012. He is also studying for a PhD on ‘Performance and Finnegans Wake’ at Birkbeck College.