We're very proud to have received an excellent review by Mandy Pannett in issue 51 of SOUTH magazine, a twice-yearly print magazine that has been running for twenty-five years. As I'm editing our next anthology, this time called The Keystone Anthology, right now, it's very welcome and encouraging. You can buy, subscribe and submit to SOUTH from their website (http://www.southpoetry.org) and it's excellent value at £22.00 for 4 copies (£7.00 for individual copies or £12.00 per year).
Here's Mandy Pannett's opinion of 2014's anthology. She mentions 14 of the contributors, in a very complimentary piece. We still have a few copies for sale, at dempseyandwindle.co.uk
Pop Up Anthology 2014
– Editor Janice Windle
(ISBN 978-1-907435-24-9 )
This is a selection of poems for stage and page from a series of spoken word and poetry events. A variety of poets and a range of poems too, from sonnet to slam, haiku to found. Since I did not hear these poems and have to imagine them, I decided to identify some characteristics of spoken word poetry that translate so well to the page here.
Many poets use short lines – effective in either medium, employing humour and punch lines such as Graham Buchan’s fine set, Graham Goddard’s “You insisted on the window seat” or Jennifer A McGowan’s Bearing Witness. Others adopt a narrative stance or conversational tone as does Richard Williams in Back Stories where he begins “Tell me about the ones who wear red,/the Star Trek officers who only appear/ in single episodes”. Steve Pottinger’s No-One Likes An Angry Poet must be mentioned as a perfect example.
There are startling titles and lines such as Wendy Klein’s Red Toenails in April, Elaine Stabler’s The Skeleton Named Linda, Claire Booker’s Is This What A Mother’s Bones Become? and Chrys Salt’s ‘Hymn to Mastectomy’. Repetition is cleverly used – Alwyn Marriage in Fifty Shades of Green actually finds fifty – and there is a pleasing number of ‘experimental’ poems: Cat Randle’s A Stranger in my own Century comes to mind.
Layout is important in this anthology. Donall Dempsey in Singing The River makes use of white space to create a sense of pause as does Ghareeb Iskander in his adaptations of translations from the Arabic.
I have a list of my favourites from this anthology but unfortunately no space to mention them except for the outstanding Appeal to a House Sparrow by Paul Sutherland. Hopefully the reader will buy a copy and select his/her own. These are fine poems to choose from.
Mandy Pannett in SOUTH 51
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We are poets, writers, spoken word performers, editors and organisers of spoken word events, based in the United Kingdom.