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