With otherworldly northern lights, volcanoes and hot springs, Iceland is famously a nation of natural wonders. It also has an extraordinary human wonder in its tradition of sagas, written in Icelandic, when the scholarly world was dominated by Latin, and establishing a tiny nation, in terms of population, as great when measured by its literary contribution.
Thomas Ovans recognizes the sweep and complexity of a first novel from Jane Kirwan
David Cooke examines Gill Learner’s new collection and finds a poet with a distinctive voice and many worthwhile things to say.
Graham Hardie admires the poetic agility with which Ruth Valentine explores some dark themes.
A spiritual autobiography by Murray Bodo turns out to be an unexpectedly down-to-earth story
London Grip is pleased to help break the news of a new publishing venture…
A short collection by Amy Schreibman Walter deals evocatively with women experiencing various kinds of longing: but Emma Lee wonders whether the voice is sometimes too passive
In his essay Blood in the Matzos, Anthony Burgess called our need to classify art “a dangerous urge”. Burgess viewed the classifying urge as innate, but I believe people yield to it under the pressure to build careers, make money and forge reputations.
Richard Caldwell enthuses, to varying degrees, about the four American poets on show in a new anthology edited by Anthony Costello
Graham Hardie considers Alan Price’s chapbook of prose poems inspired by the work of Walter Benjamin
A Route Map of Liquid Thought: Brian Docherty takes a look into and around Linda Black’s latest collection
* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: * Sonja Key * María Castro Domínguez * Fiona Sinclair * Sarah Lawson * Angela Kirby * Phil Wood * Jeni Curtis * J D DeHart * Marc Carver * Hugh McMillan * Linda Rose Parkes * Kate Noakes * Norbert Hirschhorn * Peter Ulric […]