For the non-initiate, The Beastie Boys were a group of white New Yorkers who made the leap from punk rock to hip hop. The result was the number 1 hit Licensed to Ill and an opening up to the white suburbs of a previously black musical phenomenon.
Peter Ulric Kennedy examines Jeremy Page’s poetic O Level responses
Nick Cooke explores the background to the cinema-related poems in Anthony Costello’s new collection
For Graham Hardie, the poems of June Hall engage authentically with human experience
The Zoo: the wild and wonderful tale of the founding of London Zoo by Isobel Charman. A review by Jane McChrystal
When a book appeared in October promising the “wild and wonderful tale of the founding of London Zoo” I picked it up in search of insight into what drove the founding fathers of the London Zoological Society and whether it has any relevance to the function of zoos today.
“Enjoyment” is a word that well describes Thomas Ovans’ reaction to Alan Brownjohn’s dystopian comedy set in the near future.
Sergio Blanco’s hugely ambitious text is a clever conceit. It is the story of T. a middle-aged man driven to investigate the theme of Oedipus for his new play. He does this by interviewing a young prisoner who is serving several life sentences for murdering his father.
This is an ambitious reinterpretation of Swan Lake from a modern Irish perspective. Embedded in this ‘ballet’ is an acute critique of the Irish clergy.
* This issue of London Grip New Poetry features poems by: * J S Watts * Emer Lyons * Pam Job * Kerrin P Sharpe * Joan Michelson * Hugh McMillan * Barry Smith * Nick Cooke * Melanie Penycate * Rodney Wood * Ricky Garni * Neil Curry * Ruth Hanover * Donald Atkinson […]
Merryn Williams praises a new – but, sadly, posthumous – collection from Elizabeth Burns
Roderick Burns is mightily impressed by Jane McLaughlin’s first collection
Emma Lee observes how the poetry of Isabel Bermudez deals with subtle connections