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Christina Thatcher, How to Carry Fire, Poetry, poetrylondon, poets, Reviews -

'Thatcher’s poems can be nostalgic and delicious in their visualisations…In these echoes of capturing, cradling, holding — Thatcher suggests that the speaker’s temptations aren’t drugs, or fire, but deeply-felt connections, touches, and caresses. There might never be enough.’ In their latest issue, Poetry London has given Christina Thatcher's second poetry collection, How to Carry Fire, a glowing review! In this perfect summing-up: 'Thatcher suggests that the speaker's temptations aren't drugs, or fire, but deeply-felt conections, touches, and caresses. There might never be enough.' they capture the burning heart of this fine collection. If you haven't read it yet, you can...

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Reviews, Riverwise, Wales, writing -

Riverwise: Meditations on Afon Teifi, by Jack Smylie Wild, has received its first review, and what a review! Jon Gower, reviewing the book in Nation.Cymru, describes Wild as "a joyful celebrant and patient observer of the river and its wide catchment and of the creatures that abide and abound there". "With this fine, absorbing and wonderfully attentive book, Jack Smylie Wild joins this roster of folk who know the river exceedingly well, and display that respect by the knowledge they have acquired, and their readiness to share it." You can read the full review here. And copies of Riverwise can...

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Just So You Know, Parthian Books, Reviews, writing -

In a book review for the Created to Read website, Rachel Carney delves deep into the different ways the contributors explore issues of identity through the range of essays offered in Just So You Know.

'The more I read, the more I began to ponder the whole notion of identity and its labels. Labels can be helpful, as I know from my own experience, but they can also be harmful.'

You can read the full review here.

Just So You Know is launched online on 30 July.

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Books, Fiction, Parthian Books, Reviews, Sam Adams, The Road to Zarauz -

Nation.Cymru have reviewed Sam Adams's poignant coming-of-age novella, The Road to Zarauz, describing it as a 'tight, taut tale of four young men heading for a sojourn in Spain in the summer of 1954'.

'For the remaining three men who took the road to Zarauz, with its dark curtains of storm and endless sweep of beach, they know that this was the place where, indubitably, their youthful dreams had ended, shattered like Guernica.'

You can read the full review here.

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Banned literature, Books, Fiction, Insomnia, Reviews, Translation -

Lee Tisdale, in the latest issue of New Welsh Review, gives a thoughtful review of Bels's Cold War classic, the infamous, previously banned Insomnia.

'Alberts Bels’ accessible and compelling novella Insomnia depicts Soviet-era Latvia through the eyes of Mr Eduards Dārziņš.'

You can read the full review via the link here.

And you can buy the book here.

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