It is a pleasure to see these poems beside some of the strongest work over the last two years from each member of this unique North London poetry collective. In fact, I think it may be their best volume yet.
Hats off to those involved in its painstaking production. You can get your copy at the Highgate Poets website.
My reviews of five poetry collections appear in the current issue of Poetry Salzburg Review. Each poet, and collection, could not be more different from the next.
American poet Maureen Alsop’s Mantic is a bewitching book of divinations; Irish poet Gene Barry’s Unfinished Business is a humanistic raconteur’s parade; Midlands English poet Helen Calcutt layers deep, meditative imagery in Sudden rainfall; Professor Heger’s Daughter by Southeastern English poet Chrissie Gittins offers a by turns incisive and funny collection of philosophical bon mots; Northern English poet Andrew McMillan’s protest of the physical is a Howl for the post-industrial North.
I have loved both poetry and animation for as long as I can remember. Lucky me to be born in the age of the animated film-poem.
I was therefore delighted to be asked to pick ten of my favourites (each for very different reasons) to submit as the first in a series of “top ten” lists for Moving Poems Magazine.
Some are based on poems by poets I know and respect, like Tim Nolan and Marvin Bell — others from poets new to me writing in a range of English accents as well as Galician, Russian, Hungarian, and Catalan.