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Book Review: Do It Yourself. Nikky Kaye. 

Do It Yourself is an erotic story about a recently divorced woman. I like the character and at the same time I don’t, which makes her human. 

Being happy to live off the money of her ex husband is not an admirable quality but then she does make a stab at DIY. 

I found the conversation between her and the handyman she hires to help with the DIY absolutely excruciating and the result of that initial conversation stimulating (again, think DIY)

I love the wit and one liners. 

The text message exchange after she has a few drinks is a great comic scene and something many readers could relate with. I know I did. 

I do think the remaining twenty pages or so rushed, particularly with the inevitable fall out and the two reuniting for a happy ending. 

DIY, the unrelenting theme throughout the story, is a four star read. 

Buy your copy of Do it Yourself at Amazon 

Book Review: Western Diseases. Sara Adams. 

​I like in chapbook Western Diseases, by Sara Adams, we are given footnotes, which goes toward giving explanation to the origins of the poem. Inspired origins too: a survey posted on Craigslist, source material from newspapers and texts, Google searches and lectures. 

The titles of the poems are compelling too and Breast Nuggets is a fine poem to begin with.

In Psycho the phrases and quirkiness remind me in some ways of Ginsberg and his poetry.

The Redwig is one of my favourite poems.

Title poem Western Diseases has a striking footnote and makes for a delightfully fun poem. 

Overall this chapbook is a (too!) brief collection of found, experimental and oulipo constraint poems. 

Western Diseases demonstrates there are no limits to what you can do creatively and you can dip into its contents continually and not find the same meaning twice. 

Western Diseases is a chapbook published by Dancing Girl Press and written by Sara Adams, which is available here 

Book Review: Letters to Aries. Sanjana Rajagopal. 

​I like that first poem Roses begins with ‘and’ (as a rule, it is said you shouldn’t do that) as if a sudden thought struck writer, Sanjana Rajagopal, when writing this collection, Letters to Aries. 

In each of these poems there is a line, which sums up the piece neatly: 

‘The light came with him/and went with him’

‘Spin fairy tales from the golden spool of your heart’

‘I’m the king everyone wants to protect – supposedly the most valuable piece but the most helpless one’

‘In love with a cinematic fantasy’

‘Now I know how fickle art can be. It can touch the souls of a thousand weeping strangers, and still fail to move the only one who has ever mattered’

Letters to Aries has both poetry and prose of heartbreak, crying out against the ill treatment given from a former lover, asking questions and recounting events from the relationship.

These are written explicitly, with honesty and in an experimental style of writing.

I also like the titles of the writing. Many find titling their work a chore and you can often believe it too but these titles 

‘New York was there for me when you weren’t’

‘You said I idealised you but that’s what writers do’

‘The principal question’

all open the imagination of the reader.
Part Two: An Additional Thirteen Lamentations contains my favourite poems:

‘Sing the boy electric’

‘Black swan’

‘My apologies’

‘The girl at the window’

‘You will never forget the first boy who calls you beautiful’

‘Dream palace darkroom’

‘Rain’

‘What I really want’ clenches the whole book for me and ‘Doubts’ is a jolting way of ending this passionate and seemingly effortless purse of poetic gems. 

A copy can be purchased from Lulu.com