#bookreview You Should Still be Here. Amanda Dissinger @fragglezrock @GhostCityPress

 

These are poems of longing in the micro-chapbook published by Ghost City press, with concrete images of a relationship past, interceded by poems in the present, ‘and I hate all the beautiful people,’ with a deprecating style of writing. Poems I thought I Witnessed a Miracle and You are like the Shitty sort of Rain that Doesn’t let up are titles that tell as much of a story as the poems beneath them. The poetry remained with me long after reading

And the good news? You can download this book for free from Ghost City Press. All donations go directly to the writer. Here’s the link. Happy reading!

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@Ellipsiszine ONE My Review

Before reading my review of One, here’s some information about the zine: 

This issue contains 57 piece of flash fiction. 10 pieces have been previously published online at http://www.ellipsiszine.com and the remaining 47 pieces have been written in response to the prompt word, ‘one’.

All authors are listed on the dedicated page on our website: http://www.ellipsiszine.com/one/ Links to purchases copies will go live in the coming weeks.
Purchase prices for digital copies are £3 and printed copies are £5. Any author who has submitted to our website, whether published or not, will be entitled to a 10% discount.
25% of the cover price is also set aside for author royalties. This is shared equally among all published authors. We’re proud that we’re paying authors for their work.


 My Review
The best flash fiction, I believe, is poetic, with precise execution of its words, and not skimping on the ending. The stories compiled in this zine have their quiet moments, written are our complex relationships with friends, families, and ourselves, as well as action filled narratives, such as in Active Shooter by Kathy Lanzarotti. There are a variety of subjects: murder, haircuts, visits to Gran, pub quizzes, birds, birth, power, and friendship. Favourites, in Yard Sale Nick Black tells us a story in a few sentences. One Carriage Away by Amanda Quinn you could interpret in one or two ways. Cell for One by Daminait Monaghan is on a prison guard of grief, and Sainsbury Sorrow by Louise Mangos is as perfect as a story can be. Halt, Desist, Cease by Gaynor Jones could do with a trigger warning, as it has a graphic description of rape. 

If you wanted examples of how a story ought to be written successfully, such as Dog by Jason Jackson in One, Ellipsis zine One will serve you well. 

Published by @GhostCityPress //Germz

Beautifully presented poetry, with illustrations, and plays in form, which I love to be inspired by, on thoughts on parties, scrolling, relationships, train rides, and fruits with inedible skins. ‘It seems I only miss you when I’m ovulating -according to this period app,’ 

Written in the intimate style of a journal, this is a gem. 

And the good news? You can download this book for free from Ghost City Press. All donations go directly to the writer. Here’s the link. Happy reading!

#bookreview Bangers. Erin Taylor @erinisaway @GhostCityPress 


Bodies
, and the gaps between them, and us seems to be the overriding theme in this micro-chapbook published by Ghost City press. I was overawed by the mid way point of the poems in Bangers. The opening poem writes us what a body is, ‘a body is merely bones and flesh a body is merely lines a body is merely heavy breathing,’ And continuing in that vein to sharing that body in a relationship, and what we can gain, and lose, from that experience. A superb addition to the Ghost City press micro-chapbook 2017 summer series, I loved the thoughts Bangers provoked

And the good news? You can download this book for free from Ghost City Press. All donations go directly to the writer. Here’s the link. Happy reading!

#bookreview Have Trust in Being. Lander Eicholzer. @Lander_Ike @GhostCityPress

Have Trust in Being. Lander Eicholzer. @lander_ike

There’s something quite lyrical about the poems in this micro-chapbook published by Ghost City press. There’s freedom in the poetry too, with insights into relationships, ‘curled in bed later hoping to glean something that wasn’t self-satisfying,’

Here’s a poem from the chapbook On the Midnight Menu. I love these lines beginning, ‘I’ll start drama,’ and ‘everything is performance art,’

And the good news? You can download this book for free from Ghost City Press. All donations go directly to the writer. Here’s the link. Happy reading!

Surviving Childhood. Caroline Webber.

Very important passages in this book by Caroline Webber, which I am currently drafting my review of, especially under the current climate of systemic abuse.

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#girlpoems By Nakada Wilson and guests #bookreview Reprise. 

  • Publisher: Amazon
  • Release Date: April twenty-fifth 2016
  • Average Rating: 4.0/5 🌟

 

I have read this book many times. It’s a great collection Nakada Wilson has put together, with guests Alyssa Matuchniak, Josslyn Rae Turner, Andriana Xenophontos, Erin Van Handel, Geremij, Lira, Ashley Mock, Alisha Kendall, Ally Mare, A.D, and Ed Luna. 

I can not help but think of the Lana Del Rey song This is what makes us Girls as I read these poems of drink, drugs, love, self-harm, school, femininity, confidence, and beauty. The first nineteen poems are written by Nakada Wilson. These are edgy, and ironic. With lines about vodka, inhaling weed, with ‘body tight, morals loose,’ shades of lipstick, and a honeysuckle scent. I think for me the stand out poems are Nokia Talk about a relationship with an older man, ‘SMS wasn’t an option –

parents pay phone bill,’

And Sullen Secrets as a school day ends, students rush out from the school building, and one girl compliments another, ‘I like your skirt’ she whispers

As the fabric raises slightly high

It reveals sad undertones

Thin laceration lines

She’s not fooling anyone,’

Of the remaining poems Erin Van Handel has a total of three, each with their own merits. The Girl in the Mirror by Josslyn Rae Turner, and Breaking Mirrors by Alisha Kendall are poems about fragile self-esteem.

Written from the heart, Girl poems is a book that shows the vulnerabilities of being female, as well as our strengths. 

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#bookreview Reprise Screams and Lavender. Dior. J. Stephens. @dolphinneptune @ghostcitypress

I reviewed this back in October and I’m still in love with the writing! 

Here’s my original review for those that may have missed it 

In this chapbook I have found some of the finest writing I have ever read. This chapbook contains poems that begin MILLENIALS! MY MILLENIALS! a rallying cry, which flips back the assumptions of those that think we are leeches, and always on our phones. Contrary to these are, again well presented, pieces of prose on a relationship.

Brilliant stuff.

Download for Free from the publisher’s website Ghost City press

https://ghostcitypress.com/2017-summer-microchap-series/screams-and-lavender

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​#bookreview Soft in the Middle. Shelby Lafreniere @briseisbooks 

Sample poems 

There’s a lot of potential here, in the poems that are soft in the middle, with writer Shelby Lafreniere making her intent clear from the start, in lines ‘I’m here

I am 

I am right here in these words,’

In the titles there are meaningful lessons, take BEAUTY SPILLS FROM YOU AND NEVER RUNS OUT.

My favourites were To Bend is not to Break and Hands Dipped in Dreams

This collection has yet to have a cover, so here instead are the Goodreads link and Payhip link, where you can download Soft in the Middle for free.

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