Monday, 7 August 2017

BOOK REVIEWS: ZEN IN THE ART OF DRINKING AND NO FEAR, NO SHAME



NO FEAR, NO SHAME BY ALICE DENNY

Published earlier this year by PCPoetry, this is an incredibly powerful and inspiring collection. The word "powerful" is banded around a lot (too often, perhaps) when describing poetry, but in this case it couldn't be more fitting. These are poems about life, love, longing, existing and surviving all of the shit that this cruel world can throw at you. Beautiful poetry, not just in content, but also in form; lines that are so delicate and delightful that you find yourself wanting to read them aloud from the page as you go. Wonderful stuff. Grab one yourself, directly from Alice.

"This is my epiphany,
My story
The glory of my Spring
Unfolding, blossoming
All I ever longed to be:
Me. Free.
And SHE"

ZEN IN THE ART OF DRINKING BY BRADLEY MASON HAMLIN

Who doesn't love a drinking poem?! If per chance you don't love a drinking poem, then this collection may not be the one for you. The latest in a long line of great chapbooks from Holy&intoxicated Publications, this collection is just my cup of tea. Or pint of cider, as is slightly more fitting. I had not heard the name Bradley Mason Hamlin before this chapbook fell through my letterbox, however I quickly discovered a few favourite poet! Stripped back, minimalist, bare knuckle poetry, from the gut to the page.

FFO: Charles Bukowski, Dan Fante, Doug Draime, John D Robinson, Scott Wozniak  

Buy one now from publisher John D Robinson via johndrobinson@yahoo.co.uk

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