Week 28 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Blue Nib Four

The work of Blue Nib Chapbook Four winner, Pat Anthony: Place and people are inextricably linked in this evocative collection of poems. They bristle with observational details that a less skilful writer might miss – a man pedals night into day, the moon is scrawled with the arpeggios of an accordion player. Each voice here is convincing and urgent. Memorable, exact and compelling.

Second Place Poet, Mike Farren (above): In the words of Helen Mort, I was intrigued and hooked by the strange confidence of the work: ‘Antennae’ suggests we should plug antlers from the forest floor to the sides of our heads. The pieces that follow are richly sensory – ‘summer smells of money’, the body is a quarry. Alert and attentive writing, poems suffused with an original language for memory.

Third Place Poet, Sharon Flynn: From the first, these poems feel like recipes, full of rich details and imperatives. In one piece, surgery before pain relief is described with a clarity that makes the reader shudder. Visceral and haunting, unabashed and sharply observed, full of found material curated with skill and emotion, which is no mean feat.

1 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

2 – The Castle of Blood – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

3 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

4 – Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

5 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

7 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

8 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

9 – Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

10 – Elegy for the Last Male Northern White Rhino – Dean Young (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

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Week 27 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Blue Nib Four

The work of Blue Nib Chapbook Four winner, Pat Anthony: Place and people are inextricably linked in this evocative collection of poems. They bristle with observational details that a less skilful writer might miss – a man pedals night into day, the moon is scrawled with the arpeggios of an accordion player. Each voice here is convincing and urgent. Memorable, exact and compelling.

Second Place Poet, Mike Farren (above): In the words of Helen Mort, I was intrigued and hooked by the strange confidence of the work: ‘Antennae’ suggests we should plug antlers from the forest floor to the sides of our heads. The pieces that follow are richly sensory – ‘summer smells of money’, the body is a quarry. Alert and attentive writing, poems suffused with an original language for memory.

Third Place Poet, Sharon Flynn: From the first, these poems feel like recipes, full of rich details and imperatives. In one piece, surgery before pain relief is described with a clarity that makes the reader shudder. Visceral and haunting, unabashed and sharply observed, full of found material curated with skill and emotion, which is no mean feat.

1 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

2 – The Castle of Blood – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

3 – The Larkhill Barrow – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

4 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

5 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

6 – Present Conditions – Joseph Massey (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

7 – Keeper of Limits – Stephen Dunn (Sarabande Books, 2015)

8 – On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 2017)

9 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

10 – Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

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Week 26 Chapbook Chart 2019 – William Meikle

Three stories of CARNACKI: GHOSTFINDER.  THE BLOODED IKLWA – an old soldier is plagued by a vengeful spirit and a weapon that is both spectral and lethal. THE LARKHILL BARROW – an investigation in a Neolithic burial barrow leads Carnacki to experimentation with sound and vibration with almost catastrophic results. THE SISTERS OF MERCY – a soldier’s hospital needs Carnacki’s help to rid it of a spectral manifestation. These were the first three stories written the the author in 2009 and originally appeared in the chapbook box set CARNACKI: GHOSTFINDER.

William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with more than thirty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, Crossroad Press and Severed Press, and his work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he’s not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.

1 – The Larkhill Barrow – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

2 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

3 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

4 – I Loved You Once – Nausicaa Twila  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

5 – Accommodations – Sarah Carey (Concrete Wolf, 2019)

6 – Tourists and Cannibals  – A.E. Stallings, Ann Drysdale, Daniel Galef, Edmund Conti, Gail White, Jerome Betts, John Beaton, Marcus Bales, Martin Parker, Robin Helweg-Larsen, Terese Coe (Sampson Low, 2018)

7 – Ezra Pound & the de Rachewiltz FamilyProse, Poetry & Translations: Volume 16 – Mary De Rachewiltz (St. Andrews University Press, 2016)

8 – Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

9 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

10 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

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Week 25 Chapbook Chart 2019 – William Meikle

Three stories of CARNACKI: GHOSTFINDER.  THE BLOODED IKLWA – an old soldier is plagued by a vengeful spirit and a weapon that is both spectral and lethal. THE LARKHILL BARROW – an investigation in a Neolithic burial barrow leads Carnacki to experimentation with sound and vibration with almost catastrophic results. THE SISTERS OF MERCY – a soldier’s hospital needs Carnacki’s help to rid it of a spectral manifestation. These were the first three stories written the the author in 2009 and originally appeared in the chapbook box set CARNACKI: GHOSTFINDER.

William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with more than thirty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, Crossroad Press and Severed Press, and his work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he’s not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.

1 – The Larkhill Barrow – William Meikle (Independently published, 2019)

2 – The Blue Nib Chapbook Four – Pat Anthony, Mike Farren, Sharon Flynn (Independently published, 2019)

3 – Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

4 – Big Bang Nutshell Time’s Haunted Generation – M. D. Veritas, Manfred Pollard (Bon Ton Republic Publications, 2019)

5 – THE FETISH OF MAUDE TATUM – Chell Navarro, Alan Wagner (Independently published, 2019)

6 – I Loved You Once – Nausicaa Twila  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

7 – Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

8 – The Wedding Vows Chapbook – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 2017)

9 – Don’t Shoot The Augury – Chell Navarro (Independently published, 2019)

10 – The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

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Week 24 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Paula Jeffery

Sweet & Sour is a collection of words and images inspired by 3am writing sessions around a general theme of disconnection. The poems range from serious sestinas to frivolous free verse. From lost love to rape, depression to dementia and tongue-in-cheek, rolled eyes commentary on modern life.

Paula Jeffery was born in 1955, in Coventry, UK. By her own account she was a late starter, gaining a degree in Creative Writing in 2012 and beginning an exciting journey into art in 2014. Her first book was a collection of her genealogical research in respect of her Rainbow family, Chasing Rainbows. Then came two collections of drawings: Dog Days and 61 Rabbits. Paula is currently working on an historical novel due for release in 2019.

1 (4) Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

2 (-) Big Bang Nutshell Time’s Haunted Generation – M. D. Veritas, Manfred Pollard (Bon Ton Republic Publications, 2019)

3 (-) THE FETISH OF MAUDE TATUM – Chell Navarro, Alan Wagner (Independently published, 2019)

4 (-) Don’t Shoot The Augury – Chell Navarro (Independently published, 2019)

5 (-) Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone – Thiahera Nurse and Reginald Gibbons (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

6 (5) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

7 (7) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

8 (3) The Agenda Chapbook – Adrian Olejniczak (Independently published, 2019)

9 (8) Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

10 (9) Arbroath – Jordan Lewis (St. Andrews Press, 2019)

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Week 23 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Nya Thryce

The Sphinx and Caravan Dimension is a chapbook of selected poems created by compiling daily tarot card readings. Using tarot and tarot correspondences Nya Thryce creates a poem every day as an act of self fulfilment and enjoyment. This is a journey of the written word, utilised divination, appreciation of beauty in art, and the honing of rituals that give an authenticity to Thryce’s spiritual labyrinth. The poems take the reader through a year of the zodiac.

Nya Thryce is an intuitive tarot reader and astrologer who has a passion for helping others with her innate empathic abilities, gift of divination, and practical advice. Nya’s poetry guides the reader on a path of insight and illumination. Covering many topics from the mystical to the mundane, esoterics to everyday, and spiritual to the practical. Nya has been studying astrology intermittently since 1996 and actively reading and studying tarot since 2014. She reads all of the major systems of tarot with a particular focus on the esoteric side of things and the crosshairs of where tarot and astrology meet.

1 (1) The Sphinx and Caravan Dimension – Nya Thryce (Nya Thryce Chronicles, 2019)

2 (3) The Delphi Series Volume VI: Susurration, Laud, and Coming Home with Cancer – Allison Blevins, Saul Hillel Benjamin, Cameron Morse (Blue Lyra Press, 2019)

3 (2) The Agenda Chapbook – Adrian Olejniczak (Independently published, 2019)

4 (10) Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

5 (8) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 (9) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig – Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

7 (-) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

8 (4) Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

9 (-) Arbroath – Jordan Lewis (St. Andrews Press, 2019)

10 (-) Elegy for the Last Male Northern White Rhino – Dean Young (Hollyridge Press, 2018)

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Week 22 Chapbook Chart 2019 – Nya Thryce

The Sphinx and Caravan Dimension is a chapbook of selected poems created by compiling daily tarot card readings. Using tarot and tarot correspondences Nya Thryce creates a poem every day as an act of self fulfilment and enjoyment. This is a journey of the written word, utilised divination, appreciation of beauty in art, and the honing of rituals that give an authenticity to Thryce’s spiritual labyrinth. The poems take the reader through a year of the zodiac.

Nya Thryce is an intuitive tarot reader and astrologer who has a passion for helping others with her innate empathic abilities, gift of divination, and practical advice. Nya’s poetry guides the reader on a path of insight and illumination. Covering many topics from the mystical to the mundane, esoterics to everyday, and spiritual to the practical. Nya has been studying astrology intermittently since 1996 and actively reading and studying tarot since 2014. She reads all of the major systems of tarot with a particular focus on the esoteric side of things and the crosshairs of where tarot and astrology meet.

1 (6) The Sphinx and Caravan Dimension – Nya Thryce (Nya Thryce Chronicles, 2019)

2 (1) The Agenda Chapbook – Adrian Olejniczak (Independently published, 2019)

3 (-) The Delphi Series Volume VI: Susurration, Laud, and Coming Home with Cancer – Allison Blevins, Saul Hillel Benjamin, Cameron Morse (Blue Lyra Press, 2019)

4 (-) Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? – Elfie  (Independently published, 2019)

5 (-) IN THE WILD – Andreah Riddels (Independently published, 2019)

6 (-) Good Neighbors – Colleen L. Reece (Guardian Angel Publishing Inc, 2019)

7 (-) Careers and Other Catastrophes – Gerry Cambridge, Susan McLean, Ann Drysdale, Tom Vaughan, Mindy Watson, Marcus Bales, Martin Elster, Daniel Galef, Brian Gavin, Rob Stuart (Sampson Low, 2019)

8 (4) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

9 (2) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, 2010)

10 (3) Sweet & Sour – Paula Jeffery (Harefield Press, 2019)

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