Tag: Contemporary Poetry

Louis Alan Swartz – Constructed of Magic | Review

Title: Constructed of Magic

Author: Louis Alan Swartz

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 190

Rating: 7/10


Louis Alan Swartz - Constructed of Magic

Louis Alan Swartz – Constructed of Magic


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

Well, now – this is a tricky book to review. On the one hand, I quite liked it at times, especially when Swartz wrote in free verse; on the other hand, there was also quite a lot of cliché. Rhyming poetry always smacks of cliché to me anyway, and then there’s the fact that Swartz uses words like ‘thee‘, which is never good – I don’t understand why you’d artificially add words that you just wouldn’t say. It’s usually a pretty good sign that the author is writing in imitation, rather than with originality.

It’s also a fairly spiritual book, which isn’t really my thing – that said, I have read a few books in the genre here and there and I have to admit that this is easily one of the better ones. I’d say that the poetry is also of a higher standard than almost all contemporary poetry I’ve been sent – bonus!





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Ken Edwards – Down with Beauty | Review

Title: Down with Beauty

Author: Ken Edwards

Type: Fiction/Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 240

Rating: 7/10


Ken Edwards - Down with Beauty

Ken Edwards – Down with Beauty


Ken Edwards is an interesting figure, the former editor of Reality Studios magazine and the co-founder and father figure of Reality Street, an independent poetry press based in the seaside town of Hastings. He’s also an accomplished poet and writer in his own right, with a unique voice and idiosyncratic style that marks both Ken and the press apart from their contemporaries.

Now, don’t get me wrong, Down with Beauty can be a little hard on the brain – it’s poetry that makes you concentrate, not some wishy-washy nonsense written by an old woman who spends too much time with her cats and not enough time with a pint of Stella at the local pub. For me, at least, that’s a good thing.


Ken Edwards

Ken Edwards


Down with Beauty isn’t for everyone, but it is a good read if you’re a reader of contemporary poetry. Plus, it comes with the full text of Nostalgia for Unknown Cities, one of his previous works – you’re effectively getting two books for the price of one. You’d also be helping to support a small independent press at a time of economic uncertainty – how good would you feel?

Seriously though, if you’re not a poetry reader then you’re not going to enjoy this, because it might push you out of your comfort zone. Prepare for an eye opener.





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