Reviews for Live Canon: Lightfalls & Lovely Peripheries

Joshua’s Review of Lightfalls:

Lightfalls is the second collection by the Indian born poet Gillie Robic. It is a collection that explores the human emotion, systematically using the relationship between light and dark as a metaphor for life’s movement. Although, the collection is primarily about light, Robic evidently notices and acknowledges the fact that there cannot be light without first the experience of darkness. This conflict is playfully explored throughout Robic’s poetry with light falling through darkness (as in the title), or the dominance of darkness coming through when the devil is ‘scribbling on the light of God’.

               At first glance, there is a seeming sparseness to the poetry within Lightfalls. However, where the volume of words is light, there seems to be much weight in Robic’s poetry. Exploring questions of theology, memory, and love it is hard to escape the weightiness of the subject but in its execution the poetry falls through the page like the light it describes. Take for example, ‘And so I pray’, a poem that is actually one of the longer ones within this collection but at 15 short lines still manages to capture the existentialism of modern life. In the poem Robic explores love and death with seemingly everyday images ‘Peril paints the horizon…while I butter my toast’, ‘The sun turns a dirty London corner/ and conjures a luminous cityscape/ from cracks in the concrete’. It is in these beautifully illustrated everyday images that Robic’s strength lies.

Reece’s Review of Lovely Peripheries:

In parts humorous, in others surreal, Campbell’s Lovely Peripheries serves up moments of interesting introspection and conjures up some amazing images with his linguistic capabilities.

The poem that instantly caught my attention was ‘Beheading at a wedding’, which by the title alone promises to take you on the strangest of journeys, and lives up to the expectation. Beginning with wax dripping from ‘everyone’, an image strengthened by the structural line breaks, to the ‘father cuffed / to her wrist’ and a veil transforming into an octopus that eats the grain of the groom, the poem impressed me with its ability to become so vivid in my mind for such an odd set of circumstances.

Afterwards we get ‘Asunder on the metro’, starting off in the familiar experience of taking a nap on public transport. However, it wastes no time in taking us into a dream of apocalyptic proportions, where a bear the size of a mountain weeps in a ‘snowy landscape’, causing the snow to melt all around. But, just as swiftly, we are then taken back with a bang to the head to ‘new faces’ on the metro, disrupting for a moment the tired traveller until, once more, his ‘eyes close, the sound of the tram’s wheels fades.’ Thus follows even stranger images of Persian cats and small fluorescent orbs interspersed with yet more disruption that is both dizzying but deftly done by Campbell.

I think Campbell’s strength lies in his expansive imagination and his travel poems, with lines like ‘woollen wisps floating around charcoaled carcasses’ and ‘My neck wilts … the drop-down table creates dents on forehead’ both extremely creative and relatable to travellers and commuters alike. Overall, an interesting collection containing some worthful highlights.

Available Now!!

Both Foxtrot Uniform: 004 and Luke Scarisbrick’s debut pamphlet, I Bought a Skull called Francis, are now available to order from our website.

Foxtrot Uniform: 004 is a poetry magazine for our troubled times. Full of hope, darkness, and creativity FU spans several continents bringing us all together using fresh words. You can buy 004 for £3.00 (plus postage if living outside the UK).

I Bought a Skull Called Francis – an idle year in ten movements is the debut pamphlet by Luke Scarisbrick. The pamphlet charts a year in the life by mixing poetry with polaroid pictures.
The poetry is surreal and straight-up hilarious, but it is also tinged with darkness, which the polaroid pictures both exacerbate and illuminate. You can buy I Bought a Skull Called Francis for the amazing price of £2.50 (plus postage if living outside the UK).

To order a copy simply send the correct money along with your postal address to https://paypal.me/FoxtrotUniform?locale.x=en_GB then we will get your order in the post.

Please help spread the word so that we can share these amazing words even further and wider!

March Poems

Continuing with our monthly series, Josh and I have decided to share poems we have written to each other in letters over the past 3 months, entitled ‘Lines in Envelopes’:

I

Modernist monsters in the machine of night
pour beer on all our dreams
,no movement to surf on, all stragglers
in need of clarity, sober perhaps?

But probably otherwise.
The piano slips through changes
cleaning up the strain of doubt.
I don’t know a lot about music but

I can tell something’s off-beat
when we shuffle our feet
perpetually to someone else’s drum.

II

TV screens in hues of pink,
a plastic rose atop a radio

a whiff of hairspray
the death chambers are coming

A little too concrete for my liking,
dial it down to an unkempt sound
that looks like breakfast in the afternoon

or silver service on the streets
and the circus leaving town.

III

Filthy shoes and empty ferries
year of the pigs here already
will need something
stronger than a sherry

But a bottle of Perrier will not do
so I’ll sit here under a tunnel
etching my name into law and lord.

IV

Brutal buildings losing their shine
as the modern brute bullies the remnants
of a complicated century.

V

Just before

            Coffee

I

            Reveal something important

The Utopia

            Screaming at me to

Speak to strangers

Submissions for Publication

This is just a reminder to say that we are still open for submissions to 004 of Foxtrot Uniform. Send your poems, prose and art to foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com

  1. Please send all written submissions as a word.doc or PDF. If you are sending art send it as a jpeg.
  2. Send all pieces as an attachment along with your name and postal address (so that we can send you a copy of the magazine if we publish your work).
  3. 1-5 poems will usually be enough, or a couple of prose pieces (short stories, or essays), or 1-4 pieces of art.
  4. Any piece submitted to us should not have been previously published in any other magazine or collection; we can accept pieces that have been self-published on a blog or in print.
  5. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your piece is accepted somewhere else.
  6. We try to reply to your submission as quickly as possible but sometimes emails do get lost so if you haven’t heard from us after 4 weeks send us another email just to check.
  7. If you are published in the magazine we will send you one free copy* of the magazine and you will retain the rights to your pieces but we would appreciate acknowledgment of first publication if your piece is published in a pamphlet or collection.

So what sort of work do we publish?
The quickest answer to that is that if we like it and think it echoes what’s going on in the world it is likely to find favour with us. We like anything that is experimental, political, or explores existence. The best thing to do would be to order a copy of a previous copy of FU and have a read before submitting to us.

We look forward to seeing your creativity!

*If you live outside the UK we will ask for a donation towards postage

003 Coming Soon!

003 is now complete! Here is a list of all the accepted poems, prose, and Art. If you have been accepted please ensure we have your address so a free copy of the magazine can be sent to you. If you would like to pre-order a copy of Foxtrot Uniform: 003 please email: foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail. Copies cost £3

Our Cover Artist for 003 is Steph Coathupe if you’d like to see more of her work it can be accessed on her website: www.stephcoathupe.com

Poetry

Livermore, Richard

‘Renegade Frog’

Ehrlich, Milton
‘The Tightrope of the Mind’
‘Tender Moments’

Royle, Holly
‘Defying The Path’

Meade, Gordon
‘Asian Elephant’
‘Sea Lion’

Khomutoff, Rus
‘Sonic threshold of the sacred’
‘A collaboration between Khomutoff & Soriano’

Scarisbrick, Luke
‘Facebook Zuckbook Face Fuckface Bookface Book’

Connolly, Paul
‘Haircuts’
‘Burn it all’

Reynard-Bowness, Billy
“’owt else pales when compared t’ th’ Dales”

Potts, Laura
‘The Night That Robin Died’

Miles, Ezra
‘Not to be reproduced’
‘The Circus’

Meakin, Michael
‘Extinction’

Fahey, Paul
‘A display of Artistic Temprament’
‘Dog on a String’

Carber, Len
‘Ode To Mrs Miller’
‘Near the Orchard’

Brown, Elle
‘Daisy’
‘Elm Seeds’

Haley, David
‘Planning Prospects’

Cialis, Joshua
‘Now (A poem for Margate)

Merrifield, Reece
‘Cigarettes’
‘StyrsÖ

Prose

Cialis, Joshua
‘On Spontaneity’

Art by

Erlick, Joshua

Kuznetsova, Olesya

Jones, Stuart

Hayward, Matthew
‘Collaborator’

Publishing opportunity

This is just a reminder that if you would like to be considered for publication in the next issue of Foxtrot Uniform, you need to send us an email with some work. We are accepting poetry, prose and art.

We are looking for new and exciting ideas, forms and images for publication in our upcoming print magazine. We want to see your work!!

If you’d like your creativity published send it to us in the next 3 weeks. The email address is foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com

Send us your Work

Hello Reader,

Did you know that we are open for submissions of poetry, prose and art. If selected your work will be published in 003 of Foxtrot Uniform. We want to see your new poems, short stories, essays, collages, sketches, or anything else you might’ve done. Foxtrot Uniform is a free space to express yourself. Our magazine is your magazine.

We already have some amazing submissions but we think there’s more to see! If you would like to have your work published, email foxtrotuniformpoetry@gmail.com and attach up to 5 pieces in a word document, along with your name and address. Every person that is published will receive a free copy of the magazine and their work will be immortalised in print alongside some other great creatives.

So what do we like to see?

Foxtrot Uniform is a free space for creatives to share their work. We like to see the unseen, the form bending, the formless, the political, the surreal, the beautiful, and the ugly; if your work is different and new we will probably like it…

So what are you waiting for, email us some poetry, prose, or art…

 

Foxtrot Uniform: 002

The magazine is at the printers and will be published and sent out on 17th May. Anyone who has pre-ordered a copy should receive their copy by the 19th.

If you would like to pre-order a copy the price is £2 and all you have to do is email us; we will then send you a secure link for payment. Postage is free for UK residents. However, overseas postage will have to be sent alongside the original price. seeing that we believe everyone should have the opportunity to access great writing, we have tried to keep the price down as much as possible for the sake of accessibility. Your £2 covers printing costs and postage.

We hope you will enjoy the issue and keep ordering copies…

A look Inside 002

Hello poetry readers! This post is devoted to 002 of Foxtrot Uniform, we’ll unveil the cover art and show you the poetry, prose, and art being published in 002.

First things first, we’ve been working with a great young artist for our cover of 002. The art is a woodblock print produced and created by Isabel Duffy. You can see some of her other works on Instagram @isabelva.art.

To pre-order a copy of the magazine email us…

Ok so here’s the list you’ve all been waiting for, the list of published works:

Poetry

Blu Maximo, ‘Artists’
Daniel de Culla, ‘Snorting Poetry’
DS. Maolalai, ‘The Girl in the Café’
DS. Maolalai, ‘The Trouble Publishing Poems’
Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, ‘Abandonment’
Eduard Schmidt-Zorner, ‘Mayakovskay Metro Station’
Gareth Hughes, ‘Marlon Brando’
Gareth Hughes, ‘The Moth’
Gilsenan, ‘Sixth Time Around’
Grace Rennison, ‘Beauty according to Byron’
Grant Tabard, ‘Soft Underbelly’
Grant Tabard, ‘To Be Cohabitants’
Holly Royle, ‘Our Species Greed’
Holly Royle, ‘The Unknown’
Jack Houston, ‘The not sure and the why’
Joshua Cialis, ‘Midnight in Suburbia’
Joshua Cialis, ‘Underpass of exit 3, Westminster Station’
Len Carber, ‘The Old Tracks’
Luke Scarisbrick, ‘Ian didn’t like my Rock Song’
Luke Scarisbrick, ‘Records for Liam’
Michelle Parkinson, ‘Bildungsroman’
Omar Ferro, ‘Are You Present’
Paul Fahey, ‘1313 Virgil Tracey Towers’
Poppy Harris, ‘We Sat on the Beach Listening’
Reece Merrifield, ‘2/3’
Reece Merrifield, ‘Compromise’
Rehan Qayoom: ‘A Poem of Maturity’
Sean McDonagh, ‘Notes from a Dream Sequence’
Sean McDonagh, ‘Sun’
Yohann Okyemba Ngassaki, ‘Cheat’
Gregory Santo Arena, ‘Hallo my little militant’
Gregory Santo Arena ‘I cry in bed at night’

Prose

Edward Little, ‘Mount Haku’
Rosie Saxon, ‘The Lady on the Roof’
Rosie Saxon, ‘The Noise in the Night’

Art

Daniel de Culla, Collage
Matthew Kay, ‘Beyond this Place’
Matthew Kay, ‘On Thursday’
Peter Campbell Saunders, ‘Café’
Peter Campbell Saunders, ‘In the Snug’
Ruhi Cialis, ‘Danger’