The Splendid Fred Poetry Review Issue #2

Featuring work by Anne Anderson, John Douglas, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Venus Fly Trap by Anne Anderson His mobile Venus fly trap took three weeks to conquer her dress Why me? I'm just the woman in the supermarket Buy gravy and ketchup instead. Just cause you're a failing stallion in a false world of happy …

The Splendid Fred Poetry Review Issue #1

Featuring work from Meg Burrows, Matt Tomlin, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Doll’s House by Meg Burrows Building on a foundation of sand, the house was never meant to stand tall. It had no ladder, no staircase, and no key Just a lock. Its ceilings had been lowered, hung, drawn and quartered, by the bitter-sweet nothings falling …

Carved Hearts and Other Poems

This edition of Poetry Corner features the work of C.A Batterbee. The Picture For his nineteenth birthday he was given a camera, and every year for the next six he would take a few pictures. Most amounted to nothing, but some showed promise. One such picture upon being taken, lifted itself before his face and …

Venta Belgarum and Other Poems

This edition of Poetry Corner features the work of Nick Trussler. Oh so swift to follow Oh so swift to follow The autumnal haze Looking back, a wistful glaze Skylarks in the trees screeching While below the ferrrows sleeping To this wonderland I find myself thus placed Forever in the debt Of the goddess of …

The Bewitching Hour – A new poem from Becky Bye

Disfigurement embodies those objects I thought I knew Shadows growing longer in the rapidly darkening hours In a fit of exhaustion, I lie back and picture you Black and grey become colour at the height of nocturnal powers Majestic deliberance of subconscious thought Of feelings suppressed during the light of day To which my restlessness …

Guitar Man – A Poem by Becky Bye

As sweet melody Wanders along the strings Creating dreams in a single note Which float in between this world and the next  Some sounding like joy Others like pain Sorrows and the blues The seasons and forgotten words Dancing like watercolour and light Strumming forgotten places Long lost faces Times which come alive With each …