Claire Gaskin


Nothing makes me feel my fallibility more than editing a literary journal, marking papers or judging a literary competition. I can be wrong. I can be unclear. I can miss things.

Posted in ESSAYS | Tagged

Submission to Cordite 92: NO THEME VIII

I’m looking for work ‘with head, heart and guts,’ as Bei Dao says.

Posted in GUNCOTTON | Tagged ,

Ismene’s Thirst

in this binary library a murder of fictions crows gather in corners it is work to witness question marks polished apples witnessed by medication one side limp I called an ambulance this memory smells nutty the first line I trusted …

Posted in 86: NO THEME VII | Tagged

Ella O’Keefe Reviews Claire Gaskin

In Paperweight, her third full-length collection, Claire Gaskin shows her talent for observing fluctuations in the state of things – personal, political and environmental. Within this, she does not turn from the darker corners of the human psyche. ‘Just do the best you can’ opens with a frank acknowledgement of mortality: ‘your death keeps growing/or your life keeps contracting’.

Posted in BOOK REVIEWS | Tagged ,

Flash Bulbs in the Dark: Women are Dynamite

The poetry canon does women few favours. Over the years, I’ve had to seek out and find my own choice femmes to balance out the bookshelves. Never feeling the pull of Plath or Dickinson, I went from Sappho to Aphra …

Posted in GUNCOTTON | Tagged , , , , , , ,

Paul Mitchell Reviews Claire Gaskin

There is no firm ground in Claire Gaskin's new collection, A Bud. If you're looking for poetry that announces itself as a place to have your psychic tremors explained, your yearning reflected or your misappropriations mended, look elsewhere.

Posted in BOOK REVIEWS | Tagged ,

The Way to Intimacy Is to Throw Open the Doors of Your Vulnerability

Summers in slavery I like to throw a curve at people. Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy. Two way glass. Followed by a period of apology. I have a perspective on the proposed space.

Posted in 16: SEARCH | Tagged