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This blog is for readers to share their reflections about the poetry, stories and essays published in Prole. Our writers are encouraged to pop in from time to time and contribute to discussion threads.

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Bloom, by Miranda Stone

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:49:10

Reflection on and reaction to Bloom, by Miranda Stone.

Miranda Stone began writing fiction as a child. She figured she was onto
something when a relative asked why all her stories were so sad. Employing a
minimalist writing style, her work is strongly influenced by the setting and
culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Her short story, No One Is Invisible, was featured in the fourth issue of the
literary journal Parable Press. She lives in Virginia.



The Psychiatrist’s Final Patient of a Long and Trying Week, by JJ Steinfeld

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:47:55

Reflection on and reaction to The
Psychiatrist’s Final Patient of a Long and Trying Week,

by JJ Steinfeld.

J.
J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet and playwright who lives on
Prince Edward Island where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a
phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books,
including Should
the Word Hell Be Capitalized?

(Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for
Precipices
(Poetry, Serengeti
Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and
Memory
(Stories, Recliner
Books). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and
periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful
of full-length plays have been performed in North America.



For Elsie Moll, His Future Wife, by Jeffrey Tigchelaar

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:46:03

Reflection on and reaction to For Elsie Moll, His Future Wife, by Jeffrey Tigchelaar.

Jeff
Tigchelaar’s poems appear in or on Fugue, Coal City Review, Best
New Poets 2011
, Pleiades, North American Review, Rhino,
CutBank, Handsome, The Laurel Review, and The Southeast
Review
. He blogs about being a stay-at-home dad at xyztopeka.com.



King Lear on the Northern Line, by DA Prince

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:44:39

Reflection on and reaction to King Lear on the Northern Line, by DA Prince.

D A
Prince lives in Leicestershire and London. Her poems and reviews are published
in a wide range of magazines. Her full-length collection, Nearly the Happy
Hour,
was published in 2008 by HappenStance.



Who Shot the Piano Player, by Ben C Clark

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:43:43

Reflection on and reaction to Who Shot the Piano Player, by Ben C Clark.

Ben
C Clark lives in Northamptonshire. His spare time is split between
writing poetry and prose and wandering the banks of the River Nene in search of
otters. His poetry has previously been published in Prole and the Fox
Shade Anthology.



The Execution of Charlie Brown, by Ben C Clark

Poetry Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 20:42:44

Reflection on and reaction to The Execution of Charlie Brown, by Ben C Clark.

Ben
C Clark lives in Northamptonshire. His spare time is split between
writing poetry and prose and wandering the banks of the River Nene in search of
otters. His poetry has previously been published in Prole and the Fox
Shade Anthology.



Cover art 10 – Toby, by Chris Pratt

Cover art Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:55:27


Reflection on and reaction to cover art – Toby, by Chris Pratt.

Chris had the common sense to move to Yorkshire as soon as possible. He
lives with his wife, poet Wendy Pratt, mad hound Toby (featured),
Elvis the cat and several chickens. He started taking photographs with an old fashioned SLR in his youth,
but now enjoys using the digital media, including his iPhone.



Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace

Fiction Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:51:38

Reflections on and reaction to Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace.

Sue Pace has had almost 80 publications of short fiction,
memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry published over the past
god-knows-how-many years. She is delighted to have her work included in
Prole
.



The Problem Is, by Michael Crowley

Fiction Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:50:52

Reflection on and reaction to The Problem Is, by Michael Crowley.

Michael Crowley is a playwright and poet. Work as a playwright also
includes Beyond Omarska (Box of Tricks Theatre 2006) The Man They
Couldn’t Hang
(published by Waterside Press 2010) A Warning Against Idle
Gossip
(Trickster 2011). The Cell (2012) 24:7 Festival, Bolton
Octagon and You Are Here Festival Canberra. He has written widely for youth
theatre and been writer in residence at a young offenders’ institution for the
last five years. His debut poetry collection, Close to Home is published
by Prolebooks (2012).



Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey

Fiction Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:49:43

Reflection on and reaction to Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey.

Michail Mulvey, the illegitimate offspring of a gin-addled
Dorothy Parker and a Guinness-stained Brendan Behan, is a retired Connecticut
educator – 30 years middle school. For the last nine years he has been an
instructor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He holds degrees
in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He’s been published in War
Literature and the Arts, The Noctua Review
, Scissors and Spackle, Hobo
Pancakes
, Fiction on the Web, and The Feathered Flounder.
His short story “The Enemy” was accepted for publication in Remembrances
of Wars Past: A War Veterans Anthology.



The Great Simultaneous Breathing Act, by Jason Vandaele

Fiction Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:48:56

Reflection on and reaction to The Great Simultaneous Breathing Act, by Jason Vandaele.

Jason
Vandaele was born in Belgium, in the years since he has studied, worked and
played in Europe, Japan and America, penning short stories along the way.



The Falang, Mark Plummer

Fiction Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:47:28

Reflection on and reaction to The Falang, Mark Plummer.

Mark Plummer is twenty-five years old and lives in
Cornwall working for the University of Exeter. He has previously had stories
published in the United Kingdom, America and Australia. He has also written and
performed in plays for Arts Festivals.



Catman of Greenock, by Jack Brownlee

Fiction Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:45:15

Reflection on and reaction to Catman of Greenock, by Jack Brownlee.

Jack has
been writing for several years, but has only recently began submitting short
stories for publication. Prole is the first magazine to publish any of his
work. Originally from Gourock on the west coast of Scotland, Jack currently
lives in Cyprus with his wife and two children.



A Fig Still Warm from the Sun, by Sophie Whitley Flavell

Fiction Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:44:23

Reflection on and reaction to A Fig Still Warm from the Sun, by Sophie Whitley Flavell.

Sophie spent her childhood in South Africa and now lives in the Worcestershire countryside. Her experience of women’s servitude during the apartheid and her fascination with coastlines and their fishing heritage is often reflected in her prose and verse. She has written a novel and is currently working on a collection of poetry.



Yossarian, by Kevin Hanson

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:31:40

Reflection on and reaction to Yossarian, by Kevin Hanson.

Kevin
Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He has had poems
published in various magazines.



In Praise of Stan, by Kevin Hanson

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:30:57

Reflection on and reaction to In Praise of Stan, by Kevin Hanson.

Kevin
Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He has had poems
published in various magazines.



The Frailty of Everything, by Yulia Klimenova

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:24:55

Reflection on and reaction to The Frailty of Everything, by Yulia Klimenova.

Yulia
Klimenova was born in Russia. She teaches English and runs Creative Writing
workshops at Moscow State University. Her poetry has been published in
international anthologies and journals, including Inspired, Spring to Life,
Down Memory Lane (Forward Poetry), Indigo Rising Magazine, Aesthetica Creative
Writing Annual 2013.



Underground Dating Blues, by Jennifer A. McGowan

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:23:59

Reflection on and reaction to Underground Dating Blues, by Jennifer A. McGowan.

Poetry from Jennifer has been accepted by Agenda,
The Connecticut Review, Gargoyle
, Acumen, Orbis, American Journal of
Nursing
and other magazines on both sides of the Atlantic (She is a regular
contributor to Acumen); her poems have been used as teaching texts at
university level in the US. She has a chapbook just published with Finishing
Line Press in the US and has been anthologised alongside the likes of Ursula K.
LeGuin and Lyn Lifshin. She took second place in Orbis’ readers’
choice for issue 156.



The Dancing, by Howard Wright

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:19:52

Reflection on and reaction to The Dancing, by Howard Wright.

Howard Wright lives and works in
Belfast. He was a runner up in the 2012 Frogmore Poetry Prize. His first collection,
‘King of Country’ was published by Blackstaff Press, Belfast, in 2010, and
‘Blue Murder’, a pamphlet in the Iota Shots series, was produced by Templar
Press in 2011. Recent poems have appeared in Cyphers, The Interpreter’s House
and The Frogmore Papers.



Dining with Vegetarians, by Stephen Devereux

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:18:24

Reflection on and reaction to Dining
with Vegetarians
, by Stephen Devereux.

Stephen
Devereux has had poetry published in more than 30 UK leading magazines as
well as Irish, Australian and USA magazines. He has also published short
stories, articles and travel writing. He has been placed in several
competitions, most recently winner of the Slipstream Poetry Competition and
runner-up in the Elmet Foundation Ted Hughes Poetry Prize. He lives in
Liverpool.



Zoo, by Gill McEvoy

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:16:16

Reflection on and reaction to Zoo, by Gill McEvoy.

Gill
McEvoy is now a Hawthornden Fellow. Her second book “Rise” is
due from Cinnamon Press in May 2013. Her first collection “The Plucking
Shed” was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010.
www.poemcatchers.com



Elementary, by Terry Jones

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:13:08

Reflection on and reaction to Elementary, by Terry Jones.

Terry
Jones lives and works in Cumbria. His poetry has appeared in many UK
magazines, including The New Statesman, Agenda, Envoi, Iota,
Obsessed with Pipework, Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The London Magazine, The
Observer
, The Rialto, and others. He took first prize in
the Bridport poetry competition 2011. His first short collection, Furious
Resonance
, was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2011.



Change of Use, by Charles Wilkinson

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:12:03

Reflection on and reaction to Change of Use, by Charles Wilkinson.

A collection
of Charles Wilkinson’s poems appeared from Iron Press many years ago; recent
work has come out from Poetry Wales, Poetry Salzburg (Austria), The
SHOp
(Eire), Prick of the Spindle (USA), The Conium Review
(USA), San Pedro River Review(USA), Other Poetry ,
Envoi, Orbis, Prole, New Walk, Magma,
Tears in the Fence,
The Warwick Review )
and other journals. His poems are also forthcoming in,
The Raintown Review (USA), The Madison Review
(USA) and Gargoyle
(USA).

His pamphlet Ag & Au has just appeared from Flarestack Poets.



Unfinished Business, by Margaret Fieland

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:09:11

Reflection on and reaction to Unfinished Business, by Margaret Fieland.

Born
and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and
music all her life. Her poems and stories have appeared in journals
such as Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights
Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines, was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011. She is the author of Relocated, published by MuseItUp Publishing, and of Sand in the Desert.



Piano Movers, by Robert Nisbet

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:07:36

Reflection on and reaction to Piano Movers, by Robert Nisbet.

Robert
Nisbet
lives
in Haverfordwest, West Wales. He teaches English literature classes for Swansea
University and creative writing classes for University of Wales Trinity Saint
David, as well as being concerned with local history and sports journalism. His
chapbook Merlin’s Lane appeared from Prolebooks last year.



Show, by Sandra Burnett

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:06:38

Reflection on and reaction to Show, by Sandra Burnett.

Sandra Burnett lives in
the market town of Otley, West Yorkshire and enjoys poetry, cycling and walking
in nearby Wharfemeadows Park.

Keen to promote and
celebrate local poets and writers she is a founding member of the committee
that organised the first celebration weekend of Otley Word Feast in March 2012,
attends Otley Poets and is a member of Courthouse Writers.



xx, by Rachel Tennant

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:03:42

Reflection on and reaction to xx, by Rachel Tennant.

Rachel Tennant is a landscape architect and
photographer with an award winning design practice based in the UK and Hong
Kong. Rachel’s writing aims to distil a physical and emotional response to a
location that captures and renders the ‘spirit of a place’. Her
work has been included in the Glasgow Anthology ‘Tip Tap Flat’ 2012.



All Day Breakfast, by Michael Crowley

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:01:08

Reflection on and reaction to All Day Breakfast, by Michael Crowley.

Michael
Crowley is a poet and playwrite. His poetry collection, Close To Home, is available from Prolebooks.



The Fridges of Madison County, by Clare Kirwan

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 12:00:21

Reflection on and reaction to The Fridges of Madison County, by Clare Kirwan.

Clare
Kirwan is from Merseyside and has had poems published in The North, Barnwood,
The Shot Glass Journal, Orbis, MsLexia and Iota, amongst others. She also
writes short fiction. www.clarekirwan.co.uk



After Sun, by Neil Elder

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 11:59:10

Reflection on and reaction to After Sun, by Neil Elder.

Neil
Elder has been published in Red Ink magazine and Cake Poetry Magazine. He lives
and works in N.W. London, and is a member of Herga Poets.



Did I Mention, by Deborah Hambrook

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 11:58:10

Reflection on and reaction to Did I Mention, by Deborah Hambrook.

Deborah Hambrook – born in 1958, painter and musician, lives in
Berkshire with her husband John and two rough collies. She has had poems
published in various anthologies and is in the process of compiling a
collection of her latest work for a pamphlet. Favourite poets include –
Sylvia Plath, Carol Ann Duffy, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ted Hughes, Robert Frost, and
Yeats. She is currently learning French, and enjoys teaching art and music.



One Marble, by Idris Caffrey

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 11:55:32

Reflection on and reaction to One Marble, by Idris Caffrey.

Idris
Caffrey’s poems have appeared in numerous publication. His latest collection, Something About Snow, is available from
Prolebooks.



Barn Conversion, by Martin Reed

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 11:54:11

Reflection on and reaction to Barn Conversion, by Martin Reed.

Martin
Reed won the National Poetry Competition in 1988 his work has been published in
Anon, London Magazine, The Spectator, Encounter, Poetry Wales, Poetry
Nottingham, Magma, Frogmore Papers, Poetry Review, Stand and by small presses
in the UK and USA.



Lamehit, by Mark Floyer

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 11:53:18

Reflection on and reaction to Lamehit, by Mark Floyer.

Mark Floyer is a
schoolmaster who has taught for over 30 years. He has also written
poetry during this period, subject to bouts of sporadic productivity
alternated with lapses of muse presence, contributinging extensively to
the small presses and having three pamphlets published by Sixties Press.
With retirement looming into view, he has recently embarked on a
Critical/ Creative Ph.D at Chichester University which aims to
explore his childhood spent in India through poetry and reflection.



More Things in Heaven and Earth, by Marilyn Ricci

Poetry Posted on Sun, April 21, 2013 11:52:27

Reflection on and reaction to More Things in Heaven and Earth, by Marilyn Ricci.

Marilyn
Ricci lives in Leicestershire. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and
many magazines including, Other Poetry, Envoi, Orbis,
Smiths Knoll
and The Rialto. Her first
pamphlet: Rebuilding a Number 39 was published by Happenstance
Press.



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