Slightly more in depth FAQ:
My name is Dave Coates, I’m based in Edinburgh, raised in Belfast, currently studying a PhD on Louis MacNeice and his influence on contemporary poetry.
This is a poetry review site. I will try my best to provide all possible bias/personal connection to the poets involved; UK poetry is a small world, and the goal here is to provide you with enough information about me to make a informed judgement on my opinions.
I have written reviews in the past that were kind of awful to the poets involved. I’m trying much harder to make these reviews about the poems and the ideas conveyed by/within them, and less of the ad hominem stuff, which helps no one. Apologies.
If you’re on twitter, please join me for poetry chat etc @DavePoems. If there’s a book you think deserves to be reviewed, please contact me there. Please note, however, that reviewing is time-consuming, and I have to be picky. I mean no disrespect if I say no.
PLEASE NOTE: I’ve decided for various reasons to no longer review books by cishet white men. If you are a cishet white man please do not ask me to review your book.
FURTHER NOTE: if you are a cishet white man, and have been triggered by my decision not to pay attention to you, please refer to my short essay in the comments.