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.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Kaushika December 29, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Dear Dave,

    I have been writing poetry ever since I turned thirteen.In the past i have always penned them down on sheets of paper but, unfortunately they have always ended up getting misplaced for I happen to be a tad absent minded. Poetry inspires me,it makes me feel lighter from within and evokes a plethora of emotions,powerful and vehement. I manage the blog “The Thought Machine” on WordPress on which I post poems written by me. It has been a while now and has been progressing on a moderate scale. However, for long I have been awaiting a brutally honest feedback about my work, and till date have failed to do so. I would truly appreciate it for you to have a look at my page and leave a feedback. Having said that,with all due respect, kindly keep in mind that this is not a cry for help but, a sincere request of a seventeen year old synesthette seeking guidance from a respected blogger such as you,for I believe that it is only from our mistakes we tend to persevere.

    Hope to hear from you in the near future,

    Kaushik Prasad

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