Lucy Hamilton




Molasses & Snow

In spite of the art class On Desecration I cannot vandalize
but cut out a copied inscription A une ex-Canadienne

to paste above my mother’s face & shoulders which rest
on a plinth of text highlighted yellow|Such a surprise

to read words I had only heard spoken|her childhood
memory our favourite bed-time story|Les enfants poussèrent

les cries de joie|She and her siblings pouring the boiling syrup
drop by drop into the sizzling snow|the brittle gobbets

a precursor to the fudge & toffee we’d die for|‘Molasses’
derives from the Proto-Indo-European mélid and cognates

include the Ancient Greek μέλι (méli) and all those edible
words like the Latin mel |Spanish melaza|and the French

mélasse  which links to the hint of treacle in my picture
que la mère Chapdelaine laissait tomber goute à goute sur la neige






Lucy Hamilton co-edits Long Poem Magazine. Her collection Stalker (Shearsman 2012), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her next collection is forthcoming from Shearsman. Recent poetry and artwork is in Long Exposure #4.

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Word & Image by Helen Pletts and Romit Berger







Words by Helen Pletts ( ) whose two collections, Bottle bank and For the chiding dove, are both published by YWO/Legend Press (supported by The Arts Council) and available on Amazon. ‘Bottle bank’ was longlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize 2006, under Helen’s maiden name of Bannister. Working collaboratively on Word and Image with Romit Berger, illustrator, since 2012. Word and Image Cards now on sale in The Over Gallery .

Image by Romit Berger who says “I am a graphic designer and artist, living in Prague for the past 
ten years. In 2008 I joined a writing group – English is not my native
 language but I graduated from an international school, so it is a part 
of my life ever since. I feel that the dual process of finding words to
 describe mind images and illustrating written words, opens a new 
exciting dimension of creativity for me.


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David Felix



David Felix is an English visual poet who lives in Denmark. He comes from a family of artists, magicians and tailors and was raised on oil paint, sleight of hand and Singer sewing machines.   At some point during the last century,

You can see more of his work here:


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Tony Rickaby





Tony Rickaby’s current practice reflects on walks around South London, where he lives. Recently he has written for Litro Magazine, Stepaway Magazine, ken*again, experiential-experimental-literature, Sugar Mule, The Whistling Fire and Fox Chase Review.  His book Detours was published in 2014.

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Words by Reuben Woolley, Image by Sonja Benskin Mesher



Reuben Woolley has been published in Tears in the Fence, The Lighthouse Literary Journal, The Interpreter’s House and Ink Sweat and Tears among others. A collection, the king is dead, 2014, Oneiros Books. A chapbook, dying notes, 2015, Erbacce Press. Runner-up: Overton Poetry Pamphlet competition and the Erbacce Prize, both in 2015. A poetry pamphlet on the refugee crisis, skins, 2016, Hesterglock Press.


Sonja Benskin Mesher:  I am a painter who writes, a writer that paints, a drawer on life, and landscape. … Watch me make things.  Am quite patient, hold my tongue, but can’t say multi-disciplinary. Easily I live here, in Wales,  Easily.  I have worked full time as a visual artist since 1999, and have spent those years exploring ways to communicate thoughts and concerns. Its not all you see on the surface, it goes deeper than that. When I work I remember  and try to make sense of it all.

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Word & Image from IS&T Editor Helen Ivory’s ‘Hear What the Moon Told Me’ launching tonight



Forty colour plates in 45 pages with the text, as Graham Rawle puts it, ‘carefully teased from long-forgotten books and reconstructed with serendipitous aplomb’. A true celebration of the poetico-visual, Helen Ivory’s ‘Hear What the Moon Told Me’ is being launched tonight at Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich and is available from Knives Forks and Spoons Press here.  And you can read a sample here

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Word & Image from Marina Shiderova and Tom Phillips

























A tree in the forest

Below Sredna Gora
the bus stops at a garage.
Families without faces,
without names, take out
sandwiches and sit
on the grass. The mountains
have done nothing:
they’re waiting for their moment.

Only here distance collapses
and we can see, as clear
as the lines across our palms,
how the trees are convincing
themselves to stay put.

Below Sredna Gora,
in the vicinity of disputes
born of other stories,
it’s enough to spend
a little time at the roadside
and to stare until you can see
every branch and every leaf.





Marina Shiderova is a painter, illustrator and designer based in Sofia in Bulgaria. Tom Phillips is a poet and playwright based in Bristol, UK. For the last 18 months, they have been working together on the collaborative online project Colourful Star ( and produced two illustrated/animated children’s stories, Nicholas – The Stolen Reinder and The Adventures of Patch (x-ovation, Bulgaria).

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