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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

"Contagious creativity" – Poetry London and New Welsh Review on Over The Line

This just in! New Welsh Review and Poetry London love Sidekick's poetry comics anthology Over The Line!

Poetry London's Julia Bird describes the anthology as "a book bursting with contagious creativity, a book offering a truly stimulating combination of art and analysis."

She also praises the work of editors Chrissy Williams and Tom Humberstone, saying:

"The tone is instructive and inspiring; it makes you want to take scissors and glue to your own Marvell words and Marvel art to see how image, text, space and silence can be recombined to create and uncover meaning."

Read the full review in Issue 83 (which also features poetry by the marvellous Mark Waldron).

The praise keeps coming, as Nicky Arscott, writing for New Welsh Review, finds Over The Line "visually exquisite, intellectually stimulating" and says it "offers a wide-reaching introduction to the poetry comics genre."

She adds that
 "this book 
succeeds in making poetry playful, and it elevates the status of the comic through encouraging us to appraise it on the same level as we would the poetry."

The full text of the review is open to subscribers only, which is an excellent excuse to explore new Welsh writing.

Thank you to Julia and Nicky for the fantastic in-depth, insightful reviews. Comics poetry fever is upon us!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Grand Finale Fight Special!

Christmas is a time for fighting. Why else would we do it with such regularity? In this spirit, Jon and K have engaged their respective champions to go at it in a charming vignette we call 'Violent Night'. They'll be doing this via the Beat 'Em Up form from Coin Opera II. In this form, each player writes a couplet, the first line of which must 'block' their opponent by nouning the verbs in the line directly above. Have at you!

Jon's Champion:

Jólakötturinn, the Icelandic Yule Cat, who eats lazy children who have not finished their work by Christmas.









K's Champion:

Frau Perchta, Alpine spirit who takes her approach to festive child discipline straight from the school of Krampus, tearing out the guts of her victims and replacing them with rubbish.









Merry Christmas, everyone!

With special thanks to Mental Floss for a fascinating article on Christmas monsters.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Days 17-23 Bonanza Catchup!

Dr F's eager (read: terrified and on precarious contracts) elves have been busily Twine-ifying some of the old alchemist's favourite poems, making them interactive and, frankly, semi-sentient for the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive. On top of this, Fulminarian minions Jon and Kirsty have provided commentaries on the poems, so now you get to see what we really think. Here's a roundup of the most recent additions this yuletide, with extra giffitude:

Day 17



Day 18



Day 19



Day 20



Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 16

Today's play-poem, 'Oriole in a time of great upheaval', comes from Korsakoff's Paper Chain, courtesy of Adham Smart. The first reconstruction of Dr Fulminare's damned, blasted and loris-munched manuscript, it's a real firecracker.


And since Christmas isn't complete without a gif:


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 15


WAIT. Before you crack open that bottle of Famous Grouse for the pre-Christmas knees-up, consider the trials of its mascot. Chris Beckett has written an affecting little poem about the relationship between hunter and hunted, and it features today as our advent calendar play-poem.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 14

If you Follow the Trail of Moths to the Sidekick Play-Poem Archive today, you'll find a Denmark brochure not available from the Copenhagen tourist office, as Mark Waldron sets the sky humdinging.



The Sidekick Advent Calendar: Day 13

Thank you for visiting the Sidekick blog. But your play-poem for today is in another castle!

Leap up high and punch the next box you see, as we go down the pipes with Mario in E. Kristin Anderson's 'The Independent Contractor'.