The latest anthology from Liquorice Fish Books brings together fresh new work from Patricia Debney, Jan Fortune, Judy Kendall, Jane Monson, Jez Noond, David Mark Williams, Donna Kirstein and six other writers, and looks at the lies we tell ourselves — sometimes white, sometimes darker, large or small — and finds some unusual and startling twists in the things we choose to believe and the worlds we create as a result.

‘Sitting in the kitchen, drinking coffee, talking stars and absolute endings’ is a experiment in word play: in limiting the poem to a pool of words gleaned from an external source, what arises is surprising and fresh imagery, new insights and meanings in the familiar made unfamiliar.


Nothing lasts forever                                    until it does:

a sugar-cube                                       drops,

fragments,                                           with the force of a supernova