Every so often life brims over with terror. Your mother dies from an aneurysm, falling down and flattening her nose in the middle of the grocery store, while you were picking out a carton of yoghurt. Your dog slips its collar just in time to be struck by a truck that’s travelling too fast down a road it should never have been on. You come down with what you think is just a bad cold, some sickness you cannot shake, you go to the doctor expecting to receive antibiotics and instead they tell you that you’ve got cancer, or aids. Most people have a difficult time living through such events, they struggle simply to keep breathing, maintain the pulse which thrums through their veins. Some people are noble enough to take such news like a blow to the face, stare down the horror which assails them and transform it, blazing, into art. Noah Stetzer has done just that with his first pamphlet. —Bethany W. Pope’s opening paragraph for her review of Because I Can See Needing A Knife (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016).

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Sabotage Reviews was founded in 2010 by Claire Trévien to provide dynamic commentary and reviews of small-scale and ephemeral literature that might not otherwise receive such critical and public attention. The focus is on independent, small-budget literature; poetry pamphlets, short stories and live performance (particularly open mic events and spoken word shows). We publish an average of 500 reviews each year.

Sabotage is representative of the hugely diverse amount of work actually being made and written in the ‘literary ecology’. We stand for inclusiveness and commitment to new voices in literature.

‘In poetry, if the stale old hierarchies – page v stage, artist v critic, establishment v avant-garde – are crumbling, it’s because of the work encouraged by Sabotage.’ — Susannah Herbert, director of the Forward Prizes and National Poetry Day.

(from their website)

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