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Bostin Fittle

Corvus’ burnt-wing love balm and cure-all is the third poetry chapbook by the Black Country poet R.M. Francis and it is brought to us by the splendid Black Light Engine Room in Middlesbrough together with some wonderfully evocative artwork from the hugely talented Jane Burn. Like his previous chapbooks, Transitions and Orpheus, Corvus is a belter. Even the meandering title conjures up some weird and wonderful imagery. You can almost imagine those words emblazoned on an Elizabethan pamphlet penned by the likes of Robert Greene or Thomas Nashe. Packed into this short collection of twenty poems we encounter Greek myth cheek by jowl with Lacanian psychology, and locations that oscillate between

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Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up. Stephen King: On Writing One of the first ingredients for my thriller Black Art – which actually began life as a screenplay – was a trip to a paintball venue. The sight of a brick wall spattered with a viscous residue of red and yellow paintballs immediately triggered associations with Jackson Pollock’s action p

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