The Lake
The Lake

The Lake




“All of writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. And then there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don't matter. The lake matters. You must keep feeding the lake.”      Jean Rhys


Inspired by Jean Rhys’ imperative, The Lake is dedicated to publishing all forms of poetry by new and established poets, highlighting the best of contemporary poetry and reviewing the best of the new books.  





Ankur, Mark Connors, David J. Costello, Janet Hatherley, David Hay, Rebecca O’Bern,

Fiona Sinclair, William R. Stoddart, Angela Topping, Rodney Wood.



Benjamin Francis Cassidy reviews Russell Jones’ Cocoon.

Hannah Stone reviews Nick Allen’s the riding.

Charles Rammelkamp reviews Donald Platt’s One Illuminated Letter of Being.

Reviewed in future issues:

Paul Summers’

the dreamer’s ark


There will be no January issue so normal service will be resumed in the February issue. A happy and safe new year to all of The Lake’s readers and contributors.

Reviewed in this issue 

Russell Jones’ Cocoon, Nick Allen’s the riding, Donald Platt’s One Illuminated Letter of Being.