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.  





Juke Brigley, Bex Hainsworth, Michael Burton, Jenny Hockey, Dominic James,

Elizabeth McCarthy, Beth McDonough, Kenneth Pobo, Kerry Trautman,

Anuradha Vijayakrishnan, Melody Wang.



Paul McDonald reviews Eric Falci’s The Value of Poetry

Hannah Stone reviews Ruth Aylett’s Pretty in Pink

Charles Rammelkamp reviews Ross Gay’s Be Holding


One Poem Reviews: Kathleen Bainbridge, Julie McClean, Sanjeev Sethi.

Reviewed in future issues:


 It’s not easy getting a book or pamphlet accepted for review these days. So I am starting a new review feature, in addition to the regular review section, which will allow more poets' books to reach a wider audience. It will be called One Poem Reviews and it will be just that. One poem featured from a new book/pamphlet along with a cover JPG and a link to the publisher's website. Contact the editor if you have released a book/pamplet this year or will be releasing one this year or next year.

Reviewed in this issue