Summer already , why is it the good parts of the year go so fast ? This is a rich issue. Holly Day's poem is original and arresting , as is Lorraine Grey's and of course Jacqueline Jules' ; all dealing with what it is to be female . Michael Brownstein's 'Thumbprint' deals with the minute particulars of nature , whereas Timothy Cresswell's work draws our attention to the realities of war. There are tales of travel including John Dorroh's sensual evocation of skinny dipping.  Mhairi Owen's poem is deliciously witty, whilst Ian Smith provokes thought on the directions our lives do not take. Finally, I could not resist Raymond Miller's study of a children's dance performance which broadens out to a deeper resonance. All the poets have the gift for discussing profound elements of human nature in entertaining and skilful ways. 

As an added bonus I have included a selection of poems from a poetry group called 'SoundLines' who are based in the Deal/Sandwich area of Kent. Not only are they accomplished poets but they are excellent performance artists . The group is a breath of fresh air in South East Kent organising monthly readings with an open mic, writing classes,  and instituting an inaugural poetry competition this year. They are an inspiring yet welcoming group: