THE UGLY TREE POETRY 'ZINE.
ISSUE 5 ON SALE NOW
poetry from Todd Swift, Jim Bennett, Steven Lawler, Dennis Leckey,
Ian Mullins, Dam Robinson, Chris Skoyles, Olga Kenyon, Rebecca
Knott-Shaw, Julie Campbell, Andrea Naffis, Usha Kishore, Amitabh
Mitra, Wendy Holborow, & Joolz Denby
review of Velocity from Apples & Snakes
interview with Joolz Denby

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The Ugly Tree published by Mucusart 40pp ISSN 1478 8349 3.00
Edited by Paul Neads & Conor Aylward

The Ugly Tree aims to provide a voice and forum for stranded bards. We do not discriminate between written and spoken muse - indeed, within TUT you can indulge your senses in performance poetry with the accent of your choice. We are always grateful to receive submissions and refuse to by bound by form or concept.

from a review of Issue 1:

Recently, the UK Government Office of statistics launched an investigation to identify the most unequal ratio that it is mathematically possible to apply to any group... One paticular ratio trounced all others. The ratio of people who think they're poets to people who actually are. Full marks to The Ugly Tree for going at least some way towards redressing the balance.
None of the poets featured here are bad enough to inspire crashing an open mic night with an Uzi. Some of them are actually (whisper it) pretty good.
It manages to hang together in a pleasingly ramshackle way. Standouts include Tim Smith's scattered images and heart-on-sleeve politics, Brink's hilarious '12 Unnatural Practices of Country Folk' (any poem with the phrase 'cup a squirrel's nads' in it has to be worth a mention), and the equally funny Arthur Chappell, whose 'Fetish' basically crossbreeds Pam Ayres and pornography. Roll on next issue...

Emma Unsworth, City Life

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