Molly Bloom 4
a magazine of modern poetry for the online connoisseur

Latest issue featuring poetry by:

Geraldine Monk
Clive Semmens
Jennifer K Dick
DS Marriott
Frances Presley
Sarah Crewe
Osip Mandelstam
(trans Alistair Noon)
rob mclennan
Mark Russell
Rob Stanton
Rachel Lehrman
Vahni Capildeo

Aidan Semmens, poet, journalist, photographer Aidan

'The Book of Isaac is surely one of the most fascinating
books of poetry to be published this year'
- Peter Riley, The Fortnightly Review

See the full review here

By the North Sea: an anthology of Suffolk poetryBy the
North Sea

An Anthology of
Suffolk poetry

Edited by Aidan Semmens

A collection of poems that will surprise the reader: Suffolk natives, incomers and visitors are all represented. From older times come Algernon Charles Swinburne, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Ann Candler, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, George Crabbe, Robert Bloomfield and Bernard Barton. From modern times we have: Andy Brown, Angela Leighton, Tamar Yoseloff, Ronald Blythe, Victor Tapner, Pauline Stainer, John Matthias, Wendy Mulford, Claire Crowther, RF Langley, Andrew Brewerton, Rodney Pybus, Charlotte Geater, Zoë Skoulding, Deryn Rees-Jones, Aidan Semmens, Michael Laskey, Herbert Lomas, Anne Beresford, Will Stone, Richard Caddel and Michael Hamburger.

Get your copy of By The North Sea here - or order it from your local independent bookshop

Aidan Semmens's second full-length poetry collection, The Book of Isaac
is available now from Parlor Press / Free Verse Editions

'The Book of Isaac is an extraordinary collection of sonnets that explores the Tanakh and its historical and contemporary resonances, travelling through philosophy, ritual, art, peasantry and recent Russian revolutionary history it is a very serious literary achievement, filled with haunting, beautiful lines' Chris Hamilton-Emery

'Semmens writes I have attempted throughout this sequence to honour and continue the post-theistic Jewish tradition of my forebears as well as the aesthetic spirit of the Poets' Cafe. He has accomplished this and more.' Stephan Delbos, BODY


In addition to being a published poet and photographer, Aidan Semmens is a freelance journalist whose sports writing has appeared in The Independent, the East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star.

A Stone Dog

A Stone Dog, by Aidan SemmensOut of the wreckage of The News of World has emerged something of true aesthetic and moral value the poetry of Aidan Semmens... this is a book of poems that demonstrates why poetry is urgent news, an art form that finds its strength and power through revealing ambiguities and opening out the language in 'the difficulty of seeing anything'
Simon Smith, Tears in the Fence

Semmens doesn't blink in the face of the big scam
Kelvin Corcoran

The intelligence of this writing shows in the very word edges, brightly accurate and carefully attentive Peter Riley

Hopefully, after his long sabbatical, Semmens has a lot of other work up his sleeve. If it's all up to the standard of A Stone Dog, it'll have been worth waiting for Alan Baker, Litterbug

Aidan Semmens's debut poetry collection, A Stone Dog, is published by Shearsman Books

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