Review: Stickleback, Ode to a Hedgehog (magazine)
Publisher: The Hedgehog Poetry Press
Price: FREE, but a donation to Prickles Hedgehog Rescue would be nice!
Mark Davidson, the editor of HPP has created a poetry press that has distinguishable presence and voice. Stickleback magazine epitomises this. Cover design features a Stickleback fish and a Hedgehog. Glorious.
This Stickleback is a collection of all things hedgehoggy, and over 34 poems the reader gets to travel through the uncertainty of a Hedgehog’s world. Playful rhyme and form are found throughout, including a hedgehog haiku.
Favourite lines are found in Sue Burge’s ‘And Winter Came Suddenly’
‘despair etched through your core like seaside rock,
body ticking out its final pulse, tick-tock,
arms spread wide in a perfect dive.’