Hilaire reads Disturbance

“Alvarez gets behind the headlines, giving voice to the many people affected by such an incident. Though the surface of many of the poems is factual – lists, interviews, statements – the cumulative effect is very powerful.” —Hilaire

Read the rest of Hilaire’s blogpost.

Bethany Pope mentions Disturbance

Bethany Pope: “Sitting in a bus terminal (my God these are appropriately named – all life seems to stop.) reading Ivy Alvarez‘s wonderful verse-novel ‘Disturbance’ (which is also about a terminus, of the original kind). This book cuts straight to the gristle, ‘Her dress, for instance, did not shield her / from the buckshot aimed at her front and back. / We do what we can.’ Pick this book up the next time you need something wonderful…”

Disturbance as a cake

Pictures of Disturbance as a cake, from its book launch (part of First Thursdays, a poetry and fiction reading series organised by Seren Books).
Would you like a slice of Disturbance? http://www.serenbooks.com/book/disturbance/9781781720875Disturbance cake http://www.serenbooks.com/book/disturbance/9781781720875


Mark William Jackson reviews Disturbance


“Brilliant. Ivy weaves many voices into a fine fabric of Lynchian dystopia; the surface — a nuclear, upper middle class family — hides the bruises and broken bones. The poems are (true to the Lynch ethos) in a non-linear narrative which, given the prescience, assists the reader to dive deeper in the sad minds of the victims and the mostrosity that is the father / husband.

“Each poem is standalone brilliant; collected they take you on a dark journey that will leave you wide-eyed and breathless, like hiding from a killer in a closet.” — Mark William Jackson