“Cipher” by Ivy Alvarez asks the question: Would you trade your memories for cash?
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…”
Pictures of Disturbance as a cake, from its book launch (part of First Thursdays, a poetry and fiction reading series organised by Seren Books).