The poetry is the usual mixed bag of stuff I like and stuff I don't understand which is more a reflection of me and my unwillingness to spend time dissecting a poem and, in that, it is the same as other poetry magazines but the A4 format, the artwork and the very welcome bonus of the CD makes it quite the treasure trove.
Of course I have some reservations. Speaking as an old Poetry Bus rider, I was disappointed to see so many of the old passengers missing - Chris Alba, Pat Thistlethwaite, Nancy Uhrhammer, Niamh Bagnell, the Watercats, Dana Bug, Jeanne Lakatos, the Pixies, Heather Martin, Dominic Rivron etc - but I suppose that is life, we move on, find new audiences, new crowds, and that is probably the right thing to do. But I thought there was something special about that group which deserved to be anthologised and I suppose I mourn its passing. The new set seems to be concentrated around the Glor Sessions / Salmon Poetry crowd, which is probably more relevant to the poetry scene in Ireland at the moment.
I would have liked to have seen brief bios too, to know something about the poets involved, but we are merely directed to the website which, as yet, only has a handful of bios. Wouldn't be looking for the pages of bios that accompanied PB1 but a few brief lines in small font on each contributor.
Having said that, Peadar has gone and put his balls on the line, which I haven't done. The resulting magazine is a tribute to his hard work and dedication. Bravo, that man.Roll on PB3
PS Rachel Fox has a great review of the magazine here