Ashley Fisher has seen fit to publish two of my poems in the first issue of The English Chicago Review. According to the description published online and at the front of the issue, this journal got its distinctive name
from a nickname of Barrow-in-Furness, an industrial Lancashire town now part of Cumbria. Barrow was dubbed “the English Chicago” in the late-nineteenth century due to the sudden rapid growth of its industry and population in the Victorian era.
My two pieces were both written in a spirit of resistance to standard cultural tropes, though I cannot recall whether specific uses of these tropes triggered them.