Reviews of Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter

‘For not much more than the price of a dodgy pint in a flash London pub, Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter encourages the reader to pause, breathe in its vitality and return to everyday life, newly invigorated. Get hold of a copy for yourself and you’ll see what I mean…’

Matthew Stewart in Rogue Strands

‘This is a memorable pamphlet. […] The brutality and forgiveness in ‘In Praise of Armenian Cooks’, the practical love of ‘Cake Again’, and the huge sense of parental love in ‘My father taught me at night’ create an overwhelming impression of the importance of love and forgiveness. It was a pleasure to review this pamphlet. Highly recommended.’

Rennie Halstead in London Grip

‘Mnatzaganian’s word-choices are suffused with a palpably inherent and generous sense of love, warmth and humanity.’

Matthew Paul in The Friday Poem

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‘This is a warm and generous collection that kept me dipping in and out – even after several readings.  I think the final words of the poem ‘Morning’ sum up this sense well:

I would give this morning to those I don’t even love,
whom I’ve never met,
who are not yet born.’

Julia Webb for Under the Radar 31  published by Nine Arches Press.

‘Gifts from the author’s kitchen and the kitchens of her memory, with a generous spoonful of herself and a nice measure of zest.’

Stephen Payne for Ink, Sweat and Tears

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‘“Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter” is an exploration of connection, roots and family relationships through the nourishing qualities of food. Sarah Mnatzaganian’s poems are tender and compassionate. Family is a symbol of support and love that allows its members to find their own way.’

Emma Lee

‘Winner of the inaugural Spelt Poetry Competition, 2021, Sarah Mnatzaganian has produced a delicious pamphlet oozing the scent of bakeries, exotic fruits, spices, and the love of family as well as the strength, textures, colour and heat of intimacy. She observes humans so well. Every poem is a joy to read.’

Maggie Mackay for Sphinx reviews

‘A sharply sensitive pamphlet that express[es] the juice of each word, refining – like lemons into lemonade – the bittersweet segments of life into a smooth, distinctive whole.  Recommended.’

Sarah Barnsley for The Frogmore Papers