First a huge welcome to Issue 36, our second print issue, which is bigger than ever and is a huge cornucopia of poems, fiction, essays and reviews.
Because Issue 35 was such a big adventure, we did have a backlog of submissions and I am very aware that waiting for a reply is really frustrating. Therefore Dave has helped a lot in selecting poems for Issue 36, and I am very grateful for his help. We are now up to date, and submissions are now reopen so please don’t hesitate to send in work for Issue 37, out on 15th March. It is already beginning to fill.
Alongside Issue 36 we are also launching Chapbook 3, with the winning poets from the last chapbook contest each having 8 poems featured to showcase their fine work. Additionally, we are very pleased to be launching Bloodline by Mike Griffith. Readers of the magazine will have seen and enjoyed his sharp, observational and wide-ranging poems and his chapbook is full of wonderful poetry. Roy Liran’s Weightless in the Nets is being launched alongside this magazine on December 15th, and his poetry rich with ideas, and his polished work is succinct and thoughtful. He has also illustrated and enriched his book with sensitive line drawings.
So the magazine is a bumper issue.
We have got poetry reviews from Jane Simmons, Emma Lee and Brian Kirk, while Mimi Gladman, our fiction editor, has reviewed a short story collection, Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine. Imogen has also provided essays on contemporary short fiction and the Goldsmith’s Prize. Other essays talk about the “how” of poetry, including poetry in collaboration and the (mis)teaching of poetry in schools, along with the senses in poetry and surrealism. Last but not least, Samantha Maw continues her picaresque and sometimes nail-biting Ugandan odyssey
Sadly I cannot talk about every poet I have included in the magazine but they are all full of talent and dedication and I am proud to publish them. It is invidious to pick out individuals but Mark Tarren’s elegiac poems stand out along with Chris Hardy’s precise and moving pieces which pin down his thoughts so meticulously. Bob Beagrie has a really original voice and a great vitality. I enjoyed the evocation of the civil war and the apposite quotations. Dana St Mary has a laconic, edgy and sometimes funny style. Bernie Crawford (2nd prize winner in the 3rd Chapbook contest) has written poems which are fizzing with their content-filled narratives! I love Deborah Harvey’s poignant narratives, and Tim Kalbach’s poem, with the interweaving of memory, the sudden shocks, the precise observations of the fallen birds and their metaphorical weight.
I featured high school student Nora Cornell’s work in Issue 35, and I am pleased to publish Lucy Mackarel ” a teenage aspiring writer from rural Ireland” in this issue. Nora’s poetry was perceptive with a maturity beyond her years. Lucy’s passionate poetry, on the other hand, is full of anger and betrayal. I am very keen to see more work from this particular demographic.
There is also a huge presentation of stand-alone poetry in this Issue, in 3 separate sections. I have said before that there are occasions when the whole submission does not make it, but there is a standout poem that really deserves to be published, one that really resonates with me. I think you will really enjoy dipping into these!
Please keep on sending your work, which I always read with close attention. Also do think about submissions for the website, which welcomes news, views, reviews and edgy poetry and short fiction for Intermission – our online alternative magazine.
Shirley Bell, Poetry Editor and Editor in Chief.