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Fiction & Non Fiction
John D. Kelly
Welcome to Issue 39 of The Blue Nib
September has come around so quickly. Here in the northern hemisphere the days are shortening and the summer is fading towards the sweet decay of autumn, while our friends in the antipodes are moving towards their summer. It reminds us how small the world is and how we are all wonderfully connected.
This is the 39th issue of The Blue Nib but it is also a first in many ways. This issue sees work selected by our new team of editors and what work it is.
I am excited to see some younger poets here. I’m impressed by the work of award-winning young poet Rosie Bogumil and equally so by another young Australian poet, Erin Frances. Rebecca D’Arcy and Rae O’Dowd are among Clara’s selections for this issue, two more young writers with bright futures ahead of them.
Clara interviewed J. Taylor Bell, a promising young poet from Fort Worth, Texas. Taylor Bell is studying an MA in Poetry at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he is the Seamus Heaney Centre International Scholar of 2018-19.
Denise chose Peter Bakowski as her featured poet. Bakowski is a recipient of The Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry.
Our US/Canada Poetry Editor, Mike Griffith presents you with some outstanding poetry. William Joel brings us 5 sonnets, and winner of the National Poetry Series (USA) Samn Stockwell, treats us to some fine poetry.
In fiction, I am delighted to feature Kelli Allen’s 100 Knots, Rachel Murphy’s, Ruler of The Roost and David Butler’s, Zither Music. But the surprise among this group of stories is the powerful Cacophony by Roisin Maguire which will have you reading and rereading, this is a work full of emotion, nuance and colour.
Emma Lee has selected some wonderful reviews for this issue. Susmita Bhattacharya’s Table Manners, is a star review, as is Raymond Antrobus’s The Perseverance, reviewed by Professor Richard Lance Keeble. Ruth Stacey’s How to Wear Grunge, is reviewed by James Fountain and finally, Anne Casey’s second collection with Salmon poetry, out of emptied cups is reviewed by Emma.
I had the daunting task of selecting essays from a wonder bunch of quality submissions, a difficult task as space limits us. The simple narrative of Gráinne Daly’s ‘London in July,’ and the style of John D. Kelly’s ‘Poetry as a Time Machine,’ make these two standout pieces.
Lastly, I am very pleased to have this opportunity to introduce three of our Contributing Editors, Melissa Todd, Rajni Mishra and Ada Wofford. You will find work from all three in this issue.