Magma 43

Edited by David Boll with Andrew Neilson

This issue brings you a remarkable range of poems which run from responses to the past through all the stages of our lives – childhood, early romance, aging – to conclude with visionary moments and with the political context of our lives. Below are a few poems which represent the range. There are many more in the issue itself, by Michael Longley, Philip Gross, Roddy Lumsden, Matthew Caley, Chrissie Gittins, Caroline Natzler and many others. Douglas Hurd – now Lord Hurd – writes on Larkin, Glyn Maxwell on the relationship of his poetry with Hardy’s, Kathryn Gray on current poetry in Wales. Other articles focus on our poetry in relation to what comes to it from outside – Michael Symmons Roberts on research, Moniza Alvi on subject matter, David Boll on the past of our own poetry, Allen Prowle on translating from other languages. Also reviews of 14 collections or pamphlets of new poems.


Does subject matter matter? Moniza Alvi asks how far the quality of a poem is affected by its subject. Moniza Alvi Does the subject matter of…
The sense of the past David Boll takes up the challenge of The New Imagination In The New Imagination in Magma 42, Laurie Smith argues for…
Editorial Magma seeks to bring you the unexpected, partly by a different person editing each issue, either one of ourselves or…
Collaged from cut pieces of the world Clare Pollard reviews Chris McCabe’s Zeppelins (Salt £12.99), Jacqueline Saphra’s Rock’n’Roll Mamma (Flarestack £3.50) and Mark Waldron’s The Brand New…

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