Magma 53

Edited by Rob A Mackenzie and Kona Macphee

Just as songs and music can be poetic, so poetry can be musical.
We recognise and savour these overlaps with our ears and our
hearts, even if we can’t always explain their magic with reductive
rules or dryly rational principles.  For the two of us, as both poets
and musicians, the intersections of poetry and music are particularly
delicious – and uncovering the musical delights of the Magma 53
submissions inbox has been an inspiring treat.   We hope you’ll
enjoy the fruits of our selection.In this issue, we’re delighted to present established virtuosi of
language-music such as Les Murray and Ian Duhig, alongside distinctive
new voices such as Katherine Stansfield and Kaddy Benyon. In prose, we
have Ian Pindar on the musical challenges of free verse and Esther
Morgan on the creative challenges of new parenthood, W.N.Herbert on the
pleasures of musical collaboration and Brian Holton on the conundrums of
translation, plus guest features from Don Share and Mike Scott. We have
incapable bassoonists, bone grubbers and wild things, fado and fox
prints. Bring on the sweet cacophony!
Rob Mackenzie and Kona Macphee

Articles

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