1. We’re launching the latest edition of Magma, Magma 63, Friday October 30 at the London Review Bookshop (14, Bury Place, WC1A 2JL). The theme of Magma 63 is ‘Conversation’.

    There will be readings from our guest poets Jane Draycott and Daljit Nagra as well as a selection of other poets featured in the edition. Doors open at 6.30pm, readings begin at 7pm.

    Tickets are FREE for everyone. Book now.
  2. Blog Review 43 – Miranda Barnes Reviews ‘Sunspots’ by Simon Barraclough

    Written by Miranda Barnes at October 5, 2015 12:08

    Simon Barraclough has been, for the past year, Poet in Residence at Mullard Space Science Laboratory. Barraclough remarks that his path there began with a fortuitous reading in 2013, but also long ago as a child looking up at the dark West Yorkshire night sky. His third collection, Sunspots, reflects this deep and pervasive interest in the cosmos, but more specifically, in our very own local star, the Sun itself.

    I come to Barraclough’s collection with profound interest in how science and poetry can interact, specifically astronomical and physical science. Barraclough does an excellent job of “circling” the sun in different ways, using each poem as a way of examining some facet, or “Sunspot.” His knowledge of Sun-science comes through in his application of scientific concepts and language, and his poems reveal the nature of the Sun via its interaction with us and with the broader universe. This is a cosmic long view of a book.

  3. Call for Contributions – Magma 65 on the theme of ‘Revolution’

    Written by Laurie Smith and Jane R Rogers at October 1, 2015 9:55

    Might we be entering another revolutionary period?  Are the signs here?  Can we see revolution in the power of social media, the election of Jeremy Corbyn, the creation of the UK Women’s Equality Party by Sandi Toksvig, Scotland’s possible independence, Europe closing its borders, the realisation of climate change…?

    Perhaps the problem of being in the middle of a revolution is that we can’t really see it. The various revolutions in 50s/60s USA – anti-draft, Civil Rights, early feminism, gay rights – were made visible by poets like Bob Dylan, the confessional poets (Lowell, Berryman, Jarrell, Plath, Sexton) and the Beats. Are you one of the poets we can turn to now? Can you illuminate the changes occurring under our very noses?

  4. Chris McCabe, Speculatrix (Penned in the Margins, £9.99) Andre Bagoo, Burn (Shearsman Books, £8.95) Dorothy Lehane, Ephemeris (Nine Arches Press, £8.99)

    Chris McCabe’s collection Speculatrix juggles language like he’s juggling knives, mixing contemporary urban scenes with Elizabethan and Jacobean references – sparks flying from the clashes and contrasts.

  5. Ramping up Risk before September 30th Deadline

    Written by Dom Bury and Jon Stone at September 21, 2015 12:21

    When we set ‘risk’ as a theme, we had a rough idea of what we’d hope to see: poems pushing both form and content to the edges of what’s considered to be the normal range. We rightly anticipated that this would open the window to some pretty eyebrow-raising stuff – which is to say we’ve had quite a few submissions that have clearly set out to shock and disturb.

    We’ve also received poems about risk itself, about rolling the dice, which is great – but we’d also like to see poems which interpret the brief in unusual or unexpected ways. If we could tell you exactly what those are, they wouldn’t be unexpected!

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