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Magma 68, Margins, edited by David Floyd and Lucy Howard-Taylor, showcases poetry from the periphery, from the hinterland of lives, spaces and themes.

Poems

Louise Peterkin Interview with the woman who trepanned herself
Michael Conley A Thrill
William Stephenson The Restaurant Without Food
Leah Umansky Cersei
Lyn Moir Dead Man’s Clothes
Hilary Hares Lament of the Night Cough

Articles

“You forget parties” Helena Nelson reviews Much Possessed​ ​by ​John Foggin “You forget parties” Much Possessed John Foggin (Smith / Doorstop, £9.95) Reviewed by Helena Nelson Much Possessed is packed with people. Nearly a quarter of the poems are dramatic monologues from characters as various as Lucifer, Richard III, Myra Hindley,…
Magma 68 Editorial Margin / mɑːdʒɪn / from Latin marginem (nominative margo) for edge, border. Brim, brink, lip, verge, bound. Being the difference, the frontier, a kind of freedom. If the shadow of the margin is the mainstream, our aim for this issue…
From: “Writing Alongside the Disappeared - Margins and a composition exercise” by Vahni Capildeo The margins are where the clues to the liveliness and breadth of the text make themselves apparent. Rowdy animals bodied like musical instruments gambol, exact and glorious and gross. They make fanciful noise. Tiny plants spread like gorgeous weeds, rendered…
From “Marginalia - Poets, the Page and the Dream: a Tour of the Margin with Several Guides” by Katy Evans-Bush If all the world’s a page, as one might say, most of it is the margins. As in the ancient tragedies, offstage is where you find the real action. Most people are marginal, by today’s political and economic reckoning –…
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