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“Desire Will Save the World”: Can Artists, Scientists & Farmers Be Bedfellows?

“You never lose the north” a friend of mine once told me, in a difficult moment of our lives, and I realised that it meant not losing the orientation, the route linked to the North Star, from the millenary habits…

Steven Waling Reviews ‘The Games’ by Harry Josephine Giles

There’s something about this collection, The Games – by a poet previously unknown to me – that is immediately enjoyable, and even fun – without necessarily being able to ‘get’ everything in the poems. Poetry with an air of experiment…

Writing Loss

From losing a precious object to the death of a dear friend, loss is an inspiring topic for poets. In ‘One Art,’ Elizabeth Bishop begins with losing her keys and ends with the loss of a relationship. Loss has inspired…

Magma Open Pamphlet Competition — The Poems

  Magma Open Pamphlet Competition Results   Winning pamphlet 1. Dear, by Alice Willitts Shortlisted pamphlets 2. /si:d/ by Ben Egerton 3. Satyress by Audrey Molloy 4. I invented a metaphysics by Alison Winch   Read poems from the winning…

Magma at StAnza: international poets Huang Fan & Patrick Sylvain; StAnza panel

Magma was at StAnza last weekend.  It was super friendly, with many excellent events.  There were some interludes of heavenly StAnza weather (proof in the photos).  We’d reprinted the sold-out Climate Change Issue, partly with the festival in mind.  It…

Magma Poetry Competition — Winners Announced

  We are delighted to announce the winners of Magma Poetry Competition 2018/19                 Judge’s Prize Judged by Andrew McMillan First prize:  Inua Ellams – ‘Fuck/Boys’ Second prize: Rowena Warwick – ‘Stillborn’ Third prize:…

Maryam Hessavi reviews Stephen Sawyer, Mircea Dinescu and Tracy K. Smith

There Will Be No Miracles Here Stephen Sawyer Smokestack Books, £7.99 The Barbarians’ Return Mircea Dinescu Bloodaxe Books, £12 Wade In The Water Tracy K Smith Penguin, £8.99 *             ——-I who am alive, begin…

Matt Merritt reviews Stav Poleg, Bobby Parker and an entertainment for W S Graham

Lights, Camera, Stav Poleg Eyewear, £6 Working Class Voodoo Bobby Parker Offord Road Books, £10 The Caught Habits of Language Edited by Rachael Boast, Andy Ching and Nathan Hamilton Donut Press, £15 *              …

Zoë Brigley reviews Tishani Doshi, Deborah Alma and Polly Atkin

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods Tishani Doshi Bloodaxe, £9.95 Dirty Laundry Deborah Alma Nine Arches, £9.99 Basic Nest Architecture Polly Atkin Seren, £9.99 The three collections reviewed here subvert normative cultural narratives, and engage readers with certain kinds…

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