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Presiding Spirits: Alice Oswald on Sophocles

In Presiding Spirits we ask a contemporary poet to write a new poem influenced by the writing of a poet from the past. Earlier this year Alice Oswald’s second collection,…

Collaboration and Climate Change

Poetry is a universal language, in which we can all hope to meet. Ted Hughes  Sometimes we meet as readers: so the poet will read a science article, the conservationist…

Magma 45

Magma 45 takes the theme of ‘Telling Stories’, and contains a page-turning selection of poems, from retellings of ancient myth to sci-fi inspired visions of the future. With Magma’s usual…

Poetry in Practice

In 1961 Al Alvarez published The New Poetry, one of the few poetry anthologies of the 20th century which changed the way that readers thought about poetry. It held up…

Presiding Spirits

In Presiding Spirits we ask a contemporary poet to write a new poem influenced by the writing of a poet from the past. Earlier this year Alice Oswald's second collection,…

Reaching the source

Olivia Cole reviews Clare Pollard's Bedtime (Bloodaxe, £6.95) and Alice Oswald's Dart (Faber, £8.99) In Magma 21 Clare Pollard railed against a seeming contemporary resistance to confessional poetry. Confessionalism, she…

The Magazine

The poetry magazine with a different editor every issue What makes Magma unique? Like all the best poetry, Magma is always surprising. Every issue of Magma has a different editor,…

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