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, either members of our board or a prominent poet acting as a guest editor. It’s that fresh eye in each issue which gives Magma its unique variety.
What kind of poetry can I expect to see in Magma?
Our aim is to promote the very best in contemporary poetry. Poetry that’s alert to the world we live
in, that’s honest and above all, unexpected. It may come from previously unpublished or emerging poets or the more established. We make a point of including unknown poets alongside known names, and we’ve published Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Al Alvarez, Wendy Cope, George Szirtes, Gillian Clarke, John Burnside and Mark Doty among many others.
What else can I expect to find in each Magma issue?
Every issue includes a surprising variety of content. There’ll be prose features, articles as well as reviews, and each with the individuality made possible by our changing editors. The features include:
- Presiding Spirits: A well-known poet writes a new poem for Magma inspired by a favourite from the past and then we discuss it with them.
- Magma Showcase: Highlights the work of an up-and-coming poet with a selection of their work.
- Poetry in Practice: Helpful and entertaining advice on writing from established poets.
- Reviews: Recent collections of contemporary poetry are reviewed in each issue.
- Guest Choice: A famous person, usually from outside the poetry world chooses a favourite poem and explains why they’ve chosen it.
Where else can I find Magma?
Many of the poets appearing in an issue are invited to read alongside guest poets at Magma Launch Nights. Magma appears regularly in Road-Show Events at poetry festivals where we stage readings, workshops and sessions during which editors explain their different approaches.
Magma publishes three issues a year — Spring, Summer and Winter
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