Guest editor Anne Marie Fife brings her own style to Magma for the Winter issue which was hot off the press at the Aldeburgh Poetry festival, and launches on 4 December in London.
New poems by Seamus Heaney and Billy Collins … Jeanette Anderson and Kendal Falkner… and many others. Never heard of Jeanette and Kendal? That’s because they are both newly published writers: Anne-Marie was delighted to continue Magma’s commitment to publishing new poetry by unknown or less familiar writers alongside long established masters of the craft.
Anne-Marie’s search for a theme for the issue took her back to a word long hoarded and cherished, Gerald Manley Hopkins’ concept of ‘inscapes’, a word of panoramic width, breadth, and depth of poetic perspectives on the interior, psychological landscape, a word that has, she feels, brought out the best in the 60 or so poets in Magma 36.
As well as new poems, there are articles and reviews such Poetry-in-Practice and Presiding Spirits in which two very different poets explain themselves: one the wry, terse, prose-poet, Louis Jenkins from Duluth, Minnesota, the other, Ireland’s mystical Medbh McGuckian.