In addition to our online articles – Tim Turnbull on Music Hall poetry and Rob A Mackenzie’s review of Roddy Lumsden, CL Dallat and Angela Kirby – the print edition of Magma 45has pieces from Marina Warner, Jacob Polley and Matthew Hollis as well as reviews of nine other collections. See below for a taste. It’s easy to from our website.
Matthew Hollis: Presiding Spirits
“‘No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.’ To me that seems a covenant for poetry. Being open to surprise when you’re writing is not always easy, and I think it gets harder as you go on.”
Marina Warner: Guest Choice
“Her fake decorum and incantatory old woman’s quaveriness are a little reminiscent of Stevie Smith, but Helen Adam casts too flinty an eye on the world for her whimsy to be simply charming. She is Gothic; she knows about menace and likes hiding in the dark.”
Jacob Polley: Poetry in Practice
“Poems, unlike stories, are built to happen. Not to show what happened: just to happen. This happening is never once upon a time but is always now. The Shakespearean mouth murmurs, ‘That time of year thou mayst in me behold’; the Bishopish mouth suggests softly that, ‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master’; the Dickinsonian mouth observes, ‘There’s a certain slant of light’. They, the mouths, murmur out of the silence, across time and right into your ear.”