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Magma 49 is made from a mixture of three parts sand and one part cement. No, hang on, that’s the recipe for concrete. Magma 49 is actually made from a mixture of poems, prose and reviews, most of which bear some relation to the theme of Build it Up and Knock it Down.

Poems

Jon Stone Nosejobs
Anja Konig Night over Louisiana
David McAleavey Library
Chris Emslie Bowerbirds
Kona Macphee Antday
Isobel Dixon A Beautifully Constructed Cocktail

Articles

Presiding Spirits: W N Herbert on Byron In Presiding Spirits we ask a contemporary poet to write a poem which draws on writing from the past. In this issue W N Herbert responds to Byron’s Childe Harold. Errant My voice went on a quest to find itself…
No fake, rosy picture of the world Rob A Mackenzie reviews Katherine Gallagher’s Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc £11.99), Alan Wall’s Doctor Placebo (Shearsman £8.95) and TEN: New Poets Spread the Word ed. Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra (Bloodaxe/Spread the Word £8.95). Katherine Gallagher has…
Editorial Magma 49 is made from a mixture of three parts sand and one part cement. No, hang on, that’s the recipe for concrete. Magma 49 is actually made from a mixture of poems, prose and reviews, most of which bear…
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