There are reviews, and there are prose articles, from Glyn Maxwell on verse theatre, Tamar Yoseloff who offers tips on writing from the imagination, and Polly Clark who explores the relationship between the poem’s and the poet’s voice.
And we’re honoured to be including the winning poems from both contests in Magma Poetry’s first competition. An extraordinary collection of short poems from the Editors’ Prize complements the longer poems in the Judge’s Prize, chosen by George Szirtes.
If you’re ready for the show, please ensure your mobile phone is switched off, and settle into your chair. The below is a preview of the magazine.
*Magma invites contributions of unpublished poems. In Magma 52 (March 2012), on page 22, we published a poem titled “Newton’s First Law of Motion” submitted by Christian Ward. We have recently discovered that this poem was written, apart from a few minor changes of wording, by Matthew Olzmann with the title “Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion” and published in New England Review 30/4 (Winter 2009/10). We very much regret publishing a plagiarised poem which we accepted in good faith.
|Greta Stoddart||Deep Sea Diver|
|Rowena Somerville||That Buster Keaton moment|
|Robert Peake||The Argument|
|Gill Andrews||Playing with fire|
|Andrea Porter||Yorick Yearns for Harry Ramsden’s|
|Greta Nintzel||Gin Fizz|
|Speaking the Poem's Voice||Inside a room overlooking a loch seven poets are sweating. One of them, me, has a band of pain around her middle from the unfamiliar exercising of her diaphragm. Another, the Scottish poet Andrew Philip, is about to speak his…|