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Magma 79, Dwelling, Edited by Zoë Brigley, Kristian Evans and Rob A. Mackenzie

Since the pandemic began, we three editors – dwelling in the USA, Wales, Scotland – have read thousands of submitted poems, most written in lockdown. Each was a unique and inimitable snapshot of how poets all over the world are striving to make sense of these unprecedented times.


Penelope Shuttle the child’s childhood
Rebecca Tamás Full Moon in Scorpio
John McCullough Prayer for a Godless City
Ruth Awad The Little Ice Age of Hard Truths
Jenny Mitchell Hymn To Jamaica
Michael McKimm Trace fossil: coastal furniture


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