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Magma 84, Physics, edited by Susannah Hart and Stav Poleg 

The contributors to this issue do what poets know best: wrestle with the concept of time in the compact space of a poem. After all, as a temporal art that is often concise enough to be held on a single page and form its own unique visual structure, poetry is a perfect vehicle for the concepts of time and space. The poem happens in time, as we read it; it keeps changing as we go along with it, and yet, at any time during the process of reading, we can take a glimpse of its entirety.

Cover image: Recurring Dream by Emmi Hughes

Magma Selected: Lucy Allsopp


Claudia Daventry Aerodynamics of a Domestic
Rebecca Watts Never Leave the Ship
Milena Williamson Slides
John Davis The Physics of Lilly at 6 AM
N. J. Hynes Furnace
Maryam Hessavi gloria excelsis


Editorial When we sent out our Call for Submissions for Physics, we did it because of our unbounded fascination for the field. As writers who are intrigued and excited by the world of physics, at first glance so different from the world of poetry, we wanted to explore this area more. And what better way to…
Playing with Physics in Poetry (and Prose) Stand inside the nucleus of the atom. What do you see? You see protons, neutrons, dashing clouds of electrons. —-And a woman with a notebook, writing. It all began with physics. It wasn’t that I was good at physics at school. Chemistry was easy. Maths was a thrilling challenge. I didn’t quite click with physics.…
Sound Travel: Classroom to Cathedral via the Moon The only physics lesson I recall in detail involved watching the teacher spread a metal Slinky across the huge wooden desk and explaining how sound moves in waves of compression and rarefaction. The idea of sound travelling, the speed of sound, the trajectories of light and distance were all briefly dazzlingly incomprehensible as sun swept through…
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