We settled on ‘violence’ as the theme for Magma 62 since it seemed a stark contrast to the “big safe themes”, as Paul Farley might call them, that sprang easily to mind. Violence felt bold and a little bit different and these, above all, are the qualities we are looking for in the poems.
We want poems like Paul Batchelor’s To a Halver an ode to a half-brick that mines the symbolism of this, apparently, simple object so it becomes more than a weapon; or poems that explore the theme of violence in the way they mean (through the use of syntax, typography, diction etc) as well as what they mean. Here we can’t help thinking of a poem like Gaddafi Gaddafi Gaddafi by Hannah Silva, first published in Magma 56, or Kerosene by Tim Seibles but these are just examples of the sort of poem we’re after. We are particularly excited to see what this provocation might mean to you.
The deadline is 31st January 2015. As ever, we are happy to consider poems on other themes, also. Please see the Contributions page for details of how to submit your poems. We look forward to hearing from you.
Editors, Magma 62