I’m delighted to announce that I will be editing Magma 44 with Rosie Shepperd as assistant editor. We are very excited about putting together next summer’s edition from your poetry contributions and a fresh Magma mix of articles. We are already taking submissions and look forward to reading many more. Magma 44 will be published in July 2009.
The theme for Magma 44 will be the vertical dimension: roots and aspirations.
By way of explanation, I once suggested to someone that he was drawn to mountains because it was the only place where he could have his feet on the ground and his head in the clouds at the same time. His response is lost to posterity but this example serves to illustrate the theme for Magma 44. We invite poems about whatever is above or below our day-to-day frame of reference, particularly in relation to our roots and aspirations. For example, do you consider yourself a roots person, or a sky person? Or between: perhaps a mountain would suit you — maybe a small one? Or is a roof garden more your kind of hybrid between earth and sky? Then again, are you stuck in the mud? Or have you lost your roots? Do you search for them? Did you never have any? Were you single-parented, or double? When you move, is it towards heaven or hell? Do you fly? Or dive? Or burrow?
Perhaps you live without gravity altogether, and verticality is a nonsense to you. Then you are excused. In any case, we will accept poems on other topics. On-theme or off, we look forward to reading your work.
The deadline for submissions is the end of February. Please see the Contributions page for details of how to submit your poems.