The launch of Magma 68 will be on Friday 28th July, 7pm at London Review Bookshop, 14-16 Bury Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 2JL. Guest readers are Fleur Adcock and Katy Evans-Bush and the list of confirmed readers includes, Louisa Archer, Kathleen Bainbridge, Lisa Fannen, Louise Peterkin, Patrick Roberts and more… Entry is free, but you must to register via Eventbrite to guarantee entry.
Margin / mɑːdʒɪn / from Latin marginem (nominative margo) for edge, border. Brim, brink, lip, verge, bound. Being the difference, the frontier, a kind of freedom. If the shadow of the margin is the mainstream, our aim for Magma 68 has been to publish poetry from the periphery, from the hinterland of lives, spaces and themes.
This issue, we asked for contributions with a wide and associative take on the topic, from poems of “internal difference – / Where the Meanings, are” (Emily Dickinson), to those of remote, unwritten places where you do “not know the gate / till you run up against it” (Jen Hadfield). Focusing on lives lived in the corners, on edgelands, meetings of tides, the thresholds of mind, forest and page. We also suggested blunter notions of the margins:
Lankelly Chase Foundation’s ‘people facing severe and multiple disadvantage… pushed to the extreme margins of society’ or the bullied and patronised people of Les Murray’s Subhuman Redneck Poems.
Our selection of poems is broadly grouped into physical, societal and psychological margins. We received fewer poems that we expected about geographical outposts or the borders of pages; our physical margins include marginal physical experiences such as unusual ailments and proximity to death.
Both the poetry and prose in this issue reflect the diversity of emotions and responses provoked by the theme but, despite this diversity, consistently reinforce the sense of poetry’s ability to offer an alternative perspective on a world viewed from the edge.
David Floyd and Lucy Howard-Taylor
(editors, Magma 68)
To register for the launch of Magma 68, please sign up HERE at our Eventbrite page.