Issue One of this brand new bi-annual magazine showcases the work of Northern Writers’ Awards winners from 2010 and 2011, and future issues will be open for submissions.
These are seven poets to get excited about – new voices that are genuinely new; that make you see the world afresh. Each voice is distinct, but if they share a quality it is bravery – the willingness to step into the unknown: from Luke Allan’s stripped, philosophical wordplay, to Wendy Heath’s vision of Caribou in a ward, to Jake Campbell’s ability to find resonance in the wobble of a wheelie bin. In these pages Amy Mackelden’s cool, unsettling tone makes the whole edifice of popular culture feel unstable; Andrew Sclater’s father is viewed as a light-bulb and Degna Stone’s terrifying ‘Sweet’ reveals that: ‘Girls who taste like Parma Violets / See through armour eyelets’. These are poems that arise from conversation, interested as well as interesting – as in Sophie F Baker’s ‘Poem as anechoic chamber’, they invite the reader to: ‘listen, not to me, but to your own self living.’
A call for entries for Issue Two is open now, until 1st March 2013.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your poetry.
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