Here are a few highlights from our August crop of poetry magazines:
To be truly Welsh and truly international might seem like a complicated editorial standpoint but when you crack open an issue of Planet: The Welsh Internationalist it all makes perfect, beautiful sense. In publication since 1970, each issue of this colourful little magazine features writings on Welsh and international politics and culture with poetry playing a small but significant role in the overall content. The current issue is packed with interesting and rewarding writings including poetry by Sophie McKeand and Jenny Edkins, reviews of Damian Walford Davies, Zoë Brigley and Emyr Humphreys, an article by Karolina Roziak on Polish migrants and the Welsh language, and an editorial on Cornwall and the future of post-Brexit Wales.
The editorial in issue 19 of Lighthouse - an impressive, collaborative collage poem composed of fragments from sources as diverse as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Jabberwocky, and the Wikipedia entry for 'Linguistic Imperialism' - gives us an idea of what to expect from this journal, which has been publishing fresh, new writing since 2013. This issue’s highlights include a selection of translations of poems in German by Kathrin Schmidt, who lost language following a stroke in 2002 and used poetry to help rediscover it, and a reflection by Steve Bellin-Oka on the function of poetry as a spiritual practice. On top of these, the journal contains an abundance of exciting new work from a range of emerging poets.
Fans of The Rialto include Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy and Jo Shapcott, making this periodical a natural and constant core element of the library’s magazine collection since its launch in 1984. The original vision of the magazine’s founding editors was to promote “an inclusive and diverse world of poetry” and the current issue proves that this tradition is still very much alive. Number 92 features beautiful work from Pascale Petit and Jacqueline Saphra amongst many others; a tribute to the late Les Murray; and the results of their pamphlet competition. Plus this vibrant cover – what more could we ask for!