Here are a few highlights from our December collection of poetry magazines:
Published three times a year and made available for free by St Mungo's - a charity that provides housing and support to vulnerable people in England - the vibrant and colourful Homeless Diamonds showcases the writing and art of people associated with St. Mungo's, be they residents, staff or volunteers. Issue 40 is characteristically packed with poems of all shapes and sizes, often accompanied by photography or art. A blast of creativity during the winter months!
If you are struggling to cope with the new digital age and are seeking refuge you should explore the pages of the second issue of The Analog Sea Review. This defiantly offline journal (which can only be obtained through writing a letter to the publisher) contains poetry, short stories, essays, photography and illustrations which all act as an antidote to contemporary society. This current issue is particularly diverse, containing an essay from the French Philosopher Guy Debord criticising the image-obsessed culture of the 20th century alongside poems by Robert Bly and Penelope Hewlett and nature illustrations by Catherine Gareau-Blanchard.
Butcher’s Dog is one of the country’s most beautifully produced small magazines. Designed and edited with care, Issue 12 is full of poems that, in the words of co-editor Ian Humphreys, “snagged on our memories like warm wool on a barbed wire fence.” Highlights include the sensual centrefold poem 'The Sleeping Lady' by Jay G Ying, a peachy poem by Kayleigh Campbell and the soft, spiky “jam rags” by Jay Whittaker – “terror of a red smear / on a plastic chair”. This issue’s lineup is bursting with the bodily and the physical.