Here are a few highlights from our November collection of poetry magazines:
Reach Poetry is now into its 21st year. Each issue perfectly represents the month in which it is released. Readers won't be disappointed by the December issue, packed full of wintery, festive poems with fairies and log-burners abound. This magazine also has the wonderful capability to create a sense of community amongst its subscribers who are spread across Europe by featuring comments from its many readers as they discuss their reactions to the magazine’s previous issue.
The Good Journal was founded by Nikesh Shukla and Julia Kingsford to showcase the very best new work by writers of colour. This gorgeously designed magazine features both established writers and new voices, published quarterly. The violet-coloured fourth issue, published this autumn, is edited by award-winning American author Diana Evans. Maroula Blades constructs an intricate moment of trauma and intimacy within a poem; Jamila Ahmed writes powerfully about coming to terms with her mixed-race identity. Asmaa Jama’s poem 'First Patient' is visceral and arresting: "I bring reams of sand with me wherever I go, / I pay for water in acacia leaves."
The last issue of Modern Poetry in Translation in 2019 - entitled 'I Have Not Known a Grief Like This' - has a focus on extinction, and feels very timely at the end of a year in which anxieties about extinction in various forms have grown enormously. This issue is impressively edited to highlight the connection between language loss and biodiversity loss, and includes an illuminating discussion with poets from Poems from the Edge of Extinction, an anthology that emerged from the National Poetry Library's very own Endangered Poetry Project. Other highlights include poets such as Will Harris and Amy Key translating Iranian film into poetry, and the result of MPT's recent translation challenge, organised in collaboration with the Young Poets Network.