This September we have received all kinds of magazines, from those with a particular focus like Blithe Spirit, an appreciation of all things haiku and related forms, to the all-encompassing PN Review. This month's arrivals should bring hope and inspiration to budding writers as a clear indication that that there is plenty of space out there for publishing a range of styles and interests.
Issue 79 of Mslexia is definitely the magazine to explore this month if you're after further poetic inspiration and advice. Julia Webb’s poem 'Girls' School - after Les Murray' uses the Golden Shovel technique, where the poet takes a line from an admired poem and uses each word in it as an end word in their poem. Two for the price of one effectively! There's also helpful tips from Malika Booker on how to successfully perform your poetry.
There's plenty of interesting essays to be read this month too. Neil Pattison’s discussion of Alexander Pope’s failed Brutus poem in Critical Quarterly explores the factors that can encourage, affect or halt the writing process, including politics, religion and any persecution personally experienced by an individual poet.
In the autumn issue of Tears in the Fence, Greg Bright’s exploration on the definition of poetry leads him to beautifully conclude that:
One of the most unique and visually impressive magazines this month is the 4th issue of Coast to Coast to Coast. Edited by Maria Isakova Bennett and Michael Brown, it is itself a piece of artwork with the handstiched cover and pages. The featured poems are always as beautiful as the magazine, with the current issue featuring poems exploring nature, language, rhythm and form.
Click here to see a full list of the magazines that we received in September. Use the Sort function to list alphabetically by magazine title. View the complete catalogue record of a magazine to see a PDF of the contents and a full list of the poets published.