Issue Five Editorial


Our theme of 'time' occupied the minds of our contributors for this issue. In particular, many were keen to capture those times that consist mostly of waiting; the period before the birth of a child, the time spent with a parent during their last days, the time trying to carry on after the loss of a loved one. These are occasions when the consolation of poetry can work well in reminding us that these are universal themes faced by most of us at some point in our lives. They can also be quite challenging to write about - how to find new language to describe these age-old feelings, how to avoid falling into sentimentality.  The poems we liked best were those that approached these ideas rather obliquely; we hope you like them too. And since time is pressing, I shall give up trying to find something witty to say about it all, and let the poems say it instead.

We've also included a mix of work that doesn't take time as its theme; though, as that wise playwright Tom Stoppard says (whose quotes we pick for our home page), "for all the compasses in the world, there's only one direction, and time is its only measure."


Rosemary Badcoe


round lichen