Editorial Note

This issue felt a little chaotic, coming together - or it may be that your editors' minds were even more chaotic than usual. It's that time of year. But seeing the poems together here, tamed into some sort of order, I'm very pleased with the variety we've been able to select - everything from the elegantly formal to the swirl of free verse. The subject-matter, too, intrigues: Ann Douglas's theme of time arbitrated by a patriarchal god, moving forward until frozen in a photograph - I'm still musing on the idea of geese, but very much enjoying the process. We also have Mary Buchinger's tightly exquisite 'In heart's museum', Ray Miller’s search for something Ellen Miller-Mack seems to have found, Sushi and a Flammulated Owl – there are many delights here, and I hope you discover favourites of your own.

An antiphon was originally a chanted or sung response to a psalm or other text in a Christian religious service. The term is now more widely used for any music where there is a call and response. We chose it as the name of the magazine as we liked the idea of poems that respond to each other, and it's something we think about when choosing the poems and ordering them. We would be interested in poems written in response to those we publish - there doesn't have to be a very overt link, just an indication that one poem has inspired the other in some way. If you'd like to give this a try, submit in the normal way and mention in your cover letter the name of your 'antiphon' poem and which earlier poem was your inspiration.

Rosemary Badcoe



The pictures for this issue are drawings of pollen grains from Ernst Haeckel’s Radiolaria, published in 1862 and now in the public domain: http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/09/19/ernst-haeckels-radiolaria-1862/

Copyright of all poems remains with the author. Manipulation of images in the public domain copyright R. Badcoe. No reproduction of any part of the magazine without permission.