In October Antiphon ventured north to the book festival in Inverness, NessBookFest. As well a reading and talk about my book, Drawing a Diagram, I had a great discussion about running magazines with the editor of Northwords Now, Kenny Taylor, chaired by Dr Helen Sedgwick. It was a great festival with lovely people, and marvellous to introduce Antiphon to some who hadn’t heard about it.
We are delighted to unveil another issue of Antiphon. Please click on the title above to read or download the pdf. This issue has a loosely science-based theme – we weren’t sure what the response would be to a slightly tricky themed submission call, but in fact we received a record number of submissions and an excellent selection of poems. We also have a record number of poets happy to record their work, and we hope you’ll agree that the audio adds a lot to the enjoyment of the poem.
Edit: I’ve added a further recording, Drinking in The Multiverse by Brian Johnstone (complete with sound effects!)
Prologue Act One
35,000 Feet Sarah Watkinson ~
Rain or Tinnitus Juliet Antill
~ A Proton as a Serving of Minestrone Pippa Hennessy
~ His mind becomes an osprey’s nest Jane Lovell
Sea-drift Sarah Hymas
13.8 Billion Years Linda Stryker
~ Parallel Terry Persun
~ Act Two
Preservation Judith Taylor
A Panpsychist Confides in the Universe Claudia Gary
Autumn Across the Valley Richard Hoffman
Agar Days Victoria Gatehouse
Pentimento Catherine Chandler
The Empty Well of Autumn Linda Opyr
(It appears crooked, that half-submerged) Aaron Novick
~ Space Iain Twiddy
~ Reviews The Distal Point, Fiona Moore
Flood, Jessica Mookherjee
The Orrery At Kelvingrove Juliet Antill
Drinking in The Multiverse Brian Johnstone
Riding the Light — A Loopy Theorem Alice Campbell Romano
The Blind Watchmaker’s Daughter Ginny Saunders
Balance D.O. Moore
Genesis Craig Dobson
Charred Ember Laurel S. Peterson
The Archaeologist’s Field Notes Dawn Manning
Planck’s Constant Emma Aprile
Metamorphosis Mark McDonnell
Archaeopteryx Anna Forbes
~ No, I Have Not Actually Seen a Phoenix Joshua Clayton
The Challenges of Naming Tricia Knoll
~ Self-Portrait Aged 25 Lisa Megraw
~ First Light George Neame
The Black Widow Nebula Martin Elster ~
I’ve spent much of today reading through submissions that we’d marked as likely to be accepted, and we now have about half an issue in place. There are still a lot of ‘maybes’, but I can’t read too many at once or get poetry fatigue and can’t give them a fair verdict. I’m very pleased with the range and quality of what we’ve accepted so far. If you’re thinking of submitting, please don’t leave it too long! We’ll be open for another couple of weeks or so.
I thought you might be interested in a quick note about issue 23 of Antiphon so far. Submissions have been closed for a few months so I’ve been aware of the need to let everyone know we’re open again. Getting the word out can take time, but subs have been open for a couple of weeks and already we’ve had about 80 submissions.
I was wondering whether having a themed issue would attract interest, particularly the slightly daunting theme of science, but obviously it has! There are a few entirely inappropriate submissions, but generally people have risen to the challenge. I’ve already added a tentative ‘yes’ to a higher percentage of submissions than usual. It’s been lovely to see some familiar names and also those giving us a try for the first time. This is going to be a great issue!
Antiphon issue 23 – submissions now open! We’re looking for poems with some link to science, in the broadest sense – poems that stretch beyond the day to day human concerns. Poems that celebrate the vastness of it all, or consider beginnings, or endings, or how we know anything at all. See submissions for how to send us work.
Dear Antiphon readers and submitters: we apologise for the brief pause in accepting submissions. When the editors’ lives change to being more like the bottom picture and less like the top, we will be back in business. We hope to open submissions for issue 22 in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience!