NessBookFest

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.

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Antiphon issue 23

Antiphon issue 23

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!)

Contents

Prologue
Act One

35,000 Feet Sarah Watkinson
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Rain or Tinnitus Juliet Antill
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A Proton as a Serving of Minestrone Pippa Hennessy
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His mind becomes an osprey’s nest Jane Lovell
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Sea-drift Sarah Hymas
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13.8 Billion Years Linda Stryker
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Parallel Terry Persun
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Act Two

Preservation Judith Taylor
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A Panpsychist Confides in the Universe Claudia Gary
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Autumn Across the Valley Richard Hoffman
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Agar Days Victoria Gatehouse
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Pentimento Catherine Chandler
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The Empty Well of Autumn Linda Opyr
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(It appears crooked, that half-submerged) Aaron Novick
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Space Iain Twiddy
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Reviews
The Distal Point, Fiona Moore
Flood, Jessica Mookherjee

Act Three

The Orrery At Kelvingrove Juliet Antill
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Drinking in The Multiverse Brian Johnstone
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Riding the Light — A Loopy Theorem Alice Campbell Romano
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The Blind Watchmaker’s Daughter Ginny Saunders
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Balance D.O. Moore
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Genesis Craig Dobson
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Charred Ember Laurel S. Peterson
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The Archaeologist’s Field Notes Dawn Manning

Act Four

Planck’s Constant Emma Aprile
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Metamorphosis Mark McDonnell
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Archaeopteryx Anna Forbes
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No, I Have Not Actually Seen a Phoenix Joshua Clayton
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The Challenges of Naming Tricia Knoll
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Self-Portrait Aged 25 Lisa Megraw
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First Light George Neame
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The Black Widow Nebula Martin Elster
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Seaweed Cinquains Seth Crook
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Contributors

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Antiphon Issue 23 – the story so far

Rain? What’s that, then?

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.

 

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Issue 23 – submissions so far

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!

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Submissions open for Antiphon issue 23

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.

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Antiphon issue 22 is here!

Antiphon issue 22

We are once more proud to present another great collection of poems, and to feature readings by many of the contributors – it really makes the poems come alive to hear them read by the authors.

Edit: delighted to have added a recording of ‘Graveside’ by Terence Culleton.

Antiphon issue 22 Contents

Prologue
Act One
Gall  Susan McComb
August Cantata Ann E Michael

Lane closed for material curing   Sarah Barnsley
Poem, equally suitable for a newborn child, or a newborn kitten Gail White
Armand & I have an argument Laurinda Lind

Late Cedars J M McBirnie
Body Chemistry Beth McDonough

Act Two

January Judith Taylor

Rural Idyll Sue Kindon
Learning Finnish Annette Volfing
In the Churchyard David Callin

Pearl Robert Krantz

The Pier at Dún Chaoin Chris Brauer
Caged in Aleppo Diane G Martin
Kite Days Jean L Kreiling

Reviews
Forever, Now, Helen Cadbury
#Afterhours, Inua Ellams and Selected Poets
All the Naked Daughters, Anna Kisby

Act Three
Another Year’s Grief Ann E Michael
Dusk Tim Love

The Buddha Mark McDonnell

We Illuminate a Night Scene from King Rene’s Book of Love Lois Marie Harrod
Fault Line Abegail Morley
Somniphobia Ian Heffernan
Cats Lowell Jaeger

Decision Russell Jones

Act Four

Trimester Sarah Bersonsage

One Night in Alport David Harmer
Sea Song Sarah Carleton
Woman Taken by a Wave Kate Noakes

My Life in the Backyard Becky Busby Palmer

Graveside Terence Culleton

Whole Aoife Reilly
Holdfast Mark Totterdell

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Antiphon: what’s going on?

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!

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