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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