Antiphon issue 24

Here it is!

We’re delighted to present Antiphon issue 24. We (and our contributors) have chosen a wide interpretation of our theme of ‘edges’ and it’s made for a very interesting issue. I hope you enjoy it!

Contents, issue 24

Act One

If By Light Sherre Vernon

The Chief Poisoner Will See You Now Ron Louie

Anxiety and Television News Lois Roma-Deeley

Fragment Rebecca Gethin

I’ve Split the Ash and Now I Read Anne Sexton Robert Carr    

Four Corners Where I See My Son Kate Rigby    

Marginal Matt Merritt

Narcissus Ponders Verge Lois Marie Harrod

Act Two

Chimera Mary Makofske

Argentea Marginata d’Ores&Deja

Passing Kathleen O’Toole

Grey Clouds Linda Opyr

Cartography of a Name Sarah Lao

True North Kathryn Gessner Calkins

Shetland Morning Kate Rigby  

Hadron Dale Wisely (read by Dale Wisely and Katherine DiBella Seluja)

Reviews
Sleepless, Julia Deakin
Near Future, Suzannah Evans
Multiverse: an international anthology of science fiction poetry
    edited by Rachel Plummer and Russell Jones

Act Three

Snails Patricia McCaw

Calder-Hebble Navigation Helen Boden

Shoreline D A Prince

Coastal footpath David Callin

Corpus callosum EJ Shu

Letter to C. Elizabeth Yalkut

With thanks to the workers of the Woodland Trust Luke Lankester

Driving through Golden Gate Park with an old friend Sara Streett

Act Four

Calling My Sister Elise Hempel

F(x) = 2/T Rita Rouvalis Chapman

All That is Recalled in This Stillness John Greiner

Great piece of turf Beth McDonough

Pond Heather Shakespeare

The Library Beyond the Wall William Stephenson

Of the like of the giver of guts Robert Wrigley

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Submissions to issue 24 now closed

10th January 2019: Please note that submissions to issue 24 have closed a day early as we have reached our Submittable submission limit. I’m afraid it’s a penalty of not charging you to submit; we’re not allowed an unlimited number.

We’re a victim of our own popularity. I’m not sure what the answer is to this; as a magazine run in our spare time, I’m reluctant to add handling financial transactions to the mix. We could pay contributors and charge for submissions, but I can see that doubling the workload. I’d rather we all had free access and concentrated on the poetry. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

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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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