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!
… which is what I find after searching the thesaurus for a synonym for ‘Big Bang’. And this is the Considerable Outburst of excellent poetry, the newly issued Antiphon issue 21 and no fewer than 19 23 poems read by their authors (edit: new readings added!). Pull up something wet and fizzy, download the issue, put your feet up and enjoy!
Eve Peter Lo Bianco
The day the freezer broke and all the food melted is the day Jane Burn
The Seagull Rachel Rankin
Auden in Yorkville, 1939 Chris Edgoose
Six Years Old on Her Grandparents’ Porch Penelope Scambly Schott
Living Bus 8 Douglas Jones
Outside Holy Trinity Sue Kindon
Drawn in Perspective Ruth Aylett
Catching Clementine Faith Williams Abandoned Railroad Bridge on the River John Solensten Night Tapestry Lee Nash I Read a Poem Today About a Spider J R Solonche
Riff: what it takesKathleen O’Toole
A catch-all Patrick Theron Erickson
Reviews Millstone Grit, edited by Rosemary Badcoe, Noel Williams and Carolyn Waudby Dinner at the Blaws-Baxters’, Andrew Sclater Kaleidoscope, Mick Yates Strawberries and Black Pudding, Joyce Mansour, trans. Carol Martin-Sperry Dung Beetles Navigate by Starlight, Sarah Watkinson Act Three
Sylvia’s Games David Troupes
A Bag of Frozen Kidney Beans Burgi Zenhaeusern Meiga Elizabeth Gibson Row Robert Krantz
“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” Kurt Luchs
Huddersfield Narrow Canal: Lock 26 Alison Lock
Keeping Watch Anne Coughlan
The House Karen Dennison Towards Sundown Jock Stein
A few more readings to go along with Antiphon issue 20. By now you’ll have worked your way through the reviews, made a note of a few books to buy, and be savouring acts 3 and 4.
Or perhaps you’ll be printing it out and inserting it carefully into one of those leather covers that the most ancient TV listings mag over here fondly likes to imagine we use. Can’t imagine why anyone would want to collect that, but an entire series of Antiphon issues – that’s going to be worth money, that is. Think of your grandchildren.
Full contents below. Please enjoy some more readings!
Beachcomber by Richie McCaffery
From Heaven by Judith Taylor
Fitting In by Seth Crook
Act One The Moon Illusion Robert Wrigley
Anatomy Ceridwen Hall
April in Myth Wren Tuatha
Partial Understanding Brian Johnstone
From heaven Judith Taylor Acqua Alta Fiona Larkin
Philip Levine’s Good Ear Lisa Kelly
Act Two Ferry Across New Year Chrissy Banks
Because of your problem, are you afraid
people may think you are intoxicated? Michael Albright For the Traveler Tricia Knoll Jealous Kim Bridgford
Our Evolution Luigi Coppola She nearly died… Anne Stewart Trying his art on laments Tony Williams Catharsis Mary Makofske
Interval – Reviews Kith, Jo Bell
The Fetch, Gregory Leadbetter
There Was and How Much There Was, Zeina Hashem Beck
This Changes Things, Claire Askew
Homing, Mary King Brief Encounters: Beautiful Day, JR Solonche
Small Disturbances, Isabel Bermudez
The Swell, Jess Mookherjee
Act Three The Buzzard Anna Lewis The Fernery Jane Frank Take It Off the Mat Ellen Goldsmith Compliment Ceridwen Hall My Mother’s St. Vith Polly Brown October Wake Jean L. Kreiling Sinann Clifton Redmond Beachcomber Richie McCaffery
Act Four Ant Lion, Owlfly, Doodlebug Deborah Brown Gold Leaves Kathy Gee Missing Susan Roney-O’Brien Transcendence Jac Shortland On the Clifftop Petra White Café Theater Ceri Eagling Fitting In Seth Crook
Antiphon is delighted in this issue to feature the photography of Beth Kirkhart. Beth is a photographer who lives near Bee Caves, Texas with her husband and two children. She also works in environmental conservation. See more of her work on twitter, @Gilenlinn