Well over half the contributors to issue 15 agreed to brave the microphone and have sent very professional recordings. Even those who haven’t tried it before seem to have enjoyed the experience. It makes it feel more of a community of poet endeavour and it’s great to hear the range of voices we’re publishing. Here are today’s poems:
… more of them, from issue 15. I’ve finally got a grip on the new issue, so not long now. Here’s a bumper selection of readings – it’s taken Antiphon a while, but I think it adds a whole new dimension to the magazine to be able to let you hear the poets reading their work. How about some videos? Of readings or of something arty with a reading over the top. Anyone want to take up the challenge?
Rose Cook – A Situation Arising from a Complete Inability to Master Any Language But Her Own
Antiphon issue 15 is now being prepared, and to whet your appetite we’re delighted to present recordings of some of the poets reading the poems that will appear in the magazine. Here are the first three:
While I’m on the subject of favourite magazines, I have to include the online journal Angle. It leans towards slightly more formal poetry, in that they are keen on meter and rhythm, but all kinds of treasure can be found in its depths. And they are very deep depths, too – I’m not sure how they cope with it, but each issue is around 100 pages, and the previous and next issues contain a sizeable ekphrastic supplement, too. Angle is published in the UK by Philip Quinlan, and is edited by him and Ann Drysdale in the US, and I’d say the majority of poets are from the US. A number of the names are familiar from Antiphon, and I keep an eye out for Marybeth Rua-Larsen, Maryann Corbett, Jo Bell and Annette Volfing, just to mention a few. The subject-matter ranges all over the place, too, so it’s full of surprises. I was delighted to have a couple of poems in issue 6, and will have a couple more in issue 7, out very soon. It’s great company to be in.
One online magazine I’ve been fascinated by recently is Rattle. They’re based in the US, have a print issue four times a year and also publish many of the poems on their website. Unlike some US journals that seem to favour fairly unstructured narrative poems they publish a wide range of work and say ‘our goal is to promote a community of active poets’. I’d say I’ve really enjoyed over half of what I’ve read there, which is a pretty high hit rate.
Surprised and pleased to see an extensive interview with Noel Williams, co-editor of Antiphon, by poet Roy Marshall on his blog. (We reviewed Roy’s book, The Sun Bathers, in issue 9 of Antiphon. It’s a good one).
Since we’re in that lull between Antiphons, enjoying watching the submissions build up, I thought it would be interesting to discuss a few other magazines I’m particularly keen on. and that I encourage you to seek out and read. First up: Snakeskin, run by George Simmers. I’ve been reading Snakeskin for a while, but it’s been going much longer than that – the extensive archives go back to 1998. I think it must be the UK’s longest-running online poetry publication, and there’s a new issue every month – a tremendous amount of work. The poetry is always quirky and unusual, light on its feet, and some of course better than others, but there’s always work worth investigating. I was very pleased to have a poem published in the March 2015 issue. I recommend particularly looking out for the work of David Callin, Jane Røken, Ray Miller and Seth Crook – all great but very different poets, and often to be found in various corners of the web – including Antiphon, of course.