56: The Poetry of Clothes
Welcome to Magma. Published three times a year, Magma Poetry is a unique kind of poetry magazine. One of our big points of difference is we don’t have a single editor. We value a richer mix of voices, attitudes, ideas and opinions. That’s why we’re led by a group of people not an individual.
Magma publishes outstanding poems by new, emerging and established writers together with reviews and thought-provoking articles about poetry. Over the years, we have championed writers like Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Al Alvarez, Wendy Cope, George Szirtes, Gillian Clarke, John Burnside and Mark Doty. We’ve also showcased more experimental poets like Tom Chivers, S. J. Fowler and Keston Sutherland.
The trial issue, themed "The Street", features new poems by Christopher Reid [p. 42], Kathryn Simmonds [p. 9], David Wheatley [p. 31], Christine Webb [p. 7] and many others. You'll also find Simon Barraclough responding to Byron [p. 22] and an article on wit in poetry by South African poet Finuala Dowling [p. 32].
Welcome to a wide-ranging issue that we hope reflects multiple ways of looking at ‘deafness’ and what it means to an individual and society.
Meet poets who have never been published before, who are expressing something real and cutting, meet poets who have been exposed to prejudice in their lives and a society that is deaf to their concerns, meet poets whose first language is expressed through the body.
This issue features poetry from Mona Arshi, Keith Jarrett, Hannah Lowe, Rodney Wood, Jill Abram, Josephine Dickinson and many more.
For our Inspired section, we commissioned BSL poet Alison Smith and filmmaker Sandra Alland to collaborate on a BSL film-poem, the inspiration for which is Dorothy Miles, a legendary poet and activist in the Deaf Community.
With Magma 69, it is not so much time to turn up the volume, but time to open up the spectrum. We hope this issue continues to challenge what poetry is considered in magazines, like Magma, or any literary magazines in the future.