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Issue 4: June 2017

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Good morning/evening (delete as appropriate) reader!

Once more I summon thee to the meeting of the rivers free from the constraints of time as the people out there who are not reading this understand it. We have an issue aching with the fruit of poetry though light on stories and totally lacking in drama. That’s plays I speak of. The poems are dramatic, natch.

We have sex, death, furniture, the sea, more sex, more death, agriculture, musical instruments, art, trips to the seaside to stare at a reflection of ourselves. Oh and pet burials. Mustn’t forget those. All the good stuff is here quite as you would expect it. And all of it shot through with the mud of life as interpreted by the inky stuff of Duncan Grant our featured illustrator for this issue.

Our predilections for what we write about are eternal. We float free on the currents that move us and touch the strings on the banjo of life just so. No one else can make that sound. As writers we sieve the big and the small through the objects we encounter. Be they guitars, settees, or amphibious creatures. But it is of human life and the living it that we speak. That is our job. To stand outside the crowd and take its measure. So many events beset us as I write this. And we will legislate them as we wish, when we wish. Though for now they are things that are happening out there, in the places that are ruled by ticking clocks, where people are not reading this.

Barry Fentiman Hall


  • Poetry: Naked and For Zelda by Sarah Hehir (Medway UK)
  • Poetry: Antimacassar and Pulse by Jo Eden (Kent, UK) (read Jo’s Q+A) (Watch Jo read Pulse)
  • Poetry: Hove by Andrés Ordorica (London, UK)
  • Poetry: Now? by Aidan Hehir (Medway, UK)
  • Poetry: A breeze so old (for Bola) and A Roman tile by Sarah Tait (Kent, UK)
  • Poetry: The Nearing by Sam Rapp (Medway, UK)
  • Prose: Flesh and the mirror and For the promise of light by Zoe Stegosaurus (London, UK/Italy)
  • Poetry: Polestar Streetlight by Zack Davies (Kent, UK)
  • Poetry: Seal-wife swings the Delta blues by SM Jenkin (Medway, UK)
  • Poetry: Mr Turner’s Dimmer Switch by Fiona Sinclair (Kent, UK)
  • Poetry: Conversation with a portrait by Setareh Ebrahimi (Kent, UK) (read Setareh’s Q+A)
  • Prose: The other side of the river by Maggie Drury (Medway, UK)
  • Poetry: Weather perspectives, Vanishing point and Returning by Nicky Thompson (Kent, UK)
  • Poetry: The sorrys and I am a field by Rosemary McLeish (Kent, UK)
  • Poetry: Wish and Balance by Clair Meyrick (Medway, UK)
  • Poetry: Apple stars and 164 by Bill Lewis (Medway, UK)
  • Poetry: Free as a bird, Humpty Dumpty and Hush little birdy don’t say a word by Angela Dye (Kent, UK) (Watch Angela read Humpty Dumpty)
  • Poetry: Stuffed humming-birds, A figurine of Aizen Myoo and Flowers depicted in paper mosaics by Philip Kane (Medway, UK)
  • Poetry: Digging in the yard, Interviewing Brian May and On the floor by Alexander Kolb (USA) (read Alexander’s Q+A)
  • Illustrations: Duncan Grant (Kent, UK)

How to buy:

Confluence #4 is available from Wordsmithery for £6 plus £2 postage (UK). For International orders, please email.

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