Welcome to Issue 5 of Confluence. All rivers are still one river but they are now more compact and bijou. It is the very water of life that is concentrated here. The world’s words mixed with grain and aged for a lifetime…
Within these pages love and loss, remembrance and forgetting, gin and rhubarb, all life’s great themes spill out like excuses from a cabinet minister who took a few trips she never mentioned to her boss.
And here, at the pop up bar of The Secret Stanza, we sell it all and more. The light and the bitter from Cleckhuddersfax to Mancunia. Sweet SoCal wine served in shot glasses. Single malt firewater from The Highlands. The strange brews in stone jars they sip by The Humber and The Usk. The distilled hope of youth from Japan. Craft ale from The Baltic at 9 quid a bottle. Skol. You must drink…
From this river to your river, we thank you for stopping by. Mind how you go now…
We are grateful for the support of Arts Council England of our Confluence: Plant; Grow; Nurture project which will enable us to grow the magazine over the next year, as well as produce some exciting writing activities in Medway.
Barry Fentiman Hall
In this issue:
Poetry: CARAVAGGIO FASHION and UNDER TERRACE CHIMNEY by Emily Harrison (Northallerton, UK)
Poetry: CLURABHIG SONATA IN A MINOR KEY by Rosemary McLeish (Selling, UK)
Poetry: AND IN THAT SUMMER by Chris Vannoy (San Diego, USA) (Read an interview with Chris.)
Prose: VIOLET by Rei Lindemann (Tokyo, Japan) (Read Rei’s Q+A)
Poetry: THE BLIND TATTOOIST, FOSSIL FUEL and RAIN SONG by Barry Fentiman Hall (Chatham, UK)
Poetry: 3 POEMS by Bengt O Björklund (Stockholm, Sweden)
Prose: A BOY NEEDS A FATHER by Sam Hall (Chatham, UK)
Poetry: THE BLOOD SHEDS: FORCED RHUBARB, MAY I HAVE A FLOWER PRESS AS I HAVE BEEN A GOOD GIRL? and LIARS by Angela Dye (Newnham, UK)
Prose: JESUS TALKS TO MUM by Stephen Lockhart (Penycae, UK)
Poetry: LONG SINCE and EMBRACE by Matt Chamberlain (Chatham, UK)
Poetry: BUILDING, STARCHED SHEETS and MY ROOTS by Sarah L Dixon (Huddersfield, UK)
Poetry: GIN & TEARDROPS and ANOTHER LOST ROCKSTAR by Connor Sansby (Margate, UK)
Poetry: DEFENCE and MAKING MUFFINS AND PICKLING PEARS by Sarah Hehir (Gillingham, UK)
Poetry: WYSG, ARTIFICIAL ISLANDS and FISHING Llangynidr Bridge by Gareth Writer-Davies (Brecon, UK)
Poetry: CRASH, CARE, THE DUST and SLEEPLESS by Louise Wilford (Barnsley, UK)
With illustrations by Heather Haythornthwaite (Rochester, UK)
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