And so we return to the water. It was inevitable. We cannot help but reach for the timeless. So we use “forever” words. The river. The reeds. The ice. We float and slide and sink and silt. We hark back to Clare, Larkin, Coleridge and Bracque. We lean on their strong imperfect shoulders. Art endures as stones do. As walls do. Crimson existed in the world before we could name it or recreate it.
The springs of the mind well up and flow to the tips of the fingers and sharpen our focus on wasps and bees and things that haunt us from the past.
How people change in the ways that they are
unchanging. We cheat and lie and love and touch as always. We taste. We bite. Only the mediums differ. On the road. On a train. Online. Written
on a wall. Tomorrow is not given but if we can interpret the truth of the beautiful now and the landscape of forever then we as poets, as
storytellers, have done our job. It is my belief that what you will find here has fulfilled that purpose.
Barry Fentiman Hall
In this issue:
Poetry: ON THE RAILWAY BRIDGE and SHIPWRIGHT by James Costello O’Reilly (Belfast, UK)
Poetry: SILT UP and (EX)STATIC DREAMS by SM Jenkin (Gillingham, UK)
Poetry: BRING OUT YOUR DEAD and ONE FOR SORROW by Joe Pickard (St Albans, UK)
Prose: THE ARTIST AND THE WASP by Ruth Payne (Sutton Valence, UK)
Poetry: THE MONEY DUDE and FINAL REMINDER by Mark Connors (Leeds, UK) (Read out Q+A with Mark.)
Poetry: SAD EYES and SILENT ICICLES by David Subacchi (Wrexham, UK)
Poetry: ON THE GENTLENESS OF GRASSES, AT MIDWINTER and THIS SENSE OF BEING UNDER WATER by Kitty Coles (Lightwater, UK) (Read our Q+A with Kitty.)
Prose: DENTAL HYGIENE by Niall Shepherd (Liverpool,UK)
Poetry: TOO MUCH OF WATER – 1952, THE FREEZE, WINTER: 1947 and THE PETTICHAP by William Bedford (Purton Stoke, UK)
Poetry: DREAM CATCHER by Fiona Sinclair (Canterbury, UK)
Poetry: RECKLESS, THE WOMEN OF CHARLES MANSON and GRAVEYARD GIRL by Setareh Ebrahimi (Faversham, UK)
Prose: ARABESQUE by Rosemary McLeish (Selling, UK)
Poetry: AFTER GEORGE BRAQUE: STILL LIFE WITH GUITAR (1935) and ARE WE THERE YET? by Mary Anne Smith (Canterbury, UK)
Poetry: WOMAN’S HOUSE by Bridget Nolan (Rochester, UK)
Photographs: BFH (Chatham, UK)
A series of photos of graffiti taken over the past few years – obsessively documenting the everyday extraordinary.
Available from Wordsmithery. (£7.50 plus postage.)