Poem: ‘The Illusionist’, in The Rialto

by Mark McGuinness on 26 June, 2014

My poem ‘The Illusionist’ has just been published in Issue 80 of The Rialto, which has been one of my favourite poetry magazines for years.

Opening lines of The Illusionist by Mark McGuinness, from The Rialto Issue 80

The poem is loosely based on an experience of watching the filming of a TV magic show, one of those rare instances of what might be called poetic déjà vu: life starts to imitate a verse form, and you become aware during the experience itself that you are inside a potential poem.

In this case, the verse-form was the pantoum, and I could almost see the machinery of the poem moving and grinding around me, in the two-steps-forward-one-step-back process of filming the show in multiple takes.

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