I’m delighted to announce that issue 34 of Magma poetry magazine, which I edited, is now available.
You can read a selection of the magazine’s contents on the Magma website.
For our regular Presiding Spirits feature, in which we ask a leading contemporary poet to write a poem drawing on a past master, David Harsent has written a poem inspired by a 17th century Cornish poem. He also talks at length about his writing, including his latest book Legion, which won the Forward Prize for Best Collection of 2005.
The Magma Showcase highlights the work of poets who are likely to be new to our readers. I’m very pleased that for this issue we have the first UK publication of the Japanese poet Machi Tawara. In Japan Tawara is a household name, having sold 2.5 million copies of her first book of poems, Salad Anniversary (1987). In Magma 34 we publish a selection of newly-commissioned translations from Salad Anniversary and from her latest book, Pooh’s Nose (2005). Doumo arigatou gozaimasu Tawara-sama!
For our Poetry in Practice feature I’ve written an article about creative flow, taking the work of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as the starting point. I interviewed Paul Farley, Myra Schneider, Susan Wicks and Matthew Sweeney about their creative process, who were all very generous in sharing their experience. You can read an edited version of the article here.
If you like what you read in the online version of this issue I you can follow these links to buy Magma 34 or subscribe to Magma. Each issue is approximately 80 pages and contains much more poetry and prose than the online version. Magma is run on a voluntary basis and all income from our sales goes straight back into the magazine’s production.
I hope you enjoy the issue – please let me know what you think of it on the Magma web forums.