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The Rialto – for good poetry and a damn fine cover!

Go grab a copy of The Rialto for the evocative cover alone! Then sit back and enjoy new poems by Les Murray, incisive memories of Seamus Heaney and work by poets including Alan Brownjohn, Chrissie Williams, Claire Booker, Jane Griffiths and David Morley.  Rialto (issue 78)

There’s also a highly instructive article on independent poetry presses by Rialto editor Michael Mackmin. If you’re a poet aspiring towards publication don’t miss it!

‘Punishment’ is one of my two poems published in this issue. It’s based on being forced to copy out pages of David Copperfield as a child.  I suspect my parents thought it would be an inspiring activity. Not a bit of it. Sadly, it gave me a life-long loathing of large (by the pound) Victorian novels. Parents be warned!

To purchase a copy of The Rialto (issue 78) or to submit poetry for the next issue, please visit http://www.therialto.co.uk

The cover illustration is Section from ‘Girl and three dogs’ by Dee Nickerson.

Swansong for 14 Magazine

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. After eight wonderful years, poets and fans of Britain’s only literary magazine devoted to fourteen line poems, gathered last night at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden to celebrate its last ever edition.  And oh, the irony – issue 14!

P.66  ‘Detritus’ by Claire Booker

It was standing room only for late-comers. And what a feast of sonnets, including  work by Alan Brownjohn, AF Harrold, Joel Allegretti and Catherine Smith.

My own contribution to the magazine, a 14 liner entitled ‘Detritus’, picks up on an extraordinary remark made by Anton Chekhov that he could find ideas for stories anywhere, even in a used ashtray.

To order a copy of 14 (issue 14) please click on the following link.  You’ll be buying a piece of literary history!  http://www.fourteenmagazine.com