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.
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.