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Channel Magazine + Spelt Advent poetry

We’re several days into Advent already, and I’m enjoying Spelt Magazine’s YouTube calendar with its pithy four line poems popping out from each day’s window. My tiny poem is due on day 14. Check them out here: https://speltmagazine.com/spelt-advent-calendar-2021/

“An issue of a magazine, more so than a collection or anthology, marks its content as belonging to a particular moment in time,” write Channel‘s editors.

“There’s a weightiness to the thought that the work in Issue 5 belongs to a moment in which ways of living and working are hybrid and ever-changing. They align to the flux we find ourselves within, evoking a sense of untetheredness.”

So congratulations to Cassia Gaden Gilmartin and Elizabeth Murtough for bringing together work which reflects the times but avoids the pitfalls of over-stating the obvious. Their biannual print magazine is published in Dublin, and focuses on the interconnection between humans and nature.

Poets in issue 5 include Aiyejinna Abraham O, Pragya Bhagat, Claire Booker, Olga Dugan, Adam van Graan, Cliona O’Connell, Jackson Jesse Nash, Rhona McAdam, Marion Oxley, Cheryl Pearson, Joel Scarfe, Ojo Taiye and Carolyne Wright. Many of the writers are from Ireland, Canada, the United States or the UK, but in this issue alone, there’s also beautiful work from Nigeria, India, South Africa and South Korea.

The magazine also carries three short stories and three essays, including a deeply moving poetic diary of a miscarriage, entitled ‘Snowbird’ by Fergus Hogan.

I love the way Channel launches its issues with a mix of pre-recorded readings by contributors, interspersed with photos, nature videos and art work. You can dip into issue 5’s launch at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie6gJGo7R8I I get to read my two poems at 59 mins 45 secs in.

To order a copy of Channel or submit your work, click on https://channelmag.org/current-issue/

The cover image for issue 5 is by Kevin Mooney: https://kevinmooney.org/

erbacce goes for a hat-trick

erbacce (Issue 32) front pageThe popular journal erbacce has published three poems by Claire Booker, including ‘Barren’ – a poem about the terrifying monster infertility can create.

‘Barren’ started life in poetic form, then developed into a 5 minute play, before ruthlessly demanding still more of my attention. Finally – if one can ever use that word in relation to poetry – I re-worked it into the piece that appears in erbacce (issue 32).

erbacce stems from the Italian word for ‘weed’, but there’s nothing weedy about the poetry sprouting vigorously inside its pages. There’s an incisive interview with poet and playwright Claudine Toutoungi (followed by 11 of her poems) plus work from American poets Nathan Graziano and Linda Benninghoff, and UK-based Amber Goodwin-Figes, Fiona Curran, Keighley Perkins and Colin Sutherill.

To order a copy of erbacce (issue 32)or submit your own work, please click on the following link: http://www.erbacce.com

To watch a 5 minute film of ‘Harriet by the Swings’ – the pre-curser to ‘Barren’ – performed at the Lost Theatre, please click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBHZOSlv2b0&hd=1