Issue 1 index

Meet the Editors & Designers


Rhys Shanahan

Rice Paper
Damon Young

Hopkins & Hallam
Note from Naomi Lebens

Before I go I have to say...
Kate Pursglove

Some Other Where
Steven Matthews

Weekend Poems: Breakfast
Eleanor Burleigh

Aged 7
Jean Watkins

Childhood & Plastic People
Zeng Chen

Street Scene
Peter Robinson

A Martian Writes
Michael Hutchinson

The Tarot Reading of The Fool

Stop Making Sense & Bla bla bla
Jenna Fox

Fringe Festival
Claire Dyer

When you have hope of life returning, this
Kate Noakes

Broadwood 7362
Gill Learner

A Drop in the Ocean
Lindsey Jones

Pitch of Ghosts
Vic Pickup

23rd February 2021
Kitty Hawkins

The Sofa
Tara Bermingham

Trophies on a Windowsill? & Still (monetizing) Life
Laura Rozamunda

Good to know perhaps, but nothing to be done
Kate Noakes

Heading Out
Michael Anania

The Threshold
David Brauner

Hannah Lily

Park Recollection
Liam Anslow-Sucevic

Rhianna Bryon

Ephemerality of the World
Salma Haque

The August Elvis Died
Gill Learner

Michael Anania

Hit Me Gently
Daisy Dickens

Street Scene

after Shunsuke Matsumoto

This scuffed, wind-ruffled crossroads with a rickshaw
and Canadian Pacific offices
is what inspired my ‘Corner Store’
when driving home one frozen night
we came upon a retail outlet
surviving between two corporate-finance
high-rise blocks in the business district.
Up ahead, its shopfront window faintly glowed.

Dispensing machines stood arrayed outside.
It was like a fridge door left ajar.
Not one vehicle anywhere in sight
crossed the intersection as we stayed there
stationary at our stoplight.

With a shiver, it all comes back to mind,
his ‘Street Scene’ where we might have been
queuing outside to begin
ghost lives, our current ones gone awry
those minutes or long years before
when, stranded here, came granddad’s wished-for
emigration to that farther shore.

Biography: Peter Robinson is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading. A Collected Poems was published by Shearsman Books in 2017 and his most recent collection of poems in Bonjour Mr Inshaw (Two Rivers Press, 2020).

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