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

When you have hope of life returning, this

A young man is shot for nothing.
Wrong person, place, time.
Walking down Askew Road is to take
your life in your hands if you look anything like
someone who might’ve been the intended victim,
or even, as it may be, if you don’t.

A young man called Alex is shot for nothing and
his body lies in the gutter for half a day,
while people in blue suits comb the street
for anything telling, gathering
whatever that might be into bags
and piling them in a tent.

A young black man is shot for nothing,
the main road is closed for two days,
and Sainsbury’s staff stare from the window
as the police do their part from their cars,
disseminating little – Yes, it’s a body.
No, I can’t tell you how it got there.

A young man is shot for nothing.
A burnt out Range Rover is found nearby.
Information is sought from the public.
Without answers, a mother will bury her son.
No one wants to see the flowers,
or candles guttering in patchy rain.

Biography: Kate Noakes is a PhD student at the University of Reading researching contemporary British and American poetry. Her most recent collection is The FIlthy Quiet (Parthian, 2019). Her first non-fiction title, Real Hay-on-Wye, is forthcoming from Seren in 2022 and her next poetry collection is Goldhawk Road from Two Rivers Press in 2023. She lives in London.

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