56: The Poetry of Clothes
Welcome to Magma. Published three times a year, Magma Poetry is a unique kind of poetry magazine. One of our big points of difference is we don’t have a single editor. We value a richer mix of voices, attitudes, ideas and opinions. That’s why we’re led by a group of people not an individual.
Magma publishes outstanding poems by new, emerging and established writers together with reviews and thought-provoking articles about poetry. Over the years, we have championed writers like Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Al Alvarez, Wendy Cope, George Szirtes, Gillian Clarke, John Burnside and Mark Doty. We’ve also showcased more experimental poets like Tom Chivers, S. J. Fowler and Keston Sutherland.
The trial issue, themed "The Street", features new poems by Christopher Reid [p. 42], Kathryn Simmonds [p. 9], David Wheatley [p. 31], Christine Webb [p. 7] and many others. You'll also find Simon Barraclough responding to Byron [p. 22] and an article on wit in poetry by South African poet Finuala Dowling [p. 32].
Magma Resistencia issue is the first poetry journal in the world to include Latin American poets from that region, British Latinx poets and North American Latinx poets. There are poets from the Caribbean, Africa and Korea- all influenced by Latin American poetry and the culture itself. The poems include ghazals, sonnets and sestinas, as well as prose poetry, translations and other forms. The Resistencia issue is also home of a commissioned prose piece by multi-award winning poet Pascale Petit, a powerful meditation on nature, Latin American ecology and personal loss and mental health issues as the poet travels through Tambopata river in Peru. And for our Inspired pages, Latinx poet Francisco Aragon responds to the work of poet Carmen Giménez Smith, exploring notions of collage, collaboration and literary friendship.