ARTEMISpoetry is the bi-annual journal (November and May) of the Second Light Network, published under their Second Light Publications imprint. Members receive a copy as part of their membership benefits. Issues are available to non-members by subscription at £9 p.a. or as a one-off purchase at £5 a copy (plusp&p).
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Cheque payable to "Second Light" to Dilys Wood at 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ. Please include your telephone number with your order in case of query. Or you can now Buy online, where Sold Out issues are available as pdf for £4
ARTEMISpoetry at the Poetry Library’s digital archive
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Submission is open to non-members. We aim to publish new work, so submissions should be unpublished (by ‘published’ we mean: in print, on the internet or by way of media broadcast or on CD), and not ‘out in submission’ elsewhere, whether to magazines or competitions.
Editors for Issue 10 are: General & Artwork – Dilys Wood and Myra Schneider; Poetry – Anne Cluysenaar.
Readers’ Letters are invited. Comments on the journal’s content or anything you would like to see discussed in relation to women’s writing. (max 100 words).
All submissions: submit paper copy initially to Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ. Please write "ARTEMISpoetry" on your envelope. (Enquiries only: e-mail Administrator email@example.com)
Poems by women of any age. Poems should be typed, or if written, then very neatly. Each poem should commence on a new page, headed "Submission for ARTEMISpoetry". Please SEND TWO COPIES. Do include your name with each poem and include your name and full contact details in your submission. Long poems are considered. Submit up to 4 poems to a maximum of 200 lines in all.
Contributors whose poetry is accepted will be notified by 30 April 2013.
Poetry Editor: Anne Cluysenaar. Born in Brussels in 1936, Anne is an Irish citizen living on a Welsh smallholding. She has published poetry and criticism over fifty years. Her collections include Double Helix (with Sybil Hewat) and Time Slips (both Carcanet, Batu Angas (Seren, 2008) and Migrations (Cinnamon 2011). From Seen to Unseen and Back is forthcoming from Cinnamon in 2014. Anne has co-edited Scintilla magazine.
Black/white photographs or line-art, maximum of 4 pieces. We are looking to include a wide range of subject-matter and style … Paper copy to Dilys Wood (as above)
Contributors whose artwork is accepted will be notified by 30 April 2013.
Colour submissions for cover art – front and back – are invited for consideration for future issues.
For Issue 10 to arrive by 31 March 2013, members only. Please let us know about your successes, publications, forthcoming events or workshops that you will be running. Max 60 words including contact details. 1 item per category per issue. The 5 categories are: ‘Comps & Calls’, ‘Events, Courses & Workshops’, ‘Publications’, ‘Other News & Successes’, ‘Resources’. Submit Online or paper copy to Anne Stewart, 20 Clovelly Way, Orpington, Kent, BR6 0WD.
ISSUE 11: guidelines as above. Dates: Poetry by 31 Aug 13, know by 31 Oct 13; Artwork by 30 Sep 13, know by 31 Oct 13; Members’ News by 30 Sep 13.
Issue 9 …
WE AS HUMAN BEINGS: ANA BECCIU interviewed by MARIA JASTRZĘBSKA
THE JUDICIOUS USE OF LEMONS: A CONVERSATION JANET SUTHERLAND, KAY SYRAD and CLARE WHISTLER on US poets ANNE CARSON and JORIE GRAHAM
THE DARK HOLE IN THE HEAD: MYRA SCHNEIDER on the Mystery of the Creative Moment
A WOMAN POET OF THE PAST: MERRYN WILLIAMS on CHARLOTTE MEW
BODIES OF WORK: CLARE BEST on the creative project arising from her breast surgery
HIDDEN BY A DARK SHIVER IN THE WATER: JUDITH CAIR on translating passages from Homer’s Odyssey
HAVE A SHED – WILL SHARE: DILYS WOOD on the SHED POETS, Carol Boland, Marguerite Colgan,
Bernie Kenny, Maureen Perkins, Judy Russell & Rosy Wilson
BEWARE THE SOUND OF FIFE AND DRUM: RUTH O’CALLAGHAN in the U S
THE LIVES OF THE POETS: Elizabeth Nicholes Bewick, Adrienne Rich, Wislawa Szymborska
CAROLINE CARVER on ABEGAIL MORLEY; HILARY DAVIES on JEAN ‘BINTA’ BREEZE;
KATE FOLEY ON KAY SYRAD; and Short Reviews: Sara Boyes, Hilary Davies, Anne Stewart and Dilys Wood on Moira Andrew, Rachael Boast, Ruth Bidgood, Carole Bromley, Judy Brown, A C Clarke, Caroline Carver, Kate Foley, Leah Fritz, Mo Gallaccio, Rita Ann Higgins, Clare Holtham, Judy Kendall, Dinah Livingstone, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Nancy Mattson, Jean McNeil, Maggie Norton, Amanda Parkyn, Diana Pooley, Daphne Rock, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Caroline Squire, Adele Ward, Pam Zinnemann-Hope and anthology Kaleidoscope;
FEATURED POET: FIONA SAMPSON
POETRY SELECTED BY ALISON BRACKENBURY: SHANTA ACHARYA, ANN ALEXANDER, ANNE CLUYSENAAR, KATHERINE GALLAGHER, RUTH O’CALLAGHAN, MYRA SCHNEIDER and LYNNE WYCHERLEY…
plus Pat Allen, Deborah Alma, Cynthia Fuller, Daphne Gloag, Lois Howard, Angela Kirby, Wendy Klein, Gill Learner, Carmina Masoliver, Gill McEvoy, Rosie Miles, Amy Neilson Smith, Jo Peters, Nicola Slee, Anne Stewart, Lynne Taylor and Glynda Winterson
ARTWORK: by Anna Adams, Elizabeth Bell, Andria J Cooke, Kate Foley, Alison Moulden, Harriet Proudfoot, Katharine Scambler & Susan Skinner
BACK COVER: Featured Collection: Myra Schneider What Women Want
We apologise for the mis-spelling of Anne Sherry’s name in Yours Sincerely, Letters to the Editor, page 60.
Dilys Wood & Anne Stewart, Editors, ARTEMISpoetry, Issue 8
Issue 8 … Competition winners and more…
RUNNING DOWN TO WINTER: MAUREEN DUFFY interviewed by RUTH O’CALLAGHAN
BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING (Part 3) GABRIEL GRIFFIN does it in Italian
A SELF-EFFACING GENIUS: KATHERINE GALLAGHER on U A FANTHORPE
INTIMATE SUBVERSIONS: MARIA JASTRZĘBSKA on Argentinian Women Poets
ON FORM: Anne Stewart puts the case for the odd sonnet
OF KINGS, BUFFALOES AND UKULELES: Ruth O’Callaghan stateside
THE LIVES OF THE POETS: An Eloquent Life, Anna Adams
REVIEWS: Elizabeth Burns on Nicola Slee;
Kate Foley on Clare Brant, Esther Jansma, M R Peacocke;
Ruth O’Callaghan on Carol Ann Duffy;
Myra Schneider on Anne Cluysenaar;
Penelope Shuttle on Lyn Moir;
Anne Stewart on Esther Morgan;
and many more reviews
FEATURED POET: JUDY GAHAGAN
POETRY SELECTED BY MYRA SCHNEIDER and 2011 Poetry Competition Winners & Commended Poems:
ALISON BRACKENBURY, ANNE CLUYSENAAR, KATHERINE GALLAGHER, SELIMA HILL,
MIMI KHALVATI, PENELOPE SHUTTLE and ANNE STEVENSON…
Yuko M Adams, Pat Borthwick, Caroline Carver, A C Clarke, Clare Crossman, Rose Flint,
Kate Foley, Viv Fogel, Daphne Gloag, Jenny Hamlett, Justina Hart, Hilaire, Samantha Jackson,
Hilary Jenkins, Wendy Klein, Gill Learner, Kaye Lee, Gill McEvoy, Caroline Natzler,
Moya Pacey, Jane Routh, Hilda Sheehan, Susan Skinner, Kay Syrad and Margaret Wilmot;
ARTWORK: by Andria J Cooke, Kate Foley, Harriet Proudfoot & Anne Stewart
BACK COVER: Featured Collection: Mimi Khalvati Child
Mention Argentine poetry and people think Borges. Less well-known are Argentina’s significant and often iconoclastic women poets. What a treat then to read four women poets in this series. For all of them, despite their different voices, a central theme is women’s fractured, conflicted sense of self along with a questioning of our relationship to language. Self-expression is never just taken for granted – sometimes sheer necessity, other times a trap. Even in the most oblique poems there is a boldness I found totally refreshing.
Most influential of the four….
Issue 7 … Focus on Dutch Poets
INTERVIEW: ESTHER JANSMA interviewed by KATE FOLEY
AMBITIOUS POETRY BY WOMEN, Part 3: KAY SYRAD on Writing Politically
ASTRID ALBEN: writes about ∞
LIVING THE TRANSLATION: Kate Foley
CALIBAN DANCING: M R Peacocke on making and forgetting poems
LONG LIVE THE LONG POEM!: Myra Schneider
THE LIVES OF THE POETS: May Ivimy Badman, Alice Beer, Linda Chase
REVIEWS: Caroline Carver on Chris Considine;
Kate Foley on Kerry Hardie and Ruth Stone;
Ruth O’Callaghan on Fiona Sampson;
Anne Stewart on Waterloo Press Poets;
Dilys Wood on Gillian Allnutt, Ruth Fainlight and Louise Gluck…
and many more reviews
FEATURED POET: M R Peacocke
POETRY SELECTED BY JUDY GAHAGAN
Poems by: Jan Bay-Peterson, Diana Brodie, Caroline Carver, Anna Crowe, June English,
Daphne Gloag, Cora Greenhill, Jenny Hamlett, Helen Jagger, Gill Nicholson, Ann Phillips,
Ann Scorgie, Margaret Speak, Wendy Stedman, Anne Stewart, Jill Townsend, Alex Toms,
Margaret Wilmot, Glynda Winterson, Dorothy Yamamoto
ARTWORK: by Andria J Cooke, Kate Foley, Judith Kazantzis & Michaela Ridgway
BACK COVER: Featured Collection: Anna Adams Time-Pockets
KF: Can you tell us something about your career in poetry? When did you begin to write, to think of yourself as a poet, to publish? Were there poetic mentors or influences – Dutch or other – who played a part?
EJ: …When I was around seventeen years old I tried my hand at poetry, and found that this suited me much better than prose. In poetry, my impression was that I could use simple language and be much less pretentious. I am not very aware of aesthetic influences during those early years. The Dutch poet Ed Leeflang taught me during several conversations that I should stick with what is physically possible. Stones do not fly, chairs are not tables. I followed this rule for quite a while…
A small preamble. Three important senior poets with very different ‘voices’ tell us something about poetry. It’s an art-form almost too close to us, relating to speech which is ‘natural’ and the hall-mark of humans. However, as each of these three poets builds towards a career-length achievement, we appreciate her unique ‘construct’, overcoming the resistance of form and language to her own needs and aims. These poets struggle, tread water, succeed and fail. But, even in a blind reading, we might recognise each mature voice here: its timbre; its own natural / unnatural, highly original expression.
We apologise for the mis-spelling of Allison McVety’ name in the contents list and in the review of her collection, Miming Happiness on page 37.
Issue 6 Contents:
INTERVIEW: Pia Tafdrup interviewed by Ruth O’Callaghan
BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: Jan Fortune-Wood & Alwyn Marriage
TAKE-OFF INTO A RICHER WRITING UNIVERSE: Alison Brackenbury, June English, Lynda How, Myra Schneider & Anne Stewart on getting into the www habit.
(full text of Brackenbury’s piece here) (full text of Stewart’s piece here)
GOING BACK TO THE FUTURE: Katherine Gallagher on AusLitFests
GOING DIGITAL: Alison Hill on ARTEMISpoetry recordings at the South Bank…
REVIEWS: Anne Cluysenaar on Mary MacRae; Ruth O’Callaghan on Pia Tafdrup & on Seeking Refuge anthology;
Myra Schneider on Penelope Shuttle; Penelope Shuttle on Katherine Gallagher;
Kay Syrad on Pascale Petit & Jo Shapcott; Dilys Wood on Paula Meehan & Fleur Adcock;
Gill McEvoy on Allison McVety, Ruth O’ & Linda Rose Parkes;
Linda Rose Parkes on Eleanor Cooke, Helen Ivory & Marilyn Longstaff;
plus many other short reviews by Dilys Wood
Winners, Commended & Shortlisted poems from the Second Light Poetry Competition 2010
FEATURED POET: R V Bailey
POEMS SELECTED BY M R Peacocke
Poems by: Anna Adams, Ann Alexander, Anna Avebury, RV Bailey, Elizabeth Burns, Caroline Carver, Anne Cluysenaar, Catherine Temma Davidson, Jill Eulalie Dawson, Jackie Fellague, Rose Flint, Kate Foley, Cora Greenhill, June Hall, Justina Hart, Jo Heather, Penelope Hewlett, Doreen Hinchliffe, Emily Hinshelwood, Alex Josephy, Jane Kirwan, Wendy Klein, Gill Learner, Kaye Lee, Jane McLaughlin, Gill McEvoy, Alwyn Marriage, Lyn Moir, Helen Moore, Caroline Price, Elisabeth Rowe, Anne Ryland, Margaret Speak, Anne Stewart, Shelley Tracey, Josie Turner, Sarah Westcott, Margaret Wilmot
ARTWORK: by Elizabeth Bell, Adele Davide, Judith Kazantzis, Sue Moules, Helen Rowan & Anne Stewart
BACK COVER: Featured Collection: Anne Stewart’s The Janus Hour
(extract from Editiorial) An embarrassment of riches? So many new collections and pamphlets by women poets are sent to us for review that we can scarcely keep up. This issue includes short and long reviews of thirty books by eight reviewers. We are also proud to carry articles in this issue from two enterprising women publishers, Jan Fortune-Wood (Cinnamon) and Alwyn Marriage (Oversteps).
Women’s increased involvement in poetry draws attention to paradoxes which often characterise women’s activities in previously male-dominated fields …
Read Glass Ceiling article
The deeper I go into Mary MacRae’s poems the more spacious my own world becomes. In her first collection, As Birds Do, it was already clear that this poet is fascinated by the packed, corrugated, wrinkled, layered, coiled nature of the world, offering as it does potential openings and unfoldings both within what we call material reality and also within our cells and synapses, the layers of human thought and feeling. A poem in that book, Visitants, commented: “how close unfold is to enfold”.
Inside the Brightness of Red, a substantially longer second collection, deepens that perception.
Sandgrain and Hourglass follows on from Redgrove’s Wife, the book in which Penelope Shuttle began to express her grief and disorientation after the death of her husband, Peter Redgrove. This new collection travels widely both geographically and in subject matter which is often treated from an unusual angle. Although its central theme is a continuation, the poet has reached a point where she is able to look more directly at loss and to trace the stages of grief. In The Keening she visualizes the body of her husband, scans it as it was when he was young and healthy and faces the fact “we’re no longer one flesh”. She ends the poem: “This looking is what is called mourning, / and this is how I have learned to mourn.” There is a sense of ritual and the last part of the poem has a biblical note.
Katherine Gallagher’s New & Selected Poems has been long-anticipated, but the wait has been worthwhile; Arc Publications are to be commended on this impressive volume of over 160 pages.
Gallagher inhabits her poems with ease and confidence. Like her magpie in her poem Homecoming, “sitting within its songrdquo;, she sits within her poems. This direct and resonant phrase is characteristic of this poet’s strongly individual voice. She possesses deep warmth and breadth of communication, her language is both winged and yet grounded in real and recognizable experience. Here are poems of familial insight, drawing on the rich resource of memory.
We apologise for an editorial error in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 5, page 23. In Fiona Sampson’s contribution to the article “Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Part 1” in her second paragraph, her given phrasing “BME [black and minority ethnic] writers” was incorrectly replaced by “BME [black, minority, ethnic] writers”. The full article, duly corrected, appears here.
Issue 5 Contents:
INTERVIEW: Antjie Krog interviewed by Ruth O’Callaghan
BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: Fiona Sampson & Eleanor Livingstone
AMBITIOUS POETRY BY WOMEN (Part 2): Myra Schneider & Dilys Wood
ON READING AND WALKING THE DOGS OF POETRY: Anne Stewart
REVIEWS: Caroline Carver on Jenny Hamlett; Wendy French on Bernardine Evaristo and Danielle Hope;
Penelope Shuttle on Elisabeth Rowe and Anne Stewart; Ruth O’Callaghan on Fiona Sampson and Wendy Klein;
Maggie Sawkins on Shanta Acharya, Joanna Ezekiel and Maria Jastrzębska; Dilys Wood on Sheenagh Pugh;
Kay Syrad on Siobhán Campbell, Imtiaz Dharker and Chase Twichell, plus many other short reviews…
FIRST PRIZE WINNERS, Second Light Poetry Competition 2010
FEATURED POET: Alison Brackenbury
POEMS SELECTED BY R V BAILEY: poems by Anne Ballard, Caroline Bath, Nikki Bennett, Anne Boileau, Rachel Burns, Anne Cluysenaar, Valerie Doyle, June English, Rose Flint, Maryann Foster, Frances Green, Jenny Hamlett, Maria Jastrębska, Paula Jennings, Hannah Hutchinson, Gill Learner, Andie Lewenstein, Liz Loxley, Gerda Mayer, Rosie Miles, Dee Rivaz, Myra Schneider, Margaret Speak, Martha Street, Daphne Schiller, Isobel Thrilling, Merryn Williams and Dorothy Yamamoto
ARTWORK: by Elizabeth Bell, Sally Clark, Judith Kazantzis, Helen Rowan, Dilys Wood
THE LIVES OF POETS: i.m. Clare Holtham (1948-2010); Mary Bourne (1939-2009)
BACK COVER: Poem and Painting by Mary Bourne
ROC: You live in a multi-lingual society with eleven official languages and five unofficial ones and, additionally, with English being the language of commerce and science. How does such linguistic diversity affect the poetry of South Africa?
AK: Our multilingualism is perhaps our strongest trademark. I find it highly enriching. I executed a project in which I translated poetry from these eleven languages into English, working with small committees on the best poems from each of these languages. But one is deeply grateful that there is at least one language in which we who have been divided for so long can find one another – although that is not quite true as English is very much the language of the elite, of those with better education and middle class prospects. It is also a shame that we didn’t incorporate the wonderful culture of the Dutch: speaking four to five languages and translating.
Read whole interview
(on Elisabeth Rowe:)
Restrained and thoughtful, her poems often convey the transient nature of our key experiences. I was particularly drawn to these lovely poems of the liminal, such as Casting Off, Shadow Selves, There Be Dragons and Dusk where “Light ebbs with the tide; / a serpent river uncoils / from the mud-flats.”
And I much recommend the classy and accomplished sonnet Love Letters: “They smell of things that have been kept too long.” Likewise the tender and measured Several kinds of ordinary happiness.
(on Anne Stewart:)
There’s a Finnish proverb that says ‘Better a bitter truth than a sweet lie’ – (Parempi pyy pivossa, kuin kymmenen oksalla) and the poems in Anne Stewart’s debut collection bear this out. Stewart does not flinch from the bitterness of the truth; her poems are fearless, muscular, flexible, staunch. They look at scenes and events from the past that are still raw; other poems move forward to whatever might lie ahead, with equal courage. Janus indeed presides over this striking collection.
Read the full reviews
The language is extraordinarily beautiful. It is a rich and evocative book and one I could not put down as the story unfolds in chapters each through the eyes of the different players. We grow to know, love, respect or dislike each person as their character evolves. Taiwo, one of the main players who leaves his mother and twin sister in Nigeria and never returns learns of his sister’s death months after she died. In Chapter 10, he thinks “Today I search my sister’s eyes like pebbles in a lake.”
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MY LIFE IN POETRY: Anne Stevenson
U A FANTHORPE, 1929 – 1930: R V Bailey
AMBITIOUS POETRY BY WOMEN (Part I): Myra Schneider & Dilys Wood
Never Accept Dilys’s Hospitality… by Ruth O’Callaghan
REVIEWS OF COLLECTIONS BY: Alison Brackenbury, Elizabeth Burns, Mavis Carter, Caroline Carver, Rose Cook, Barbara Dordi, Wendy French, Daphne Gloag, Marilyn Hacker, Lucy Hamilton, Sarah Jackson, Maria Jastrzębska, Pru Kitchling, Philippa Lawrence, Etelka Marcel, Lyn Moir, Sue Moules, Caroline Natzler, Rosemary Norman, Melanie Penycate, Lesley Quayle, Joan Sheridan Smith, Hylda Sims, Harriet Torr and Lynne Wycherley
and Reviews of Resource Books: Poetry Writing: The Expert Guide (Fiona Sampson) and Writing Your Self (John Killick & Myra Schneider)
FEATURED POET: Katherine Gallagher
WINNERS, Second Light Poetry Competition, 2009: Lynne Wycherley, Margaret Wilmot & Kay Syrad
COMMENDED, Second Light Poetry Competition, 2009: Suzanne Burrows, Anne Cluysenaar, Kate Foley, Clare Holtham, Pippa Little, M R Peacocke, Marion Tracy, Jenny Vuglar
POETRY SELECTED BY Alison Brackenbury: Annemarie Austin, Anne Ballard, Carol Beadle, Maggie Butt, Caroline Carver, Stephanie Conybeare, Rose Cook, June English, Sally Festing, Nicolette Golding, Janet Fisher, Judy Gahagan, Jenny Hamlett, Lynda How, Joy Howard, Helen Jagger, Kaye Lee, Jo Peters, Daphne Schiller, Jill Townsend, Josie Turner, River Wolton
Second Light Poetry Competition, 2009, Shortlisted: Ann Alexander, Dorothy Baird, Anne Boileau, Helen Lovelock-Burke, H Coffey, Margaret Eddershaw, Jacqueline Gabbitas, Mavis Howard, Gill Learner, Sue MacIntyre, Nancy Mattson, Jane McLaughlin, Rosemary McLeish, Caroline Natzler, Elisabeth Rowe, K V Skene, Dorothy Yamamoto
ARTWORK: Elizabeth Bell, Adele Davide, Rosemary Muncie, Janine Pinion; and Images and Lines: Anne Stewart
“I am not a nano-particle being fired through an interferometer;
I’m a living person whose outer and inner selves are intimately connected…”
Where to begin? Well, to be as up-to-date as I can, I’ll start by citing an article that struck me weeks ago, when I was sorting through old copies of The New Scientist. On the front cover of the issue of 15 May, 2004, was a headline, ‘Make me Quantum: How to be in two places at once’. Right away it occurred to me that ‘quantum’ or a ‘quantum feeling’ would be a good way to express the weird sense I’ve had as far back as I can remember of being at the same time myself and not myself, both here and not here. When I turned to the article, I was struck by the first paragraph’s likeness to a poem I’d written in the early ’80s. …
“Anton Zeilinger raps his knuckles on the wooden table in front of him. He thinks the table is there, passively sitting on the floor of his office… But he can’t be sure. ‘Reality seems to be immediate: I can touch this table,’ he says. ‘However, if you think carefully about it, all I have is information getting into my brain.’ ”
(‘Small Philosophical Poem’ follows in article)
… As for being in two places at once, here again I want to call on quantum physics for a metaphor. For although, in a classical sense, my life has proceeded normally from year to year, in a more mysterious way it has oscillated violently, circling around and back on itself between times of insight and creation and times of mental stagnation and misery. The life I have led as a woman, in short, often feels to me the same and yet different from my life as a poet. Like a quantum particle, I can exist in two places at once – though, let me hastily add, I don’t think being conscious of a double state is all that unusual. Nearly everybody dreams. And my ‘quantum’ life, which I think of as my ‘real’ life, certainly has a root in a dreamy state of mind, though I can’t imagine a dream causing me nearly as much hard, conscious labour as the writing of a poem. …
Read whole article Anne Stevenson at Bloodaxe Books
“ … among other things, England and Leicestershire and Richard III and hope, courage and gypsies …”
Many readers will perhaps already know the outline of UA’s life: how she began as a teacher at Cheltenham, later becoming Head of English; and how (much to her mother’s dismay) she gave up this respectable career to become clerk-receptionist in a small neurological hospital. It was in this apparently unpromising ground that the poetry began. And it began – as poetry quite often does – in the collision between expectation and reality.
She’d applied for the job thinking all hospitals were like the Radciffe Infirmary in Oxford, where she’d had to spend three months after a serious accident when she was an undergraduate, and where – once the difficult and painful bit was over – she’d rather enjoyed herself, convalescing along with other cheerfully recovering patients in the orthopaedic ward …
Read whole article
RUTH O’CALLAGHAN INTERVIEWS MARILYN HACKER
WRITERS ON EXILE: Elke-Hannah Dutton, Gill Fothergill, Katherine Gallagher, Mary Hodgson, Maria Jastrzębska, Etelka Marcel, Sibyl Ruth.
THE BIG BALLADS (part 2): Hylda Sims concludes the case
FIRST WORDS … from crooked letters to the exhilaration of poetry: Anne Ryland
PUTTING A COLLECTION TOGETHER: Myra Schneider
REVIEWS oF COLLECTIONS BY: Gillian Clarke, Anne Cluysenaar, Judy Gahagan, Selima Hill, Emma Jones, Martha Kapos, Lotte Kramer, Ruth O’Callaghan, Ruth Padel, Geraldine Paine, Kate Rhodes and Women’s Work anthology (eds. Eva Salzman & Amy Wack)
FEATURED POET: Penelope Shuttle
POETRY SELECTED BY KATHERINE GALLAGHER: Ann Alexander, C R Barnes, Liz Berry, Nadine Brummer, Elizabeth Burns, Caroline Carver, A C Clarke, Eleanor Cooke, Kay Cotton, Clare Crossman, Margaret Eddershaw, Angela France, Rebecca Gethin, Helen Jayne Gunn, June Hall, Judith Kazantzis, Gill McEvoy, Jane McLaughlin, Denise McSheehy, Cheryl Moskowitz, Rosemary Norman, Linda Rose Parkes, Caroline Price, Sibyl Ruth, Anne Ryland, Daphne Schiller, Margaret Speak, Marion Tracy, Vivienne Tregenza, Catherine Whittaker, Margaret Wilmot
ARTWORK: Elizabeth Bell, Andia J Cooke, Adele Davide, Marylou Grimberg, Judith Kazantzis
MH: (extract from answer in respect of influences)
“When I returned to the United States in 1976, it was to the ebullience of American ‘Second Wave’ feminism, which included an efflorescence of women’s writing and publishing. It was then that I first read the work of Gwendolyn Brooks and of Muriel Rukeyser in depth, discovered that of Audre Lorde and June Jordan, read Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh for the first time, and learned about that book’s unlikely influence on Emily Dickinson. It was, in fact, in the context of feminist ‘re-vision’ that I began reading Dickinson in depth (which I do not state to try to politicise her work in any way.)
All at once, women poets were in the majority, not the minority, in my reading – and there were women’s bookshops where a sizeable selection of their work could be found, presses and journals publishing it, publishing literary criticism relative to it. It was more than ‘heady’ to discover that Marianne Moore had been a friend and mentor to Elizabeth Bishop, that HD’s beneficent companion Bryher had financed the publication of Moore’s first book of poems, and of Djuna Barnes’ Ladies’ Almanack – to know that women poets had supported and influenced each other’s work, had not each been an isolated token – information students and readers now take more for granted.”
Read whole interview
RUTH O’CALLAGHAN INTERVIEWS U.A. FANTHORPE AND R.V. BAILEY
PAIN INTO POETRY: women who write about the flight from terror
WRITING FROM THE ROUGH: poems about grief
THE BIG BALLADS: Hylda Sims examines their appeal
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WRITE A POEM? Myra Schneider offers an example
20plus REVIEWS: Valentine Ackland, Moniza Alvi, Janet Fisher, Rose Flint, Angela Kirby, Mary Oliver, Pascale Petit, Caroline Price, Carol Rumens, Isobel Thrilling and more…
SECOND LIGHT POETRY COMPETITION: WINNERS, COMMENDED & SHORTLISTED
POETRY SELECTED BY PENELOPE SHUTTLE: Sue Aldred, Zeeba Ansari, Elizabeth Burns, Caroline Carver, Christine Coleman, Christine Evans, Ruth Fainlight, Victoria Field, Lara Frankena, Leah Fritz, Cynthia Fuller, Rebecca Gethin, Maria Jastrzębska, Sue Johnson, Wendy Klein, Gill McEvoy, Lyn Moir, M.R. Peacocke, Lesley Saunders, Myra Schneider, Martha Street, Margaret Wilmot
ARTWORK: Elizabeth Bell, Della Chapman, Adele Davide, Judith Kazantzis
NEWS: "FIFTY/FIFTEEN" – Second Light prepares to celebrate their 15th anniversary
Pascale Petit is a far-travelled poet: already by the time her first collection of poems was published in 1998 she’d twice visited the Amazon basin, and this latest collection contains poems from California, Nepal, China, France… but her journeys are inward as well as outward: she is a seasoned traveller of the imagination and has like Orpheus and the Sumerian Goddess Inanna journeyed to the underworld and returned to tell the tale.
This collection confirms her as a major force in current British poetry: both intensely mythical and intensely autobiographical, and now moving out into a wider world carrying the fruits of those inner explorations. In fact I’d see this volume as a transitional one: my guess is that her forthcoming work will continue the outer focus that is begun here.
Read whole review
RUTH O’CALLAGHAN INTERVIEWS FIONA SAMPSON
FRIENDS REMEMBER DAPHNE ROCK (1927-2008)
MAY WE TELL YOU WHO WE ARE?: We focus on A Touch of Malice, ed. Joy Howard, and other anthologies of women writing about their own lives
20plus REVIEWS: Annemarie Austin, Alison Brackenbury, Anne Cluysenaar, Kate Foley, Janet Frame, Jorie Graham, M.R. Peacocke, Stephanie Norgate, Myra Schneider, Pauline Stainer, Anne Stevenson and more…
POETRY SELECTED BY MYRA SCHNEIDER: Anna Adams, Alison Brackenbury, Nadine Brummer, Maggie Butt, Valerie Clarke, Anne Cluysenaar, Kay Cotton, Beata Duncan, June English, Janet Fisher, Kate Foley, Berta Freistadt, Jacqueline Gabbitas, Mo Gallaccio, Katherine Gallagher, Daphne Gloag, Lucy Hamilton, Jenny Hamlett, Alison Hill, Angela Kirby, Lotte Kramer, Gill Learner, Mary MacRae, Gill McEvoy, Rosemary McLeish, Sue Moules, Janine Pinion, Victoria Pugh, Mary Sheepshanks, Kay Syrad, Isobel Thrilling and Merryn Williams
NEWS, POETRY PRIZES 2008: Rose Flint wins the Cardiff International, Sibyl Ruth wins the Mslexia, Anne Stewart wins the Bridport Prize… and many other successes
ARTWORK: Kate Foley, Judith Kazantzis, Janine Pinion
We learn, from the first of the two bracket sections which open and close Kate Foley’s new collection, that the Silver Rembrandt of the title is a mime artist performing outside the Rijksmuseum, clad in silver lycra…
bows to the kids,
conducts their mood with a shining brush,
paints the gilded air as it streams past,
Rembrandt is also Muse to Lily, the tough yet vulnerable protagonist of this verse novella (which forms the major part of the collection). Lily first encounters the great artist himself when her teacher sends a postcard of his Old Woman Reading back to her class from Amsterdam.
The young Lily is bewitched by the picture and immediately makes an emotional connection between the old woman depicted by Rembrandt reading her bible and Lily’s beloved grandmother –
it is a kind of photo of her gran.
Kate Foley uses a remarkable exactness and yet fluidity of language to depict Lily, whose story is one of damage and determination, brief joy, sorrow, beyond-sorrow; of the hard work of firstly claiming the self, and then mending the self.
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