We’re so thrilled to reveal the cover and line-up for Issue 11, in all its burnt orange glory!
Fourteen queer contemporary poets, from Europe, Asia, North and South America and, hilariously, round the corner from our HQ in east London.
As always, we want each issue to reflect a diversity of ideas and experiences within the LGBTQ+ community and we hope these fourteen do that for you all.
There’s poems about queer childhood (“mango drawing” by Gayathiri Kamalakanthan) and urging to push against the boundaries in that childhood (“Red Jumper” by AnnieBrechin). There’s also Gustav Parker Hibbett’s “High Jump as Icarus Story”,which packs so many ideas in but at its core is perhaps a look at why queer kids push themselves so hard (spoiler: we all want to be loved).
And speaking of love, there’s heartbreak (“Broken” by Nathan Evans) and how poetry can be used to vocalise that ache (“Stacks” by Sarah Donley) – but also a celebration of everyday relationships, whether that be home-haircuts in “A Latin American Sonnet CXXVII” by Leo Boix or the safety of co-habiting with your love in A. Shaikh’s “Domesticity”.
Poems in Issue 11
If Polari was a kind of Birdsong by Kym Deyn
Red Jumper by Annie Brechin
mango drawing by Gayathiri Kamalakanthan
A Latin American Sonnet CXXVII by Leo Boix
Stack by Sarah Donley
Chaturanga by Shaun Hill
High Jump as Icarus Story by Gustav Parker Hibbett
Broken by Nathan Evans
Domesticity by A. Shaikh
Fugue by Nico Amador
Alighting at the Beginning and End of the Line by Minying Huang
Butter by Alex Mepham
Song in Three Voices by Freya Jackson
Final Boy Finding a Husband by Stephen S. Mills