Sam Smith Original Plus books & The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')

Sam Smith books plus Original Plus publications and The Journal

The Journal

'...plenty of different styles of poetry in each issue. The result is that, whilst The Journal will never have that sense of comforting familiarity that some 'zine have developed, it will always stretch your boundaries.' The Supplement #73

' international magazine in the tradition of Poesie Europe, Ecuatorial, and Labrys. It publishes poems in English, in particular by English-language poets in exile, translations into English alongside the originals, interviews with poets, and appraisals of current poetry scenes...' Wolfgang Görtschacher 

'A plainly elegant layout, making the most of its size to incorporate sequences and longer poems, articles and plenty of reviews .... The contents are global ... all saying what has to be said, in ways and words you wish you'd imagined. Shining intelligence, to brighten and inspire serious poetry lovers.' Orbis

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'Few publications deliver consistently good issues — The Journal is among them. Filled with well-written poems from some of the best contemporary poets I've ever read, The Journal is the definitive showpiece of the small press. Each issue also contains thorough book and journal reviews composed by writers whose love of literature is evident.' Hyacinthe L. Raven Via Dolorosa Press (USA)

'...interesting and experimental while avoiding the obscure and unnecessarily difficult. Add to the excellent selection of poetry, some interesting and insightful reviews and The Journal is a must for anyone who loves poetry and is not afraid of a bit of experimentation and the new insights that this can bring.' Juliet Wilson


current issue

#52 The Journal has poems by Gordon Scapens front cover and back. Inside Neil Leadbeater interviews US poet Alice Pero; Thomas Ország-Land translates from the Hungarian a Hanna Szenes poem; and the equally industrious Laura Chalar translates from the Spanish of Manuel Machado. Andy Hickmott, Emma Lee and myself attempt reviews of collections and chapbooks by Catherine Crocker / Nikolai Duffy / Lloyd Theo Kingsley Dwaah / P C Evans / Alison Gibb / Jenny Hamlett / Wendy Heath / Anthony Howell /  Joyce Mansour and Carol Martin-Sperry / Alwyn Marriage / Camilla Nelson /  Bethany W Pope / Eileen R. Tabios / Landeg White / and S.J.White

Poetry being The Journal's raison d'ętre there is of course new work in #52 from Graham Allison / Jim Bennett / Kitty Coles / Holly Day / Craig Dobson / Stephen Philip Druce / Brad Evans / Aidan Fadden / James Fountain / Dylan Harris / Khalid Khan / Emma Lee / Janet Loverseed / Mark Mansfield / Cara L McKee / Michael Newman / Susmit Panda / Simon Perchik / Tanya Prudente / Terry Quinn / Anum Kamran Sattar / Margarita Serafimova / Fiona Sinclair / Glen Sorestad / Hanna Szenes / John Vickers / Robin Lindsay Wilson / Michele Witthaus / and Martin Zarrop

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Gordon Scapens's front cover poem from #52

The Paper Boat

Someone is out there
trying to say something
and there's a shadow
in search of a man
sailing a paper boat
bearing the name 'Hope'.

But the boat is sinking
and he feels addicted
to a lost direction,
losing sight of answers.

The world has made its excuses
and left the news as a gulf,
closing its eyes on the way.

Evolution is a dirty word

and praying is a joke.


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As from issue 52 annual subscription (3 issues) will be Ł13.00  

Single copy of current issue Ł4.50 

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The Journal
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editorial policy is ' try to publish those poems — from wheresoever they may come — written with thought to what the poem is saying and to how it is being said. Also welcomed are poems that can travel, that can cross boundaries, that do not assume in their readers a shared knowledge nor a shared set of beliefs. And it will be a rare day when I take a poem about being a poet or about the writing of poems. Also, because my aim is to keep The Journal secular, any poem containing religious terminology will not be considered for publication....'

* poems in English please, or translations into English (about 6 at a time)
* also welcome are interviews with poets, reviews, appreciations or appraisals of current poetry scenes
* if, within UK, a reply is desired, enclose SAE
  (email submissions only as part of email text, not as an attached file.)

* payment will be one complimentary copy to each author
* copyright will remain with author

* from outside UK enclose 2xIRCs, or submit by email  (email submissions only as part of email text, not as an attached file.)
* But before submitting work from outside the UK please be aware of the following - In 2012 the Royal Mail failed to deliver #36 The Journal to overseas subscribers and contributors for more than two months after posting, and this despite my having had Post Office counter staff weigh and price every envelope containing a copy of #36. This failure caused not only disappointment, but also some bad feeling. The Journal is a labour of love, and I don't need to even feel accused of bad faith. So from #38 on I will no longer send contributor's copies abroad via the Royal Mail, nor accept any subscriptions from outside the UK. I will, however, send to those who still wish to contribute from outside the UK a pdf file of the relevant issue as an email attachment. And I will of course endeavour to meet all outstanding  obligations, but please don't blame me if the Royal Mail fails again to deliver.

 original plus, having found a good short run printer in Imprint Digital, is once again able to consider the publication of perfect bound full collections as well as poetry chapbooks. Consideration of either usually follows from publication in The Journal

(Illness in the family means that Original Plus, and Original Plus only, is closed to submissions until April 2018. The Journal will continue receiving submissions as usual.)

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