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

Douglas Dutton's translations of the Jónas Kristjánson's and Vésteinn Ólason's Hávamál continue in this issue #50 The Journal as well as translations by Laura Chalar of poems by Rafael García de Armas and Alejandra Correa; and yet more translations by Thomas Ország-Land of poems by Miklós Radnóti and György Faludy.         

Poetry being
The Journal's raison d'ętre there is of course brand new work in #50 from Chrissy Banks / Lana Bella / Georgie Brown / Jim Conwell / Colin Crewdson / Richard Dinges, Jr / Matthew James Friday / Dan Healy / Geoffrey Heptonstall / Andy Hickmott / Charlie Jones / Dave Lewis / Tim Miller / Bethany Pope / Julie Sampson / Alfred Todd / Patricia Tyrell / DJ Tyrer / John Vickers / & Geoff William

Add to that reviews this issue - of collections and chapbooks by Charlie Baylis, Leanne Bridgewater, Andrew Button, David Calcutt, Caroline Carver, Prudence Chamberlain & S J Fowler, Joey Frances, John Freeman, Helen Fletcher, Kathy Gee, Helen Ivory, Mab Jones, S. A. Leavesley, Nina Lewis, Janet Loverseed, Julie Maclean & Terry Quinn, Ann Matthews, Ben Ray, Alex Reed, Gillie Robic, Richard Skinner, Barry Tebb and Gareth Twose. 

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Miklos Radnoti's front cover poem from #50

 Miklós Radnóti (1909-1944) Where Could A Poet Run?

Holocaust Poetry for our Time,
translated from Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land


I lived upon this earth in such an age
when folk were so debased they sought to murder
for pleasure, not just to comply with orders.
Their faith in falsehoods drove them to corruption.
Their lives were ruled by raving self-deceptions.

I lived upon this earth in such an age
that idolized the sly police informers,
whose heroes were the killers, spies and thieves -
The few who merely held their peace or failed
to cheer were loathed like victims of the plague.

I lived upon this earth in such an age
when those who risked protest were wise to hide
and gnaw their fists in self-consuming shame -
The country grinned towards its dreadful fate
insane and wild and drunk on blood and mire.

I lived upon this earth in such an age...
The mother of an infant was a curse
and pregnant women were glad to abort.
The living envied the corpses in the graves
while on the table foamed their poisoned cup.

I lived upon this earth in such an age...
when even the poet fell silent awaiting, expecting
an ancient, terrible voice to resound - for one
alone could utter a fitting curse on such horror,
that scholar of weighty words: the prophet Isaiah.


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The Journal  &  original plus

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{To check out previous issues of The Journal go to the Poetry Library Or to receive a free sample copy of The Journal (a previous issue) please send a self-addressed A4 envelope along with sufficient stamps to cover postage up to 250grams. UK only}

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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
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* 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.

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