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

In #67 The Journal Emma Lee, Steve Spence, Andrew Taylor, Melissa Todd and myself managed to find something to say about all of these collections, chapbooks, and their authors - Andy Breckenridge / Caroline Carver / Brendan Cleary / Chris Considine / Gareth Culshaw / Jeremy Hilton / Ric Hool / Norman Jope / Julia Rose Lewis / Katy Mahon / D.S. Maolalai / Alwyn Marriage / Andrew Martin / Sarah Mnatzaganian / Cáit O'Neill McCullagh / Sinéad McClure / David Miller / Andrea Moorhead / Tracy Patrick / Fiona Sinclair / Antonio Sanchez-Day / Alan John Stubbs and Nathan Hyland Walker

Poetry being the The Journal’s raison d’être #67 also contains work from this international crew - Don Ammons / C M Buckland / Laura Chalar / Jim Conwell / Irene Cunningham / Richard Dinges / Philip Dunkerley / DW Evans / Deborah Gaudin / Gordon Gibson / Michael Lee Johnson / Phil Knight / Dave Lewis / Neal Mason / Diarmuid ó Maolalaí / Beth McDonough / Daniel Mountain / Ian Mullins / Andy Murray / Raamy S. Nadim / James B. Nicola / Valeria Pariso / Tracy Patrick / Gordon Scapens / Halima Sekula / Paul Sutton / James Turner / J.S.Watts and Rod Whitworth.

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Philip Dunkerley's front cover poem from #67


A tough, spare little woman,

her body holding cancer at bay.

She steps into the hall,

steadies herself against the wall

and slips her slippers on.

In the lounge, she sits down,

accepts coffee, chooses a cake.

Sorry, I say, we left it so long.

I thought, she says, I must

have done something wrong.

No, no, I say, it’s just…

it’s just that we’ve been busy.

She nods, we chat. Three times

she tells us about her cat.

Her husband’s name comes up,

I knew him well, he loved his wife.

Small, a good man, straight talking

in that special Yorkshire way,

afflicted by lung disease all his life.

I ask, Do you think he’s still there,

somewhere, keeping an eye on you?

No, she replies, when you’re gone,

you’re gone, that’s it. You live on

only in memories and in your

children and grandchildren too.

She produces some photos. Here,

she says, have a look at these.

So we do.


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To subscribe to The Journal an annual subscription (3 issues) is £14.00 Buy Now This is a new Stripe button. However if it doesn't work payment can be made through PayPal by going directly to the PayPal website and making payment to The Journal via . If you do this please also email me your name and address so that I can send you copies.

Failing that you can send me a cheque, made payable to 'Sam Smith' at The Journal, 38 Pwllcarn Terrace, Blaengarw, Bridgend, CF32 8AS

Within the UK a single copy, current issue, is now £5.00 Buy Now This is a new Stripe button. However if it doesn't work payment can still be made by going directly to the PayPal website and making payment to The Journal via . If you do this please also email me your name and address so I can send you your copy.

Failing that you can send me a cheque, made payable to 'Sam Smith' at The Journal, 38 Pwllcarn Terrace, Blaengarw, Bridgend, CF32 8AS


From #63 onwards due to a spate of increased postal costs here in the UK I have had to raise the cost of a single issue to £5.00 the annual subscription (3 issues) to £14.00


to submit

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....'

To save The Journal becoming another safe poetry corner we will allow 2 issues to pass before using any poet's work again. Which means that you can submit at any time but, if accepted, your work will not appear until 2 issues after your last appearance in The Journal.

* 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

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

* 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.

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