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

'...an 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

Last copy of #63 sold out this morning, 16th August 2021

Should you wish to take out a subscription before #64 is available I will start it from copies I still have of #62.

#63 The Journal has Daniel Bennett, Emma Lee, Melissa Todd and myself giving our responses to booklets and collections by Claire Booker, Brian Daldorph, Mal Earl, Robert Ensor, Susan Jordan, Julia Rose Lewis, Rupert Loydell, Kerry Priest, Terry Quinn, Mark Rutter, Ian Seed, Maria Stadnicka, Martin Stannard, Michael W Thomas, Sue Wallace-Shaddad, Robin Lindsay Wilson and Cliff Yates

Poetry being the The Journal’s raison d’être #63 also contains original work by Graham Allison / James Bell / Luis Bravo / Robin Brumby / Laura Chalar / Stephen Claughton / Jim Conwell / Julian Colton / Gareth Culshaw / John Daniel / Sarah Dixon / Roy Duffield / Matt Duggan / Martin Ferguson / Jeff Gallagher / Khalid Khan / Phil Knight / Fokkina McDonnell / Gill McEvoy / Mike McNamara / Sarah Mnatzaganian / Robert Nisbet / Donna Pucciani / Terry Quinn / Alun Robert / Roddy Scott / Roger G. Singer / Paul Surman / J.S.Watts / Patricia Welles / Geoff William / Michelle Witthaus

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James Bell's front cover poem from #63


messages in bottles 

 

and there is that practice of walking 

            a subliminal beach 

where you need to use your imagination  

where the bare foot marks in the sand 

             are your own 

it is dawn and waves have washed  

             the shore 

are the only other living energy 

apart from the rising sun 

             it is as if you are not there 

have been excused the usual dimension  

intruded upon by a bottle on the shore 

             that you open 

             for the message inside 

             it says 

 

             you are here 

 

             another bottle further on 

             also has a message 

 

             you are also here 

 

             yet another bottle further on 

             holds a message 

 

             you are here too 

 

dawn light is reflected from 

a series of other bottles on the shore 

you can choose to open them all 

              or not                                  


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  to subscribe 

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 asamsmith@hotmail.com . 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 asamsmith@hotmail.com . 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

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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


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to submit

editorial policy is '...to 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
 

* 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.

email -  asamsmith@hotmail.com 

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