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

#60 The Journal has Melissa Todd reviewing Peter Bearder's book, and Andrew Taylor reviewing Matthew Barker's translations of R.M.Rilke. With myself, Emma Lee (Sabotage Reviewer of the Year for the second year running), Laura Chalar, and Andrew Taylor again, all chipping in our thoughts on collections and chapbooks by these folk - Sascha A.Akhtar / Oisín Breen / Zoë Brigley Thompson / Sarah Cave / Kitty Coles / Susan Evans / Mike Ferguson / Bryn Fortey / Katie Griffiths / Tania Hershman / Robin Houghton / Helen Ivory / Des Mannay / Fokkina McDonnell / Mike McNamara, / Anthony Owen / Miranda Peake / Mary Robinson / Maria Stadnicka / Tanner and Cat Woodward

Poetry being the The Journal’s raison d’être #60 also contains original work by Stephanie Amaro / Neil Beardmore / James Bell / C M Buckland / Raquel Cané / Fernando Carrera / Laura Chalar / Gareth Culshaw / John Daniel / Z. D. Dicks / Matt Duggan / Daniel Fuller / Dominic James / Colin Ian Jeffery / Siobhan Logan / Ian Mullins / Robert Nisbet / Jennifer Rathbun / Kester Reid / Partha Sarkar / Roger Singer / Barry Smith / Ewan Smith / Paul Surman / James Turner / John Vickers / J. S. Watts / Richard Weston / Geoff William / Keith Woodhouse / and Gareth Writer-Davies

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J.S. Watts' front cover poem from #60


Tonight The Voltage Bird Returns


So, the voltage bird flies again,

lightning forking in its scabby feathers,

wings as black as the final dawn.

And everyone is angry.

Everyone is scared,

echoing the groans of all the dead men,

the shrieks of torn children.

But it is a bird

and it will fly.

 

We grope for words with eyes that will not see.

Why this obsessive need for talk,

tchacking like startled jackdaws,

when the passage of the voltage bird

sheds silence in its wake,

sucking all our hollow words

into its thunderous vacuum,

gifting only one or two

eloquence to defy its binding.

 

The rest of us spew soiled straw

into the empty places

we pretend aren’t there.

While inside each of us

a solitary scorched black feather

settles slowly down

through a tortured world of hush

towards its destination.



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  to subscribe 

to subscribe to The Journal an annual subscription (3 issues) is £13.00 The PayPal button below often refusing to work payment can still be made by going directly to the PayPal website and making payment to The Journal via smithsssj@aol.com or asamsmith@hotmail.com . If you do this please also email me your name and address so that I can send you copies. Although when I last checked the buttons on my Weebly website were still working - https://samsmithbooks.weebly.com/the-journal.html

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


and within the UK a single copy, current issue, is £4.50 Again, should the PayPal button below refuse to work payment can still be made by going directly to the PayPal website and making payment to The Journal via smithsssj@aol.com or asamsmith@hotmail.com . If you do this please also email me your name and address so I can send you your copy. Although when I last checked the buttons on my Weebly website were still working - https://samsmithbooks.weebly.com/the-journal.html

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


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
  (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.)

email - smithsssj@aol.com

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