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

Released 10th October 2020

#61 The Journal has myself, Daniel Bennett, Brian Daldorph, Rob Morgan and Melissa Todd all chipping in our thoughts on collections and chapbooks by these folk – Carla Scarano D'Antonio / Alan Baker / Nadine Brummer / Stephen Claughton / Ariadne Radi Cor / Matt Duggan / Doreen Hinchcliffe / Antony Johae / Tony Kendrew / Wendy Klein / Ann Matthews / Marc Swann / KingaTóth / Juliet Troy / Lydia Unsworth / Geoffrey Winch and Damon Young

Poetry being the The Journal’s raison d’ętre #61 also contains original work by Daniel Bennett / Zöe Broome / Andrew C Brown / Michael Ceraolo / Laura Chalar / Clair Chilvers / Richard Dinges / Alan Dixon / Clive Donovan / Philip Dunkerley / Robert Ensor / J.S. Fink / Christopher Jackson / Jennifer Johnson / Alicia Byrne Keane / Khalid Khan / Alan Lake / Emma Lee / Andrew Lumborg / Diarmuid ó Maolalai / Tim Miller / Tristan Moss / Paul Relf / Gordon Scapens / Rocco Scotellaro / Tanner / Charles D. Tarlton / Alfred Todd / Merryn Williams and Robin Lindsay Wilson

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J.S. Fink's front cover poem from #61


Consider the Frog (Matter)


Stretched and pinned, unstrung on its zinc table, 
a sign not of impotent protest or something worse,
 
     limp resignation,
The carcass won
t flinch at the needles cold probe, no,
Prepared, organ by organ
 
   it invites investigation 
into its expressed nature.

Kidneys polluted with the dregs of dirty blood
 
Lungs desiccated to mere raisins
Muscles worn down to thready straw bundles
 
       Plasma dust in the blue-lobed liver, 
Each future of putrefaction and breakdown
 
to chemical residue was decided
 
            in the instant 
its stubborn web of frogspawn claimed an inch of pond.

Work backwards from this formalin hallucination,
Reverse his future, give him back
         His straight white teeth and heavy redbrown hair,
                  Tighten his flesh, smooth his crosshatched skin,
                           Shrink his prostate, rescue his kidneys,
Bolster his heart to
Look again for the source and flower of his nature
         among these sieving, pumping organs, 
Quid erat, he will observe 
his inborn variety makes him
Indistinguishable from the next specimen.


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  to subscribe 

to subscribe to The Journal an annual subscription (3 issues) is Ł13.00 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 Ł4.50 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
 

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

* from outside UK enclose 2xIRCs, or submit by email 
* 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.

email - smithsssj@aol.com

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