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

Released 27th January 2021

In #62 The Journal some recent anthologies and magazines get given the once over; while the beadier eyes of Emma Lee, Melissa Todd and myself are cast over booklets and collections by Vasiliki Albedo / Colin Bancroft / Claudia Court / David Callin / Robbie Frazer / Georgia Hilton / Mary-Jane Holmes / Lawrence Illsley / Vanessa Lampert / Alison Mace / Michael McNamarra / Harriet Proudfoot / Ricky Ray / Jocelyn Simms / Dana Littlepage Smith / Frances Corkey Thompson / and Lynn Woollacott.

Poetry being the The Journal’s raison d’être #62 also contains original work by María Teresa Andruetto / Darren Beaney / Thorvald Berthelsen / Maria Adela Bonavita / David Callin / Laura Chalar / Peter Eustace / James Fountain / Matthew Friday / José Augustín Goytisolo / Barry Fentiman Hall / Chris Hardy / Colin Honnor / Anna Lindsay / Andrew Lumborg / Bruach Kandinsky-Mohr / Michael Newman / Simon Perchik / Serena Piccoli / Kate Ruse / Barbara Saunders / Fiona Sinclair / Mariam Saidan / Andrew Taylor / Georgina Titmus / Alisa Velaj / Hunter R. White / Rod Whitworth / Rodney Wood / Grahaeme Barrasford Young / and Alessio Zanelli.

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Alessio Zanelli's front cover poem from #62

The Vixen


She said:
And for this—boy—you'll die.
All froze on the instant,
then my father's friend replied:
But you—madam—you are a vixen!
She blurted out, irate:
No! I'm not a vixen!
At which he went:
Well, then you're mad
like the coachman's mare!
She stared at us
while we walked past,
I didn't speak for quite a while.

I haven't seen her since,
the hideous, sinister old woman,
and I'm still here,
some ten lusters later.
Yet, whenever I go back there,
to that secluded mountain hamlet,
and I happen to hike along
that narrow pathway
aslope among the granite chalets,
still a shiver slithers down my spine,
and I pick up my pace,
eager to leave the place,
as if I feared to spot a sign.


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To subscribe to The Journal an annual subscription (3 issues) is £13.00 Buy Now This is a new Stripe button. However if it doesn't work when I last checked the PayPal buttons on my Weebly and Google websites are still working - & 

Or 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 £4.50 Buy Now This is a new Stripe button. However if it doesn't work then when I last checked the buttons on my Weebly and Google websites were still working - & 

Again 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 am having to raise the cost of a single issue to £5.00 the annual subscription (3 issues) to £14.00


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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

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

* from outside UK 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.

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