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Orbis 192, Summer 2020

£5 (Overseas: £11/€14/$16); Subs: £18/4 pa (Overseas: £40/€50/$60)

Front cover artwork: ‘‘The Pink Balloon II‘ by Steve Mitchell
back cover, detail from image: https://www.stephenmitchellart.com/

Let your troubles just float away; here’s a wondrous world
in which to immerse yourself. After all, it’s Summertime, so are you ready
to smell the roses,  or Jimmy Rodda’s Purple Lilac?
Although you need to be careful,  when Marie-Pascale Hardy tells you
that The floor is lava, and if perplexed just how Dead fish can’t be bored, l
et Maureen Jivani explain, while Keith Moul can reveal all about
the Drama Hidden in Clouds.  And yes, as Andrew Oram reminds us, The day is short
but for those of you putting your enforced leisure to good use,
you probably already know about Sidhe Gaoithe. along with Attracta Fahy.
But, Almost Blue, like Patricia Carragon? No need when there’s plenty
to keep you occupied, entertained and inspired, here,
in the latest issue of Orbis

Featured Poet,

David Thompson:  Arachnophobia; Unruly sun; On the sofa;
One morning commute; Tethered estate

Poems from Terence CulletonFudge ShopGed GrovesPasse-partout;
Marie-Pascale Hardy,The floor Is lavaAva PatelStratocumulus;
Cynthia A. VentrescaThe Solace of Curtains Closed

Prose from Meg BartonNext door;
Lydia Fulleylove, THE DOCK AND THE DESK
A PROSE SCULPTURE; Steve MayFlight of fancy

Translation Ranald Barnicot: Horace : Odes 1.37 Nunc est bibendum

Past Master Phil Knight on Vladimir Mayakovsky

Reviews by David Harmer, Jenny Hockey, Clairr O’Connor,
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor 
and Noel Williams


Orbis
 192 contributors also include

Liz Birchall; Charlie Brice; Michael Casey; Jim Conwell; Kathy Cullen;
Christine Curtis; Michael Farry; Simon Fletcher; Daniel Hinds;
Greg Huteson; 
juli Jana; Alex Josephy; Patricia Leighton;
Clifford Liles; Pauline May; Karla Linn Merrifield; Cedric Pickin; Dorothy Pope;
Ewan Smith; Edwin Stockdale; 
John Whitehouse; Jay Whittaker; Martin Zarrop

191

Orbis 191, Spring 2020

£5 (Overseas: £11/€14/$16); Subs: £18/4 pa (Overseas: £40/€50/$60)

Front cover artwork: ‘Hawk’ by Jan FitzGerald
back cover, detail from image: www.paintingpoets.co.nz

It’s a whole new world out there – unfortunately prophetic words
to introduce the last issue. So now it’s poetry in the time of you-know-what
(Hell on Earth); Dave Martin is not far wrong), something to cheer and inspire
and at least take our minds off it for a little while granting us Grace Evangelical
(Tina Tocco), following A Simple Act; Complex Antecedents as Sam Smith points out.
Well, we could sympathise with Jack Debney’s The Cack-Hander’s Lament,
especially when, like Mike BarlowThe voice takes a break.  And we can always
escape, visit Richard Hughes, to appreciate some Variations at a taverna,
then the City Of Tulum with Kathryn MacDonald
(although you ask me, ignorance is bliss when it comes to the Maya),
or find out more about All those myths in the dark forest from
Penny Sharman, or The numen (Jan FitzGerald)  and what’s inside
the Powder Closet, Southside House… Ben Bransfield knows. Meanwhile,
Finola Scott can tell you all about Spoils and Divisions, although you need to read
David Greenslade to work ouCalfOverall, could be you’ll agree with Beth Booth:
Splendid is a good description of Orbis

Featured Poet,

Gaynor ClementsBole Hill; Bole Hill II; Badger;
You’re Never More Than Six Feet From An Elvis Impersonator; Pater Unfamilias

Poems from Patrick DeeleyBluebell Horse; Anuja Ghimirelandlady mua;
Sean Howardpoetic extracts: study #14;
Marjorie MaddoxOde to Son as Encyclopedia;
Anne RathWitness; Christopher Pieterszoon RoutheutToward the Suns

Prose from Neil BeardmoreKey NotesNeelim Dundas,
The House Of The Big Brown EyesLorna SherryThe Dangers Of Spring

Past Master
Michael Spinks on The book of Job

Article
Pauline Hawkesworth on A. S. J. Tessimond – The ‘Lesser’ Poet

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Jenny Hockey, David Harmer,
Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince, Theresa Sowerby 
and Lynne Taylor

Orbis 191 contributors also include

Aidan Baker;Maggie Butt; Claudia Court;Natalie Crick; Bill Dodd;
Isabel Greenslade; Derek Healy; Doreen Hinchliffe; George Hopewell;
Jack Houston; Richard Hughes; Gloria Keeley; Simon Leonard;
Rozanne McCoy; Simon Perchik; Peter Sutton; Anne Symon

Readers’ Award 191

A slightly different, shorter version appears in the magazine.

And if you’re curious about all the writing which has inspired these comments,
you only have to ask… 
and cough up for a copy of #191: £5

 

I enjoyed your editorial, and here are my nominations

1. Claudia Court for Lap of Honour –
I enjoyed the way the situation was revealed piece by piece.

2. Maggie Butt for Even Now – Musical, beautiful and urgent.

3. Jack Houston for No! – I liked the use of form
to mirror the growing, shifting, understanding of what is happening.

4. Derek Healy for Remission –
An interesting thought, cleverly unpacked 
(Ralph Mold)


I enjoyed the current issue of Orbis –
thank you again for including two of my poems.
The four I enjoyed the most:-

Claudia Court’s Lap of Honour and its final line
‘The engines roar, purring his dirge.’

Finola Scott’s Spoils and Division
for the picture of divorce utilising an historical demarcation.

Lorna Sherry’s The Nightjar,
and the phrase ‘the lithe length of you’

Doreen Hinchliffe’s The Return, particularly the clever choice
of the six line end words to make the sestina work (Dave Martin)

 

1. At Dinner, Nathalie Crick. Great use of what isn’t said.

2. Splendid, Beth Booth. Wonderfully violent.

3. Lap of Honour, Claudia Court. Cool use of tension (Jack Houston)

I especially enjoyed You’re Never More Than Six Feet from An Elvis Impersonator
I love the treatment of the authentic and disguise, the combination of
‘brylcreem / and fakery’. The use of words like antimacassars transport
the reader to a particularly grimy past which contrasts the the supposed glamour
of LA and stardom with crisps, evoking a world where even the Pied Piper
isn’t the real thing, hinting at the danger of fakery being acceptable
(Simon Leonard)

 

A lot to delve into here and of the close runners-up, certainly also
worth applause: Beth Booth’s Splendid, Peter Sutton’s Metamorphosis
(I wish I’d come up with that last line) and Anne Symons’ Corsetiere
with an equally wonderful last line.
Then, David Greenslade, haltered As a Horse, Natalie Crick’s well-paced 30 Days,
Jack Houston’s elegant Elegy for Myself, Lorna Sherry’s beautiful Nightjar,
and Simon Perchik’s dense Asterisk.
But my choices for the top three have to be shared between
Gaynor Clements (Bole Hill); Maggie Butt (Silence); with top note
to Penny Sharman for All those myths in the dark forest (Michael Spinks)

 

Lorna Sherry, ‘The dangers of spring’

David Greenslade, ‘Calf’

Bill Donald, ‘Small bird’

Richard Hughes, ‘Old song’

All of which had me scanning them closely for details,
like one of those ‘Where’s Wally?’ crowdscapes:
occurrences of the dog; the dotted synecdoches;t
he phoneme /t/; clues to which town was being remembered for its changes
(Aidan Baker)

 

Claudia Court, Lap of Honour, great pace and use of images of movement

Gaynor Clements, Bole Hill; last two lines are devastating –

a good thing in a poem

Natalie Crick, At Dinner; restrained, powerful, and a life in one moment

Bill Dodd, small bird; travels from the particular to the numinous

and back again – tt tt is following me as I type (Isabel Greenslade)

 

Orbis 191 is full of good writing but I’d like to vote for Even Now by Maggie Butt,
beautifully balanced, and enhanced by the lack of punctuation (Lorna Sherry)

Difficult to single out anything but my love is for short poems which takes me
straight into someone’s emotional state, cancelling out everything else
for the moment of reading. Therefore my choices are:

1. Jointly: Witness by Anne Rath and The Nightjar by Lorna Sherry.
I love the sensuality contrasting so vividly with the sense of loss and time passing.

3.Lap of Honour by Claudia Court. The visual strength brilliantly understates
yet highlights the emotion.

4.Mock Sonnet 1X by Sam Smith.

I love that question: who are the insane amongst us (Christine Curtis)

 

I really enjoyed 191, and not easy, making my final choice:

Sam Smith (Mock Sonnet IX)

Gaynor Clements (Bole Hill II)

Claudia Court (Lap of Honour)

David Healy (Remission) (Wendy Everett )

 

What a difficult job selecting a handful of poems from all the good stuff
in an issue of Orbis, but worth doing because it makes you think more
about what you are reading, especially the ones to which you keep.
Often, the real qualities hit me only at the 3rd or 4th reading.

Maggie Butt – Silence

Lovely use of sound. It takes us on a journey into the silence,
from ordinary life into the place and finally into the body itself.

Jack Houston – Elegy for Myself

A little poem that says a lot very elegantly about ourselves and nature.

Claudia Court – Lap of Honour

I loved the image of the dad ‘swerving full throttle on the wind’.
A difficult situation to write about without it

becoming inadvertently comic

but this is very handled very beautifully (David Lukens)

 

Thank you for another great issue of Orbis.
My nominations for the Readers’ Award for issue 191,

in order of appearance:

Bole Hill by Gaynor Clements

Passenger by Beth Booth

All those myths in the dark forest by Penny Sharman

Mr Starling by Isabel Greenslade (Ann Gibson)

 

Thank you for keeping Orbis going in print form in difficult times

I found it extremely difficult to choose because there were so many
excellent poems taking unusual and illuminating viewpoints, ranking them
seemed invidious. I really enjoyed this issue. I thought all Featured Poet
Gaynor Clements’ poems were excellent but will nominate as my first choice
Pater Unfamilias with its spare but wonderfully suggestive use of imagery
and the emotional tension running through to the very last, powerfully emotive line

Second choice is Beth Booth’s Passenger which struck a chord with me,
a fearful traveller in any car. I liked the way its structure mimicked
the headlong speed and lurches, its effortless fluency and conversational tone,
and the occasional brilliant turn of phrase – ‘funerary recklessness';
cynicism ‘that grows like mould’.

Third choice is Mike Barlow’s The Voice Takes a Break, a clever riff
on the common experience of losing one’s voice, with a charged last line –
and perfectly structured .

Fourth choice Finola Scott’s Spoils and Division, with its unexpected
and brilliantly original use of the surveyors, whose Mason-Dixon line
settled territorial disputes in the US, to point up a similar situation
in a failing marriage, succinctly evoked (A C Clarke)

 

Great issue and I really enjoyed Gaynor’s poems, especially Badger.

Beth Booth, for the wonderfully rich Splendid and Passenger.
They both read as though they had spilled out, but
beautifully controlled and perfectly pitched all the way through.

Jack Houston, for his stunningly effective pantoum No!

Maggie Butt, for a haunting description of Silence (Cat Campbell)

 

As always, it’s impossible really, to rank the many engaging poems
that tugged at me but here are four, and one extra:

1. Mike Barlow, The voice takes a break. Some of the images here seem
particularly resonant now: the lost voice and ‘dear old world of endearments';
the cancelled trains. This travels such a long way, with subtle modulations.
Then it rises into a meditation on that ‘perfect space/between the notes’
and a sense of something just beyond understanding. A fine piece.

2. Claudia Court’s ‘Lap of Honour.’ I love the way she springs her surprise,
right at the centre, and the beautifully consistent motor racing imagery.
Original and moving, in an unassuming way, as the best poetry always is.

3. Maggie Butt’s ’Silence’; so full of all the sounds of such a ‘silence’,
and with the rhythmic sense of the lake underlying the whole thing.

4. Doreen Hinchcliffe’s ’The Return’. A subject well suited to sestina:
the circling thoughts and memories evoked by a significant place.
There are returns within returns here, and I like the way the poet s
skilfully inserts closely observed details into the hypnotic cycle of repetitions,
then leaves the place as ‘mysterious’ as ever.
5. I want to mention too the lovely, light, birdlike footsteps
taken in Bill Dodd’s ’small bird.’ (Alex Josephy)

1. Anne Symons. Corsetière.

I so admired this. Each verse, though describing some insignificant particular,
opens a window to a much greater reality. The reader’s imagination
immediately sits up, engaged and put to work. Marvellous.

2. Lorna Sherry. The Dangers Of Spring. I was taken by the clarity of the writing.
It describes so precisely the two people involved and their situation.
And the wonderful final two sentences; turning the key which sets everything into motion.

3. Sam Smith. Mock Sonnet IX. The argument tugged at me,
this is so desperately a time ‘that truth will have to be spoken’.

4. Neelim Dundas. The House Of the Big Brown Eyes.
This one is mesmerizising and draws you right in. The narrator is that irresistible character;
the pompous man of position who has no conception of how he reveals
his essential weakness with every word (Ewan Smith)

 

1 landlady mua by Anuja Ghimire; very moving in its few short lines.

2 Bole Hill 11 by Gaynor Clements. Loved the knowledge
of plants and the natural world in all her poems. Found them very mysterious too.

3 Key Notes by Neil Beardmore (Hilarious and real) and small bird by Bill Dodd.

4 Silence by Maggie Butt (Frances Sackett)

 

Unusual for me to choose 4 joint winners but such good writing.

Joint 1st Claudia Court Lap of Honour. So visual. I like ‘swarming circuit’.
It makes you think of movement and sound. ‘Scatter his years’
is a good description, easy to relate to this account of scattering the ashes.
The furtive nature is told well, with a particularly good last stanza

Joint 1st Gloria Keeley The Ninth Life. Brilliant first 2 lines!
I like the comparison of lemmings and the elephants in the line
about a circus. The connections are really interesting,
and I kept going back to read this one. Pure poetry!

Joint 2nd Maggie Butt Silence. I like the listing of the permitted sounds
in a convent. ‘The lapping of your life’ is a fantastic ending. I also enjoyed ‘Even Now.

Joint 2nd Neil Beardmore Key Notes The dialogue is so effective.
As I was/am a daydreamer, I related to this, and I loved the realistic snapshot
of school life. The boy’s musing on his grandmother and music touching.

Joint 3rd Finola Scott Spoils and Divisions. An interesting take on a marital split.
I like the allusion to Mason and Dixon. It was deft to gently refer to
the important parenting acts that are often not valued.

Joint 3rd Anne Symons Corsetiere

A vivid picture of a woman’s job. It cleverly highlighted
her sales technique and her customers.

Joint 4th Isabel Greenslade Mr. Starling

Fantastic three lines opened this poem. Sad, reflective poem.
Vivid details. I like the way children’s behaviour is portrayed.

Joint 4th Mike Barlow The voice takes a break

Very unusual subject. I love the simile in the 1st stanza.
I like ‘shy squeeze of air’   
(Gene Groves)

I enjoyed Sam Smith’s two pieces, Mock Sonnet IX
and A Simple Act, for their directness and clarity.
A touch of humour saved them from excessive didacticism.
I admired very much the poise, restraint and originality of
Mick Barlow’s The voice takes a break. There’s a poet with an ear
for rhythm, who listens to what he writes!
I enjoyed too the lively, playful poems by Penny Sharman
(Zip) and Peter Sutton (Mr Bounce).
I’ll mention finally Neelim Dundass’ short story,
The House Of The Big Brown Eyes, for its slice of life from another world (David Ball)

Here are my favourite poems from your excellent 191 edition.

First – Silence by Maggie Butt. I love this poem, so evocative
of a place I know well. I have always wondered about these
cloistered nuns, isolated in paradise. This is a poem I wish I had written.

Second – Bluebell Horse by Patrick Deeley. Yes I can imagine this horse.
Such a lovely name Bluebell Hill. You don’t expect a dead paddock
smelling of diesel exhaust. Poor horse.

Third – Elegy for Myself by Jack Houston. A short poem
about a tree, or not. How simple but strong. How we only notice things
when they are broken/cut or perhaps just that they are unusual or out of place.
I love the honey-gold circumference of its centre (Virginia Griem)

From a wealth of wonderful poems:

1. Claudia Court’s Lap of Honour -brilliantly understated, concise and vivid.

2. Finola Scott- Spoils and Divisions

3. Anne Rath – Witness

4. Abuja Ghimire- landlady mua (Lynn Kramer)

 

Orbis 191 – Reader’s Choice

Joint First: Beth Booth: Splendid, and Passenger; David Greenslade:
Calf; Derek Healy: Remission

Joint Second: Gaynor Clements: Bole Hill;
Patrick Deeley: Bluebell Horse

Joint Third: Mike Barlow: The voice takes a break;
Jack Houston: Elegy for Myself

Honorable Mention: Lorna Sherry: The Dangers Of Spring ( Gail Dendy)

1. Jack Houston’s ‘No!’ is a remarkably powerful example
of how restrictive form can harness emotion, the shock of loss
and the devastation of grief. These fugue and accrue with each verse.

2. In ‘Pater Unfamilias’ Gaynor Clements generates a disconcerting
and finely-balanced ambiguity in describing the small details and large damage
of a thirty-year-old relationship. Skilfully, the poem reveals
how pivotal memories torment and affect us variously, over time.

3. There is a particular serenity about Simon Perchik’s ‘*’,
as its imagery pours down the page, like the fluid being observed
in a loved one’s cup. The apparently real links seamlessly with the figurative.

4. The measured tone of ‘Mock Sonnet IX’ belies a condensed
and lucid reflection on perceptions of madness. At the same time,
Sam Smith gives a reasoned voice to that older mindset, where doubt,
rather than apparent wisdom, accumulates over time (Will Daunt)

Thank you for another delightful choice of poems, difficult to pick just four.

(1) Maggie Butt Silence. Wonderful imagery of cloistered living.

(2) Patrick Deeley Wedding Gift Vivid insight to a clock’s life,
so like our own, with skipped beats and pauses.

(3) Gaynor Clements Pater Unfamilias A great poem
of love and forgiving.

(4) Anne Rath Witness Great description, a garden
of beauty etched with sadness (Katherine Noone)


Enjoyed #191, and for once I’m not too late to make a choice.

First: Lorna Sherry: The Nightjar. A very moving poem,
in which form and content work beautifully together.

Second: Doreen Hinchcliffe: The Return. Another moving poem;
the account of the writer’s experience and memories flows naturally,
without the sestina form becoming obtrusive. Not an easy feat.

Third: Claudia Court: Lap of Honour.
A powerful metaphor and a brilliant ending.

Fourth: Tina Tocco: Marriage. A really accomplished haiku:
a demonstration of how to say something important
in seventeen syllables (Michael Swan)

Orbis #191 was a great issue with several standout poems.
I admired Jack Houston’s ‘No!’ and Penny Sharman’s ‘Zip’.

But my votes go to:

1. Lorna Sherry, ‘The Nightjar’ for its mysterious beauty

2. Anna Rath, ‘Witness’ which is a brittle
and poignant tribute to W.S. Merwin

3. Doreen Hinchliffe, ‘The Return’, a deftly-worked sestina
that responds brilliantly to Edward Hopper’s canvas ‘House by the Railroad’.

  1. Tina Tocco, ‘Marriage’, a haiku that really succeeds (Ben Keatinge)

Here are my votes for the Readers’ Award, #191

1: Mock Sonnet IX by Sam Smith

2: Yellow Earth by Isabel Greenslade

3: Badger by Gaynor Clements

4: Silence by Maggie Butt (Phil Knight)

Reader’s awards – My first preference is Mike Barlow’s
The voice takes a break, second Maggie Butt’s Even now,
third Jack Houston’s Elegy for myself   
(John-Christopher Johnson)

 

1. Isabel Greenslade, Yellow Earth.
Striking personification with some great lines
2. Derek Healy, Remission.
Form well-matched to the idea. Good sonnet with slant rhymes.
3. Richard Hughes, Variations at a Taverna.
Nice use of sounds to capture a moment.
Any poem that includes Bach gets my vote.
4. Doreen Hinchliffe, The Return.
Apt use of form again. I know how hard sestinas are.
Otherwise, a bit too much cliché (Clifford Liles)

 

Many thanks for Issue 191, and a very fine one it is too
which made choosing my top four difficult although as chance
would have it the first poem my eyes fell upon when I opened my copy
was the one I have chosen as my winner. Spooky.

1.The Ninth Life by Gloria Keeley: an astonishing piece,
a tight rope poem no less! It has astonishing propulsion and scope.

2. The Cack-Hander’s Lament by Jack Debney: an inventive delight
that is amusing and confidently realised throughout.

3. The Dangers of Spring by Lorna Sherry: so well-written,
a note perfect short story. I also enjoyed her poem The Nightjar.

4. Badger by Gaynor Clements: an unflinching anti-pastoral poem
that is decidedly not beige.

Doreen Hinchliffe came close to being in my top 4 with her excellent sestina,
The Return, which is all the more remarkable because I have an aversion to sestinas!
Honourable mentions also to Anne Rath, David Greenslade, Mike Barlow,
Maggie Butt, Finola Scott and Jack Houston (David Mark Williams)

 

Hard to choose for the vote as it’s such a subjective response
amongst such a high standard.

But here goes: Joint first for Patrick Dooley’s Wedding Gift
and Bluebell Horse. I loved the detail and the feeling in both –
showed such empathy for that horse and as a retired
primary school teacher I was interested to hear the children’s reaction –
don’t find many poems about the classroom?

3. Splendid by Beth Booth – intrigued by the first line and loved the clicks.

4. The voice takes a break by Mike Barlow – liked the form
and the intriguing last couplet (Pam Gormally)

 

Here are my nominations for Orbis 191.
Lots of excellent poems and stories, so selection was difficult.
The piece I enjoyed most was a story:

Neelim Dundas The House of The Big Brown Eyes.
The writing was really good and drew me in immediately,
keeping my interest right to the end. It introduces us to the
horrors of the poor end of an Indian town, close to where
the priest’s sister and family live. We are introduced to the family
and how understanding and accepting of the state of things everyone is,
even the children. The 9-year old, like her mother, resents the priest’s
trying to give them a helping hand in the form of something lifted
from the collecting box. It is they who seem able to give the priest
a little lesson in morality, and he in turn is irked by it. Lovely tale.

Finola Scott. Spoils and Division. The sadness, almost tragedy
of a 
broken marriage with the protagonists arguing over how to divide
up the 
possessions. It’s something that happens all the time but here it is
drawn attention to with feeling, but also with humour. I smiled at the
Mason/Dixon analogy.
Anne Symons. Corsetière. It’s beautifully written and entertainingly informative,
with 
humorous touches such as subtly pulling the husbands in,
‘ Shantung silk, 
sir… Shall we try that on?’
Richard Hughes. Old song. Again, my attention was initially captured by
nostalgia. I’ve done this a few times myself. And the bitter sweet
ending, where declarations were made/in words from an old song,
rang 
very true for me (Vince Smith)

 

I really enjoyed reading this issue and it was very difficult

to pick my favourites out, but here they are :

1. Even Now – Maggie Butt.

2. Corestiere – Anne Symons.

3. Small Bird – Bill Dodd.

4. He – George Hopewell (Linda Ford)

After long deliberation, I arrived at my final votes.

1. Maggie Butt with Silence drew me in. Fantastic rhythm,

subject beautifully handled.

2. Kathryn MacDonald City of Tulum. Just as she described it…

I was there and one could imagine the sinister practices.

The last two lines leave you stunned with it’s imagery.

3.Peter Sutton Metamorphosis.

Nice buildup to what’s going to happen till last stanza surprises us.

4.George Hopewell He. Enjoyed satirical mood (Gabriella Fulda)

I haven’t numbered these, giving them equal weight:

Claudia Court’s Lap of Honour tells, simply, movingly,

of the day a father’s ashes are tipped and sprinkled

and tipped again from an urn around an airfield as

“the engines roar, purring his dirge”.

Maggie Butt, Even now and Silence. As the poet awaits the doctors’ verdict

and the days grow short possibly in more ways than one,

“the roses-fuchsias-dahlias /defiantly flower as if it were May”;

and in Silence, in a quiet room here is “tonly loom-clack, /pen-scratch,

clatter of knitting needles, / scrumble of paper, scrape-back of chairs,

the tolling of the bell, call of the bell, dying / mmmmm of the bell…”

Jack Houston, Elegy for Myself. This powerful poem

of awareness both of the external world and of self is both window and mirror.

Derek Healy’s Left poignantly captures a moment in time,

as a woman’s lover departs, slamming the door,

the hanger that held his jacket now “empty and loose, /

as though defying its weight / how slowly it subsides /

to moments when it may be stopped / or twitching still.”

Richard Hughes’s Variations at a taverna sets with metrical skill

and melodic movement a wonderful scene at a seaside cafe

where “girls are courted by their mobile phones”

and “the cicada will soon by playing Bach.”

Anne Symons. Corsetiere. A delightfully well-formed, well-corseted poem

in which the purveyor of fancy corsets tells tales (Zara Raab)

1. Beth Booth’s Splendid – A wonderful evocation

of The awful sliding spin of being alive

2. Tina Tocco’s Marriage – easy to overlook

because so short; but it says it all wonderfully economically

3. Ann Rath’s Witness – a more predictably poetic subject,

but evocative, with a couple of lovely images

4. Maggie Butt’s Silence –

she knows what shes doing, doesnt she…
(Jill Boucher)

1 Maggie Butt Silence – Very good writing which took me

right into the experience of the nun.

2 Beth Booth Passenger – I’ve experienced this fear of

being driven on motorways so this poem was very strong for me.

3 Lorna Sherry The Nightjar – Sometimes a simpler poem

seems powerful than a more complex one.

I think this is true of The Nightjar.

4 George Hopewell He – I enjoyed this one

especially the wry comment in the last line (Jenny Hamlett)

I notice that my selected poems are all by female poets.

I enjoyed reading several of the poems written by men;

but men (even poets) seem afraid of giving much of themselves away

in their poems – though Patrick Deeley’s ‘Wedding gift’ risks it….

First choice: The Dangers of Spring by Lorna Sherry.

She sets the scene so well. The mixture of longing satisfied

and terrible and growing unease. The shock of the end

is like the reality becomes exposed in all its violence. Masterful.

I also like her The Nightjar.

Second choice: Witness by Anne Rath This is a beautiful poem

culminating in those last three lines. I don’t think it’s a coincidence

that she mentions ‘holy’ because the poem is full of grace.

Third choice: The House of the big brown eyes by Neelim Dundas

Such an acute description of family tensions and insecurity.

Fourth Choice: 30 Days by Natalie Crick A powerful mixture

of rage and loss. The way it builds is so sure and effective.

I also wanted to mention Silence by Maggie Butt, Bluebell Horse

by Patrick Deeley, Mock Sonnet IX by Sam Smith,

No! by Jack Houston, Small Bird by Bill Dodd

and Powder Closet, Southside House by Ben Bransfield (Jim Conwell)


Enjoyed the 191 edition and voting for:

Natalie Crick – 30 Days, Richard Hughes – Variations at a taverna,

Penny Sharman – All the myths in the dark and Derek Healy – Left   (Andy Eycott)

Here are my Readers’ Awards for Orbis 191

1) Corsetiere by Anne Symons is a very funny well-observed poem.

I liked the detail that the corsetiere addresses the husbands

when they are there: “We do a Shantung silk, sir…”

“Unbiblical” in the last line also works a treat.

2) Even now by Maggie Butt is a brave and evocative poem.

The repetition of “even now” builds up a sense of urgency

and I liked the imagery, particularly “the whole cavalcade

of summer had just whooped into town”.

3) Yellow Earth by Isabel Greenslade gives a vivid picture

of the yellow diggers “chinning up the clay in grinning jaws.”

  1. The Return by Doreen Hinchcliffe. I’ve always liked

  2. the work of Edward Hopper and I can see his painting in this poem.

  3. A successful sestina like this one is not easy to pull off (Michael Henry)

It’s good to have some wonderful poems to take my mind off

the everyday, but an even harder choice than usual and that’s saying something…

Marjorie Maddox – ‘Ode to Normal’. This really resonated with me,

given current times, although not, I suspect, written that recently.

Loved the bright fresh images and ‘the almost unbearable urge to breakdance

on the kitchen table’. Really clever and enjoyable.

Jack Houston – ‘No!’. I was fascinated by the careful construction of this poem

and how it built up to the final catastrophe. Very visual and powerful. A most fitting memorial.

Peter Sutton – ‘Mr Bounce’. The circus feel of the first verse develops into

an examination of human determination to keep going whatever the circumstances.

Claudia Court – ‘Lap of Honour’ – Loved the idea of this surreptitious scattering of the ashes.

The last two lines surge with the engines to give a strong and triumphant finale (Anne Banks)

I have really enjoyed reading the magazine – so many interesting poems. Here are my votes:

1. Isabel Greenslade ‘Mr Starling’ and ‘Yellow Earth’

2. Jack Houston ‘No!’ and ‘Elegy for Myself’

3. Finola Scott ‘Spoils and Division’

4. Derek Healy ‘Left’

I also liked ‘Passenger’ – Beth Booth, ‘The Return’ –

Doreen Hinchliffe, and ‘Metamorphosis’ – Peter Sutton (Meg Barton)

I especially liked the two poems by Derek Healy, and the story by Neil Beardmore,

which is not merely funny, but is also profound. –

it should be read by every teacher in every school (Robin Gregory)

As ever, it is almost impossible to choose from such a treasure box of goodies.

But a choice must be made. So (after much uncertainty and guilt – this one, that one…?)

here are my favourite poems from Orbis 191,

Commended:

Jack Debney – ‘The Cack-Hander’s Lament.’ This poor, clumsy chap sounds

a great deal like me – many spills and falls just seem to happen.

Anne Rath – ‘Witness.’ Those final three lines feel like a prayer or a gentle spell.

Patrick Deeley – ‘Wedding Gift.’ Time given, time used and time passing. Poor old clock !

David Martin – ‘Hell On Earth.’ Enjoyed the third circle’s artful fate.

Joint Fourth: Beth Booth – ‘Passenger.’ This whole poem echoes

my own sense of doom whenever I step inside a car.

Liked the reference to a Titanic disaster !

Joint Fourth: Isabelle Greenslade – ‘Yellow Earth’. I like the way

Diggers have evolved to look like Dinosaurs –

and now they’re busily destroying our poor, green planet.

Third Place: George Hopewell – ‘He.’ That perfect punchline did it for me !

Joint Second: Ben Bransfield – ‘Powder Closet, Southside House.’

Such economic words, while so much hinges on the boy’s ‘flourpuff lungs’.

This one lingers like arsenic.

Joint Second: Maggie Butt: ‘Silence.’ Now we’re all in Lockdown –

and many people have little communication with friends or family.

But this rich description of quietness almost becomes a calming luxury – or at least, an escape !

First Place: Claudia Court – ‘Lap Of Honour.’

This poem spoke to me. Our family

has had to decide where we should scatter the ashes of parents –

and this month I have already lost three friends.

So this ‘Lap Of Honour’ was a perfect tribute,

combining love, humour and an apt farewell.

Thank you all (Clare Bevan)

I nominate, in alphabetical order: Maggie Butt – Silence;

Bill Dodd – Small bird; Derek Healy – Left; Richard Hughes –

Variations at a taverna. I also very much liked: Maggie Butt – Even now;

Patrick Deeley – Bluebell Horse; Jan Fitzgerald – The numen

(though I wish she could have avoided the over-used “shape shifter”);

Jack Houston – Elegy for myself; Anne Symons – Corsetière. (Robin Gilbert)

My votes for Orbis #191; Hard choices from another great edition:

1/ Maggie Butt – Even Now – It’s beautiful description of

passing seasons and the way life goes on, with or without us.

2/ Mike Barlow – The Voice Takes A Break – I love this idea

of disembodied voices chatting among themselves.

3/Derek Healy – Left – Short and sweet, it says so much, effortlessly.

4/ Gaynor Clements – You’re Never More Than Six Feet From

An Elvis Impersonator Great images of all these Elvises (Elvii?)

with bony hips and curled lips (Robin Daglish)

Orbis #191 Readers’ Award Comments

1. Patrick Deeley: Bluebell Horse. “Imagine a horse…”

the poem begins. Yes, we can, with such vivid description of the sorry state

of the creature, and the desolation of its surroundings. There is the cyclist trying,

by speaking to the horse, to “uncrease/a grievance”; and the heartening desire

of the children for “restoring him to himself”. The poem ends with a somewhat sinister stanza.

The pylons, which “look full of the joys as they twinkle and sing” hint at much of life which holds hidden dangers.

2. Maggie Butt: Even now. A poem of wonder at the way

the natural world carries on, regardless of the suffering of someone who is ill.

The repeated “even now” emphasises this. Every stanza contains striking phrases.

We also feel the suffering of the carer in “a party/I wasn’t invited to”

and “fingers shrieking with cold”. Flowers carry on regardless,

as if summer has “whooped into town”; and some of the plants are cutting through

the gloom as they “scissor their way up”, “green-blading the air”.

3. Claudia Court: Lap of Honour. For the first three couplets, I was imagining

a family outing, a picnic perhaps in a rather strange setting. Then it becomes clear

that the bag contains father’s ashes. There is the brief hint at sorrow in the description

of the journey’s hours, his years, the weight of the urn. Then exhilaration as the sisters scatter

his ashes in a place he loved, leaving him “swerving full throttle on the wind”.

  1. Jack Houston: Elegy for Myself. The first two stanzas give a clear description

  2. of what remains of the tree and its position. I found myself imagining where

  3. the stump would reach on me; and my fingers running over the “honey-gold…smooth top”

  4. of the stump. But the real loss, and the reason for the title,

  5. is expressed so well in those final two lines (Helen Ashley)

This issue is packed full of talent, and I found it very hard to narrow my choices down,

but these are the ones I kept coming back to.

1. The voice takes a break by Mike Barlow. A brilliant poem, and the ‘perfect space’

to comment on the power of what goes unsaid.

2. Even now by Maggie Butt. A beautiful poem, which addresses the continuity

of nature, ‘swelling buds’, despite the darkness.

3. Left by Derek Healy Encapsulates the actions of a few life changing moments,

in heartbreaking, microscopic detail.

4. Corsetiere by Anne Symons This poem feels as seamless as the stitching

required for a well made corset. The opening lines are fantastic.

I also loved, City Of Tulum by Kathryn Macdonald, Passengers by Beth Booth,

Wedding Gift by Patrick Deeley and both pieces by Lorna Sherry
(Claire Louise Hunt)

Here are my four choices for the Orbis #191 Readers’ Award:

1. Claudia Court – Lap of Honour. I like the unusual link between

the racecourse and the dead father’s ashes; the contrast between loud speed and scattered silence.

2. Mike Barlow – The voice takes a break. The opening

and closing stanzas have just the right amount of emphasis.

Not a word is wasted in this poem.

3. Maggie Butt – Silence. This is a silence in which there are

many sounds, both inner and outer.

  1. Marjorie Maddox – Ode To “Normal”. How well this poet conveys

  2. the feeling of tension: the holding back of impulses and emotions (Jenny Johnson)

My choices, with difficulty reduced to four:

Claudia Court Lap of Honour Setting neatly introduced, the mystery

of the visit skilfully explained and a telling revelation in the last two lines. Clever use of couplets.

Lorna Sherry The Nightjar A quiet poem full of atmosphere,

where the outdoors and indoors balance each other, and with a structure

and use of repetition which hold the ideas together.

Jan Fitzgerald The Numen Intriguing, with insight

into a child’s mind and the sense of time passing.

Finola Scott Spoils and Division A familiar subject treated in a very original way,

with a pleasingly concrete style of description and a telling, somewhat menacing, last line (Jenny King)

My choices for the Readers’ Award are as follows; four outstanding poems:

1st: Anne Symons for Corsetiere: deliciously unusual and very well written.

2nd: Patrick Deeley for Bluebell Horse; the most truthful description

I’ve ever read of those worn-out horse paddocks that lie

on the outer rings of towns and cities. Excellent.

3rd: Bill Dodd for small bird, an unusual leap from the tiny repeated sound

of a bird to thoughts of god.. Lovely

4th: Maggie Butt for Even now. The repetition of ‘even now’

at the beginning of each stanza was very well handled (Gill McEvoy)

Here are my choices

1st Peter Sutton : Mr Bounce

2nd Jack Houston No!

3rd Anne Duncan At Dinner

4th Lorna Skarry The Nightjar

What an issue – difficult to choose beyond ‘No!

I would give my eye teeth to have written the first two –

Sutton so sharp, so witty and so dark and Houston’s wonderful villanelle.

Dylan Thomas taught us that a villanelle could be strong and serious and Houston confirms. this

(Robin Ford)

I’ve marked so many powerful and original poems this time and ones

that made me smile – Doreen Hinchcliffe’s The Return,Marjorie Maddox’s Ode to Normal,

George Hopewell’s He, Lorna Sherry’s The Nightjar, Patrick Deeley’s Bluebell Horse,

Maggie Butt’s Silence and Even Now, Beth Booth’s Splendid, Bill Dod’s small bird,

and Anne Symon’s Corsetière. They were all different and so well crafted.

Readers Award

1st Maggie Butt – Silence

2nd Patrick Deeley – Bluebell Horse

3rd Beth Booth – Splendid (Jenna Plewes)

I enjoyed, was moved by and admired 10 poems in this issue but my final choice:

Left by Derek Healy

Even Now by Maggie Butt

Wedding Gift by Patrick Deeley

I’d give a lot to have written one of these. Two thoughts: in Wedding Gift

the line ‘where a stranger’s paintings had hung’ I think is unnecessary

and the line and a half in Maggie’s ‘when doctors can’t agree and talk percentages

oddsing it like bookies’ is masterly – the point of the poem just slipped in.

My other seven poems were, in no order of preference

Hell on Earth by Dave Martin

Bole Hill II by Gaynor Clements

Pater Unfamilias by Gaynor Clements

Bluebell Horse by Patrick Deeley

Silence by Maggie Butt

The Numen by Jan Fitzgerald

small bird by Bill Dodd (Dorothy Pope)

I very much enjoyed the #191 edition. My vote goes to Yellow Earth

by Isabel Greenslade. I found this both playful and descriptive,

with a sense of earth and image, and machine grinding into nature. I really enjoyed it.

Second vote to Tina Tocco’s Marriage. Beautifully expressed in three lines!

Third, Claudia Court’s Lap of Honour, a poignant metaphor.

4. Dave Martin’s Corner of a Foreign Field.

I also enjoyed Jan FitzGerald’s The numen and loved the first verse

“When I was a child he emerged at night from a gnarl in the apple tree.”

Also “on a night too bright for sleeping” was atmospheric.

Beth Booth’s Passenger conjured up well the anxiety around being in a car

not driven well, or allowing one’s child to go into a car where one does not know

or trust the driver, or worrying about the other drivers on the road who might injure oneself

or a loved one. Also the pollution factor and its impact on the environment, well expressed.

Silence by Maggie Butt had some descriptive words and phrasing especially in the second verse –

clitter of knitting needles, scrumble of paper…

I found both Patrick Deeley’s poems poignant (Helen Whitten)

Votes and comments on Orbis #191

1st Isabel Greenslade – Yellow Earth – wonderful imagery of diggers

at play, when their work might rip up the forests of the world.

2nd Mike Barlow – The voice takes a break – I enjoy poems about silence and the unsaid

3rd Natalie Crick – At Dinner – a step into the macabre,

but a recognised moment of not really all right.

4th Anne Symons – Corsetière – Delicious (Sue Spiers)

#191 is terrifc, best Orbis I’ve read

with the incredibly high standard of your selection of poems:

1st: Gaynor Clements for Pater Unfamilias. I enjoyed all five

and could have chosen two or three of the others, but this was the best.

2nd: Patrick Deeley for Wedding Gift. Fresh and original with a great last verse

Joint 3rd: Doreen Hinchcliffe for The Return. Excellent and moving combination

of mystery and emotion though even better if Hopper reference was omitted;

could be used as preamble at readings?

Jack Houston for Elegy for Myself. Clever, complex and denser, the more I read it (Peter Ebsworth)

In some issues of Orbis, the task of selection for Reader’s Award is almost impossible.

This is one of those. I will write it quickly before I change my mind again.

1. Lap of Honour by Claudia Court and Pater Unfamilias by Gaynor Clements

2. Silence by Maggie Butt ( enjoyed both of her poems)

3. small bird by Bill Dodd – loved those last few stanzas

4. The Voice takes a Break by Mike Barlow and Mr Bounce by Peter Sutton (loved the musicality in this)

Also really liked: Bluebell Horse by Patrick Deeley, Corsetiere by Anne Symons

and so many more of the witty well-written and interesting poems. But that’s not helpful is it? (Eve Jackson)

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Orbis 190, Winter 2019/2020

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It’s a whole new world out there – and in here, and like Bianca Pellet,
that must give you Hope, especially when the … pearl-coloured morning
(Dawn Gorman) is slowly giving way to brighter skies, if not quite as early as
Mike Bedford, at 2 am. And we cover some BIG themes, like Jami Macarty
and Leviathan… Moving swiftly on, since David Heidenstam is discussing
Improbabilities, you may want to know  more about Clown’s crossing by
Caroline Price, how cute is Foxy (Christina Buckton), and why Ralph Mold
is writing about the life in Brian. Not only that, if you are intrigued,
like Alessio Zanelli,  about The Missing Words,
well, maybe James B. Nicola knows how to find the answer:
One Reason Why I Use a Big Old Dictionary.
Or look up something just as fascinating in this issue:

Featured Poet,
Ian McDonough: (The Windows; Family Tree; Man in a Puddle; Fishertown; Montana

Poems from
Ciaran BuckleyThese Witchmen; Dawn Gorman,This pearl-coloured morning;
Jo PetersI know you don’t read poetry but…; Estill PollockCat;
Sabyasachi NagHow to Interpret a Dream?;
Lois Roma-DeeleyNight Driving with Narcissus and Echo

Prose from

Cat Campbell, What moves the river; Gaby FuldaThe Master;
Carsten Smith-HallNever give up

Past Master

Merryn Williams on Arthur Symons

Article

James B. Nicola on Snow in the Suburbs by Thomas Hardy

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, David Harmer, Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince,
Theresa Sowerby, Lynne Taylor 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 190 contributors also include

Veronica Beedham; Glenn Bradford; Arthur Broomfield; Peter Burrows;
Terese Coe; Gail Dendy; Andy Eycott; Robin Gilbert; Paul Green;
Pauline Hawkesworth; Andrew Heath; Lance Lee; MaryEllen Letarte;
Sheila Martin; 
Mark Paffard; Jo Peters; Tanya Prudente; Donna Pucciani ;
Gwen Sayers; Pam Stocker; Robin Lindsay Wilson; Dorothy Yamamoto

 

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Orbis189 (Autumn)

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Do not despair…

We may be going less than gently into the darkest part of the year,
taking too much of a Forward Step along with Elizabeth McSkeane,
but like Harry Gallagher, best keep Clutching At Dreams because it’ll soon be
you-know-what, and that could mean Pass the parcel with Alison Chisholm,
raising a Toast with Liz Byrne – and a few Presents from Michael Swan.
But some of you may perhaps follow Rob Walton’s lead, making Assignations,
while others, as Linda King suggests, could make themselves useful mending; no,
not those kind of Seams, from Tracey Hope but what Laura Potts is telling us about
The Body Broken. Or finding out  about Samuel Prince’sOlympus Camera Rupture
and Martin Bennett’sStaffordshire Macwhirr.
Yes, it may be cold outside but you can always escape into the warmth of Orbis.


Featured Poet Gerður Kristný
Anne Frank; Triumph; Ægisíða; God; North

Poems from:

Jan BallNot sharing at Yoshu;
Alexander HandWhite sesame seeds, about two pounds;
Heikki HuotariConfirmed;Beth McDonough,Yet another riddle of strange states;
Ann van WijgerdenElephantine

Prose from

Sari Pauloma;The Train Arrived; David McVeyOffending the Senses;
Mark ReeceBoy

Translation, Judith Wilkinson: Toon Tellegen, Wat Ik van een gedicht verwacht
and Woorden die hij niet kan schrijven

Past Master: Peter Viggers on Cesar Vallejo

Article: ‘The Spring And Fall In A Writer’s Step’ by Will Daunt

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, Ross Cogan, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince, Theresa Sowerby 
and Andrew Taylor

Orbis 189 Contributors also include

Alex Barr; Jill Boucher; Brian Docherty; Peter Ebsworth; Joel Robert Ferguson;
Anas Hassan; Alistair Heys; Nigel Jarrett; Carl Nelson; Mhairi Owens;
Khadija Rouf; Frances Sackett; Hermione Sandall; John Short

 

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Orbis 188 (Summer)

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Front cover artwork: ‘Key to madness’ by Kelly Marie Davidson
back cover, detail from image: https://www.artgallery.co.uk/work/293532

We like to do what it says on the can, or rather, the cover,
so contents always range far and wide, in time as well as space,
and of course, from contributors all over the world. OK, maybe
it’s just a Meeting in an Upstairs Room, with Vivienne Hanna-Artt,
but Will Daunt welcomes you to dear old England, and times gone by,
with Adlestrop,  and you can go back to Thira with Wendy Goulstone,
or aim for The Starry Outer Paradise with Yuan Hongri
(Translated by Manu Mangattu). Eamonn Lynskey takes you Walking
on the Via Vittoria Colonna, Rome
, but you’d be surprised where
Andrew Curtis is headed in Bang to time; maybe even more so
when Sheila Aldous reveals The Secret of Breathing. Indeed, lean in to
Kevin Griffin, because he’s talking Sotto Voce, revealing perhaps that
Royston Tester is Still in love with the bass player,
the truth about Odin and the Caterpillar, from Warren Mortimer
and what Stuart Pickford’s up to in Big Nose and Fat Man.
So, like Cat Campbell, do you know what you Want?
In the end, let Taylor Strickland show you: @RestAndBeThankful,
there’s plenty to enjoy in Orbis


Featured Poet 
Gareth Roberts (Tidelands; Weeping from the King’s Wood…;
When the words are leaving)

Poems from: Lynn Foote (Veulettes-sur-Mer); Maggie Reed (Wonderful Clowns);
K. V. Skene (Moonsplaining the man); Anthony Watts (Ozymandias in the Wood)

Prose from: Desiree Kendrick (Don’t Hate Me);
Lani O’Hanlon (So bright and tender); Charles Osborne (Line 13)

Translation: Pablo Dubois (Espiga: The Ear Of Wheat);
Yvonne Reddick (Firesetter;
into German, by Jutta Kaussen; into Hungarian, by Júlia Lázár)

Past Master: Benjamin Keatinge on Konstantin Miladinov

Reviews:Maria Isakova Bennett, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey, Afric McGlinchey,
Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 188 Contributors also include

Sheila Aldous; Cat Campbell; Andrew Curtis; Will Daunt;
Maggie Davison; Miranda Day; Linda Ford; Wendy Goulstone;
Kevin Griffin; Vivienne Hanna-Artt; Alice Harrison; 
Paul Jeffcutt;
L. B. Jørgensen; Lavinia Kumar; S. W. Layzell; Chris Luck;
Eamonn Lynskey; Nancy Anne Miller; Warren Mortimer;
Robert Nisbet; 
Katherine Noone; Gabrielle O’Donovan;
Stuart Pickford; Theresa Sowerby; 
Taylor Strickland;
Royston Tester; Robin Thomas; Hongri Yuan

 

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Front cover artwork: ‘World’s Away’ by Megan Duncanson
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First, Ted Hughes, then Sylvia Plath (although some of you may want to argue
about that), in an article by Paul Stephenson.  But Spring is here, somewhere,
although still chilly enough to snuggle up with Neil Beardmore,
In Bed, Writing Poetry About Hokusai, as long as you don’t end up having nightmares
about Annie Newcomer’sUkraine. Much better to have A Dream To Dare,
like Morgan Kenney, or to imagine being The God of Little Things (Faye Boland).
And does Louise WilfordWhen He Marched Back, have anything to do with
Rodney Wood’s ABC of the Royal Navy? Or, Tim Cunningham’s description of
Nostalgia Day In Paradise – even Alisa VelajAniara, Aniara
Or My Transcendence of Night? Back down to earth, sort of, let Claire Booker
tell you all about being Eyeless in Riyadh. Last, but by no means least, pay a visit to
Tim Dowley’s Life class. And if you fancy being transported to a classy life,
you know where to look. Right here:

Featured PoetDenise McSheehy: Seamless & Complete; Night Walk; Somewhere

Poems from: Marie LecrivainMy Amygdala Didn’t Get the Memo;
David LukensBeware The Smart Toaster; Marcus Pavard,
What We Worshippers Do Afterhours; Sue SpiersIn Silence; Richard Toovey,
There ought to be a word for it; Susan WicksNight Breathing

Prose from:Charlotte GringrasHappy Families;
Denise McSheehyWhiteJenna PlewesYellow

Translation: Laura ChalarPaisaje by Federico García Lorca

Past Master: Jonathan Cooper on Charlotte Mew

Reader’s Response: Philip Dunkerley

‘In Defence Of Humour:
Comedic effect in the poetry of Sylvia Plath': Paul Stephenson

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 187 Contributors also include

Fred Beake; Patricia Brody; Lucinda Carey; Victoria Gatehouse;
Jenny Hockey; 
Glenn Hubbard; Eve Jackson; Fred Johnstone;
Robert Keeler; Martin Kerry; Jenny King; 
Craig Kurtz; Hilary Mellon;
Tom Paine; Katherine Barrett Swett; Jules Whiting

 

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Orbis186, Winter

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Front cover artwork: ‘Art Deco‘ by Phillip Ward
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A Raven and a Crow walked into a bar? No joke ,
but a tale you’re sure to want to sample, about Ted Hughes, and John Smelcer.
And indeed, such a good start to the year with an issue ranging far and wide,
literally from the Sublime to the Ridiculous, if via the rather Grim:
Self Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle, anyone? Thanks to Kevin Densley.
So perhaps I should ask myself, like Christine CurtisAm I doing this right?
And move swiftly on to the practical, to watch Lorraine CareyPatching up Loulou,
or fathom out the perplexing, in Keith Moul’s description of Avid Disinterest:
the Yogi, 
the Mentor, the Model. Or we could join Camino Victoria Garcia
By the Aspetuck River, well, rather than following Eurydice’s Husband,
in
 Úna Ní Cheallaigh’s versionwhile David Mark Williams can bring us
back to Reality in Light Programme Avenue. Then we’ll finish off
with Love from Dinah Livingstone – and from Orbis, wishing you all the best for 2019.

Featured Poet

Christopher Rice: In Transit; Skylark on Stackpole Head; Decoys; Paranoia

Poems from: Miles LarmourThe Corncrake, Alive and Cupped;
Dinah LivingstoneLove; Geraldine MillsAbove their station;
Lani O’HanlonMy dream out; John SmelcerExodus Raven;
Alec TaylorThe Archaeopteryx and the Smilodon

Prose from: Michael G. CaseyLetter to Meryl; Shirley Jones,The Museum;
Marcie McCauleySpectators

Translation: Dan Veach: Conde Arnoldos

Past Master: Sue Tyson on Edward FitzGerald

Reviews by Angelina d’Roza, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
Jenny Hockey, D. A. Prince, Lynn Taylor and Noel Williams

Orbis 186 Contributors also include

David Ball, Clare Bevan, J. E. G. Blanchard, Sheena Bradley,
Jennifer Compton, 
Robin Ford, Richard George, Caroline Gill, Chris Hardy,
Derek Healy, Ashleigh John, 
Tim Love, Elspeth McLean, John McOwat,
Keith Moul, Natalie Scott, Roger Singer, 
Sue Tyson and Robert Penn,
Olivia Walwyn, Helen Whitten, Richard Williams

 

 

 

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Orbis185, Autumn

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Front cover artwork: ‘The Travellers‘ by Jane Indigo Moore

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Fancy a taste of The Full English Brexit, offered up by Michael Henry?
Or fed up already, perhaps that’s why Frederick has gone to ground;
Anne Osbourn has a puzzle to solve, And if you’d also like to escape
the gloomy weather,along with Maxima Kahn, in this Gathering Fall,
lose yourself in Art, and enjoy Kevin Cahill’s description
of How They Met Themselves. Well, better than giving cause for concern:
Stratford A. Kirby’sSheep Worrier –
even more so with the Cow Trespassing, from Bill Dodd;
could end up thinking, may as well Make me a wilderness, like Matthew Smith
or even a Red Brick Wall (John Bartlett). But one thing’s for sure,
reading Orbis helps build up inspiration.

Featured Poet

Fokkina McDonnellAnimate and inanimate objects relating to J Abraham;
Just another week; 
Partial view of a loch

Poems from: Chrissy BanksAn Agnostic’s Christmas; Kevin Cahill,
How They Met ThemselvesChris RaetschusLimerence;
Frank WoodPericles, His Diary

Prose from: María Castro DominguezBlind Insight;
Phil KnightCampanula Capratica;
Fokkina McDonnell,This is a portrait if I say so;
Vincent SmithLove that will not let me go

Translation: Ranald BarnicotFrom the Italian of Gabriele D’annunzio

Past Master: Jocelyne Thébault on Arthur Rimbaud

Article: ‘His Chosen Islands: Richard Murphy’ by Benjamin Keatinge

Reviews by Angelina d’Roza, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor and Noel Williams

Orbis 185 Contributors also include

Nick Burbridge; David Burridge; Malcolm Carson; Eileen Casey; Ian Caws;
Doreen Duffy; Attracta Fahy; Carol Featherstone; Lorna Grinter;
Claire Louise Hunt; 
Simon Lewis; Ray Malone; Probal Mazumdar;
Dave Medd; Stuart Pickford; 
Marilyn Ricci; Sheila Spence;
Jill Townsend; Davide Trame; Frank Wood

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What are we to make of this fabulous Summer? Yes, enjoy the Heatwave,
along with Julie Mellor; it’s a veritable River of Light (Ali Pardoe),
as Peter SuttonEcho o o o o (s). But let’s start by finding out about
Mark Paffard’sMountaineers of Leningrad, or trust Margarita Serafimova,
and venture to The Water’s Edge. However, if we find ourselves wondering about
Colin Pink‘s Beautiful Lies, it may lead to Lara Frankena
and The Plagiarist’s Lament, or perhaps all turn out to be Magic,
as Hiram Larew says. So why not stop to smell the (PressedFlowers,
from Marybeth Rua-Larsen, although sadly, they’re not to be found
in Denise Bennett’s account of Blossom Alley, or with Calamity’s Child,
as Daragh Bradish explains. And before it’s all what Tim Dwyer calls an
Imagined Memory, snap up a bargain, for example, In This Style, 10/6
(Georgina Titmus). And here’s another one to make the most of –
make this issue of Orbis top of your reading list.

Featured Poet
Ian McEwen: The riches of embarrassment; A spell of wind; Homily on practice

Poems from: Michael AtkinsonKafka’s GardenHolly DayThe Sacred Texts;
Briege Duffaud,  La Vie Simple à la Campagne;
Mary O’DonnellA Report to the Home Galaxy on ‘Speck’;
John ZedolikConcluding Comfort

Prose from: Peter EaganMr Tortilla;
Mitchell Krockmalnik GraboisTurbine Syndrome and The Baroness;
Fiona Vigo MarshallThe Library of Dreams

Translation: Luba OstashevskyTwo poems by Anna Akhmatova

Past Master: Hannah Stone on Andrew Marvell

Reviews by
Maria Isakova Bennett, Angelina d’Roza, David Harmer, Jenny Hockey,
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor, Lynne Taylor, David Troman 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 184 Contributors also include

Anne Banks, Jill Boucher, Peter French, Mary Melvin Geoghegan,
Ann Gibson, Alice Kinsella, Pete Langley, Gill McEvoy, Robert Ronnow,
Paul Saville, Pam Thompson, Carl Tomlinson, Ray Whitaker

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Who wouldn’t love to know More About the Marmoset? Fortunately,
Max Gutmann can explain. 
And why is Alex Josephy writing
On Not Going into the Garden? It’s a Gift,
says Sarah Lindon, like creating poems such as Julie Maclean’s Light Wave
and Particles of Icarus
and John Timothy RobinsonA Keepsake
in Handfuls of Memory Eart
h.
Or even when you know things like
This is how it feels before the rain, as Ben Macnair tells us.
Meanwhile, Yvonne Adami can be discovered Walking the Merri,
whilst Katherine Swett 
is a Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog.
Mark Carson however reveals the grim details 
of being an Apprentice;
like John-Christopher Johnson, think Frankenstein
On that rather dark note,
let us reassure you there’s plenty here to make you Smile
thank you,
Lorna Sherry; you’re sure to enjoy this issue,
along with Grahaeme Barrasford Young – Because I say so.
And finally, or rather, with Tony Hendry,
simply And


Featured Poet
, Judith ShawGreek Juggernaut; genuine middle eastern sculpture;
it helps somehow; There are more fences now

Poems from Lucía Orellana-DamacelaRain Noir:
Zebulon HusetOf Chivalry and Chance;
Ed JonesWhen Jesus Spoke to the Elephants;
Mary MakofskeCreation/Apocalypse;
Hannah Stone, ‘How unpleasant to meet Mr Eliot’;
Martin ZarropSleepers

Prose from Jim MeiroseThe Burning Bush;
Luba OstashevskyPeople are crazy;
Lorna Sherry, Smile

Past Master: Eamonn Lynskey on Eugene Lee Hamilton

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
Afric McGlinchey, 
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor, Lynne Taylor and Noel Williams


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Contributors also include

John Arnold; Anne Ballard ; Stephen Clarke; Jim Conwell;
Nigel Ford; Paul Francis; 
Pauline Hawkesworth; Richard Hughes;
Paula Jennings; Lindy Newns; John Perrault; 
Anne Rees;
Peter Viggers; F. J. Williams; Nicky Winder

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Have those long, dark nights had you observing, along with Jo Peters,
It’s not that I don’t believe in ghosts? Well, as we head into the light, finally,
we can echo Laura Ciraolo and Go lightly through life, especially if January
involved a bit of a Dry Patch (Mat Riches) – or were you as determined as
Jenny Johnson
, declaring I Am Swift Purpose? Although, as Brian Daldorph
explains, there is an art in knowing  when it’s Time to go, while Oz Hardwick
will tell you the Rudiments of Practical Philosophy, something about which
the Ancients knew a thing or two. But rather than making Bronze Offerings
In The Water
, along with Tim Miller, maybe we should pour A Libation,
thanks to Ginny Sullivan. And to everybody who enjoys poetry –
Orbis is filled with some excellent samples.


Featured Poet
, Ben BransfieldSurfaces; Penance;Cellar; The Weight; The Chord

Poems from
Andrew Button (Johnny Marr’s Fingers); Wendy Everett; (The silence of);
Jean O’Brien; (Paper-Chain-Dolls): Harry Owen (Unhinged at Chintsa);
Theresa Sowerby (A Charm of Gates);
Anne Tannam (The Poet Transformed Into Anger)

Prose from Alexa Recio de Fitch (Fabrication); Grahame Lloyd (Seeing the Light):
Sam Smith (Ideas not derived from experience but with observable outcomes)

Translation From the Early Irish: Terence Brick (Líadain)

Past Master: Becca Menon on Isolde Kurz

Reviews by
Angelina d’Roza, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer, Clairr O’Connor,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor, David Troman and Noel Williams

 

Orbis 182 Contributors also include

Sheila Aldous; Jean Atkin; Veronica Beedham; Martin Bennett;
C M Buckland; Ann Flynn; A. P. Fraser; Adrian Green; Jenny Hamlett;
Simon Leonard; Kathleen McPhilemy; Frances Nagle; Carsten Smith-Hall;
Laura Solomon; Jonathan Totman; Richard Williams; Jim C. Wilson

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The Long and the Short and the Tall? Well, long poems this time, certainly,
and a lot that rhyme  (which perhaps this should do in honour of the occasion),
except – Helen Harrison’sThe Rhythm of Wood. Plus a couple under 10 lines,
and maybe you’ll agree with  Gregory Arena, that We’re all Dr Who?
Yes, quite a few Tales of the Unexpected: ever come across
The Patagonian Su? Let Colin Sutherill explain. Or you could visit  Mt. Hiei
in the company of Pauline Flynn, perhaps pay a Cold Call, with Martin Malone.
Meanwhile, Lay by Gale Acuff is entirely open to interpretation,
and better pay heed to Marie Dolores’s suggestion: Beware the Meek.
What exactly does Cathy Whittaker have in mind, saying, I will buy a trunk?
No prizes however for guessing whom Grahame Lloyd’s
Trumpery Trumpety Trump is about. And forgive us
if we seem to be blowing our own trumpet, Because reading the magazine –
you’ll soon see why…

Featured Poet

Lyn Moir: Life Drawing; Playing Deck Shuffleboard with Somerset Maugham, 1948;
At the Movies, Ohio 1942

Poems from Matt BarnardA Portrait of the Artist as a Sasquatch;
Judith DrazinA Blue TimeJonathan EdwardsBest Man;
Eve Jackson
The Dutch Circus Came To Town and They Missed It;
Grahame Lloyd,Trumpery Trumpety Trump

Prose from
Gregory ArenaExamination: the Italian English Certification Centre Cambung ©;
Christine DespardesMassCityJoanne FelthamPerspectivo (Translation):Perspective

Past Master: David Troman on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Article: Carol Sausman: On Rhyme and Reason

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Ross Cogan, Angelina d’Roza,
David Harmer, Lindy Newns, Lynne Taylor, David Troman 
and Noel Williams

Orbis Contributors also include

Kevin Barrett; Jane Blanchard; A. C. Clarke; Michael Coy;
David Crann; Fiona Donaghey; 
Kieran Egan; Scott Elder;
Aidan Fadden; Leo Holloway; Patricia Leighton; Tim Love; 
Julie Lumsden;
Patricia McCaw; D. A. Prince; Tanya Prudente; Alexandra Sashe;
A. K. S. Shaw; Anne Symons; Philip Williams; Alessio Zanelli

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Here’s one for all those with a child genius, and a vague yearning to learn
(just try googling it…): be intrigued by Laura Seymour
and The fate of the peanut specialist. Not to mention Frances Sackett’s
description of the Moon in Flood –and why is Mum’s Laughing (Anne Stewart)?
And just how do you go about Outwitting Baba Yaga? Pat Farrington explains,
while John Andrew spins a yarn about his Line of Ancestry.
Join in with Elizabeth Barton’sSong of a Suburb, keeping a watch, though,
for Sue Davies and The Strawberry Thieves, as well as The Burner
(Tom Moody). Then relax with some Cocktails in the company
of James Conor Patterson, raising a glass to Neil Beardmore’sAmanuensis.
But heed the Teachings of the Shaman from Louis Nthenda,
and Sarah Barnsley’s instructions:
We have made a number of key appointments –
be sure to keep yours with this issue of Orbis

Featured Poet Kevin Casey: A New Confectionery; Promises; Darning the Sky

Poems from:
Arthur BroomfieldSeeing Limerick Station through quantum physics;
Craig KurtzHuswife’s Velleity; Edward O’DwyerThe End of Ice-Cream;
Fiona Pitt-KethleyFigs and Amethysts; Gwen SayersNkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

Prose from Charles OsborneThe Girl in the Sand;
Jennifer OuelletteThe Heroes;
Pavle Radonic, LOVES HIGH AND LOW Wives and Devotions

Translation: Brent SouthgatePoems from Martial

Past Master: Helen Ashley on Edward Thomas

Reviews by
Clairr O’Connor, Angelina d’Roza, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, Andrew Taylor, David Troman 
and Noel Williams

Orbis 180 contributors also include

Mike Alderson; Aidan Baker; Linda Benninghoff;
Toby Campion; Andrew Curtis; 
Nathan Fidler; Angela Howarth;
Ian McLachlan; Antony Mair; 
Katherine Noone; Val Pargeter;
Karen Petersen; Laura Potts; Paul Protheroe; 
Natalie Scott;
K. V. Skene; David Troman; Chris Woods

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It’s easy to get confused: do you need to be a Mystic,
like Marilyn Donovan, to be able to understand what lies Beyond,
as Nick Conrad says, or even fathom out the Rubber Hand Trick
with the help of Sue Norton. Coming From Here with Nick Carding,
you can find out why the Half-Light at Scarborough is important to
Sue Spiers, before learning from Helen Harvey, who is Coming Home to Roost?
On a more serious note, Lavinia Kumar tells us about
A Slave Catching God’s Eye, and there’s a warning from
Jill Boucher: Droit du seigneurBut you can still enjoy Michael Swan’s Ballade
and relish Audrey Molloy explaining why Envy is a Daylily,
then let Antony Johae tell you all about an African EpiphanySo remember,
if Marlon Brando makes his Debut on a Shopping Channel (Peter Ebsworth),
you’re all welcome to make yours here in Orbis

Featured Poet: Maggie ButtOare Creek; Beachcombing;November 1918

Poems from: Daragh BradishExtract from the Villa Journal. Cheeses;
Fiona Colligan-YanoThe Sea Rabbit; Barbara CumbersThe Quaggy and the Kid;
Jane McLaughlinDita’s Scarf; Martin Reed,The Man Who Died in his Own Porch;
David Mark WilliamsSchool of Little Birds

Prose from: Michael G. CaseyLetter to Meryl – The Sequel;
Charlotte GringrasJay Bee and crewSari PaulomaNever Give All The Heart

Translation: Philip Dunkerley: Emilia Pardo Bazán, Almas Gemelas

Past Master: Pat Galvin on William Butler Yeats 2

Article: Lyn Cooper: Poet from 19 to 91 by Marti Cooper

Reviews by Maria Isakova Bennett, Clairr O’Connor,
Angelina d’Roza, David Harmer, 
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor,
David Troman 
andNoel Williams

Orbis 179 contributors also include:

Marti Cooper; Clive Donovan; Michael Farry; Doreen Hinchliffe; Charlie Jones;
Marie Lecrivain John McOwat; Lee Nash; Tanya Nightingale; Charles Osborne;
Felix Purat; Zara Raab; Lynne Taylor; Li C. Tien; John Whitehouse

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Not long now, surely…Saving the Light (Tom McFadden) tells us
Spring is on the way.and we’ll all be outside, tucking into Haagen Dazs
alongside Geroge Saito,somewhere, oh I don’t know, perhaps overlooking
a Harbour Scene, sharing the view with Jack Little.
We could be looking for Charlie Baylis and his Mermaids, or even
The Witch, Her Book in Martha Street’s tale.However, given the English weather,
more likely we’ll be thinking Sarah Sibley’s got it right: The wind is a curse,
if not quite as bad as what Vuyelwa Carlin says concerning
a Rat in the Frosty Garden. But let’s get serious and discover
what Dorothy Yamamoto knows about A brief history of footwear.
Or should that be Surreal? Courtesy of Michael Henry, Je suis un mouchoir
because you can enjoy all sorts, even the unexpected, in Orbis.

Featured Poet

Pat Galvin: The Moon Fell Among the Trees; Unseen; It was a Different Life,

Poems from: Derek Coyle, Carlow Poem #59; Robin Daglish, Nowhen;
Helen Kay, Dyslexia and the Live Art Hit; Elizabeth McSkeane,
Arguing with ArithmeticK. V. Twain, At Night I Covet the State of the Sculpture;
Martin Worster, The Night Guard

Prose from: Linda Griffin, Soldiers in the garden;
Mark Reece, A Meeting of StrangersSarah Samuels, The Parcel from Kabul

Translation: Fred Beake, Four poems from Theognis (Book 2)

Past Master: Philip Dunkerley on Cora Coralina

Reviews by
Ross Cogan,
Clairr O’Connor, David Harmer, Afric McGlinchey,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor, David Troman
andNoel Williams


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contributors also include:

Mark Behan; Denise Bennett; Gail Dendy; Richard George;
Ann Gibson; 
Alan Hester; Dorrie Johnson; Fred Johnston; Robert Kennedy;
Mary Lee; 
Michael McCarthy; Dave Medd; Nancy Anne Miller;
Simon Perchik; Jenna Plewes; 
Joan Sheridan Smith; Ginny Sullivan;
Peter Sutton Merryn Williams; Martin Worster

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Front cover artwork: ‘Copper Rain’ by Kelly Marie Davidson
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Singing in the Rain, and Walking the Dog; as you may guess
from the cover, plenty here to be making a song and dance about,
rather than having to think about Xxxx…present buying,
unless a copy of the magazine of course, could be Contained,
Alison Chisholm claims, while Jenny Hockey makes the case more strongly:
Why not end your days withoubecause you and Bobbie Sparrow both,
could be awaiting The quiet intercession of Eros,
or savouring the sound of Noctilucence with Noel Williams.
Isn’t that The key (John Brooke)?
Craig Dobson tells us all about Water’s Way,
but the way we do things at Orbis is to ensure
that you continue enjoying the magazine.

Featured Poet

Anna Wigley:The Mysterious and Devastating Library Disease;
Papilloma;
The Last Soirée

Poems from:Geoffrey Godbert: The Deaths of Little Things;
Alice Merry: Like one of my skeletons;
Stuart Nunn
: Fugitive dishes of the world #7;
Juliet Wilson
: The Animals Decide to Become Invisible

Prose from: Cristina Haraba: Blindness; David Olsen: Frau Bieber’s Confession;
Rosa Thomas: Dancing Girl

Translation: Pablo Vieytes: Words;
Manu Mangattu:Yuan Hongri:The Song of the UniverseThy Song;
Neither Day nor Night
in the Kingdom of Heaven

Past Master: Stuart Nunn on Alexander Pope

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 177 contributors also include:

Christopher Allan; James Aitchison; Anne Banks; Stephen Bett;
Jo Burns; Mark Czanik; Adele Fraser; David Harmer; Richard Hughes;
David Lloyd; Michael Loveday; Eamonn Lynskey; James McKee;
Olha Matso; Kathy Miles; Anita Ouellette; Ali Pardoe; Sari Pauloma;
Fred Pollack; Neil Reeder; Marilyn Ricci; Marg Roberts; Davide Trame;
Jay Whittaker; Helen Whitten; Nicky Winder

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Front cover artwork: ‘Horizon’ by Peter Leslie Wilks
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Still waiting for the sunshine? Maybe this issue will brighten things up
with Helen Ashley and some Borrowed Light, whether you join
Grahaeme Barrasford Young, Playing, Lorna Sherry up in Edinburgh,
Nicki Griffin, In CarnadoeWaters, or go with Juli Jana on a Bus Ride
Further still: Alec Taylor’s Space Ilimad. And humming along to
Lara’s Theme (John Arnold), you could enjoy Miraculous Kashgar,
a Story told by Li Suo and Liang Yujing, and Watching The Invisible Man
with Patrick Deeley. But fine weather or not, unlike Hilaire, (I make no) Apology,
because to experience anything fully,as Bibhu Padhi tells us,
what’s needed is: Touch, Taste, and Time
all of which you can have with Orbis

Featured Poet

Peter De Ville:
Amoxy and Metro face the Dragon; The Blue Scarf; Protest and Intervention

Poems from: Daniel Roy Connelly: Austerity drives;
Katherine Crocker: Nakwetikyawa’s Well;
Alex Josephy: Misericordia:
Mary O’Donnell: On Reading My Mother’s Sorrow Diary;
Terry Trowbridge: The Raven Puppet; Patricia Walsh: Bruscar

Prose from: Phil Dunkerley: As Red as Rubies;
Oz Hardwick: The Drifter’s Song;
Val Williamson: Escapement

Past Master: Sean Howard on Charles Sorley

Reviews: Maria Isakova Bennett, Philip Dunkerley, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, 
David Troman and Noel Williams

Orbis 176 contributors also include:

Gary Beck; Jane Blanchard; C M Buckland; Lucinda Carey;
Jim Conwell; 
Stella Davis; Judith Dimond; Frances Galleymore;
Chris Hardy; Ashleigh John; 
Gloria Keeley; Richard Livermore;
Tim Love; Terry Quinn; Chelsea Ruxer;
Caroline Smith; Jean Taylor; F. J. Williams

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Front cover artwork: ‘White lacy April in Sussex’ by Gill Bustamante
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Can we tempt you, since Di de Woolfson
is providing a Lure, to accompany us, and Sheri Vandermolen, on Holi Days,
or perhaps observe St. Kevin and the Otter with Mark D. Hart.
Or how about a visit, indeed, a visitation, from David J. Costello’s Angel,
although that may lead to States of emergency, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs,
warns us, in which case, like Anne Rees, you’ll be thinking:
May the Force be with you. But you could take refuge with Luke Palmer,
In the house of lying-in, where Kevin Griffiths is getting Next to the Skin,
because, as Neil McCarthy says, it’s Something of a sign
you do not want to be missing out on this issue.
And then find out from Sean Heslin, maybe, the result of A Courtroom Drama


Featured Poet: 
Jane Spiro: Painting eggs; Half, Whole

Poems from: Terence Brick: Ballade des Dames de Temps Jadis;
Susi Clare
: CIRCUS ELEPHANT GOES AWOL;
George Moore: Natural Order n the Hands of Thomas Aquinas;
Andrew Pidoux
:The Grammar of the Garden; J. Twm: Fire of The Gods;
Kelley Jean White
: Women Who Refuse to Wear High Heels

Prose from: Kimmy Beach: Nuala: a Fable; Jane Spiro: Special Delivery

Translation: (Latin): Martin Lyon: To Wallace Batchelor, Librarian, on his Retirement

Past Master: Peter De Ville on Sidney Royse Lysaght

Reviews by: Maria Isakova Bennett, Ross Cogan, Angelina d’Roza,
David Harmer, Jennifer A. McGowan, Clairr O’Connor,
D.A. Prince, Andrew Taylor
and Lynne Taylor

Orbis 175 contributors also include:

Ruth Arnison; Prue.Chamberlayne; Kathryn Daszkiewicz; Richard Halperin;
Jenny Hill; V. B. Irons; Tom Kelly; Jenny King; Simon Leonard;
Caroline Maldonado; Lindy Newns; William Oxley; Cedric Picken;
Anne Rees; Roger G. Singer; Sue Spiers;
Rosamund Taylor; Peter Viggers; Lyn White; Howard Wright

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Front cover artwork: ‘Contemplation’ byChristopher Langley;
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The light is brightening, finally, dawning you could say, with much to contemplate. For example,
Richard Toovey and Thirty-Six-Immortal-Poets-Japanese-Asian-Culture-/360314130089 pt=Art
_Prints&hash=item53e4.
But keep a very close watch on Colin Sutherill’s Snake Eyes
when accompanying Andy Hickmott andZoology 101. Instead, you could head for the coast
to watch Carolyn Oulton watching the Ebb-Tide, or join Beth Somerford
at Ditchling Beacon, steering clear of The Hound of the Baskervilles (Will Kemp)
and David Greenslade’s Wicker Basket Tank if it comes at you, maybe After a minor medical hiatus
(Elizabeth Birchall)… So, back where we started, and Antony Mair is Thinking of Shelley in the Winter Gales,
John Vickers
pondering The white shadow, while Paul Connolly considers the Night and Stars
Indisputable Truth
(Bogusia Wardein), that’s what you are mostly going to find in this issue –
though maybe best take it easy with Jenny Hamlett and The Enchanted Cakes at Capenhurst

Featured Poet

Michael Coy: Ambrose Clues-Up Augustine; Hitler’s Watercolours

Poems from: Roger Caldwell: John Steed in retirement remembers Mrs Peel;
Jane Housto
n: Piddocks; Eve Jackson: It isn’t easy being sea;
Jules Whiting
: Tucked Between the Pages of a Wordless Glance; Jeremy Young: Metamorphosis

Prose from: Michael Coy: McBurney’s Urn; Jilly Funnell; Dinner Date;
Laura Solomon (with Kya Solomon, Zoe Solomon and Nadia Smith): Castle

Translation: David Ball: François Migeot: Faces

Past Master: Jean O’Brien on Dora Sigerson Shorter

Reviews by David Harmer, Jennifer A. McGowan, Clairr O’Connor, D. A. Prince,
Lynne Taylor, David Troman and Noel Williams

Orbis 174 contributors also include:

Arthur Broomfield, Shane Doheny, Julie Lumsden, Achilleas Katsaros,
Rupert M Loydell, Katherine Noone, Ann Osbourn, Rob Packer,
Donna Pucciani, Adam Rooke, Alexandra Sashe,
K.V. Skene, Sheila Spence, Jean Stevens, Marc Swan, Frank Wood

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‘Night wolf’ by
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But you’re all right now… as the old joke goes.

And so is Linda Benninghof,
with
Gas, food, lodging, Patricia Griffin,
despite having to battle

The Wind from the West,and
Pat Farrington,
back From the Underworld.
There, she may well have encountered
That Man (Breda Spaight),
Pete Langley’s Airside Bagatelle Lady
or The Cern Archivist (Julian Turner).
No wonder
Sharon Black enquires Are My God So Different From Yours?
And thank goodness
Maurice Devitt provides a Beginner’s Guide to Escapology.
But if you do go
Astray with Clifton Redmond,
or end up feeling a bit
Lost, like Patrick Moran,
at least you’ll find something good to read in here, all 96 pages of it.
Although of course, as they always say,
and
Lavinia Kumar points out, It’s Not the Size

 

Featured Poet: Belinda Rule: Lust; Siren; Letters home

Poems from Chaun Ballard: Phrase Not Found in Search Engine; Simon Fletcher:Yüan; Samuel Prince: Drowned Doll by the Herons;
Catherine Rockwood:
Landtschip: Belmont; Jane Seabourne: Now I Can Make Scones; Charles Wilkinson:The Comedian’s Seabed 

Prose from Jennifer McGowan: How Blackthorn Came to Be;
Anna Geraldine Paret:
If Wishes Were Fishes; Paul Saville: Rajasthan

Article: Venice by Frances Sackett

Past Master: Peter Butler on Robert Bloomfield

Reviews by Ross Cogan, Angelina D’Roza, David Harmer,
D. A. Prince, Lynne Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 173 contributors also include:

William Alderson; Tara Ballard; Denise Bennett; David Burridge; Keith Chandler;
Scott Elder; Jonathan Greenhause; Pauline Hawkesworth; Claire Louise Hunt;
Patricia Leighton; James B. Nicola; Ilse Pedler; Tanya.Prudente; Jimmy Rodda

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Orbis 172, Summer 2015

£5 (Overseas: £9/€12/$16); Subs: £17/4 pa (Overseas: £35/€42/$58)

Front cover artwork:
‘Heart Angel’ by Garry White;

back cover, detail from image:
www.garrywhitesculptures.com

 

Summertime –
that usually means something like
The Zoo in the rain (Brian Daldorph),
and sadly,
it does appear to be raining cats and dogs
in
Letters and After They Have Gone
by Richard Dinges Jr,
so
you may prefer Tariq Latif’s view of Dawn by Victoria Parade.
Wondering what a Souvenir of Lowestoft means to Peter Wallis,
or Zen Romance: Reflections, to Michelle R. Disler?
And what would happen if Sheila Wild’s Cassowary at the Court of Louis XIV
got a Foothold (Susan Rouchard)? Well, you can learn about Naming from
Maggie Butt and Tooth Wisdom from Andrew Pollard,
and look forward to many a happy, fairytale ending.
Or maybe not, because according to Yuko Minamikawa Adams –
Mickey Has Chopped off Dumbo’s Left Ear


Featured Poet
: Owain Lewis,
Note to an unknown person; Passing Place; The Lost Connection

Poems from Allen Ashley, Jesus is on the Internet;
John Casson, I feed on insects;Dawn Gorman,The Looker;
Jodie Hollander
, Tomodachi

Prose
from
Brenda Bea Hutchings, For All The Princesses;
Antony Johae, Writing on the Wall;
Chris Raetschus, RevengeJ.S.Watts,Target Setting

Translation

Laura Chalar: Fernando Pessoa, A Sonnet Already Old

Peter Boyle and Raymond Farina, NOTES FOR A GHOST: A fanciful portrait

Past Master: Chris Raetschus on Constantine P. Cavafy

Article: Simon Fletcher interviewed by Neil Leadbeater

Reviews
Maria Isakova Bennett, Angelina D’Roza, David Harmer,
Jennifer A. McGowan, Clairr O’Connor, D.A. Prince,
Andrew Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 172 contributors also include:

Veronica Beedham; John Casson; David Crann; John Dixon; Lee Nash;
Jocelyn Page; 
John Perrault; Peter Phillips; Zara Raab;
Gerard Smyth; Angela Topping; Phil Walsh

 

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Orbis171, Spring 2015

£5 (Overseas: £9/€12/$15); Subs: £17/4 pa (Overseas: £35/€42/$58)

Front cover artwork: ‘Birds’ by Tammy Ruggles;
back cover, detail from image: http://tammyruggles.deviantart.com/gallery/46117265/

If there’s one thing we’ve got plenty of, it’s Stories (Bibhu Padhi),
sometimes artful, like The Yellow Cow by Jennie Osborne,
sometimes dark and mysterious, with David Banks Exorcising Gehenna,
or Geraldine Clarkson’s After-woodsand often both,
when you join Robin Thomas and Edward In The Garden.
You’re off on A Strange Journey, as Kathy Miles will tell you.
Spend a Moment with Roxy Dunn, enjoy Michael Henry’s Nocturne in Biarritz,
play Rock, Paper, Scissors with Richard Williams, or discoverKimmeridge, courtesy of Khadija Rouf.
Yes, follow E. Kristin Anderson’s instructions: “A Nearby Fence, Pull” –
then all will be revealed…

Featured Poet: Bethany Pope
Hanging, Among the Oranges; My Mother, Masking; A Taint in the Blood

Poems from: Jean Atkin: Itsuarpok;

Alex Dreppec, [INSERT TITLE OF THE POEM HERE];

Cathy Whittaker, Waiting; Alan Zhukovski, The End of Oblivion

Prose from: Julie Maclean, Animal Rites; Don Mulcahy, Back There;
Bethany Pope, Teamwork; John Short, Nobody Talks Anymore

Translation: Judith Wilkinson: Menno Wigman, Herostratos; Stramien
(with support from the Dutch Foundation for Literature)

Past Master: Helen Ashley on Matthew Arnold

Article: Orbis: Genesis and Exodus by founder Robin Gregory

Reviews: Angelina Ayers, Maria Isakova Bennett, Ross Cogan,
David Harmer, Jennifer A. McGowan, D.A.Prince,
Andrew Taylor, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 171 contributors also include:

E. Kristin Anderson; Anne Banks; David Banks; Fred Beake;

Geraldine Clarkson; Monica Corish; Dagmar Drabent; Roxy Dunn;

Nausheen Eusuf; David Harmer; Michael Henry; Jenny Hockey;

Kathleen Kummer; Simon Lewis; G. P. Manuell; Kathy Miles;

Caroline Natzler; Jennie Osborne; Bibhu Padhi;

Jeff Phelps; Khadija Rouf; Gerry Stewart; Ginny Sullivan; Declan Sweeny;

Robin Thomas; Olivia Walwyn; Richard Williams; Jim C. Wilson

 

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Orbis170, Winter 2014

£5 (Overseas: £9/€12/$15); Subs: £17/4 pa (Overseas: £35/€42/$58)

Front cover artwork: ‘Church Street’ by Steve Williams;
back cover, detail from image: http://steve50wicks.wix.com/paintings

Of course you want to know what happened
on the road to Ploubalay with Chrissy Banks,
though admittedly risking a peek over John Paul Davies’s shoulder into
Jack The Ripper’s Bedroom will makes you Perfectly Blue, Faye Boland warns.
Nobody, including Aidan Baker would classify it asThe Finest-Hour Syndrome. –
best stick to the Facts, provided by Fokkina McDonnell
because you never know just what will squeeze out of the Genie’s Bottle (Li C. Tien).
Or do you have an answer for Susan Lindsay:
Shall We Get Swept Away By Lunch-time?
Why not find out? Will you be attracted to the shining lights in this issue of Orbis,
along with a surprising number of moths…

Featured Poet

Mark Carson: Grogan’s Castle;

Incognito, Cumbria; Holy Week, Ronda

Agoraphobics, Cambridge; Night flight, Karachi

 

Poems from: Sue Burge: Seven Easy Steps to Working with Angels;

Luba Ostashevsky; The Fish; Jonathan Lewis:Walking to The Nutcracker; Benedict Newbery: Film Review by Vlad

 

Prose from: Ágnes Cserháti: Standing on the Corner; Charlotte Gringras: The Thief of Time; Mark Reece: Forced Exercise

Translation: Anita Marsh; Anthony Costello; Anthony Howell: Alain-Fournier,LaRonde

Past Master: Merryn Williams on W.H. Davies

Article: Reading Poetry Aloud by William Alderson

Reviews: Angelina Ayers, Maria Isakova Bennett, Clairr O’Connor, David Harmer,
Afric McGlinchey, Jennifer A. McGowan, D. A. Prince, David Troman
and Noel Williams

Orbis 170 contributors also include:

John Ashley; Nick Burbridge; Jennie Christian; Annemarie Cooper; Barbara Cumbers; Fiona Donaghy;
Richard George; Alice Harrison; Liz Horrocks; Mary Lee; Jim Lindop; Richard Martin; Jean O’Brien;
Anita Ouellette; 
Edward Ragg; Rachel Spence; John Whitehouse; Alessio Zanelli

 

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Orbis 169

Front cover artwork: ‘When The Forest Calls‘ byTheresa Tahara;
back cover, detail from image: http://theresa-tahara.artistwebsites.com/

Featured Poet
Maureen HillBering; Anna Christina; Glass; Bertha – Mrs Rochester

Poems from:Yvonne Baker:The taste of black moss; Simon Fletcher:Landscape;
John HartElation; Kate NorthHematocyte;Paul Stephenson:The Swell Speed of Mrs Jackson’s Knees

Prose from: Gail DendyBreath’s Journey; Ayelet McKenzieBroken Surfaces;
Luke MurphyThe Glass Cage

Translation: Michael SwanPetrarcha Canzoniere 272

Past Master: Dave Troman on Edgar Allan Poe

Article: Enda Coyle-GreeneOne Woman’s Voice – the poems of Sheila Wingfield

Reviews by:Angelina Ayers,Maria Isakova Bennett, Suzannah Evans,
David Harmer, 
Afric McGlinchey, Jennifer McGowan,
Clairr O’Connor, Lynne Taylor, D.A. Prince

Orbis 169 contributors also include:
Niamh Boyce; Séamas Carraher; Ross Cogan; Ian Colville; Stella Davis;
Siobhan Daffy; Eliza Dear; Marianne Dissard; Martin A. Egan; Margaret Gleave;
Cora Greenhill; 
Oz Hardwick; Chris Hardy; Gloria Keeley; Noel King;
Simon Leonard; Luke Palmer; 
Ali Pardoe; Kathleen M Quinlan;
Marilyn Ricci; Marg Roberts; Catherine Rockwood;
Phil Ruthen; Martha Street; Alec Taylor; Linda White