March 2023

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Orbis 203, Spring 2023

Orbis 200: ‘All the best to you, and to Orbis!’
(Glyn Maxwell; shortlisted for Best Collection in the Forward Prize)

‘Best wishes for the journal – and congratulations on such a successful magazine over the years’ (Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate)



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Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Maria Isakova-Bennett

Reviews by Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey;
D.A.Prince; Pauline Rowe; Theresa Sowerby

Please note with new collections, press release in first instance – not review copies.


Front cover artwork: ‘I got caught in the rain’ by Ira Whittaker

back cover, detail from image:

Pouring down indeed to create an issue overflowing with incredible, inspiring writing,
in Spectacular Fashion, you might say, as Chris Scriven does, so you can see what Sparks fly from the pen of Philip Burton. And how lucky is Andria J. Cooke, enjoying the Aurora
and how curious are you, to find out about Marie Papier’s Portrait of my grandmother as a wardrobe? And there’s more, much more, for example, Pat Marum’s tale of a Concubine, Beijing 1421, or Arun Gaur’s description of a Cenotaph plus Terrapins from John Gilham.
Indeed, as Ruth Arnison says, Knowing he’s the one, or rather, its:
what a splendid title from Michael Martin:
One time me and the dog swam with the dolphins, they let you get so close you can touch a fin.
And ok, you may feel it’s a step too far – or an issue too late,
but how about Frank X. Christmas’s Tribute from a three-year-old.

Because there’s certainly plenty here to encourage a response from all readers.


Featured Poet

Ros Woolner: Shouting at the sky; The unwrapping;Trucks; Permission

Poems from Courtney Brach: Lead Line; Richard Hawtree: I’ll Just Leave This Here; Anthony Head: Malá Strana; Peggy McCarthy: Pantoum For My Childhood Home; Vic Pickup: What she saw in the washing up bowl; John Smelcer: Churros With Death

Prose from Annie Newcomer: Gilbert Williams; Michael Swan: Anti-Boredom Procedure Type B; Nicky Winder: Crop Stories


Translation: Terese Coe: Homecoming, LXI, Book of Songs;
                                      Epitaphe De Jaques Mernable, Joueur de Farces

Past Master
Richard Lister on Bibi Hayati

Orbis 203 Contributors also include
John Arnold; Steve Barton; Martin Bennett; Courtney Brach;
Patricia Brody;  Vuyelwa Carlin; Andrew Curtis; Lori Drummond-Mundal;
L.B. Jørgensen;  Dave Medd; John McOwat; Pat Murgatroyd; Louis Nthenda;
Doug Sandle; Carla Scarano; Dr. Roger G. Singer; Andrea Spurling

Single issue: £6.50 (Overseas: £11.50/€14/$16); Subs: £20/4 pa (Overseas: £42/€50/$60)

Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Maria Isakova-Bennett

Reviews by Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey;
Maria Isakova-Bennett; Jennifer McGowan; D.A. Prince;
Pauline Rowe; Theresa Sowerby; Pam Thompson

Please note with new collections, press release in first instance – not review copies.


Front cover artwork: ‘Miyajima 09‘ by Niels Nielsen
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Oh come, all ye faithful: readers, subscribers, contributors –

something to warm your heart in this bitter Winter.
Let us whisk you away to somewhere exotic, and join 
Jackie Wills
when Cruella de Ville 
visits Brighton, or Charles Wilkinson, looking at
The House in the ForestNo? 
Well, how about Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana…
At the Fishmonger’s with my son
Then you could be transported by Tim Houghton – |
and T-Rex, unless you’ve reached 
Watershed; that’s you
and Nathanael O’Reilly both. But if you’re wondering 
what Martin Worster
means by 
The Let-Down, or Carolyn Oulton, asking 
What am I supposed to call this?
Catherine O’Brien may have the answer in A Lexicon Of You,
unless Rob McCarthy will translate From The Greek,
or George Moore,  using the Rosetta Stone
All the same, it’s no mystery
because reading Orbis
can help bring joy to the world.

Featured Poet, David Callin:
Fowmart; In Upper Sulby Glen; Preservation; Abney Park; The island; Elan

Poems from Claire Booker, The Horse In My Bedroom;
Roy Duffield A dream where procrastination works both ways;
Martin Elster De-ExtinctionCathy Grindrod, Aunt Margaret;
John Lanyon, Honorine Jobert; Jo Slade, O little root 

Prose from Charlotte Gringras, Midnight Memoir ; Phil Knight, Crosshairs;
Marie L’Ecrivain, Ugly: A Post Dystopian Tale

Translation: Stephen Capus, Desanka Maksimović: Za Zveri Oklevetane

Past Master: Mary Earnshaw on Anonymous

Orbis 202 Contributors also include

Jane Blanchard; Mark Carson; Alastair Clarke; Tina Cole;
Mark Czanik; Robin Ford; Peter French; Richard George;
Jill Jones; Judith Pollinger; David Punter; Michael Spinks;
Julia Stothard;
Katherine Swett; Anne Symons;  Carolyn Waudby;
Isobel Williams; Susan Wismer;
Marjory Woodfield