Orbis 205, Autumn 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)


Single issue: £6.00 (Overseas: £12/€14/$16); Subs: £20/4 pa (Overseas: £45/€50/$60)

Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Maria Isakova-Bennett

Reviews by: Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey;
Jennifer McGowan; D.A.Prince; Andrew Taylor

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


Front cover artwork: ‘Chora 32’ by Matthew Smith

Back cover, detail from image:  matthew-smith.co.uk

Twinkle, twinkle… a whole host of stars within, in fact, what Chris Parsons

describes as a Constellation. Which you may enjoy watching along with

Mara Adamitz Scrupe, night/ cabin/ lakeside, tho maybe no Painted Angels

despite Matthew Smith telling you about them.

Down to earth… these days, you can understand J. Burke asking

Where did all theporpoises go? while Ellen Zhang makes the most of

Waiting for Those Pink River Dolphins. Endangered species include us of course,

the Dispossessed, as Phil Walsh reminds us, trying not to think about

Spindle, Thread and Shears (Ali Rowland). But be consoled by John Zedolik

and his reassuring, No Bother. All the more so, if like Aidan Fadden,

you want to embark on The Search For OK. You’ll find it here all right –

indeed; better than OK

Featured Writer: Gemma Parker

Southern Spring; Cicadas; Before the Storm; How to get through it

Poems from

Aidan Fadden,The Search For OK; S Kimbrough McLendon, Owl Courting;
Tolu Ogunlesi,
Meeting; Mara Adamitz Scrupe, night/ cabin/ lakeside;

Chiara Salomon, Palìrroia; John Zedolik, No Bother

Prose from Lani O’Hanlon, Written in milk;

Gemma Parker, Femme-Maison; Mark Reece, Escape

Translation: Ranald Barnicot, Naevius v. The Metelli 

Past Master: Philip Dunkerley on Miguel Hernández  

Orbis 205 Contributors also include
Pratibha Castle; A.C. Clarke; John Irving Clarke;
Jill Eulalie Dawson; Bill Dodd; Jenny Hamlett; Robin Helweg-Larsen;
Tony Horitz; Annette Iles; Ben Keatinge; Kathy Miles; Lindy Newns;
Mark Paffard; Jenna Plewes; Jean Prior; Elva Robins; Paul Saville;
Terry Sherwood; Christopher Southgate; Miriam Sulhunt;
Peter Sutton; Paul Truan; Judith Wilkinson; Lesa Walker  

  1. Hannah Mueller’s avatar


    I would like a copy of issue 201 and also to subscribe for £20. How do I do that? I’m not on facebook. My friend and mentor John Priestly features in issue 201 and he recommended a subscription! I love reading and writing (and occasionally performing poetry) and would love to get published one day..

    Look forward to your reply.

    All best, Hannah.



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