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Orbis 208, Summer 2024

Front cover artwork: ‘Good Night Irene‘ by Van Renselar;
back cover, detail from image:


What a beautiful looking edition ! Must get this. 
Congratulations on the magazine’s longevity and high standards

  (Anna Saunders, Director at Cheltenham Poetry Festival)

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;
D.A.Prince; Theresa Sowerby; Pam Thompson

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


I’m sure I’ve said this before: flaming June, one way or the other.
After all, with Nicki Griffin, you’d be From Another Country, or else,
with Jan Owen, in a Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge And Atake. But
you could always Escape, like Nell Farrell… then work out
what Charlotte Stokes Meyer zu Natrup means in Ad Reliquos;
I’m sure you understand the Gravity of it all, along with Stephen Littlejohn.
Or try some Experiments in Time, which Patrick Druggan will demonstrate,
unless you want to accompany Charles G. Lauder Jr for some
Adventures At The Tip-Top Diner. Or find plenty to intrigue you right here,
because Orbis , as Luke Morgan says, is a Gift.

Featured Writers

Winning poems from the Red Shed Competition,
including Joanna Wright: My mother navigates

and The Wakefield Postcode Prize, including Deborah Robinson:
He Wanted to Shave the Inside of his Head (title taken from a sentence
in Sophie Hardach’s book, ‘Of Love and Other Wars’.

Poets include James Conway (The gentle of fish);
Anthony Costello (The Lonesome Traveller);
Jan FitzGerald (Dead spider); Laura Hess (Lost Inheritance);
Jan Owen (Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge And Atake);
Royal Rhodes (Nauset)

Prose from Elaine Alarcon-Totten (Queen Mab); Janice Dempsey (Aunt Edna and the GM Question); George Hopewell (No one ever looks above their heads)

Translation: Michael Swan,
Drøm om mor by Henrik Nordbrandt: A dream about my mother

Past Master: Charles G. Lauder Jr on W.H. Auden

Orbis 208 Contributors also include
Georgia Bailey; Jane Blanchard; Alison Chisholm; Sarah Dantas;
María Castro Dominguez; Pamela Galloway; Jean Harvey;
Pauline Hawkesworth; June Hurst; D. R. James; Gloria Keeley;
Phil Kirby; John Lancaster; Frank Lowry; Lewis Lyons;
Jami Macarty; T. J. Masluk; Ali Murphy; Marion Oxley; Chris Rice;
Julie-Ann Rowell; Gwen Sayers; Michael W. Thomas;
Shelley Tracey; Kelley Jean White; Dave Wynne-Jones

Any subject, 40 lines maximum
Prizes: 1st – £600, 2nd – £300, 3rd – £200
An additional £25 will be awarded to the top 3 commended poems
Judge: Malika Booker
Postal Entries £5.00 for one poem; £3.00 each for additional poems
Poetry Teignmouth , C/O Virginia Griem, 12 Little Hayes, Kingsteignton TQ12 3YP
Online Entries – £5.50 for one poem; £3.50 each for additional poems
Closing date: 31st January 2024