The Summer 2020 issue contains translations from Italian, Russian and Slovak, poems from American poets Maya C Popa and Jennifer Militello, a long poem by Michael Symmons Roberts, and new work by Michael Longley, Rachael Boast, John McCullough, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Raymond Antrobus, among many, many others. Newcomers to the magazine include Oakley Flanagan, Annie Schumacher, Daisy Thomas and James Connor Patterson.

In this issue’s featured essay, the recent Forward Prize winner Stephen Sexton explores the shifting landscape of elegy. Our other prose feature sees Victoria Adukwei Bulley interview Natalie Diaz, in a rich conversation about form, language, embodiment and basketball. Meanwhile in reviews, Mary Jean Chan reads three new collections that centre female responses to trauma, and Matthew James Holman salutes the ‘energised despair’ of Peter Gizzi and Sean Bonney.

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Editorial by Martha Sprackland
I Stayed Inside A Known City


Daisy Thomas
Matters which seemed beyond her comprehension

Stav Poleg

Pavol Janík

Scott McKendry
Tombs in the Sky

Geneviève Paiement
Summer, an Open Throat

John McCullough
Flower of Sulphur

Rachael Boast
Passing Through

Michael Longley
Another Sandpipe

Vicki Feaver
Watching Pigeons

Nur Turkmani

Corrado Govoni
The Drunkard

Claudine Toutoungi
hunter forager

Maya C Popa
The Owl

Alycia Pirmohamed

This Place Where We Make Things

Oakley Flanagan

Luisa Muradyan
The Stalin Prize

Raymond Antrobus
The Mystic

James Conor Patterson
Dead Cat Bounce

Annie Schumacher
Bulls in the Vineyard

Jennifer Militello
Love in the Post-God Age
Prototype Diagnosis

Michael Symmons Roberts

Jee Leong Koh
The Art Director

Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal
For Vincent van Gogh; from Q-Park, Museumplein

Edward Doegar
After After Remainder

Maria Stepanova
‘Tear tears along’

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Alamgir Hashmi

Holly Hopkins

Bethany W Pope
Baby Screen
Notes on Contributors

Reviews and Features

The Changing Mountain
Stephen Sexton on elegy

A Taste, a Touch, a Want
Natalie Diaz talks to Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Language as Experience
Chrissy Williams on Astrid Alben, Matthew Caley and Vahni Capildeo

To Prime a Palimpsest
Mary Jean Chan on Mimi Khalvati, Jacqueline Saphra and Kate Noakes

How can words ever mean enough?
Patrick James Errington on Tamar Yoseloff, Rachel Mann and Keiran Goddard

Transmembered Norms
Stephanie Sy-Quia on Janette Ayachi, Carlos Andrés Gómez and Will Harris

Icons of Conscience
Becky Varley-Winter on Fran Lock and Steev Burgess, Scherezade Siobhan and Nisha Ramayya

Homes in Wind and Flame
Khairani Barokka on three works of mobility and precarity

We Could Be Heroes
Jonathan Edwards on Paul Muldoon and James Tate

Intuited Borders
Emily Hasler on Laura Scott, Rowland Bagnall and Juana Adcock

From These Feelings of Futurelessness
Matthew James Holman on Peter Gizzi and Sean Bonney

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