A quick rundown of the journals, mags and miscellaneous publications which are currently seeing us from bedside to tube ride and beyond…
First up, we have O. At the Edge of the Gorge, the latest work by award-winning poet and translator Martyn Crucefix, recently published by Guillemot Press in a beautifully illustrated, pocket-sized edition. Contemplating a journey into the ‘depths of the gorge’ and the dangers or redemption that lie there, this fourteen-poem crown of sonnets is filled with the landscape and natural history of the Marche of east Italy. Lovely.
Next up is the first ever issue of new poetry journal Pain. Featuring contributions from the likes of Amy Key, Crispin Best, Eley Williams and Rebecca Perry – all of whom find fans at CBTR HQ – Pain, a new arm of the Iceland/Manchester-based Partus Press, already seems to be making a name for itself. We’re eagerly anticipating further issues. Buy Pain No. 1 here.
Thirdly, feast your eyes on the most recent issue of quarterly literary and art magazine Ambit. Put together entirely from unsolicited submissions, the publication’s website proudly quotes Ralph Steadman as saying ‘Ambit is a surreptitious peek inside a private world. Without it such vital sparks of inspiration could well be lost for ever’. If that still hasn’t sold it for you, you can try selected articles from Issue 230 (by John Mee and Joshua Miller) before you buy. More info here.
And last but not least, it’s Issue No. 12 of Aint-Bad Magazine, which…well, ain’t half bad. A biannual photographic art journal straight out of Savannah, Georgia, ‘focusing on images that discuss human existence, culture, and contemporary issues’, this latest number is a collaboration between curators and photographers, and aims to showcase the best contemporary photography in existence today. Get acquainted with it here.