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acumen is published three times a year (January, May and September), A5 perfect bound, with at least 120pp per issue.

The final two poems from Acumen 79 are on the 'Guest Poem' pages.
osted 13.09.14.  They were chosen for all those who are going back to school or university this month.
Thank you to all the poets who gave permission.

The programme is out for this year's Torbay Poetry Festival
see www.torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk for a list of events and to buy tickets on-line.

More details on the 'Events' side button.
Photograph of John Whitworth, June English and William Oxley at Canterbury reading.
New events posted 24.8.2014, please do scroll down to the end.

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ACUMEN 80 is expected this week.  You should receive your subscriber's copy next weekend (depending on the post).  Please do renew any lapsed subscriptions as, like all small and independent magazines, Acumen needs you!

Details of the contents of ACUMEN 80 in next weekend's update.

Contents of ACUMEN 79, May 2014


Poems: Miriam Scott, Martyn Crucefix, Stuart Fraser, David 5 Lukens, Jon Plunkett, Lotte Kramer, Grahaeme B. Young, John Cassidy.

The Interviewer Interviewed − David Perman.

Poems: Rowan Righelato, Katrina Naomi, Jenny Hamlett, Terence Dooley, J. Alan Nelson, John Gilham, Pam Job, David Mohan.

Poet in a White Coat – Dannie Abse.
Poems: Helen Whitten, Wynn Wheldon, Gill McEvoy, Stuart Pickford, Sheenagh Pugh, Lynne Wycherley, Jo Peters
Poems: Cristina M. Purdescu (trans. Leah Fritz), Connie Bensley, Barbara Cumbers, John Gilham, Ian Caws, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Dinah Livingstone. 
W.G. Shepherd – John Welch. 
Poems: Seán Street, Chris Waters, Doreen Hinchliffe, Dan Stathers, W.D. Jackson.
Establishing Poetry as a Profession – David Perman. 
Poems: June Hall, Frank Wood, Patrick Moran, Gill McEvoy, Connie Bensley, Mark Totterdell, Colin Bancroft, Jim Bennett, Katherine Gallagher, Heidi Beck, Patrick Osada, Geoffrey Godbert, Alec Taylor.
Reviews: Nigel Jarrett, William Oxley, Lucy Jeffery, Edmund Prestwich, Lotfali Khonji, William Bedford, Belinda Cooke, William Oxley, Fred Beake.
Poetry Comment 
Obituary for Sebastian Barker.

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