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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 magazine has already been received by many people. Here are a some comments from their responses:
As a new subscriber my first two issues of Acumen have taken my breath away. And they have given me enormous cheer, to find that there are so many people out there writing such brilliant poems. I am compelled to share with you my special praise for the following: Leah Fritz and Sebastian Barker. The Holocaust & Reconciliation interview is very powerful and thought-provoking, and makes a persuasive case for the potential continuing relevance and influence of poetry. I have sometimes wondered whether we are long beyond saturation point of books and poems being published about the Holocaust. This article in Acumen 78 has made me see that there are still urgent and important things that need to be said and heeded -- JERRY DOWLEN
A78 is especially powerful. The poems about age and death, so often guaranteed to be depressing or banal, stimulate and delight throughout this issue. The opening suite contains exquisite and memorable works; none more so that Sebastian Barker's The Ballad of True Regret: a technical and emotional tour-de-force. It is an achingly honest poem, poignant in its peculiarly English way; its 'popular' feel makes it all the better.' -- ROGER HARVEY
'One of its main pieces is a very powerful and moving conversation between the editor of a Catalan cultural magazine and the Jewish-Hungarian poet and translator, Thomas Ország-Land about literature after the Holocaust. I don't know another English poetry journal which would put a picture of Buchenwald in Winter on its cover. But then, that's Acumen.' -- SUE BOYLE
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An error occurred in the poem by Maria Taylor on p.31. The final two lines of her poem disappeared when transferring to the dtp programme. Many apologies to Maria. Here is the poem in full:
Contents of ACUMEN 78, January 2014
Poems: Leah Fritz. Sebastian Barker, David H.W. Grubb, David Broadbridge, Annie Maclean, Rosie Jackson, Alison Chisholm, Yvonne Baker.
Holocaust & Reconciliation: Interview with Thomas Ország-Land.
Poems: Jim C. Wilson, John Arnold, Chris Waters, K.V. Skene, Wanda Barford, Antony Mair, Edmund Prestwich, David Perman, Maria Taylor*.
The Poetry of Poets: Geoffrey Godbert.
Poems: Denise Bennett, Jennifer Johnson, Stuart Pickford, Marion Hobday, Holly Ayling,
John Tanner, June English, Philip Seal.
Miracles by Alain Fournier: Introduction and Trans. by Anthony Costello & Anita Marsh.
Poems: Pushkar Bisht, Williams Nkurunziza, Paul Carney, Peter Dale, John McKernan,
Donna Pucciani, Harry Guest, Alan Galante, Mandy Haggith.
Poems: Ted Harriott, K.V. Skene, Bridget omasin, Joan S. Smith, Mandy Haggith,
William Oxley, Maggie Butt, Josh Ekroy, Kenneth Steven.
Fakery on an Epic Scale: Roger Harvey.
Poems: Michael Swan, Simon Williams, Michael Jennings, Marion Hobday,
Alison Chisholm, India Russell, Dorothy Pope, John Gohorry, Floyd Skloot,
Ruth O’Callaghan, Gill Learner.
Reviews: M. Wynn Thomas, Nigel Jarrett, Belinda Cooke, Fred Beake, William Bedford,
Edmund Prestwich, Lucy Jeffery, Christopher J.P. Smith.
* See above for correct version of the poem.
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