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Poems: J.S.Watts, Gordon Scapens, Richard W. Halperin, Anne Ballard, Rona Laycock, Antony Mair,
Donna Pucciani, Simon Williams, Cosima Gillhammer.
The gentle cage of Amritaji’s Arms – Anwesha Arya.
Poems: Eleanor Westwood, Jill Boucher, Laura Kate, Gönul Mustafa, Denise Bennett, Sandra Galton,
Omar Sabbagh, Virginia Purchon, John Christopher, Jenny Edkins.
Creative Parallels between Three Past Masters ‒ Danielle Hope
Poetry in Translation ‒AmritaPritam (Anwesha Arya), Theodor Storm (Michael Gittins), Marina Tsvetaeva
Belinda Cooke), Razmik Grigoryan (Maro Ghukasyan).
Obituary – Elaine Feinstein
Poems: William Oxley, Gill Learner, Julie Whitby, Ann Mason, Julian Aiken, David Hay, John McOwat,
A Reconsideration of Walter de la Mare– Robert Griffiths.
Poems: Jordan Baker, Jo Bratten, Maggie Butt, Mike Jenkins, Laura C. Wendorff, Michael Newman,
Barbara Cumbers, Rowena Warwick, Michael BartholomewBiggs, Donald Gardner, Doreen Hinchliffe,
Meetings with Seamus Heaney ‒ Steven Wade.
Poems: Edmund Prestwhich, Louisa A. Parker, Doris Corti, Simon Williams, Eleanor Page,
Michael Newman, Fred Beake.
Poems: Adrian Green, Nina Baxter, Kevin Eagles, Mickey Finn, Andrew Barham, Chris Hardy,
John Haynes, Philip Rush.
Reviews: William Bedford, Andrew Geary, Glyn Pursglove, William Oxley, Edmund Prestwich,
Malcolm Bradley, Belinda Cooke, William Oxley.
Poetry Comment: Glyn Pursglove.
October 2019: an end of an era in one sense as it saw the last of the Torbay Festivals of Poetry. Nineteen Festivals, started way back in the first year of the Millennium when William was Poet in Residence for Torbay and decided to run a short Festival as the final event. I got quite involved in this, especially on the organisational front and enjoyed it so much that I decided to keep it going.
This wasn’t just about the fact I enjoy organising events, but I saw the Festival as a way to bring poets together in a social atmosphere, to hear good poets read their work ‘off the page’. There had been many good poets in Acumen over the fifteen years of its life up to that point and it was good to bring several to the Festival to meet their audiences and to be able to listen to their voices. As it turned out, the audiences also enjoyed the experience and this also encouraged me to continue.
What was surprising is how the Festival quickly grew in reputation as a ‘Friendly Festival’ and many poets travelled from across the UK year after year to attend the events, meet friends they’d made in previous years, and also to enjoy the beautiful Torbay which often graced us with warm sunshine even in late October. Thank you to these poets and poetry-lovers for their loyalty and appreciation of the Festival. And if I may be permitted to do a spot of self-promotion here, if you want to know more about how the Festival was organised, see the advert on p.78.
Acumen is still surviving and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the very generous sponsors of the magazine for their support, plus the many poets who have added small donations to their renewal cheques, all of which has been a great help. And don’t forget to enter the Acumen International Poetry Competition (see the entry form enclosed with this issue). Keep sending in your comments; we like to hear from you, good or bad, but especially when you have ideas on the subjects which I throw out from time to time: this issue I’m asking your views on ‘Landscape into Poetry’ which is the subject of the latest Focus for Readers.