Poems: Tricia Harewood, Jim C. Wilson, Ben Cusden, Ian Caws, Isabel Bermudez, Bridget Thomasin,
Mike McNamara, Brigid Sivill, Camilla Lambert, Edmund Prestwich.
Poetry is not for Wimps ‒Interview with Niels Hav.
Poems: Jill Boucher, Gill Learner, Kathy Miles, Lucy Atkinson, Susan Taylor, Saddiqa Chaudhry,
A. D. Harvey, Omar Sabbagh, Nick Browne, Elizabeth Barton, Laura Potts.
‘Holy Mr Herbert’‒ James Harpur.
Poems: Nigel Hutchinson, Edward Moore, Lucy Dixcart, Wendy French, Aoife Lyall, Mimi Khalvati,
Tim Love, Becky Nuttall, Roger Harvey, Jean Grimsey.
Poems: Karla Van Vliet, David Smith, Laura Potts, Steven Taylor, Terence John, Rachel Carney,
Louise Brown, Mark J. Mitchell, Huw Lawrence, Brian Docherty.
Poetry in Translation: Toon Tellegen (trans. Judith Wilkinson) Antonio Machado (trans. Wanda
Barford), Anon. 9thC Irish (trans. Richard O’Connell), Catullus, Propertius (trans. Ranald Barnicot).
Poems: Shaun Traynor, Helen Ashley, Elizabeth Horrocks, Gabriel Moreno, Sheila Aldous,
Robert Garnham, Neils Hav.
The Poet’s Guilt ‒ Steve Morris.
Poems: Sean A. Joyce, Michael Jennings, Harry Guest, Sam Marten, Alwyn Marriage, Michele Beck,
Reviews: William Bedford, Malcolm Bradley, Christopher J.P. Smith, Sally Festing, Glyn Pursglove,
Leah Fritz, Edmund Prestwich.
As the readers with sharp eyes might have noticed, the Arts Council
England logo is no longer on the informational page. This is because
I have now made four applications for funding in the past year and
have had them all turned down. I believe that the Arts Council is
reviewing their funding of little/independent magazines and deciding
which have probably had enough support from them. Acumen has
now been funded for many years for which I would like to thank them.
However, I feel that they are diverging from the path which Acumen
wishes to follow. This is to accept all poems on merit and not be
influenced by gender, ethnicity, religion, fame or anything other than
value of the poem.
So from this issue, Acumen will be independently funded. This will
mean that we cannot pay the poets even the modest sum which we
would like to have done, but will still offer them extra copies or
subscriptions as a thank you. We will accept the best work sent in
during the period between each issue. To achieve this the short-listing
system will continue, the final poems being chosen from a longmulled-over
short-list. As I have said before it is like entering a poetry
competition when many of the short-listed poets get the prize of
publication and not just the winning three. I trust that you, the readers,
a very important part of the magazine, will contnue to support us
with your poems, views and subscriptions. We will now have to rely
on these, as well as donations and other sponsorship for the
magazine’s continued appearances.
For the first time in ninety four issues I have had to talk about money
in the editorial rather than some aspect of poetry. Let us all hope that
by the time issue ninety-five is produced, I can get back to normal.
Poetry is so much more satisfying than finance.