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Acumen: Issue 51

Acumen: Issue 51

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New Voices'

In this issue:

Who is a new voice and in what context? There are several well-known and well-respected poets who are appearing in Acumen for the first time. In this context they are 'new' voices to the magazine.

There are other voices appearing for whom this is their first published poem. Everyone has to start somewhere and if a good poem lands on the editors desk she will publish it!

Martin Cook - I Am Not

(On reading Robert Bly's translaiton of the poem "I am not I" by Juan Ramon Jimenez)

The leaf scurrying past in autumnal wind
brushes consciousness with a hint of winter,
spring to come and my own cycle
from nothing into nothing

Acumen is a literary journal that places an emphasis on poetry. The magazine is edited by Patricia Oxley who herself is not a writer but a reader of poetry. She has been editing the magazine for eighteen years and has taken it into the twenty-first century with some of the best poetry and criticism being written today. Acumen publishes a varied and impressive list of poets and critics.

The magazine is also known to be on the lookout for the new and unknown of all ages - in the search for fresh talent and quality work. Published three times a year (January, May and September) in A5 perfect bound, with at least 120pp per issue, the magazine contains approximately 50 new poems (including translations), reviews, poetry comment, and reader feedback. The critical articles aim to be well written and readable which, we hope, will set the reader thinking and promote discussion within the correspondence columns of the magazine.