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First Sixty: The Acumen Anthology

First Sixty: The Acumen Anthology

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If Patricia Oxley, the editor of First Sixty: The Acumen Anthology, believed in biographical notes, the reader would have realised they were reading poems by Poets Laureate, Forward and T.S. Eliot prize-winners, recipients of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, poetry fellows and academics as well as equally good poems by writers who support the independent presses and journals and whose work has come in by post. Acumen is a magazine open to all. There is even a poem, written under a pseudonym, by the murdered Queen of Nepal.

But the poems, as in each issue of the magazine, are made to speak for themselves. First Sixty is an anthology of readable and meaningful poems by 195 poets which will cause a reader to laugh, cry, think, agree, disagree but, above all, enjoy. Organised chronologically, the anthology reads not only like a poetic social comment, but as a history of changing poetic forms and concerns. An anthology no serious poetry lover should be without.

"a signal through the crackle of current events."

"Congratulations to Acumen on its 25th anniversary. Long may you continue to publish good poems and interesting articles."
Wendy Cope

"A beacon of invention in the west, Acumen's guiding light is valued throughout the wider world of letters."
Peter Porter

Patricia Oxley has been involved with the poetry magazine scene since 1972. Besides editing Acumen, she is the organiser of the Torbay Festival of Poetry and a committee member of the Torbay Arts Base.