London Grip New Poetry: the international online cultural magazine. London Grip New Poetry releases their Autumn issue featuring new poetry Sonja Key, María Castro Domínguez, Fiona Sinclair, Sarah Lawson, Angela Kirby, Phil Wood, Jeni Curtis, J D DeHart, Marc Carver, Hugh McMillan, Linda Rose Parkes, Kate Noakes, Norbert Hirschhorn, Peter Ulric Kennedy, Pam Job, Shash Trevett, Neil Fulwood, Ben Banyard, Fraser Sutherland, Richie McCaffery, Ian C Smith, Jan Hutchinson, Edmund Caterpillar, and Charles Tarlton.
The globalization of literary magazines is the greatest thing to happen for writers since the invention of the writing implement. In spirit of this great accomplishment, I especially love reading magazines outside of the US. London Grip New Poetry is just a perfect example of the poetry showcased in the literary magazine world today.
Opening with the pressing observation of modern life changing moments by Sonja Key, this issue of London Grip New Poetry is rooted in the ordinary. Key, in particular, asks “Who knew / That the mysteries of life would unfold / In myriad banalities?” Banalities that are explained to be moments like breaking a finger nail, longing for a family, and not limited to dreaming of marriage.
The sentiment of ordinary, or if you will modern culture weaves in and out through poems such as Castro Dominguez’s observation of a forensic pathologist’s work. Sinclair’s accusation that Satan spends Sunday at the boot sale, which also plays off one of Key’s lines about the right outfit.
The setting between city life and the great outdoors plays a chord through various poems including Lawson’s “Dante in the London Underground.” Lawson, portrays Dante inviting Virgil and Mantaun through the Central London Connections. All the metaphors and style lead to a playful narration to a trip from one end of London to another. But, if you look for too long you’ll find yourself wondering why the whole of cities are encased in sin.
Hutchinson probes us into the outdoors with thankfulness and good spirit in the poem, “The paulownia tree.” If the father is not revered as the Holy Father of the Christian faith, it’s definitely implied to be an overarching, giving, and loving authority.
And Caterpillar stretches the imminent demise of the Agarwood in the poem “Hong Kong.” Though the city is rife with people and their must haves. The poem laments what we as humans destroy, the still of nature.
Tarleton closes this issue with a three part poem that goes into most detail to a reproduction of the outdoors and consequently, a reproduction of said reproduction. In this poem, the narrator wonders if it’s a coincidence that the reproducer chose their rendition in a certain manner to convey something more essential like the still of nature conveyed in a tree. Yet, this essence is perhaps never captured, and no matter the reproduction, it still remains a mystery.
As an editor, I sometimes want to see ordinary life through a global lense. Yet sometimes keeping the mystery undiscovered is a better thing. Though the Autumn issue does a great job clarifying the international poetry scene, it still leaves room for discovery. For the new poems of our new poets eternally being born. Through city life or the great outdoors. Through meaningful moments, to the bane. This issue is a glimpse of the life we’re living.
Sopphey Vance the poet, yarn artist, and legend resides in South Texas where he battles dragons and unicorns for Five 2 One Magazine.