Welcome to the Summer issue of The High Window. We are delighted by the growing international interest in our online journal and printing press. This issue sees work from across the age spectrum, from Sophie Reissbort, aged 15, to Maurice Rutherford who is 95, with a range of ages in between!
In previous issues detectable themes have appeared in the submissions accepted, but the poems in issue 6 are incredibly diverse. What strikes us is the language that crackles at sometimes subtle and sometimes loud decibels, and that the poems are profoundly confident in themselves, as if the poets had chiselled their thoughts to the point of no return: this is what I have to say. As Peter Daniel's writes in Down and Up
On the upper side of the cloud cover, God sits deciding
what’s on the cards, sharpening the moon like a sickle.
In this issue we have six book reviews of work by Peter Sirr, Gerard Smyth, Adam Wyeth, Michael Crowley, Ruth Sharman and the recently deceased Roy Fisher.
The essay is a homage (if not elegy) for the recently deceased Sam Gardiner, and the featured American poet is the wonderfully talented Richard Hoffman. Get to know him more 'in conversation with'...
Our resident artist, Angela Smyth, has illustrated the poems of Anne Irwin, Sue Burge and Daniel Marshall. previous poets who have had their work illustrated have been interested in buying the original art work from Angela. This service she is happy to provide.
The translation feature focusses on Dutch poetry: seven poets' work are featuring here and four translators. This feature was guest edited by David Colmar and with help from the Dutch Foundation for Literature. We are deeply grateful for their interest in The High Window as a platform for poems in Dutch/English.
The High Window summer publication is The Edge of Seeing by John Duffy. We are proud of this book and have immense faith in this poet. John's book can be bought here or via the Press page.
Finally, a heartfelt thanks to our reviewers, essayist, American poet, David Colmar, Angela Smyth and to the fabulous poets who submit their work free gratis. We would not have The High Window without you.
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I am a writer, editor and gardener living in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. I have a degree and masters in Literature and Philosophy undertaken while living in London. I obtained a PGCE in English and History and taught for two years in a secondary school in England (age range: 11-18). My writing credits can be viewed here. I have had two poetry books published and am co-translator of Alain-Fournier:Poems (Carcanet, 2016). I am an editor and associate publisher at The High Window Press.