Editorial: Issue 1
Welcome to the first issue of The Compass, a new online magazine edited by Lindsey Holland and Andrew Forster, with Kim Moore editing reviews. Last autumn the editors were chatting about poetry and the internet and it struck us that there didn’t appear to be a strong issue-based poetry magazine coming out of the UK, the web’s equivalent of some of the wonderful print magazines which we all enjoy. We very much hope that this site you are browsing fills that gap. We agreed early on that we wouldn’t publish large volumes of work. Instead, The Compass points you in the direction of what we feel is great poetry. It comes out of North West England but is international in range, as the contents of this first issue will make clear.
Looking over the selection of poems for this issue there is a coherence to them. We were particularly struck by the number of multi-part poems or sequences we have chosen, poets using the opportunity of an online platform to really explore their subject matter.
As well as our selection of, in our opinion, the best poems submitted to us, we want to use this platform to showcase the work of wonderful poets whose work we particularly believe in, or who we think deserve a much wider audience. Each issue will include two ‘Featured Poets’, invited poets who will be given a showcase for their work and an opportunity to write a short prose piece that will illuminate the poems.
Our reviews pages aim to celebrate poetry, by consuming, reading and talking about it. As well as discussing new work by established poets, we hope to use this section of the magazine as a way of highlighting work that may not always get the attention it deserves.
Taking advantage of the online nature of the magazine, content of The Compass will be published gradually over a period of around ten days, giving our pieces plenty of space. The website will look quite sparse at first, but do keep coming back over the next week or so to watch the content build.
In this issue we are proud to present new work from some of the UK’s finest poets along with great poets from the US and Canada and poets you may not be quite so familiar with whose work really resonated with us. Each page is accompanied by links to social media so please share or like pieces that reach their target for you.
In future issues we aim to have a Letters page, so please let us know your thoughts on the issue, things you would like to see in the magazine, or of course thoughts on poetry in general. And, of course, keep sending your poems. The second issue is open for submissions until 30th August.
Enjoy The Compass