Issue 3: A few final thoughts
We have now completed the third issue of The Compass. As always we really hope you’ve enjoyed it and that you’ll return to the poems and features at your leisure. This issue also marks the end of the first year of The Compass. We are delighted with what we have achieved so far and look forward to a long future.
We love to hear how we’re doing. Your comments as we post material for the issue are one of the many things that make it worthwhile for us. Please do email us with your thoughts, or get hold of us on Twitter or Facebook, and remember that we are now open to ideas for articles as well as poetry.
We have had a couple of difficulties with Issue 3. The first is the slight delay in it appearing, which was due to problems with the site. Without getting too technical, just as we were due to put the finishing touches to the issue, both WordPress and our template updated, which then meant all the additional plug-ins which make the site as it is were thrown out of sync. We have had number of references in emails to the ‘skilled web-designers’ we must have working for us. Actually, The Compass is produced entirely in-house, with the site being designed and maintained by Lindsey, so these things are obstacles, but it’s all worked out in the end!
The other thing which we think is worth mentioning, not least because we wonder if this is something particular to online magazines, is that we did have more poems lined up for this issue but a number were withdrawn after we’d accepted them. In some cases these poems had been submitted elsewhere, in other cases the poets were no longer happy with their own work. As poets ourselves we have every sympathy with this. It’s easy to think a poem isn’t going to come anywhere in a competition or that a magazine has lost it, or just to forget you have sent it somewhere. We also understand that you may feel your work has moved on. For editors of a magazine, this causes massive problems. We read through our considerable pile of submissions very carefully and choose the best work, structuring each issue in a way that makes creative sense. If we lose a poem at this stage it feels a bit like pulling sticks in a game of KerPlunk, risking the marbles falling. It would be good to hear whether this is the case with print journals, or whether online magazines are seen as organic entities that can be changed quickly? Anyway, give us a break guys? We have selected your work out of many hundreds of submissions, and do our utmost to present it in the best company.
Our last issue was published from Ponden Hall in Haworth, during our first Compass Poetry Week. We are delighted to be going back to see Julie and Steve and everyone at Ponden again for two more Compass Poetry weeks later this year, in June and November. Full details can be found here. Last year was absolutely fantastic so do book early.
Our thanks go to all the poets and reviewers who appeared in Issue 3, and to everyone who submitted poems or supported us on social media. The Compass is only as good as the material it publishes and we greatly appreciate your enthusiasm. We would also like to give our thanks to our Reviews Editor, Kim Moore. She ensures that our poems and articles are balanced with a lovely review section giving critical responses to a range of new titles, from poets you know and those you may not yet have come across, and we are very lucky to have her involved.
See you here for Issue 4, in the early Summer, and please keep those poems coming. We love receiving and publishing them.
Andrew Forster & Lindsey Holland