Issue 5: A few final thoughts
Well that’s it for Issue 5 of The Compass and, from the messages we’ve received, it looks like you agree it’s been worth the wait.
We’ve been excited to have worked on this issue with new Reviews Editor Suzannah V. Evans and have been delighted to see such a positive response to the reviews she’s commissioned and edited. We’d like to again welcome her on board and thank her for her energy and clarity of vision.
We remain very proud of the international reach of The Compass. We have a substantial readership in the United States, reflected in the high quality and large numbers of submissions we receive from there, and we are thrilled to be able to present the work of such brilliant poets as, among others, Jessica Jacobs and Conor Burke. Our interview with Sasha Dugdale cuts through the divisive rhetoric around recent political events, embodying what’s most important: people communicating with each other across linguistic and cultural boundaries. This sentiment is echoed by Vahni Capildeo’s interview with Vivek Narayanan.
We’re also proud that Issue 5 has again showcased the work of poets you may not have known alongside familiar names writing at the height of their powers. At the heart of all this, of course, are the poems. All of them called from our inbox, often from relative anonymity. Some hit us with elemental force. Others intrigued and continued to haunt us after we’d closed down our computers. The poems in The Compass continue to answer the important questions in fresh and surprising ways. It is, however, only ever going to be as good as the work we receive, so please, all of you, keep sending. Submissions for Issue 6 are open.
On Day One Philip Gross posted to social media that he was as ‘as pleased to appear here as in any print mag I can think of’ and we can think of no finer endorsement. See you next issue.
The Editors – The Compass Magazine