Issue 9 – Autumn 2013
The online journal Antiphon has been publishing fine poets since 2011, poets such as Harriet Tarlo, Ann Sansom and Alison Brackenbury.
Its recent commemorative issue 7 celebrated the Sheffield Poetry Festival and includes two poets for whom I have a great deal of time and respect: Julia Copus and Jean Sprackland.
Issue Nine features my poem ‘How Dark the Clyde’, which you can find in Act Three: http://antiphon.org.uk/index.php/act-three-9
As a Drama teacher, I rather like the idea of the magazine being broken up into Acts. It gives it a sense of occasion. Tybalt kills Mercutio in Act Three, the latter cursing both Capulets and Montagues with ‘a plague o’ both your houses’. Banquo cops it in Act Three, poor old Polonius gets a sword in the arras, while across town in Salem there is ‘a whore’s vengeance’ being sought. There’s no Act Three in Waiting for Godot of course, which is a shame because I for one (and I might very well be the only one) would love to sit through it.
There is no pseudo-witchcraft or mis-taken drafts of poison in Issue Nine, just lovely poems from Robin Houghton, Mary Buchinger, Ann Douglas and many more, all under the editorship of Rosemary Badcoe and Noel Williams.
Never miss an opportunity to mention the greatest play ever written.