From the Editorial
“..The previous issue was brilliantly guest- edited by Andrew McMillan and Stephanie Sy-Quoia. It took the unheard-of approach of choosing one poem each by 100 poets. This latest is more conventionally unusual – having just as many strong and surprising poems, many singletons again, but also short sets, all of which amount we hope to a varied but coherent read. With, in among, those three-dimensional experiences that a poem can bring when it speaks genuinely to or through us. In any event, Ann and I very much enjoyed putting the issue together, not least because of the quality of so many of the submissions. Though it’s true that you can have too much of a good thing – there were over a thousand for us to read in two already particularly busy months…”
Jon McLeod – Peter Sirr – Gary Allen – Susan Bedford – Liz Byrne – Joe Caldwell – Kath McKay – Tom Weir – Yvonne Green – Peter Daniels – Rosie Garland – Robert Hamberger – Victoria Gatehouse – Alan Payne – Jo Peters – Maggie Reed – Karl Riordan – Penelope Shuttle – Mara Bergman – Rod Whitworth – Maria Ferguson – Paul Mills – Kate Rutter – John McAuliffe – Steph Morris – Ed Reiss – Shash Trevett – John Harvey – Paula Cunningham – Martin Reed – Anna Woodford & Tara Bergin – Helen Angell – Safia Khan – Marion New – Elizabeth Gibson – Serena Alagappan – Tom Branfoot – Beth Davies – Chloe Elliott – Karen Downs-Barton – Jon Miller – Zoë Walkington – Luke Samuel Yates – Aazhiyaal – Romesh Gunasekera – Wimal Dissanayake – Anne Ranasinghe – Mahakavi – Richard de Zoysa – Cliff Yates
Gina Wilson (1943–2022), celebrated by Helena Nelson, Hamish Whyte, Diana Hendry and James Caruth
John Foggin (1943-2023) celebrated by David Constantine
Blind Criticism by Serena Alagappan and Em Pritchard – Poets I Go Back To by Karen Downs-Barton, Jon Miller, Zoë Walkington, and Luke Samuel Yates – Featured Title by Ed. Shash Trevett, Sensi Seneviratne and Vidyan Ravinthiran – Out of Sri Lanka
Roy Marshall on Tony Hoagland – Tom Branfoot on Lila Matsumoto, Jane Burn – Georgie Evans on Caroline Bird – Ian McMillan on Imogen Forster, Ellen Renton, Helen Quah, Genevieve Carver – Ian Pople on Carola Luther, Stephen Payne, Ruth Sharman – Belinda Cooke on Marija Kneževic, Geovanni Pascoli, Eugenio Montale – Edmund Prestwich on Sean O’Brien, Philip Gross, Selima Hill – Pam Thompson on Peter Raynard, Clare Shaw, Olive Senior
The North is a biannual magazine of poems, articles, reviews and features.