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In Memoriam: Thomas Ország-Land d. 2018

I am sad to have to record the death of Thomas Ország-Land, a frequent and valued contributor to this magazine. Indeed, his poem dedicated to his son, David, in the last issue (No.82, re-printed below), although I did not realised it at the time, could stand as a final valediction. A Hungarian, moving between London ...

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 83

The epigraph on the cover of this magazine is “poetry on the page… speaking in your mind’s ear.” Some people are quite clear that they hear internally what they are reading, while others (usually those who read for functional purposes only) don’t recognise this experience (it is thought, because they don’t pay attention to it). ...

Pennine Poets York Reading – 7 March 2018

Pauline Kirk & Andy Boobier will be reading from their latest Graft collections at York Explore, 7 March 18.30-19.45. This is a FREE EVENT! Why not come along and support live poetry from two wonderful Pennine Poets! For more details visit York Explore’s Facebook page.

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 82

We live in an age of human rights – it seems, sometimes, as if everybody is trumping common sense by claiming a human right. For example, claiming rights to a family life trumps public safety in many cases of deportation. However, it’s not all negative. Stephen Pinker cites the ‘human rights revolution’ as one of ...

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 81

Auden said, ”Poetry makes nothing happen.” In contrast, Shelley said, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” – which sounds rather an excessive, if not bombastic, claim! Certainly, it’s sometimes hard to see how a little poetry magazine can make anything happen except satisfy the reclusive vanity of the editor and the poets. But ...

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Pennine Platform No. 81

Fifty-eight pages of wonderful poetry packed into the latest edition of Pennine Platform. Poems from John Arnold, Nicholas Bielby, Ian Clarke, Robert Cockcroft, Tony Cosier, Peter Day, Julia Deakin, Clive Donovan, Philip Foster, Ray Givans, Jim Greenhalf, Stuart Handysides, Kevin Hanson, David Page, David Sapp, Gordon Scans, Gillian Stoneham, Bob Tristram and Josie Walsh. Read ...

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 80

Whether in newspapers, in gossip, in history, in novels, drama, films, legends, fairy tales or myths, we understand ourselves and the world we live in by telling ourselves stories. It is through such stories that we transmit our culture and social mores from one generation to the next. Language is our primary socialised way of ...

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