Category: Editorial

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 86

More elegies landed on our desk this September than in February. Even dialect poems seemed both to celebrate language and to lament its loss. Here in the northern hemisphere it is autumn, so the mood is partly seasonal: leaves fall, light fades and the environment of recent months inters itself before our eyes. Recognition of ...

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Editorial, Pennine Platform No. 85

What are poetry magazines for? ‘It’s hard to see how a little poetry magazine can make anything happen except satisfy the reclusive vanity of the editor and the poets,’ says Nicholas Bielby in Issue 81 – not perhaps without a tinge of editorial Weltschmerz. He is right, but provocative, as he then goes on to ...

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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). ...

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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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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 ...