September 2023 sees the publication of The Frogmore Papers’ 102nd edition. Ukrainian artist Marysya Rudska has created a stunning cover for the issue, inspired by Fred Johnson’s poem ‘Language’.
A wicker chair gone a hundred years into mauve cold. In the old wood,
mice shiver like censers swinging. The man there watches
a long stuck clock of road. Folds arthritic hands and thinks
of nothing, really—only, it’s snowing. That is to say,
the sun is a bone.
Thinks, now there’s something:
prints in the white clean. A red doe limping, speaking.
Other contributors include poets John Freeman, Christine McNeill, John Mole and Graham Mort and Armenian artist Arusyak Pivazyan. All ten poems shortlisted for this year’s Frogmore Prize by Helena Nelson are published, including Lynda Plater’s winning poem and those by runners-up Alison Binney and Christoper Horton. The issue also includes new work by previous Prize winners Sharon Black, Margaret Wilmot and Howard Wright, and, in the ‘From the Archive’ section, a poem by Andrew Waterhouse, first published in number 46 of the Papers in 1995.
Copies are available for £5.00 (post and packing free) from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. Subscriptions remain at £10.00 for one year, £15.00 for two years. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to pay by bank transfer or PayPal.
The 101st edition of The Frogmore Papers (spring 2023) has been published and is now available from The Frogmore Press (£5.00, post free) or for Lewes residents from Skylark bookshop in the Needlemakers. With a distinctive cover by Paris-based artist Eva Bodinet, number 101 is another truly international edition, containing poetry from Ireland, the Philippines, the USA and most corners of the UK, prose from France and the USA and artwork by Ukrainian artist Marysya Rudska, as well as the usual reviews of recent poetry publications. Here’s a poem by Chicago-based poet Donna Pucciani, who makes a welcome return to the Papers with this issue.
It’s not the loss of morning light, a gradual dimming done by autumn’s brush, keeping the pink sky half-night even at seven.
It’s the loss of birdsong. I remember, as though it were just yesterday, the sharp echoes bouncing off bare April branches, promising green and morning music for the better half of the year, when picking up the morning paper becomes a bright cantata.
Now, silence is a burden that gets heavier through the day, then drags its leaden feet through the weeks ahead, until the deepening snow absorbs it in the mummified corpse of winter.
I try to appreciate the difference between music and the still breath of nothingness at dawn, which is its own music. Absence is the fulness of zero, when the mouths of a thousand flowers leave behind only the memory of fragrance.
The architecture of longing hangs in the early morning air, suspended in space, happy in its own emptiness, for desire knows no death.
The 98th edition of The Frogmore Papers has now been published and is available post free from The Frogmore Press (£5.00).
This issue, with a stunning cover by Ukrainian artist Marysya Rudska, includes new poetry from John Freeman, Stuart Henson and Wendy Klein, prose from Ian Inglis and Henry Woolf and artwork from Lydia McDonnell, as well as all the poems shortlisted for the 2021 Frogmore Prize by adjudicator Clare Best, which was won by Sussex-based Californian Margaret Wilmot. Runners-up were Stephen Keeler (Ullapool) and Mike Barlow (Lancaster).
The other shortlisted poets were Katie Colombus, Cróna Gallagher, Marion Hobday, Vanessa Lampert, Nick Pearson and Anne Stewart.
Subscriptions to the Papers are still £10.00 for one year (2 issues) and £15.00 for two years (4 issues). Email email@example.com for details of how to pay by BACS or PayPal, or send a cheque in the old fashioned way payable to ‘The Frogmore Press’ at 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ.
The 96th edition of the literary magazine The Frogmore Papers – our very own Covid-19 lockdown issue – has been published.
With a distinctive monochrome cover by Leona Akehurst, the issue contains poetry from Mike Barlow, Peter Carpenter, Ian Caws, Clare Crossman, Robert Etty, Jacqueline Gabbitas, Wendy Klein, Christopher Southgate, Anne Stewart, Michael Swan, J S Watts and many more, alongside prose from Robert Charles, Anthony Johae and Kevin Tosca, and artwork by Marysya Rudska.
All ten poems shortlisted by Maria Jastrzębska for this year’s Frogmore Prize can also be found in 96, including Ron Scowcroft’s winning poem ‘Greylags in Fog’ and the runners-up by Simon Maddrell and Chloe Balcomb. Two previous winners of the Prize, Sarah Barr (2015) and Howard Wright (2004 and 2009) also have poems in this issue.
Where and how to buy?The Frogmore Papers can be ordered for £5.00 (post free) from The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes BN7 1PJ (cheques payable to ‘The Frogmore Press’; or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of payment by BACS or PayPal). It can also be purchased from Skylark in the Needlemakers, Lewes, by readers locally resident.
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