Nature Writing Anthology 2017

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-Free Entry

-Opportunity to perform your work at a live poetry event at Bute Park, Cardiff, 15th April.
Featuring T.S Eliot prize-winning poet Philip Gross, Toby Thompson and other established spoken word artists. More details to follow.

– Publication for chosen submissions in a multi-media digital anthology, produced by Long Exposure Press.

Poetry: Maximum of three poems per submission.

Prose: 2000 Words or Less

One piece of prose per submission.

You may submit in both categories if you choose.

All submissions to: editor@longexposuremagazine.com
Please include name and contact information.

Submissions should have the subject line: ‘Nature Writing Anthology 2017’.

Closing Date: Midnight, March 25th.

Full Details:

Long Exposure, in association with The Woodland Trust and Lyrix Organix, is delighted to announce a new Nature Writing Anthology for 2017.

We are inviting submissions of poetry and prose with nature and the natural world as its focus. The work collected will celebrate green space, woodland and forested areas and their continued importance, in support of the work of The Tree Charter, with The Woodland Trust leading a call to create a Charter for Trees, Woods and People that will redefine the relationship between trees and people in the UK for the future. (Further details here.) What continues to resonate with you when you engage with these environments, and what loss would the erosion of these constitute?
Expression and performance are also at the heart of this, and contributors are encouraged to submit a video or audio recording along with their work. This is not a mandatory requirement for inclusion, but selected contributors will be invited to perform their work at a live event in Bute Park, Cardiff, on 15th April.

2 Years of Publishing

Long Exposure Magazine has now been publishing for 2 years!

During this time the magazine has been fortunate enough to publish a fantastic range of poetry, photography, visual art and critical work from around the world. Many thanks to each contributor and reader who has been involved so far.

Issue 4 will add sharp and engaging short fiction to this output, featuring more writers and artists than any previous issue.

These are exciting times as we look to expand the magazine and above all promote high-quality creative work and those who are producing it.

 

Poetry Tutoring at Long Exposure

Long Exposure Magazine is now offering feedback and guidance on a selection of your poetry. For an introductory fee of £10 you will receive rigorous feedback and editorial advice on a set of up to 5 poems through e-mail correspondence.

Editor Daniel Williams holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in literature and creative writing and has published poetry widely on-line and in print, including at Cadaverine, Ink, Sweat, And Tears, and Envoi. Alongside his work in editing and publishing, he has experience of teaching creative writing in a variety of contexts, from local community to university level.

Make your payment below and the editor will contact you to receive your work and begin your tutoring session. Any enquiries can be sent to editor@longexposuremagazine.com.


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The Moon’s not Just a Dirty Rock: A New Poem by Lesley Burt

We hurtle into a long tunnel:
windows reveal nothing beyond
reflections: people, red upholstery,
and windows reflecting the reflected.

In a magazine left on the table
among coffee rings, NASA reports
a rocket: to launch a moon crew,
using a single five-segment booster.

Astronauts will build lunar outposts,
pave the way for journeys to Mars;
its south pole will provide water, ice
and abundant sunlight for power.

The steward sways along the aisle
rattling refreshments on a trolley;
passengers drink, read, doze; trust
steel lines, solid earth, unseen driver.

We shoot out of blackness – where
blocks of flats loom higher than
street lamps and trees’ winter skeletons –
into the light of a yellow moon.

The Inking of a Story: A New Poem by Jane R. Rogers

First the stars
blocked in canary yellow
the stars are made of glass

next the mountains
deckled cool blue, an organic horizon
the mountains hiss of fear

next the desert
dunes ruched in ochre red shadows
the desert is the story of landscape

then a pitched tent – last onto the paper
solid night silhouette
secure enough to withstand a storm

where we recline on foreign bedding and listen in
to the unprinted white spaces and
ink the future.

For more of Jane’s work keep updated with Long Exposure Magazine, Issue 3, forthcoming.

A Display of Smoked Mackerel: A New Poem by Stephen Elves

(After Mark Doty)

Splendid in rows like the silvery dead
your afterlife now lit in amber
as if each caught fire then dived
into waves of crushed ice.

Your summer skin glows oiled bronze
a tiger-burnt patina of experience:
the shimmer of youthful flash
quietened by an old gold currency;

this is the whole fish, no etiolated fillet
slit from a bodybag –
the meat needs strong company
in a sweet glisten of horseradish.

The biggest fish catches my eye:
its white stare from a hollow socket
half-winks at me to unwrap its silk
chevrons, strip it to the nub.

I want its dark flesh: its eye,
drowning in dry air, wants mine.

 

For more of Stephen Elves’ work look out for the release of Long Exposure Magazine, Issue 3.