Sam Smith Original Plus books & The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry')

Sam Smith books plus Original Plus publications and The Journal

The Journal

'...plenty of different styles of poetry in each issue. The result is that, whilst The Journal will never have that sense of comforting familiarity that some 'zine have developed, it will always stretch your boundaries.' The Supplement #73

' international magazine in the tradition of Poesie Europe, Ecuatorial, and Labrys. It publishes poems in English, in particular by English-language poets in exile, translations into English alongside the originals, interviews with poets, and appraisals of current poetry scenes...' Wolfgang Görtschacher 

'A plainly elegant layout, making the most of its size to incorporate sequences and longer poems, articles and plenty of reviews .... The contents are global ... all saying what has to be said, in ways and words you wish you'd imagined. Shining intelligence, to brighten and inspire serious poetry lovers.' Orbis

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'Few publications deliver consistently good issues — The Journal is among them. Filled with well-written poems from some of the best contemporary poets I've ever read, The Journal is the definitive showpiece of the small press. Each issue also contains thorough book and journal reviews composed by writers whose love of literature is evident.' Hyacinthe L. Raven Via Dolorosa Press (USA)

'...interesting and experimental while avoiding the obscure and unnecessarily difficult. Add to the excellent selection of poetry, some interesting and insightful reviews and The Journal is a must for anyone who loves poetry and is not afraid of a bit of experimentation and the new insights that this can bring.' Juliet Wilson


current issue

#51 The Journal has the final instalment of Douglas Dutton's translation of the Hávamál -from the Norse of Jónas Kristjánson and Vésteinn Ólason - while Rob Morgan mourns anew Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Peter Day, Andy Hickmott, Emma Lee and myself see that all these folk get their collections and chapbooks reviewed - Catherine Ayres, Fillipa Bahrke, R. V. Bailey, Denise Bennett, Claire Booker, David Broadbridge, Jane Burn, David Clarke, Martin Connolly, Gram Joel Davis, Jennie Farley, Catherine Graham, Pauline Hawkesworth, Gillian Henchley, Fokkina McDonnell, Joan McGavin, Stuart Medland, Patrick Osada, Alan Price, Adam Que, rufo quintarelle, Paul Sutton, Brenda Williams and Mick Yates.

Poetry being The Journal's raison d'ętre there is of course new work in #51 from James Bell / Celestial Brizuela / Robin Brumby / Horace Cavallo / Laura Chalar / Gram Joel Davis / Alan Dixon / Clive Donovan / Stephen Philip Druce /
Matt Duggan / Carolina Esses / Susan Evans / Mike Ferguson / Jeremy Valentine Freeman Ganem / Christopher Hopkins / Gill McEvoy / Lee McLaughlin  /
Jessica Mookherjee / Bibhu Padhi / Laura Potts / Dave Shortt / KV Skene / J. P. V. Stewart / John Torrance / Gerry Wells / John White / F J Williams and Rodney Wood

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Matt Duggan's front cover poem from #51


Take a pacifist eye
place ink shadows in their soul;
weave jingoist lies of atrocities
post hysteria as media rule;

Warm the eyes with legless babies -
beheaded infants;
this fabrication
by the ministry of illegal war.

Tear off limbs of rationality
direct the thoughts of a world
against truth and humanitarian law,
create a monster where terror is a two headed beast.

A reaper that only controls
the viewpoints of those facing east.
we support terror never knowing
which side our true convictions reside,

harmony in our lifetime is a split second lapse
between war and that monetary prize.
We engineer opinions - repetition our slogan and tool,
Take the eye of a pacifist indoctrinate it to seeing only red.


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..within UK only - current issue Ł4.00, annual subscription (3 issues) Ł11.00   


If by snailmail all cheques in UK currency please and made payable to 'Sam Smith'.

The Journal receives no public funds, depends entirely on sales and subscriptions.

Sam Smith     

The Journal  &  original plus

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South Wales

CF32 8AS


{To check out previous issues of The Journal go to the Poetry Library Or to receive a free sample copy of The Journal (a previous issue) please send a self-addressed A4 envelope along with sufficient stamps to cover postage up to 250grams. UK only}

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editorial policy is ' try to publish those poems — from wheresoever they may come — written with thought to what the poem is saying and to how it is being said. Also welcomed are poems that can travel, that can cross boundaries, that do not assume in their readers a shared knowledge nor a shared set of beliefs. And it will be a rare day when I take a poem about being a poet or about the writing of poems. Also, because my aim is to keep The Journal secular, any poem containing religious terminology will not be considered for publication....'

* poems in English please, or translations into English (about 6 at a time)
* also welcome are interviews with poets, reviews, appreciations or appraisals of current poetry scenes
* if, within UK, a reply is desired, enclose SAE
  (email submissions only as part of email text, not as an attached file.)

* payment will be one complimentary copy to each author
* copyright will remain with author

* from outside UK enclose 2xIRCs, or submit by email  (email submissions only as part of email text, not as an attached file.)
* But before submitting work from outside the UK please be aware of the following - In 2012 the Royal Mail failed to deliver #36 The Journal to overseas subscribers and contributors for more than two months after posting, and this despite my having had Post Office counter staff weigh and price every envelope containing a copy of #36. This failure caused not only disappointment, but also some bad feeling. The Journal is a labour of love, and I don't need to even feel accused of bad faith. So from #38 on I will no longer send contributor's copies abroad via the Royal Mail, nor accept any subscriptions from outside the UK. I will, however, send to those who still wish to contribute from outside the UK a pdf file of the relevant issue as an email attachment. And I will of course endeavour to meet all outstanding  obligations, but please don't blame me if the Royal Mail fails again to deliver.

 original plus, having found a good short run printer in Imprint Digital, is once again able to consider the publication of perfect bound full collections as well as poetry chapbooks. Consideration of either usually follows from publication in The Journal.

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