The editor of Popshot magazine explains the theme for the next issue and invites submissions from Young Poets Networkers!
Popshot is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood, with a particular focus on publishing the voices of young writers. With the help of YPN, we’re keen to hunt down some of the exciting new poets and short fiction writers for our forthcoming issue on the theme of ‘Wild’.
We chose the theme because it potentially has so many facets to it. Whether it’s the wilderness of nature, or the wilderness within human nature, or wilderness in a more metaphorical sense, it feels like a theme that can be peered at from a great number of angles. You only need to look at the dictionary definition of the word to see the multitude of ways that you can use the word ‘Wild’. We’re pretty open minded as to how the theme can be interpreted but we do have a soft spot for writing that looks at wilderness within human nature and society as a whole.
One of the best examples of what we’re looking for in terms of energy and style is a poem by Sophie Clarke that was published in Popshot’s third issue:
This morning I want you to soak me
in rain that chisels my skin, signals a storm’s sudden
attack. For you to stand with me in a white, clapping field,
lightning striking centimetres
from our toes, mouths open as we’re filled like bottles.
I want you to point out the red organs flowering through my skin.
I want you to hurl me onto a rock face and say
climb. Yes. I want even the bin bags at the front gate
to split and the ordered china in the dining room cabinet to explode.
I want you to take a spray can to the city,
words glittering on billboards and bridges and my letterbox.
I want you to take me up on the hill,
point out my old house and the cherry tree we planted,
fierce as ever. God, I want to feel
the very breath burn
through my throat and lungs, my toe nails
to dig into the thick soil, and now
in a language I do not know but which tinkles
in silver and gold, verb conjugations
to bloom again and again in tiny, shivering violets
exploding from my mouth.
Submitting your poems
Submissions via YPN are now closed, but you can still submit to Popshot Magazine directly. Good luck!
Jacob Denno is the Publisher and Editor of Popshot Magazine. He founded the publication in 2008, which now sits on the shelves of bookshops in 19 countries. In the other half of his life he is Editor-in-Chief at a London advertising agency.
Published June, 2013