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Image: Laurence Gardner

Poetry editorial:

“Everything is poetry”, someone once said. We come to realise the great tradition which poetry has placed upon literature and upon artists new and old, and its special connection to the world we live in. Poetry has moved our souls and shattered our perceptions for as long as the voice has existed as lyric and spoken word. But why does it have the effect it does? In its written form, perhaps it is because of its amorphous yet strict guidelines to all things, sensual and visual; the marriage of what we can see, and what we can feel through the perfect combination of form and content: Poetry can at once be as arbitrary as human experience, yet provide the form needed – and any form – for expressing it.

From the ancient Greeks, to mystic India and Africa, to 19th century England, poetry has itself a deep-rooted tradition and has expressed our feelings and experiences whilst being a sign of the times. But what of it now? In a stronghold against the growth of pop culture, media entertainment, and the abundance of novels, poetry has definitely struggled to stand up and take its throne again.

So, I am proud to present to you poetry from the new voices of London South Bank students, some seasoned poets, and others new; all striving for what poetry allows us, the freedom of expression, for breaking limits and challenging the growth of art and the individual. But ultimately, they are all burgeoning towards fulfilling poetry’s long term aim of piercing the veil of the inexpressible to make the gap between everything, that much wider.

 

Revel in a range of unique topics and styles, from swooping ballads which tackle contemporary issues, modern lyrics that deal with pop culture or reveal the contradictions of the individual, a barrage on the senses travel poetry, romantic expressions of modern love, the battle with loss, when death, love and faith intersect, all out surrealism and free-form musings on the spiritual. Poetry is as alive, crucial and unique as ever.

Rajiv Mahabir (Poetry editor)