Editorial: Summer 2018

Dear Readers

A sunny Summer finally arrived in England and we have a bumper Summer issue for your delectation. There are no less than 13 poets translated in our Hispanic poetry feature, including Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges and the great Gabriela Mistral, Latin America’s first Nobel laureate.  This quarter’s profoundly moving essay by Gaia Holmes takes us to Orkney. It is both a literary elegy for the essayist’s recently deceased father and an outsider’s view of the island. A must read. In the art feature Doug Robertson, our resident artist for 2018, is showcasing some arresting images from his collaboration with the poet, Gordon Meade. We are fortunate to have the distinguished American poet, Richard Hoffman, as our guest interviewer. He is in conversation with the poet, Robin Becker, who was taught by Anne Sexton and mentored by Maxine Kumin. There are, also, many book reviews on the recent work of: Douglas Dunn, Oz Hardwick, Gordon Meade, Kitty Coles, Pam Zinnemann-Hope, Paul Sutherland and (as editor) Deborah Alma. We offer much thanks to our translators, reviewers, essayist, interviewer and artist who all work free gratis, as do our poets who send in their work in good faith and enrich our pages … we wouldn’t have a journal without them. This issue’s poems are so variously rich it is hard to summarise any prevailing poetic ethos. Let you, our readers, decide, but we are confident you will be interested, moved, intrigued and sometimes enthralled.

As ever, we would suggest that you take time to visit our Press page. We are still managing to publish new books of verse with each issue of the journal. Finally, if you like what we do at The High Window, please do contact us here: submissions@thehighwindow.uk
to let us know that you wish to keep in touch  and receive a link to each future issue.
Happy Summer
The Editors

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