(Cover art by Liam Lefr)
Welcome to Issue 6 of Dust Poetry Magazine. Our theme is Glimmer and this issue contains twenty nine new poems:
Prayer by Rachel Bower
I Found A Bluebell Wood by Julian Bishop
Why I Pause Drawing The Bedroom Curtains by Harriet Truscott
Loitering in Exmouth by Janet Hatherley
Memory of Rain by Jenny Mitchell (CW: violence)
Aponia by Louise Mather
The Three Gifts by Shirley Nicholson
Shimmer/Stifling by Praise Osawaru
That Time Jupiter And Saturn Aligned by Claire Carroll
Shimmering by Joan McNerney
Ripe Oranges by Natalie Marino
Biscoff by Helen Bowie
Shine and Scene, Just Ornamental by Kris Hiles
Lamplighter by Kalyn RoseAnne
Selene by Nachi Keta
Fireflies by Oluwatomiwa Ajeigbe
My Daughter Started Walking by Julie Weiss
Phantasmagoria by Camille Ferguson
Florence by Elizabeth Drawdy
My Boyfriend Says He Has a Theory About Atoms,
But He Won’t Write the Poem by Aleah Dye
When Light Decays by Meg Smith
Forms of Erosion, #4 by Ori Fienberg
Villanelle by Mick Mangan
Imago by Barbara Daniels
Moonlight by Lucy Whitehead
Chemistry Notes on Attractive Forces by Nora Hikari
Surfer's Paradise by Karol Nielsen
Wanderlusting by Kersten Christianson
John O’Groats by Cat Turhan
Thank you to illustrator, Liam Lefr, for his fantastic cover design. Liam is a University of Worcester graduate in illustration and gained a first class degree at the University’s state of the art ‘Art House', where he has exhibited work several times. Liam creates his illustrations digitally, but can also use traditional mediums, and is a keen printmaker. He doesn't limit his practice to creating smaller digital images and he has created to commission several large scale abstract murals that are displayed in various buildings in his home city, Worcester. Primarily, Liam’s work carries a theme of folklore, nature and pattern. He is influenced by European folk culture and tales of magic and mystery. He hopes to captivate his audience with an atmosphere of wonder in his work.
Thank you to each of our wonderful poets for these brilliant poems, I feel very honoured to be able to publish your work in Dust.
And thank you, too, to everyone who submitted poetry for the issue, the standard of work was astonishingly high, and to everyone who supports Dust online. I continue to be inspired by the talent, support, and kindness of the poetry community online.
I hope you enjoy these glimmering poems as much as I have.
Happy New Year.