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all these people telling their own stories through the poems . . . even though some of them may be made up (I should say: imagined), they managed by page 19 to move this blasé old editor to tears – and I had seen them all before!
Graham is OWP’s cover artist extraordinaire, creator of a gallery of illustrations that each responds in its own way to notes I send him of either a given issue’s poem titles or else visual images occurring in the poems themselves.
One day I hope a book of pictures may come of it, but in the meantime here is a random selection of his recent masterpieces:
This is the cover of the forthcoming May 2017 special issue 78 of OWP, consisting of forty-four poems that relate (in an almost unbelievable variety of ways) to spoons & to Christine Miserandino’s ‘spoon theory.’
This one-off themed issue had its genesis in Jane Burns’ photo of a lonely spoon, spotted on the tracks at Prudhoe Station, that she posted on Facebook last November.
Correspondence shedding light on the project can be found on the Facebook page Spoon on the Tracks, as well as on our own “Obsessed With Pipework” page.
Welcome to the web presence of Obsessed with Pipework magazine of new poetry with strangeness & charm. The first issue appeared in 1997, and we have managed four OWP a year ever since. Publication dates are early in the months of February, May, August and November, more or less (but for no particular reason) coinciding with the festivals of Imbolc, Beltane, Lugnasadh and Samhain.
The magazine does not operate a submissions window, welcoming at any time offers of up to six original & unpublished poems written in English from anyone. Accepted poems that ‘miss’ a given issue of the magazine are simply rolled on for the following issue. If sending work by post, please include a stamped self-addressed envelope large enough to take all the poems (C5 or larger), in the absence of which expect no reply unless your poems are absoLUTEly brilliant.
The editor tends to favour work that may be unsure of itself but is willing to explore untried creative directions. Criteria include authenticity, humanity & the attempt to take off. Predictability, dogma and wordiness will almost always be rejected.
A selection of back numbers can be seen online as part of the searchable Poetry Library archive: http://www.poetrymagazines.org.uk. A current copy costs £3.50 by post, or £12.00 will get you a year’s subscription.
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