Stand Magazine

Stand Magazine is produced by the School of English at Leeds University here in the UK. It was established in 1953. The current issue 235 includes two of my poems in honour of African American artists and poets who made America’s great cultural period and faced segregation, injustice and discrimination. Many thanks to John Whale, Hannah Copley, Ian Fairley and Kathryn Jenner for putting this issue together.

Stand 235

Seven Pool Players Walk to the Bar of the Golden Shovel

after Foucault’s Pendulum

My first poem in Stand 235 is ‘a cool cocktail hour villanelle’ after We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks and AM/TRAK by Amiri Baraka.

Wake Up, Stand Up and Fly, Blackbird, Fly 

My second poem in Stand 235 is after Portrait of James V. Hatch and Camille Billops by artist Keef Crossley, 2015, Fly, Blackbird, by C. Bernard Jackson, a musical dealing with civil rights, and Infirm by Gwendolyn Brook

Stand Magazine’s welcome page is here.

More of my work in honour of African American artists and poets who made America’s great cultural period and faced segregation, injustice and discrimination is available in Poetry Ireland Review 137, and Honest Ulsterman, Feb 22.

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