The fantabulous second issue of The Broadsheet edited by Simon Williams and Susan Taylor was launched at Exeter Poetry Festival on Monday night. It’s beautifully designed and chocabloc with a remarkable mix of poetry, an orchestra of different kinds of poetic instruments. So expertly type-set by Simon who has ensured that no line of writing runs along a crease!
I am thrilled that one of my own poems is secreted among the folds, with others by Harry Guest, Penny Shuttle and Carrie Etter to name but a few. Like a map of poetry of the South West this broadsheet charts spaces between Heavy Tree in Exeter to France and Germany and way beyond anywhere into the imagination. But a woman is not a cave, a paw print is not a cat and someone doesn’t care they weren’t invited to Buckingham Palace while someone else writes silence.
Simon and Susan joked it is the largest magazine around and I jest not when I think it must stand out as one of the best. Judging by the number of poets who arrived to take part in the Broadsheet’s celebration I am not alone. It was a fast-paced performance with an incredible 30 poets taking part: slick and speedy with Simon adjusting the mic each time just as he had lovingly hand-folded each copy. At only £3 it is a veritable snip. You get a delightful peacock and some wrens who write with peacock feathers by Dru Marland. It’s for sale at the pop-up poetry shop at the Phoenix in Exeter and from www.thebroadsheet.moonfruit.com