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Monday, September 29, 2008

Orbis Call for Subs

Orbis is an interesting little magazine from here in the UK. Their next issue is the Culture issue.

Tell a friend - tell all your friends.

Many thanks.


Capital poems wanted for Orbis 145, Special Issue on the theme of Culture* (see below)

Or Liverpool

Or from poets with some link to the City, eg, used to play in a band there when I was in Uni -

but not if your neighbour used to live near somebody who used to know somebody who said their sister’s friend may have gone out with Ringo…

Deadline: September 30

Via email

2 poems

Or 1 piece of prose; maximum 1000 words (extracts can also be considered), stating word count

Article suggestions also welcome

You are also welcome to join the Orbis Group on Facebook:

Best wishes,


* OK, since you ask, and quite a few have: Culture may be defined in any way you wish, or see below - but nowt to do with petri dishes, please:


a. The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.

b. These patterns, traits, and products considered as the expression of a particular period, class, community, or population: Edwardian culture; Japanese culture; the culture of poverty.

c. These patterns, traits, and products considered with respect to a particular category, such as a field, subject, or mode of expression: religious culture in the Middle Ages; musical culture; oral culture.

d. The predominating attitudes and behavior that characterize the functioning of a group or organization.

2. Intellectual and artistic activity and the works produced by it.


a. Development of the intellect through training or education.

b. Enlightenment resulting from such training or education.

4. A high degree of taste and refinement formed by aesthetic and intellectual training.

5. Special training and development: voice culture for singers and actors.


Orbis International Literary Journal

144, Summer 2008

Front cover artwork, ‘Airing Out II’; back: ‘Marbles XXVI’

by Candy Witcher:

Featured Writer

Neetha Kunaratnam: Reverie, The Closing Sequence

Knole Park I Fantasy; II Meditation

Marianne Burton: The River Flowing under the Bank of England Dreams of Power

John Temple Finnigan: Cartoon Desert Island Love Poem

Lydia Fulleylove: Prose Sculpture 1 Samarkand

Oliver Rice: Notes for Tell Elvira


Sally Douglas: Nocturne

Oz Hardwick: The Illuminated Dreamer


Pat Farrington: From Paradise to Apocalypse? Some historical contrasts in Nature poetry


Ion Pop, Trei puncte (Three Dots, trans by Adam J. Sorkin and Ioana Ieronim)

At last, bring some sunshine into your world, Travelling hopefully with David Callin, or join Peter Butler and Mr & Mrs Woofit in Paradise. Never mind the snake in the grass (OK, tree), go for A bird in the hand, like Jane Morley. And even if Noel Williams is Skating close, Lynne Bassler can tell you about Meditation After Four Days and Nights. Maybe that’s the result of A Fairytale in Words from Jonathan Attrill - sounds like it, according to June Hall in A Lipping Moon. But if you fancy being an Oneironaut, Catherine Chandler-Oliveira can reveal all.

Please refer to guidelines at before submitting work


Besides poems, and occasionally upbeat doesn’t come amiss, Orbis welcomes prose, 500 to 1000 words, suggestions for cover artwork and features, eg the Past Master Section, or indeed, Past Mistress. 500 to 1000 words; ideas in first instance, not completed articles: subjects for discussion, technical, topical etc:

(we should) use as little punctuation as possible but also think of it as notation -

to speed up lines, slow them down.

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  1. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Nothing on petri dishes? :( Well that counts me out ...

    And Mr McShaun, is there any way you can shorten the length of the captcha thingies? Sometimes they're longer than the message I leave ... and I find them really hard to read.

  2. I could possibly do something if I kenw what you were talking about :P.

  3. Anonymous3:23 AM

    Y'know, captcha, those ... things with the letters you have to type out to say you're human. They're crazy long sometimes.

  4. I don't think there's anything I can do about that. If someone knows, feel free to say something...but I don't think you can fiddle with them.