Anima Magazine Issue 1

Anima Magazine issue 1 is now back from the printers and you can buy a copy or a subscription here. We are pleased with how it has turned out and hope you will consider ordering a copy. Here is the Editor's Note from magazine:

Welcome to Anima! The idea for the magazine has been incubating for some time, and it’s exciting to see the first issue head out into the world at last. We’ve been pleased by the interest people have shown so far in what we are trying to do, and by the range of work that has been submitted. We’re also happy to find that we are already international, with contributions from America, the UK and India. It takes some faith for a writer to entrust their work to a new and unknown publication, and we are grateful to those who have taken the plunge with us.

When we first sat down to try and work out exactly what we were aiming for with Anima, we were clear that we didn’t want too narrow a focus on particular subject matters or styles. Instead we wanted to connect readers and writers who have a more basic perspective in common. What unites the diverse poems in this issue is an underlying assumption that there may be more to existence than can be explained, communicated by, or contained within, the dominant positivist philosophy of the age. The result of this approach has been a sometimes bewildering variety. Myth, dreamscapes and universal themes of soul and spirit intermingle with more personal stories of love, grief and renewal. Anyone hoping for a cosy uniformity of voice or attitude may wish to look elsewhere! We have poems that are beautifully written in traditional forms next to much more contemporary writing. Some of the poems address our themes very directly, others quietly allude, and there are a few where the connection is more intangible —writing that seems to us to have the power to evoke a sense or feeling of something beyond the mundane, which in itself poses a question.

In putting this first issue together I’ve been struck anew by the power poetry has to surprise us about ourselves, and to subtly influence and shape our worlds in often unexpected ways; working with these poems over the last few weeks I have found many of them appearing unbidden at odd moments, and some of their images have seeped into my dreams. I hope you enjoy this small be- ginning, and continue to follow the magazine as it develops in future. We welcome your feedback. You can contact us through our website at www.animapoetry.uk.