Check your Compass

There have been some great new online poetry magazines launched in the UK in the last year or so. I’ve mentioned The Compass before when they published some reviews  I wrote for poet and reviews editor, Kim Moore, including one of Sarah Howe’s ‘Loop of Jade’. Sarah is one of the editors of Prac Crit, another brilliantly produced and presented contemporary magazine that is totally free to read. The current issue contains some wonderful work by poet Katrina Porteous, as well as a fascinating  and wide-ranging  interview with Katrina by The Butcher’s Dog  magazine editor and poet Jake Campbell.

The new issue of The Compass is full of really good work from poets I have and haven’t come across before, as well as reviews, articles and interviews with many poets I know of and admire. I’m happy to have one of my poems featured today. It’s called ‘Shocks’ and is taken from ‘Traces‘, a sequence reflecting on my nursing experience,
which will be published in a new book next year.


  1. Thanks for the reminder to keep dipping into these beautifully produced, high quality in-all-ways online mags.Just read your poem – “Shock” . I am a fan of your poetry, Roy, and this is another one which hits the mark. Thanks.


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