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Popshot: the new face of British poetry?

Four issues, unknown contributors, cutting-edge illustrations, no adverts or sponsors. Tom Chatfield talks to the 23-year-old editor of the first British poetry magazine to win international distribution

By Tom Chatfield   October 2010

The future of poetry is a quietly boring question that’s been hanging around British letters for the last few decades. Very few poets sell more than a few hundred books; more poetry is written and taught in universities, on courses and for competitions than exists outside of them; and the burgeoning performance scene is usually seen as more an offshoot of the music scene than a new phase in the literary canon. Both poetry’s written and its spoken words tend to be, in their respective ways, introverted and distant from the mainstream of literary culture.

And yet—founded in October 2008…

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