Tears in the Fence is an independent literary journal established in November 1984. Our bi-annual publication includes poetry, prose, translations, reviews and essays by established writers from around the world. We embrace neo-Romantic, modernist and post-modernist developments in British and American poetry and have been an outlet for prominent poets associated with the British Poetry Revival as well as later generations of British, black and Asian poets. We have editorial bases in UK and France. We seek ones in Australia and USA.
The current issue:
Issue 66 has a front cover detail from an original watercolour by Andrew Henon from his ‘Swim Lanes’ body of work for ‘Expressions of Research University of Bath art / Science collaborate project.
The issue is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry, fiction and flash fiction from Rachael Clyne, Camilla Nelson, Steve Spence, Isobel Armstrong, Anna Reckin, Jeremy Reed, Greg Bright, Adam Fieled, Maurice Scully, Zainab Ismail, Michael Henry, Sarah Cave, Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese, Paul Kareem Tayyar, Jinny Fisher, Alison Frank, Bethany Rivers, Nick Totton, F.J. Williams, Vahni Capildeo in Conversation with Suzannah V. Evans, Mike Duggan, John Welch, Jill Eulalie Dawson, James Midgley, Richard Foreman, Andrew Henon, Cora Greenhill, Peter J. King, Jane Wheeler, Jonathan Chant, Martin Stannard, Kate Noakes, Jonathan Catherall, John Goodby, David Clarke, Ren Watson, Claire Polders, Flash Fiction 3rd Prize winner, Keith Walton, Flash Fiction 2nd Prize winner, Sheila Mannix, Flash Fiction 1st Prize winner.
The critical section features Ian Brinton’s editorial, Jennifer K Dick’s Of Tradition & Experiment XIII, Steve Spence on Poems for Jeremy Corbyn, Norman Jope on Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, Andrew Duncan on Seditious Things, Barry MacSweeney and the Politics of Post-war British Poetry by Luke Roberts, Nick Totton on J.H. Prynne & Non-Representational Poetry, Lesley Saunders on Jane Draycott, Geraldine Clarkson, Jeremy Hilton on Sharon Morris, Alfred Celestine, Ulrikka S. Gernes, Scott Thurston on Allen Fisher, Steve Spence on New Plymouth Poetry, Will Daunt on Amos Weisz, Oliver Dixon on James Byrne, Cora Greenhill on the Scottish Women’s Poetry Symposium, Suzannah V. Evans on Richard Price, Mandy Pannett on Trumbull Stickney, Morag Kiziewicz’s Electric Blue 2, Kat Peddie on The Sovereign Community, Notes On Contributors and David Caddy’s Afterword.
Issue 65 has a sea themed cover and is designed by Westow Cooper. We have poetry, prose poetry, fiction and flash fiction from Robert Sheppard, Ian Seed, Michael Farrell, Louise Buchler, Joseph Minden, Kat Addis, Catherine Woodward, Lisa Kelly, Colin Sutherill, Anne Gorrick, David Harmer, John Seed, Valerie Bridge, Ann Matthews Martin Keaveney, Sarah Leavesley in Conversation with Mark Goodwin, Matt Bryden, Ingrid Jendrzejewski – Flash Fiction 1st Prize winner, Niamh MacCabe Flash Fiction 2nd Prize, Jackie Sullivan Flash Fiction 3rd Prize, James Bell, Laura Tansley, Anna Backman Rogers, Reuben Woolley, Peter J. King, Charles Wilkinson, Morag Kiziewicz, Dorothy Lehane, Sally Douglas, Rowan Evans, Jill Jones, Seán Street, Paul Matthews Vivian O’Shaughnessy, Lesley Burt, Sascha Akhtar, Carrie Etter, Kate Noakes, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Lucy Hamilton, Norman Jope, Annie Wright, Susie Campbell, Aidan Semmens, Simon Collings, Steve Spence and Vasiliki Albedo.
The critical section features Alison Winch on Melissa Lee-Houghton, Kat Peddie – Claims on Spaces, Louise Buchler on Hera Lindsay Bird, Jeremy Reed on John Ashbery, Steve Spence on Denise Riley , John Freeman on Henry Lyman , Andrew Duncan on Nathan Thompson, Mark Goodwin , Mandy Pannett on Cora Greenhill, Seán Street , Joseph Persad on Sophie Seita , Duncan Mackay on J.H. Prynne’s Kazoo Dreamboats , Paul Matthews on Diamond Cutters, eds Andrew Harvey & Jay Ramsay, Peter Hughes on Simon Marsh , Colin Winborn on John Martone , Richard Foreman on Andrew Darlington , Morag Kiziewicz – Electric Blue, Notes on Contributors and David Caddy’s Afterword.
Issue 64 has a black & white detail of a Sven Berlin watercolour (1982, private collection) and is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry, fiction and translations from Jeremy Reed, Jim Burns, John Welch, John Freeman, Sally Dutton, Chris Hall, Michael Henry, Beth Davyson, Kinga Tóth, Paul Kareem Tayyar, D. I., Lydia Unsworth, David Pollard, Mike Duggan, Jeff Hilson, Sheila Mannix, I.S. Rowley, Richard Foreman, Jay Ramsay, Alison Winch, Andrew Taylor, Alan Baker, Sophie Herxheimer, L. Kiew, Ric Hool, S.J. Litherland, Rachael Clyne, Andrew Shelley, Tom Cowin, Morag Kiziewicz, Matt Bryden, Jessica Mookherjee, John Phillips, Ian Brinton & Michael Grant trans. Mallarmé, Terence J. Dooley trans. Mario Martin Giljó, Greg Bachar, Jennifer K. Dick, Matthew Carbery, Mark Goodwin, Aidan Semmens, Peter Dent, Sarah Cave, Julie Irigaray and Maria Isokova Bennett.
The critical section features John Freeman on Jim Burns: Poet as Witness, Andrew Henon on Timeless Man: Sven Berlin, Mary Woodward on Rosemary Tonks & Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Jeremy Reed on John Wieners, Norman Jope on Chris McCabe, Marsha de la O in conversation with John Brantingham, Neil Leadbeater on Jeremy Hilton, Nancy Gaffield on Geraldine Monk, Lesley Saunders on Alice Miller, Belinda Cooke on Carole Satyamurti, Steve Spence on Dear World and Everyone in it David Caddy on Andrew Lees’ Mentored by a Madman, Nigel Wood & Alan Halsey, Duncan Mackay on E.E. Cummings , Notes on Contributors, and Ian Brinton’s Afterword.
Issue 63 has a winter woodland cover and is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry, fiction, non-fiction and translations from Peter Larkin, Laurie Duggan, Geraldine Clarkson, Kathrine Sowerby Mélisande Fitzsimons, Rethabile Masilo, Sally Dutton, Hugo von Hofmannsthal trans. William Ruleman, William Ruleman, Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton, Nathan Thompson, Richard Foreman, Melinda Lovell, Charles Wilkinson, Caroline Maldonado, Colin Sutherill, Colin Winborn, Jackie Felleague, Basil King, Eilidh Thomas, Paul Rossiter, Alda Merini trans. Chiara Frenquelluci & Gwendolyn Jensen, Michael Ayres, Helen Moore, Rachael Clyne, Elizabeth Stott, Caitlin Gillespie, Alice Wooledge Salmon, D.N. Simmers, David Ball, Cherry Smyth, John Freeman, Linda Russo, John Brantingham, Roy Patience, Denni Turp, Lesley Burt, Natasha Douglas, Sarah Cave, Valerie Bridge and Steve Spence.
The critical section features Frances Spurrier on Eva Gore-Booth, Dorothy Lehane on Sophie Mayer, Mandy Pannett on Out Of Everywhere 2, Ben Hickman on Tim Allen, Ric Hool on Chris Torrance’s Frinite, Fiona Owen on Jeremy Hooker, Seán Street, Oliver Dixon on English Modernism, Joseph Persad on Maurice Scully, Mark Weiss, Ian Seed on Jeremy Over’s prose poems, Kat Peddie on Marianne Morris, Kelvin Corcoran interviewing Peter Riley on Due North, Belinda Cooke on Antonia Pozzi trans. Peter Robinson, Paul Matthews on Fiona Owen, Mandy Pannett on Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, David Caddy on The New Concrete, Anthony Barnett – Antonym: César Vallejo, Notes On Contributors and Ian Brinton’s Afterword.
Issue 62 has a railway station clock cover and is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry, fiction and essays by Simon Smith, Nancy Gaffield, Patricia Debney, Andy Fletcher, Michael Farrell, John Freeman, Afric McGlinchey, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Anamaria Crowe Serrano & Robert Sheppard, Sarah Connor, Samuel Rogers, Rose Alana Frith, Michael Grant, Charles Hadfield, Mike Duggan, Dorothy Lehane, Vicki Husband, Hilda Sheehan, Andrew Darlington, David Miller, Karl O’Hanlon, Amy McCauley, Rupert Loydell & Daniel Y Harris, Sam Smith, Rodney Wood, David Greenslade, Lesley Burt, L.Kiew, Graheme Barrasford Young, Andrew Lees, Michael Henry, James Bell, Rhys Trimble, Sophie McKeand, Haley Jenkins, Alexandra Sashe-Seekirchner, Richard Thomas, Alec Taylor and Steve Spence.
The critical section consists of David Caddy’s talk on Auden’s line that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’, Anthony Barnett’s Antonym, Jennifer K. Dick’s Of Tradition & Experiment XII, Alan Munton on Steve Spence, Andrew Duncan on Kevin Nolan, David Caddy in Gillian White’s Lyric Shame, Robert Vas Dias on Jackson Mac Low, Laurie Duggan on Alan Halsey, Chris McCabe on Reading Barry MacSweeney, Mandy Pannett on Angela Gardner, Mary Woodward, Ric Hool on Ian Davidson, William Bonar, Steve Spence on John Hartley Williams, Linda Benninghoff on Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, Notes On Contributors and Ian Brinton’s Afterword.
Issue 61 has a winter woodland cover and is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry, fiction, drama and art criticism from Mike Duggan, Robert Vas Dias, Ian Seed, Jennifer Compton, Anne Gorrick, Kelvin Corcoran, Charles Wilkinson, Sheila Hamilton, Chris Daly, Gerald Locklin, Mark Goodwin, Kimberly Campanello, David Pollard, James Roome, Tim Allen, Matt Bryden, Sheila Mannix, Cora Greenhill, Jackie Sullivan, Colin Sutherill, Yvonne Reddick, Michael Henry, Andrew Shelley, S.J. Litherland, Elizabeth Cook, Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton, John Bloomberg Rissman & Anne Gorrick, Nigel Jarrett, David Goldstein, Reuben Woolley, Kate Noakes, Rupert M. Loydell, Paul Sutton, Seàn Street, Louise Anne Buchler, David Clarke, David Andrew and Ziba Karbassi.
The critical section consists of David Caddy’s Editorial, Hannah Silva’s Make It Strange , Anthony Barnett’s Two Childlike Antonyms , Andrew Duncan on Kathleen Raine , Steve Spence on Daniel Harris & Rupert M. Loydell , Ric Hool on Tom Pickard , John Muckle on James Wilson , Elaine Randell on John Muckle , David Caddy on David Miller , Mandy Pannett on Jay Ramsay , John Welch on Paul Rossiter , Belinda Cooke on Yves Bonnefoy and Leonid Aronzon , Fiona Owen on Victoria Field, Jay Ramsay on Anna Saunders , Anthony Barnett’s Antonym: Literary Tumbles , Sheila Hamilton on Melinda Lovell , Notes On Contributors and Ian Brinton’s Afterword.
Issue 60 has an autumnal river scene cover and is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry and fiction from from Lucy Hamilton, John Freeman, Ric Hool, Francis Ponge translated by Ian Brinton, Lynne Wycherley, James Midgley, George Ttoouli, Melinda Lovell, Michael Farrell, Paul A. Green, Norman Jope, Rethabile Masilo, Jo Mazelis, Helen Copley. Saint James Harris Wood, Paul Kareem Tayyar, Linda Black, Jeremy Reed, Peter King, David Ball, John Torrance, Jay Ramsay, Dorothy Lehane, Caroline Maldonado, Mark Dickinson, Michael Henry, Amy McCauley, Lesley Burt, Deya Mukherjee, Colin Sutherill, L. Kiew, Adam Fieled, Rob Stanton, Steve Spence, Colin McCabe, Elaine Randell, Mandy Pannett and Mark Russell. There is also a Conversation Piece between Fiona Owen and Ric Hool.
The critical section includes Hannah Silva’s Make It Strange, Jennifer K. Dick’s Of Tradition & Experiment, Anthony Barnett’s Antonyms, Belinda Cooke on recent translations, Basil King’s Learning to Draw / A History, Ben Hickman on Tony Lopez, Jeremy Hilton on Andrew Taylor, sean burn, Ric Hool, Peter Hughes on Women’s Experimental Poetry in Britain, Philip Crozier on Andrew Crozier in Hastings, Gavin Goodwin on Thomas A. Clark, Mandy Pannett on Simon Jarvis, David Caddy on John Goodby’s The Poetry of Dylan Thomas, Rosie Jackson’s Between The Lines, Notes on Contributors and Ian Brinton’s Afterword.
Issue 59 has a gorgeous Dorset coastal cover and is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry from Lucy Burnett, Anne Gorrick, Colin Sutherill, Peter Larkin, Mark Goodwin, Chris Hall, Sue Chenette, Gerald Locklin, Lesley Burt, June English, Sheila Hamilton, Rachel Sills, Mandy Pannett, Janet Rogerson, Valerie Bridge, Seàn Street, Charles Hadfield, Natalie Bradbeer, Grahaeme Barrasford Young, Charles Wilkinson, Eleanor Rees, Christos Sakellaridis, Carole Birkan, James Bell, Gerald Locklin, Simon Jenner, Rosie Jackson, Geraldine Clarkson and Steve Spence.
We have fiction from Stefan Zweig translated by William Ruleman, Elizabeth Stott and Nicolas Ridley, and nonfiction by Caroline Clark.
Our critical section includes David Caddy’s Editorial, Anthony Barnett’s Antonym: A Disaccumulation of Knowledge, A Conversation Piece with John Freeman by Gavin Goodwin, Jennifer K. Dick’s Of Tradition and Experiment X: Five Small Press Publications, Peter Hughes on John Hall, Ben Hickman on Keston Sutherland, Norman Jope on recent Waterloo Press books, Elizabeth Stott on Kathleen Jones’ biography of Norman Nicholson, Juha Virtanen on recent Knives Forks and Spoons Press publications, Tom Jenks on Robert Sheppard, Mandy Pannett on Valerie Bridge, Rosie Jackson’s Between The Lines, Anthony Barnett’s Antonym: Gunnar Ekelöf ’s Table and Ian Brinton’s Afterword.
Issue 58 has a winter woodland cover and is designed by Westrow Cooper. We have poetry by Paul Kareem Tayyar, Giles Goodland, Robert Vas Dias, Sarah James, Rupert Loydell, Simon Turner, Anamaría Crowe Serrano, Kat Peddie, Tim Cresswell, David Andrew, Jeffrey Graessley, Simon Zonenblick, Jay Ramsay, Lydia Padellec, Malcolm Povey, Carrie Etter, Ian Seed, Nicky Mesch, Hilda Sheehan, Richard Evans, Alice Lyons, Mike Duggan, Michael Grant, Sheila Hamilton, Andrew Darlington, Dorothy Lehane, Aidan Semmens, Dan O’Brien, Rosie Jackson, Simon Currie, L.Kiew, Matt Haw, Jennifer K. Dick, Sarah Crewe, Michael Henry, Peter Dent and Norman Jope.
We have fiction by Melissa Lee-Houghton, Alice Wooledge Salmon, Michael Sforza, Lisa Mansell and Sascha Akhtar.
Our critical section includes Jennifer K. Dick on Habib Tengour, Peter Hughes on Ed Dorn, Norman Jope on Gertrude Kolmar, Laurie Duggan on Gig Ryan, Oliver Dixon on Jorie Graham, David Caddy on Jim Burns, Jennifer K. Dick, Dzifa Benson on Linda Black, Fani Papageorgiou, Cora Greenhill on Sally Goldsmith, Jay Ramsay on Simon Jenner, Ian Brinton on D.H. Lawrence, selections from the Ian Brinton / Andrew Crozier Correspondence, Brian Hinton on David Caddy, plus regular columnists David Caddy, Rosie Jackson, Anthony Barnett and Ian Brinton.
Issue 57 has a beautiful cover and is designed by Westrow Cooper. It features poetry by Sean Street, Elizabeth Welsh, Lou Wilford, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Ben Hickman, Karoline von Günderrode Trans. Gwendolyn Jensen and Monika Totten, Zack Nelson-Lopiccolo, Peter Carpenter, Paul Kareem Tayyar, Rosie Jackson, Isobel Armstrong, Sarah Miller, Sean Elliott, Paul Matthews, Alexandra Sashe, Claire Crowther, Alistair Noon, Mélisande Fitzsimons, Gerard Greenway, Adam Fieled, Jennifer Compton, Kevin McCann, David Kennedy, Dorothy Lehane, James Bell, Andrew Shelley, Melinda Lovell, Peter Robinson, Tess Joyce, Tim Allen, Jaime Robles, Geraldine Clarkson, Gavin Selerie, Steve Spence and Eleanor Perry.
We have fiction by Lori Jakiela, Steven Earnshaw, Susmita Bhattacharya, Simon Howells, Alison Lock, Noel King and David Goldstein.
Our critical section features selections from Letters From Andrew Crozier to Ian Brinton, Andrew Duncan on Fiona Sampson’s Beyond The Lyric, Chrissy Williams on Chris McCabe, Michael Grant On Writing, Laurie Duggan on Geraldine Monk’s Cusp, Jeremy Hilton on David Caddy, John Welch, Robert Hampson on Ben Hickman, Sheila Hamilton on Melissa Lee-Houghton, Lindsey Holland, Frances Spurrier on The Best of British Poetry, Mandy Pannett on Rocco Scotellaro, Ian Brinton on Donald Davie, Jay Ramsay on Norman Jope, Pauline Stainer, Michael Grant on Anthony Barnett, Ric Hool on Mario Petrucci, Richard Humphreys on Clive Wilmer, Ben Hickman on Wide Range Chapbooks, Gabriel Millar on Jehanne Mehta, Rosie Jackson’s Between The Lines column, Anthony Barnett’s Antonyms column and Ian Brinton’s Afterword.
Issue 56 is a large 176 page book designed by Westrow Cooper. It features poetry by Michael Grant, Melinda Lovell, Simon Smith, K.V. Skene, Mark Goodwin, S.J. Litherland, Peter Hughes, Jay Ramsay, Louise Anne Buchler, Ami Kaye, Michael Henry, Ric Hool, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Sophie Boucher, David Greenslade, Tim Allen, Chrissy Williams, Aaron Belz, Megan Watkins, Rebecca Schmejda, Matt Bryden, Sheila Hamilton, Sarah Crewe, Simon Perril, Bethany Pope, Tania Hershman, John Latta, Geraldine Clarkson, Steve Spence, Lynne Wycherley, Jeremy Reed, Fani Papageorgiou and many others.
We have fiction by John Brantingham, Rani Drew, Sandra Glaze, Frederick Lightfoot and James Wall.
There are also some visual poems by Sarah Kelly and an extract from David Caddy’s Cycling After Thomas And The English.
Our critical section features Jennifer K. Dick on ‘What’s Avant-Garde in the 21st Century’, Jeremy Reed on Robert Duncan, Laura Burns on Elisabeth Bletsoe, Harriet Tarlo’s The Ground Aslant, Michael Grant on Anthony Barnett, Ian Brinton on Michael Heller, Laurie Duggan on Michael Bolton, Mandy Pannett on Catherine Edmunds, Peter Carpenter on Mathew Hollis and Edward Thomas, Steve Spence on David Harsent, Philip Kuhn, Rosie Jackson’ s Between The Lines and Anthony Barnett’s Antonyms, Ian Brinton’s Afterword plus much more.
As wonderfully diverse as ever, issue 55, a bumper 176 page issue, features the poetry of Hannah Silva, Edward Field, Sheila Hamilton, Yves Bonnefoy, translated by Ian Brinton and Michael Grant, Sheila E. Murphy, Rupert M. Loydell, Suzanne Allen, Mark Goodwin, Melinda Lovell, Paul Tayyar, Adam Fieled, Amy McCauley, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Helen Moore, Norman Jope, Andy Brown, Ian Seed, Kimberley Campanello, Geraldine Clarkson, S.J. Litherland, Jeremy Reed, Robert Sheppard, Aidan Semmens and many others.
We have fiction from Sascha Akhtar, Neil Campbell, Diana Gittins, David Goldstein, Catherine McNamara and Elizabeth Stott.
Our critical section features regular columnists, Jennifer K. Dick, Rosie Jackson and Anthony Barnett, Ian Brinton on Andrew Crozier and the Ferry Press, John Hall on John Wieners with Gilbert & George, John Welch on Barry Flanagan, Nigel Wheale on Peter Hughes, Laurie Duggan on Geraldine Monk, Ric Hool on Anne Cluysenar, Peter Riley on Nathan Thompson and many other reviews and articles.
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Issue 54 is jam packed with poetry, translation and prose by the likes of Elizabeth Barrett, Kate Guthrie Caruso, Rita Dahl, Carrie Etter, Lindsey Holland, John Kinsella, Gerald Locklin, Ziba Karbassi, Mark Newell, Anamaria Crowe Serrano, Séan Street, Jessie Volk and Grahaeme Barrasford Young. The critical section includes Jennifer K. Dick on Michelle Naka Pierce, Ian Brinton on Nigel Wheale, Norman Jope on New Order: Hungarian Poets of the Post 1989 Generation, John Welch on Fawzi Karim, Valeria Melchioretti on Gill Gregory, Steve Spence on Tim Allen and Rupert Loydell, Anthony Barnett’s Antonyms on Aimé Cesaire and D.S. Marriott, Sarah Hopkins’s Noise From Cabin and David Caddy’s Afterword.
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