When nineteenth-century scientist, philosopher and poet, Constance Naden, contemplated the night sky, she saw a universe full of vitality. Here, Clare Stainthorp, reflects on Naden’s sonnets and the starry cosmos that inspired them.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s poems offer a solitary space for readers to meditate on nature’s quiet truths, a locus in which to reorientate the self and speak in a new language of trees, birds, waterfalls and winding valleys.
Our Poetry editor, Usha Akella, recalls her time studying for an MSt. in Creative Writing at Cambridge and considers how the flora and fauna of the city inspired her writing and helped her navigate and connect with a new place.
In these two hauntingly evocative poems, Elodie Rose Barnes captures the sensuous, creative spirit of night and the tumultuous relationships of Djuna Barnes and Thelma Wood, Natalie Barney and Renée Vivien.
In her poem, Gerry Stewart shines a light on the overlooked legacy of Sarah Anne Bright, a nineteenth-century artist and photographer who produced one of the earliest surviving photograms initially attributed to William Henry Fox Talbot.