Poetry is an art form that has the ability to turn words into rhythmical creations.  Poets are able to express peculiarities and inspire readers to pick up pens themselves. Ultimately, poetry opens us up to wonder at the sometimes astonishing possibilities of language. It is, in its subtle yet powerful way, a discipline for re-engaging with a world we take too much for granted.

The poets featured in this issue of The South Bank Review will take you on a journey of reflection and recollection – from memories of childhood to everyday life experiences. They express suffering, touching upon the trouble of identity and belonging. All of our poets articulate a variety of emotions. In these pieces, words dance to a rhythmic beat. 

Editors: Sarah Merzouki, Jaspreet Daheley