Issue Three: Map of Lost Music

Dear Reader,

As a toast to the gentlest and warmest of summers, we are very proud to present Issue Three: Map of Lost Music. Another issue, another great pleasure to edit, and another place to map the hidden treasures of the emerging poetry scene.

This time we’re enjoying the company of fast-emerging contemporary poets Kaveh Akbar and Scherezade Siobhan. Kaveh begins this issue with a poem from his debut Calling A Wolf A Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017) which has never been published online. Scherezade takes us behind the scenes  with ‘Vibratese’, a new segment from her sequence  Bombay, Uncut – from which we also draw the theme for this issue. 

We follow Olivia McCannon into the less-discovered country  of poetry and translation, where she traces the possibilities of a “free zone” in which “the unsaid is spoken”. And we’re fortunate enough to feature a segment of Mary Jean Chan’s article on poetics of racial trauma in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, a vastly important analysis of one of today’s literary landmarks.

Alongside them, our Kindling poets are back in force, traversing territories from California to China via Cape Cod. We wish you the best travels through the constantly unexpected and exciting work in this issue, and an illuminating summer!  


Kaveh Akbar | Brian Ng | Elizabeth Gibson | Jamie Baxter |
Jenny DanesLewis Harrington | M. Rene Bradshaw | Nanxy Huang
O Mayeux | Rebekah MironRobert Jackson


Olivia McCannon | Mary Jean Chan | Scherezade Siobhan


Tash & Theo

Editors, The Kindling