n New Coin Poetry - Editor's notes

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0028-4459



Welcome to for June 2014, the first issue I am putting out as its new editor.

When I started subscribing to in the early 1990s, the journal, then under of the editorship of Robert Berold, was regarded by the South African poetry community as essential reading. I, for one, first encountered the work of poets such as Kelwyn Sole, Karen Press, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Vonani Bila, Lesego Rampolokeng and Alan Finlay in its pages. It was exciting, vibrant and at the cutting edge of what was happening in South African poetry. My aim as editor of is to continue, and build on, that tradition. I want to offer its readers quality work and I want it to play a vital role in the contemporary poetry discourse in South Africa, and even beyond.

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