Eye Flash Poetry Journal

From our founding in 2017, Eye Flash Poetry has been dedicated to showcasing and supporting emerging voices in contemporary poetry from across the world and has grown in popularity ever since.

Eye Flash Poetry produces a printed magazine twice a year, edited by Charlotte Begg, Anna Britton, and an eclectic mix of talented guest editors. From our call for submissions, open periodically throughout the year, we chose the content for the magazine. Alongside Eye Flash magazine, we publish 'pocket poetry pamphlets', collections of twelve poems that explore a specific theme. For more details regarding submissions please read our submit page.

Our magazines and pocket poetry pamphlets are available in various independent bookshops, the Southbank Poetry Library, Oxford Mobile Library, and through our website.

Eye Flash is run entirely by volunteers. 

  • Monika Kozac
  • Carrie Schmitt
  • How my 3-year-old comforts her depressed mother/Cecile Bol
  • 100 Word Review: Lantern by Sean Hewitt
  • Mateo Lara
  • 100 Word Review: Ghosting for Beginners, Anna Saunders
  • 100 Word Review: £5 for this love, Stephen Daniels
  • Perfect Happiness/Joanna Nissel
  • Fluoxetine/                    Bubonic       //Emily Nicol
  • Anna Saunders
  • Sneha Subramanian Kanta
  • Claire Westwood
  • 100 Word Review: Nostalgia for Bodies by Lydia Unsworth
  • The House of Blossomed Bones/Jane Burn
  • Of Love and Lust/Scott Thomas Outlar
  • Begin/Helena Astbury
  • Angela Sowden
  • Laura Potts
  • 100 Word Review: Ode to a Hedgehog, Stickleback Magazine
  • The Angel of Revelation visits the New Age Centre/Anna Saunders
  • Monika Kozac

    Once again here at Eye Flash, we have found an amazing artist to grace our front cover. Monika Kozac’s is an artist and illustrator from Poland who has seen her work appear in KALTBULT magazine, exhibited in Poland, and has a fierce following on social media. It’s not difficult to see why- her mix of vibrant colour and line work draws your attention and intrigue, and leaves you wanting to know more about the energy behind the image.  Read below to find out more about Monika.

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  • Carrie Schmitt

    Carrie has overcome extraordinary challenges in her path to becoming the  artist she is today. Her work is vibrant, fluid and full of energy- just what we need for the cover of issue two! Find out more about Carrie below.

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  • How my 3-year-old comforts her depressed mother/Cecile Bol

    Cecile Bol’s heart wrenching yet playful poem reminds us all of the fragility of motherhood. The bittersweet undertone that is carried through to the perfect ending leaves the reader with a curiosity that can only be quenched by reading the poem again, and again. Available in issue five of Eye Flash Poetry Journal

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  • 100 Word Review: Lantern by Sean Hewitt

    Review: Lantern

    Reviewer: Anna Britton

    Publisher: Offord Road Books

    Author: Sean Hewitt

    Price: £6.00

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  • Mateo Lara

    Mateo has a poem in issue four of Eye Flash, and since discovering his poetry were a bit obsessed, so of course, we delved into his work to find two praised collections of poetry, ‘X Marks the Spot’ and ‘Bones: a series of poems’  that delve into Mateo’s macabre and magical poetry that grows from roots of heritage and identity. We interviewed Mateo to find out more behind the talent.

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  • 100 Word Review: Ghosting for Beginners, Anna Saunders

    Review: Ghosting for beginners

    Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing

    Author: Anna Saunders

    Price: £8.99

    Anna’s fifth collection of poetry- she knows what she’s doing. The cover has contrasting primary colours and pathways heading towards, or away from, something unknown and particularly ghostly. Great set up for the subject and tone of the collection.

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  • 100 Word Review: £5 for this love, Stephen Daniels

    Review: £5 for this love

    Publisher: Paper Swan Press

    Author: Stephen Daniels

    Price: £5.00

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  • Perfect Happiness/Joanna Nissel

     

    Joanna’s poem is a perfectly formed four-line stanza, full of painful memories expressed with the skilled storytelling Joanna’s work is known to bring. An addictive read, it’s a poem that fills the reader with fractures of memories that come together to create a beautiful and profound poem. We hope in sharing this poem you can return to it time and again to experience the various emotions it shelters within the lines.

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  • Fluoxetine/ Bubonic //Emily Nicol

    This beautiful poem by Emily Nicol is available in our Pills pamphlet

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  • Anna Saunders

    We are lucky enough to have Anna Saunders guest edit our issue two, due out next Spring. Anna is the CEO and founder of Cheltenham Poetry Fetival.  She has been described as ‘a poet who surely can do anything’ by The North  and ‘a poet of quite remarkable gifts’ by Bernard O’Donoghue. 

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  • Sneha Subramanian Kanta

    Sneha has impressed us no end at Eye Flash. After accepting her poetry for issue three we are spellbound, her poetry complex and accessible, pulling the reader into the world she has intricately created. Sneha is one to watch for the future, creating one of the most respectable poetry journals around , ‘Parentheses’,

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  • Claire Westwood

    Claire Westwood is the talented artist and illustrator gracing the front cover of issue three of Eye Flash, and we can’t wait to share her colourful and ethereal designs with you. Listing Viginia Woolf and Christmas alongside other influences, Claire’s quirky artwork fits right in with our Eye Flash family of talented poets and artists.

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  • 100 Word Review: Nostalgia for Bodies by Lydia Unsworth

    Review: Nostalgia for Bodies

    Reviewer: Ben Armstrong

    Publisher: Erbacce Press

    Author: Lydia Unsworth

    Price: £10.00

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  • The House of Blossomed Bones/Jane Burn

    Our poem of the week is Jane Burn’s haunting and ethereal poem, The House of Blossomed Bones, available in issue three of Eye Flash Poetry.

     

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  • Of Love and Lust/Scott Thomas Outlar

    Our newest featured poem ‘Of Love and Lust’ is courtesy of Scott Thomas Outlar and features in Eye Flash’s new pocket poetry pamphlet ‘The Heart’. Scott’s poem, like the rest of the pamphlet, do not delve into the subject of the heart with rose coloured spectacles, instead, ripping into the flesh and bone of the subject and laying it out for all the see. If you’re tired of the status quo when it comes to poems from the heart, then read on.

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  • Begin/Helena Astbury

    Helena has a rare talent to convey microcosms that engulf the reader through a brief moment of poetry. Her poem ‘Begin’ is a fine example of this, and you can find it in our upcoming DUST pocket poetry pamphlet.

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  • Angela Sowden

    Angela’s artwork will be on the cover of our ‘Pills’ pocket poetry pamphlet, out later this year. We caught up with Angela to find out some more about her and her work.

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  • Laura Potts

    When Laura said she would be happy to do an interview with Eye Flash, we did a little dance around the kettle for joy. And ate a few extra jammy dodgers with our cuppa. It’s not hard to see why- Laura is a remarkable young poet with a distinctive voice, burning a trail with her words and success.

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  • 100 Word Review: Ode to a Hedgehog, Stickleback Magazine

    Review: Stickleback, Ode to a Hedgehog (magazine)

    Publisher: The Hedgehog Poetry Press

    Author: Various

    Price: FREE, but a donation to Prickles Hedgehog Rescue would be nice!

    Mark Davidson, the editor of HPP has created a poetry press that has distinguishable presence and voice. Stickleback magazine epitomises this. Cover design features a Stickleback fish and a Hedgehog. Glorious.

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  • The Angel of Revelation visits the New Age Centre/Anna Saunders

    This weeks poem is courtesy of Anna Saunders and featured in issue one of Eye Flash. Anna is one of our favourite contemporary poets here at Eye Flash, and The Angel of Revelation visits the New Age Centre is a great example of Anna’s work that combines comedy, melancholy and the spiritual to create a unique voice that is easy to connect with.

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How my 3-year-old comforts her depressed mother/Cecile Bol

How my 3-year-old comforts her depressed mother/Cecile Bol

How my 3-year-old comforts her depressed mother/Cecile Bol

Cecile Bol’s heart wrenching yet playful poem reminds us all of the fragility of motherhood. The bittersweet undertone that is carried through to the perfect ending leaves the reader with a curiosity that can only be quenched by reading the poem again, and again. Available in issue five of Eye Flash Poetry Journal

Read more

Fluoxetine/ Bubonic //Emily Nicol

Fluoxetine/                    Bubonic       //Emily Nicol

Fluoxetine/ Bubonic //Emily Nicol

This beautiful poem by Emily Nicol is available in our Pills pamphlet

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Wade/Ellora Sutton

Wade/Ellora Sutton

Wade/Ellora Sutton

Revisiting issue one we remembered how much we love Ellora’s work. She has been making waves in the poetry scene in the last few years, winning poetry competitions and being shortlisted for countless others. Eye Flash is a long term Ellora fan, so what better way to showcase her than to share her poem ‘Wade’ with you from issue one of Eye Flash Poetry.

 

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Joy’s Ascension/Joan Byrne

Joy’s Ascension/Joan Byrne

Joy’s Ascension/Joan Byrne

Joan’s poem needs to be shared. It light-touch language and imagery make use of the concrete form to produce a wonderful poem worthy of reading time and again. You can read Joan’s poem in issue four of Eye Flash Poetry due out April 2019, order your copy here.

Photo by Ankush Minda on Unsplash

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Of Love and Lust/Scott Thomas Outlar

Of Love and Lust/Scott Thomas Outlar

Of Love and Lust/Scott Thomas Outlar

Our newest featured poem ‘Of Love and Lust’ is courtesy of Scott Thomas Outlar and features in Eye Flash’s new pocket poetry pamphlet ‘The Heart’. Scott’s poem, like the rest of the pamphlet, do not delve into the subject of the heart with rose coloured spectacles, instead, ripping into the flesh and bone of the subject and laying it out for all the see. If you’re tired of the status quo when it comes to poems from the heart, then read on.

Read more


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