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. 

  • Begin/Helena Astbury
  • 100 Word Review: Ode to a Hedgehog, Stickleback Magazine
  • Josep Almudever Chanza
  • Claire Westwood
  • The Angel of Revelation visits the New Age Centre/Anna Saunders
  • Perfect Happiness/Joanna Nissel
  • Sneha Subramanian Kanta
  • 100 Word Review: Papaya Fantasia by David Mark Williams
  • 100 Word Review: Lantern by Sean Hewitt
  • On the Sand, on the Bay/Daniel Rattelle
  • 100 WORD REVIEW:                            IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE, BY CLEMENTINE VON RADICS
  • Mateo Lara
  • Ella Duffy
  • The House of Blossomed Bones/Jane Burn
  • How my 3-year-old comforts her depressed mother/Cecile Bol
  • Monika Kozac
  • 100 Word Review: Ghosting for Beginners, Anna Saunders
  • Laura Potts
  • 100 Word Review: £5 for this love, Stephen Daniels
  • Anna Saunders
  • 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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  • 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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  • Josep Almudever Chanza

    Josep’s intimate and engaging interview with Eye Flash is an authentic reflection of his poetry. Living in Edinburgh after being born and raised in Spain, Josep’s constant evolution of rhyme and word keeps his readers on their toes- including us. We are delighted to have Josep’s poem ‘Polyphemus’ in issue three for you to read. Find out more about him below.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 100 Word Review: Papaya Fantasia by David Mark Williams

    Review: Papaya Fantasia

    Reviewer: Matthew Duggan

    Publisher: Hedgehog Poetry

    Author: David Mark Williams

    Price: £9.99

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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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  • On the Sand, on the Bay/Daniel Rattelle

    Daniel’s poem from issue two of Eye Flash is brimming with imagery and rhyme that combines magically to create a scene full of pastoral and romantic melancholy.

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  • 100 WORD REVIEW: IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE, BY CLEMENTINE VON RADICS

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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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  • Ella Duffy


    Eye Flash Poetry is ecstatic to have Ella Duffy on board as a guest editor for issue five. Ella is a London-based poet whose work has appeared in The Rialto, The Guardian Review and The Poetry Salzburg Review. She has poems in Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse (Pan MacMillan) and Pale Fire: New Writing on the Moon (The Frogmore Press). We can’t wait to see what Ella picks out for issue five- find out what she is looking for in our interview with her!


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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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: £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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  • 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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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

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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.

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