Welcome to the summer issue of The Passionate Transitory – yes, it is summer, just, and nature has been playing catch-up after such a reluctant spring. Outside TPT's office window is the familiar mid-year sight of roses blooming, potatoes flowering and young brassica leaves being ravaged by the pigeons. So all is well with the world. And all is especially well in poetry world, as we are sticking our necks on the line and announcing the best edition ever of the magazine! We do hope you agree and find some poems of enormous skill, depth and quality among these cyber-pages.

This time we are introducing 10 wonderful new writers, plus reintroducing 16 existing contributors. Particularly exciting – and a major scoop for this journal – is the work of outstanding young poet Helen Mort, who is already getting a big name for herself at poetry festivals and on the poetry-reading circuit. Helen has been five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award; she won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008; and her long-awaited collection, Division Street, is coming soon from Chatto & Windus. Another much-respected poet many of you will be familiar with is Alison Brackenbury, who has generously submitted two poems to this issue. The prestigious Carcanet Press has published no fewer than 9 volumes of Alison's poetry, including her latest collection, Then, which appeared earlier this year.

We have highlighted the work of just two poets here, but we know that is quite unfair! All 26 poets represented have contributed poems of a very high standard, and, in truth, we are impressed and excited by them all. To arrive at the final 48 poems in this new issue has been a time-consuming and difficult task – but highly pleasurable too. There is nothing like that moment when a poem pops up in the inbox and you immediately think: wow! Out of many hundreds of submissions, we are glad to say these moments did keep on coming . . .

That is quite enough from us, and we leave you to enjoy the poems at your leisure. Have a great summer!

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