Issue 5: a thing of beauty
I’m thrilled to announce that the first issue of my editorship of Horizon Review is now live. I am thrilled to have been able to put together such a splendid issue, and I thank all the contributors for sending their work. I hope we’ve got something for everyone: there are stories, poems, cartoons, book reviews, TV reviews, essays and confections, two dramatic works, and a bedside interview. We demonstrate why Nick Cave is the poets’ singer; we show you the doomed Decadent, Ernest Dowson, still very much alive; if you missed last summer’s Francis Alÿs exhibition at Tate Modern, never fear: you can make up for it here! We have stories about heartbreak, childhood, old age, statues. We have a picture of Oscar Wilde with an ocelot, and a poem in the shape of a stock cube; but not just any stock cube.
And speaking of pictures, look what our doughty publisher chose to go with my editorial!
At a time when official public support for the humanities is being eroded, in both our arts institutions and education, we must lay claim to our own observations and imaginations. Many of us may struggle to keep our jobs with the cuts coming, many may find themselves embroiled in the protests. Many may find themselves miraculously unscathed (though subject, say, to reduced opening hours at the British Museum). However that is, it’s vital to keep alert, both outside us into the world, to one another, and inside to where our most personal perceptions take shape in the dark, and grow.
And, as the Belgian artist Francis Alÿs is quoted in this issue: ‘Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic’.
Horizon Review is a highly poetic enterprise, by which I mean it is rooted in both the world around us and the one inside us.
Enjoy the issue!