issue 1, may 2013
Molly Bloom the poetry mag (not the band, the blogging fashionista or the Joycean uber-character, only one of whom is related) came into the world in 1980, born of a dispute over the continued use of the name Perfect Bound. Unhappily, the excellent content and good production (for its time) of the debut issue was not matched by distribution, so the end followed not long after the beginning. Now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, Molly Bloom rides again. This first online issue features a generous selection of work from the printed original (right) alongside some more recent poems by the same writers, and others who seem to inhabit the same world of thought and language, or share, as Peter Riley has described it, "a shaky solidarity of the innovative".
Aidan Semmens, editor
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'I rather think of verse as a tool of thought, perhaps comparable
to the tool of mathematics' – George Oppen