(Almost) The End

Dear friends,

Earlier this year, after a great deal of thought, I decided that Clear Poetry will cease publication at the end of December 2017.

As the sole editor, I’ve spent many hours over the past three years reading and responding to submissions, as well as running the site itself using a mix of WordPress, Facebook and Twitter. I’m not complaining – after all, I took it upon myself to launch Clear Poetry at the end of 2014. But to put it simply, I need to devote more time to my own writing.

Having made my decision, I waited until all available slots for the rest of the year were scheduled before hammering a piece of 4 x 2 firmly over the submissions inbox.

But don’t despair, there are still several weeks’ worth of brilliant poems to be published before Clear Poetry goes into deep hibernation. I’m also putting the finishing touches to this year’s free e-anthology, which will feature one poem from each of the poets who appeared on the site this year.

I’ve loved editing the site and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it. Clear Poetry will remain online in suspended animation for the foreseeable future (as well as on the British Library’s archives), so please feel free to peruse the marvellous roll-call of poets who have helped me to make it the success it is today.

Cheerio for now,

Ben x


23 thoughts on “(Almost) The End

  1. thri veni November 17, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Sorry to see Clear Poetry go silent. Thank you for your precious time, a time spent for the literary world that brought smiles to many poetry lovers.


  2. sarahwatkinson November 17, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Dear Ben Many congratulations and much gratitude for Clear Poetry. It is a beautifully produced and distinguished magazine and a real source of pleasure. You published poems of mine I was pleased – with but were unfashionably uncomplicated. It’s great to know your achievement is permanently archived. All very best wishes for your own writing Sarah

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  3. Jeff Skinner November 17, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Thanks Ben.

    Best wishes


    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Ben Banyard November 17, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Great to make your acquaintance, Jeff. Love your stuff.


  4. MarinaSofia November 17, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Well, that is sad news. I always enjoyed the excellent selection of poems on Clear Poetry – but it must have been very time-consuming. And I can completely understand your need to focus on your own work. I hope all your work on this journal won’t be lost – and others will be able to access it for a long time. Thank you for all your hard work and best of luck in the future!

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    • Ben Banyard November 17, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Thanks Marina. It was great to publish your work.


  5. lisa reily November 17, 2017 / 8:37 am

    Great to hear you’ve chosen to focus on your own writing! Congrats!

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    • Ben Banyard November 17, 2017 / 10:39 am

      It had to be done, Lisa, as tough a decision as it was. I *think* I’ve done the right thing!


  6. John Foggin November 17, 2017 / 9:08 am

    It’s obviously not been an entirely thankless task, Ben. Like many others, I’m grateful for all the work you’ve put in, and I’ll miss your Poets turning up in my in-box and on Facebook day after day. The fact that you’ll be missed tells you what you achieved. And fellow-bloggers know full well that it all takes time and energy that gradually becomes in shorter and shorter supply. Three years. Three’s a perfect narrative number. Good luck with your own writing

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    • Ben Banyard November 17, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Cheers John. I was so grateful to you for sending me your work when I first approached you. Brilliant to make your acquaintance and I hope to run into you before too long in the “real world”!


  7. dianadevlinblog November 17, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Dear Ben,

    Truly sorry to hear this, I’ve enjoyed reading Clear Poetry over the past few months. But you are right to focus on your own (very fine) writing. I am grateful that Clear Poetry will still exist, as you say, “in suspended animation” so we can continue to enjoy it in some form for some time to come.

    Thank you for bringing such a fine publication to the public and best wishes for the future.


    Diana Devlin

    Sent from my iPad


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    • Ben Banyard November 17, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Very kind of you to say so, Diana. There are lots of other brilliant online journals around, so I hope you aren’t short of plenty of reading material.

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  8. kattstrafford November 17, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Wow Ben, we’ve just met and now this? and after all we’ve meant to one another!

    Seriously, whilst I’m saddened by the news, I fully understand the commitment and time it takes to run a poetry site.

    Thank you so much for publishing my poems, it has sent me on a whirlwind of joy. And I wouldn’t have even seen it if

    you hadn’t pointed it out! duh! You are the best! Looking forward to reading your new stuff.

    Stay in touch

    All the best to you and yours for the holidays

    Kathleen xxxx

    Sent from Outlook


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    • Ben Banyard November 17, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Thanks, Kathleen. All the best with your shiny new book!


  9. Andy Blackford November 17, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Thanks for a great deal of PP (poetic pleasure) Ben – even if you never published any of my own timeless masterpieces.

    And good luck with your own writing!

    Cheers Andy

    Sent from my iPhone


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  10. Janet Philo November 17, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Ben, I have never understood how editors of small presses keep their sanity or manage to focus on their own work, or have a life outside poetry! Your decision to call it a day is entirely understandable but I will miss Clear Poetry and reading/ being published as part of it has changed the way I write – for which I thank you. Look forward to seeing your own work taking up the space it deserves.

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    • Ben Banyard November 17, 2017 / 11:34 am

      Thanks Janet. Lovely to meet you and your work through the site!


  11. katelyonsmillerceramics November 20, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Sad, I was only just introduced to your wonderful site a couple of months ago… But thank you for the work I have read.

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    • Ben Banyard November 20, 2017 / 10:57 am

      Thanks for your kind words. All of the work I’ve published since January 2015 is up on the Index page, so hopefully there’s plenty for you to catch up on!

      Happy reading.

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