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!
What are you looking for in the poems submitted to issue five of Eye Flash?
Poetry I didn’t know I needed. Poems which are fearless, which aren’t afraid to unsettle or move or shock. I want to be surprised! I’m also interested in poems which engage with form but aren’t subservient to it.
Which poets are you obsessed with at the moment?
I haven’t stopped thinking about Jenny George’s The Dream of Reason. Each poem is razor sharp – controlled, focused and charged with violence. It’s haunting and brilliant. I also keep going back to Mary Jean Chan’s A Hurry of English, which I find incredibly moving. And Seán Hewitt’s Lantern, which I love for its timelessness, its musicality.
How do you know a poem is special?
If I think, ‘Damn, I wish I’d written that’.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My mum and my girlfriend would probably come joint first.
What are your goals and dreams this year?
I’m currently working on my first pamphlet, so I’d love to get that out there!