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This is the debut drop of The Lit, exploring publishing and storytelling in all its forms. Issue One finds us in praise of short attention spans. Of poems that won’t sit still. Of single clause stories daubed on walls. Of hooks that get you in an instant. We peer through the cracks in our concentration to explore the post-digital landscape. Time is tight. Attention’s expensive. Are you with us?
In the month that Alice Oswald takes office as the new Oxford Professor of Poetry David Devanny considers the recent history of the position. How relevant is the position today? Why does the position attract controversy? What has been the impact of social media?
Like your adjectives a little less Pound and a little more Nabakov? Prefer a Whitman-esque sprawl to your line break rather than a Bukowski-esque punch? David Devanny’s digital-first poem 'Orange Sweatshirt' puts the reader in control, with a piece that is exquisitely crafted and endlessly playable…