When Pressed


About When Pressed

About When Pressed

There was no one idea for this journal, it emerged in the doing, in the conversations we had along the way. Partly, we wanted to make something that could document the merging and shifting modalities of poetic practice. Who is making poetry and how? In this way we saw the internet as a way of allowing for a range of media possibilites in one place, in addition to being cheap and accessible. So, a journal that doesn’t look much like a journal. Or sound like one. Call it: a series of collections. Built slowly, tinkered with…

This is an online space that brings together work from a variety of media in collections, each curated by a different person or group. Collections could include poetry, essay, fiction and prose, criticism, as well as sound and image, either as components of a work or as the work itself. We hope for this to be a place of organised eclecticism and innovation. We also hope it is a place that people spend time with and return to, and that the design is responsive to the way people actually read, scan, watch, listen and think on and with the internet.

Our first collection on poetry and its misdemeanours could be seen as a statement of purpose. Too often if poetry is included in larger publications it is locked in on all sides by columns, presumably in case it escapes and wreaks havoc on things we all hold dear like common sense and typography. Instead we’d like to see poetry put up front as a way of interacting with the world through and alongside language. But while this these are our interests, each editor/curator will shape the issue in their own way, extending the range of the website into areas we are interested in, but probably don’t have expertise in.

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At the moment, this site is best viewed in Firefox or Safari. Strange things will happen otherwise. Strange things may happen anyway. In any case, we are working on fixing the site for use in Internet Explorer. Stay tuned.

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When Pressed was collectively dreamt up and realised in 2008 by Pat Armstrong, Nick Keys, and Tim Wright. It is designed by the former, and edited by the two latter. The second issue, ‘Movement in Translation’, was guest-edited by Joel Scott.

At the moment When Pressed remains an ‘occasional’ publication.

We are not reading submissions currently. However, this may change in the future.

Please send all correspondence to:
hello@whenpressed.net