Minarets had built up into an alternative DIY outlet that championed openness & intensity in poetry, with a focus on NZ but also including a few international writers each time. I am guest-editing this new issue from Melbourne where I live with 2 flatmates & a collection of fake plants. Even though I’m in Australia rn, there are a bunch of NZ writers I am excited & care about. I’m also glad to be in the position to publish a few Melbourne writers & bring their work to NZ audiences.
There are a few familiar faces in this issue who have been published in Minarets before. ppl wanting to come back after the hiatus makes us feel positive about its place in the community, & that it’s something worth reviving. Of course it’s boring tho when magazines publish the same few people over & over. Starting again w/ friends is good, & we can continue to branch out as things get established again.
So yes, Minarets is back, w/ the same spirit of openness & intensity going fwd, maybe even moreso than before, & I’m glad to be part of its revival.