This article is taken from Stand 224, 17(4) December 2019 - February 2020.

John Whale Editorial
After three special issues featuring Indonesian literature, Singaporean women’s writing, and eco-poetics, we return to our standard magazine offering of poems, translations, short stories, and reviews which have been submitted to us from around the world. But we do so with a heavy heart following the loss of our co-editor and friend Elaine Glover who died from an aggressive cancer in September.

Elaine was at the centre of our editorial team for the last fifteen years or more and it is our privilege to be able to pay tribute to her in the first section of this issue. She was a truly committed individual. With her energy, genial encouragement, and steely determination, she made poetry happen. Amongst the coffee, cake, and conversation she gave us the joy of her mischievous good humour. The Stand office in Leeds is small. Elaine filled it many times over with her sharp intelligence and her love.

There are tributes here from long-standing friends Margaret Beatham, Rodney Pybus, Lorna Tracy, Michael Schmidt, and Jeffrey Wainwright and from a younger generation of friends – writers and editors whom she has inspired over the last two decades: Rachel Bower, Hannah Copley, Kathryn Jenner, Helen Mort, Emily Jane Timms, and Emma Trott. Many others might have been added to that list. Our cover design features a work by Elaine’s sister, the US artist Nancy Shaver. Given Elaine’s determined modesty and inveterate self-abnegation it is a particular pleasure that we have been able to recover and are able to showcase four ...
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