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Issue 8 – Mask

Just published March 2021

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Woman creating a Venetian festival mask.

Mini-magazine: Translating the Love Songs of Meerabai

Image of Meerabai with musical instrument.

Not Very Quiet is pleased to present a mini-magazine of translations, improvisations and interpretations of two songs of Meerabai, a sixteenth-century Rajasthani mystic poet, singer and dancer.

Check out Translating the Love Songs of Meerabai

About Not Very Quiet

Not Very Quiet is a new twice yearly online journal for women poets of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to publish their work.

We believe it’s more important than ever to provide a platform to extend the range and breadth of poetry written by women so as to encourage and strengthen its impact.

We are looking for poetry that has heart and is memorable. We welcome wit and humour. We support poems that try out something new, that break through a barrier.

All issues

Issue 1, 25 September 2017. Read Issue 1.

Issue 2, 19 March 2018. Read Issue 2.

Issue 3, 16 September 2018. Read Issue 3.

Issue 4, 14 March 2019. Read Issue 4.

Issue 5, 21 September 2019. Read Issue 5.

Issue 6, 30 March 2020. Read Issue 6.

Issue 7, 14 September 2020. Read Issue 7.

Issue 8, 15 March 2021. Read Issue 8.

Virtual mic

Issue 6, 30 March 2020 – virtual mic. Listen to Issue 6 virtual mic.

Issue 7, 14 September 2020 – virtual mic. Listen to Issue 7 virtual mic.

Issue 8, 15 March 2021 – virtual mic. Listen to Issue 8 virtual mic.


We use a blind review process through Submittable. See Submissions for information about the theme of the next issue.

If you are unable to use Submittable, we will accept submissions via the email nvq.accessibility@gmail.com. Your submission will be uploaded to Submittable by our website manager for blind review.