The Argotist OnlineTM
The Argotist Online
(established in 2005) is the successor to The Argotist arts magazine.
Neither it or the magazine has any relationship to a recently appearing, and
anonymously managed, WordPress site called 'The Argotist: A Lexicon of Political
Jargon', which can be found here.
Argotist magazine came into being in 1996 and ran
for four years. Nick Watson devised and edited The Argotist magazine, and I was
its deputy editor. The Argotist was The Argotist Online is the successor to The
Argotist arts magazine, which came into being in 1996 and ran for four years.
Nick Watson devised and edited The Argotist magazine, and I was its deputy
editor. The Argotist was
funded by Liverpool University and Arts Council England, and had national
distribution through Blackwell's bookshops.
magazine sought to act as a bridge between what is perceived as “high-brow”
and “low-brow” in the arts. Consequently, we had an eclectic mix of
interviewees and contributors which included: Joseph Brodsky, Labi Siffre,
Adrian Henri, John Cooper Clarke, Benjamin Zephaniah, Adrian
Mitchell, Antony Gormley, David Gedge, Jasper Conran and Sophie Hannah.
Argotist Online differs from The Argotist magazine in that it is devoted entirely to poetry and
poetics. It publishes non-mainstream poetry, and features essays and interviews
related to it. By
non-mainstream, I mean poetry that is aware of the plasticity of language and
which places connotation and ambiguity over denotation and precision of meaning.
This sort of poetry invites interpretation and allows for plurality of meaning
as opposed to hermeneutic closure.