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The Argotist Online (established in 2005) 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 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.

The 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. You can read Nick Watson's 1996 editorial for the first issue of The Argotist  magazine here.

The 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. Please see my article 'Empirical and Non-Empirical Identifiers' for a fuller description of what I mean.

Jeffrey Side