Spiral Orb

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


A spiral orb is the type of web that spiders from the family of Araneidae weave.

Spiral Orb is also the title of a web poetry journal edited by Eric Magrane.

How systems (a poem-system, an eco-system, a human-construct-system like a state or a country, a solar-system, a web-system, a circulatory system, etc.) organize themselves (and are organized) is of great interest. This systems focus may be considered a permaculture poetics. The lyric cross-pollinates the experimental.

Sections (words, phrases, lines) of each poem published in Spiral Orb are embedded with hyperlinks to other poems in Spiral Orb. A composite poem including a fragment from each piece in Spiral Orb serves as the entry piece and table of contents. Hence, Spiral Orb is an experiment in juxtaposition, interrelationships, and intertextuality. Each poem stands on its own, but is also illuminated by its links. Anticipate the poems making contact with one another in an odd and perfect manner.

The most recent submission period for Spiral Orb was from July 1 through September 1, 2016. Submissions are currently closed.