Wednesday, October 08, 2014

BIG NEWS :: The Blog has moved!

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Monday, October 06, 2014

American Life in Poetry :: Grant Wood

American Life in Poetry: Column 496

One of Grant Wood’s earliest paintings is of a pair of old shoes, and it hangs in the art museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Wood grew up. Here’s a different kind of still life, in words, from Jim Daniels, who lives in Pittsburgh. The shoes we put on our feet gradually become like the person wearing them.

Work Boots: Still Life

Next to the screen door
work boots dry in the sun.
Salt lines map the leather
and laces droop
like the arms of a new-hire
waiting to punch out.
The shoe hangs open like the sigh
of someone too tired to speak
a mouth that can almost breathe.
A tear in the leather reveals
a shiny steel toe
a glimpse of the promise of safety
the promise of steel and the years to come.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem reprinted from Show and Tell, Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2003, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Press. Copyright ©2003 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Jim Daniels’ most recent book of poems is Birth Marks, BOA Editions, Ltd., 2013. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Zymbol Fundraiser Offers Limited Edition Print

Zymbol magazine was started in 2012 as a publication which joined art and literature inspired by symbolism and surrealism. In the short time they have been publishing, they've shared the work of artists and writers from over 20 countries, some of whom have gone on to publish award-winning books, opened solo shows, and speak at various conferences and festivals.

Now Zymbol is fundraising to support printing their publication, including some full-color issues, distributing copies to students and contributors. releasing eBook versions and free content on their website, and hosting free literary events a various festivals.

If they exceed their fundraising goals, Zymbol will co-sponsor awards for young artists & writers to further their craft through education, artist residencies, and exhibitions/publications.

Like a lot of fundraisers, you get cool stuff for various levels of support, including this limited edition fine art poster print, "Kimono," by Susanne Iles - at just the $25 level. In addition to supporting a great literary/art organization, this seems a great bonus!

New Book from Jesse Glass

Death of Peter Stubbe was From Knives Forks and Spoons Press comes Selections from The Life & Death of Peter Stubbe by Jesse Glass. From the publisher: "Based on a widely celebrated case of seventeenth century lycanthropy and embodying the Sadean idea of literature as a crime unlimed by time, space and circumstance, The Life and Death of Peter Stubbe was originally composed from 1980 to 1985 and published in a fine-press, limited edition by Birch Brook Press in 1995. . . In 2012, Glass returned to the manuscript, excerpted from it, and illuminated the redacted text using gouache, pencil, pen and ink, and the result. . . is a further added dimension to the original exploration of metaphysical violence, social chaos, night, and the autonomous nature of language."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Idaho Review Awards & Recognitions

Awards and recognitions abound for the Idaho Review: Nicole Cullen’s short story, “Long Tom Lookout,” which appeared in our 2013 issue, has been selected for reprint in The Best American Short Stories 2014, edited by Jennifer Egan. “How She Remembers It” by Rick Bass, also from the 2013 issue, will be appearing in The Pushcart Prize 2015.

The newest issue features the Idaho Review 2014 Editor's Prize, "Tough Love" by Janet Peery.

Contest Winners :: Arc Poem of the Year & Diana Brebner Prize

Arc Poetry Magazine #74 features the winners of the Poem of the Year Contest. Selected from over 500 submissions, one winner receives $5000 - a daunting process even the editors recognize the "craziness" of, beginning with: How were we going to agree on what was the best poem when we sometime can't even agree on what a poem is? How can anyone just have one "best" poem when so much of what poetry does is question the very ideas of aesthetic hierarchies and commonly agreed upon truths?

Alas, the editors were able to sort, select and agree upon "Consider the Lilies" by Kristina Bresnen. Judges, editors, and e-poetry readers also helped select other poets worthy of "high accolades": Nancy Holmes, Matt Jones, Michael Lithgow, Steve McOrmond, and Jennifer Zilm.

Additionally, this issue features winning poems of the annual Diana Brebner Prize, open to poets in the Ottawa area who have not yet published a book. Judge Pearl Pirie chose Anne Marie Todkill as the winner and Vivan Vavassis as the runner-up.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Geogrpahic Tongues is a photo series by Elisabeth Hogeman featured both on the cover and the inside of Issue 33 of Merdian. And yes, it's really tongues. And yes, they really are quite lovely.


Aptly entitled "Rust," this image by nyk fury sets the theme for issue 34 of Slipstream: Rust, Dust, Lust.


's cover art by mixed media artist Sandra Chevrier is a beautiful expression of this issue's theme "Geek Girls" (37.3). The piece is "La Cage aux fenêtres laissant entrées un soleil déja mort" (2013).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

American Life in Poetry :: Karina Borowicz

American Life in Poetry: Column 495

We’re at the end of the gardening season here on the Great Plains, and the garden described in this poem by Karina Borowicz, who lives in Massachusetts, is familiar to tomato fanciers all across the country.

September Tomatoes

The whiskey stink of rot has settled
in the garden, and a burst of fruit flies rises
when I touch the dying tomato plants.

Still, the claws of tiny yellow blossoms
flail in the air as I pull the vines up by the roots
and toss them in the compost.

It feels cruel. Something in me isn’t ready
to let go of summer so easily. To destroy
what I’ve carefully cultivated all these months.
Those pale flowers might still have time to fruit.

My great-grandmother sang with the girls of her village
as they pulled the flax. Songs so old
and so tied to the season that the very sound
seemed to turn the weather.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright © 2013 by Karina Borowicz, whose most recent book of poems is Proof, (Codhill Press, 2014). Poem first appeared in the journal ECOTONE and is reprinted by permission of Karina Borowicz and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Structo Atwood Interview & More

The most recent issue of Structo features an interview with Margaret Atwood that took place in London after she gave the annual Sebald Lecture at the British Library. Interviewer Euan Monaghan follows up on the talk, entitled "Atwood in Translationland," in which Atwood spoke on the "many kinds of translations" she has lived through in her life as well as her work creating a challenge for translators. Atwood and Monaghan also discuss play writing, the use of genre labels on Atwood's writing (touching on LeGuin, Bruce Sterling, and slipstream), and of course, the process of writing. Twenty pages in all, this interview is no light fare.

Structo specializes in the true, conversation interview, and three months after publication, makes the interviews available on their web site. There now you can find interviews with Richard Adams, Iain Banks, David Constantine, Lindsey Davis, Stella Duffy, Steven Hall, Inez Lynn & Aimée Heuzenroeder, Ian R. MacLeod, Chris Meade, Kim Stanley Robinson, Sarah Thomas, Katie Waldegrave, and Evie Wyld.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Poet Lore Turns 125

Established in 1889, Poet Lore celebrates 125 years of publication with this Fall/Winter Issue. Aside from the who's who among contemporary poet contributors (nearly 70 in all), the journal includes a special selection of essays. Review Editor Jean Nordhause comments: "To highlight Poet Lore's contributions to American letters over the past 125 years, we've asked scholars and poets to contribute essays about aspects of the journal and its history."

Poet Lore Essays:

Melissa Girard “‘ Who’s for the Road?’: Poet Lore, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Open Road of 19th-Century American Poetry”
Joan Hua “ Without Borders: Poet Lore’s Early Attention to World Literature in Translation”
Megan Foley “ Lovers: A Tribute to Poet Lore’s Founders”
Bruce Weigl “ Learning to Hear the Spirits Rumble: My Four Years with Poet Lore
Rod Jellema “ Finding the Undercurrent: Three Reflections on the Reading, Writing, and Teaching of Poetry”

Single issue copies of Poet Lore can be purchased from the NewPages Webstore along with other single issue titles of quality literary journals (flat rate shipping!).

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Gargoyle's covers are regularly striking, but this issue in particular for its lack of any identifying information about the publication printed over the image, "Urban Graveyard Crows," © Donna Snyder 2010.


"Disambiguation" is the name of this photo by Nosael Gleason on the Summer 2014 cover of Cimarron Review. Despite the vividly images prickly spindles, I was completely drawn to grab up this issue and run my hand across its cover.


There's just something hauntingly sweet about this cover image, "Birds" by Jennifer Balkan, on the second issue of The Austin Review.