C&R Press is now accepting submissions for Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (scheduled for Fall 2008 publication). Our intention is to bring together contemporary American poems that meditate, celebrate, and take stock of our world. We envision this anthology as a roadmap of (1) where we’ve been (our sense of history), (2) who we are (identity and character), and (3) where we’re headed (a re-envisioning of community, self, and the idea of America).
Feel free to challenge the thematic and stylistic limits of these guidelines (and of the ode form itself), and in doing so, help us best represent the range, depth, and veracity of America’s plural voice(s). Though this anthology will contain mostly new, original work by contemporary writers, we might also include select classic odes to show the richness of the tradition in giving poetic utterance to the hopes, dreams, and concerns of the American spirit in an accessible, classroom-friendly gathering.
Visit the C&R Press website for more details.