Leaps and Sounds
What’s new? Well, a whole slew of journals, for starters. The leap-year February is extraordinary also in that it brings us LOADS of great new poetry—and a lot of it free and online! So let’s give it to the tireless purveyors of the online poem.
We are in awe of the new venture The Volta, that brings you fresh interviews, videos by poets, poems, essays, and reviews by (and of!) Kazim Ali, Brenda Hillman, Pierre Joris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Brandon Shimoda, Mathias Svalina … —and if that’s not enough, peruse their vast archives. When we were young editorial assistants they taught us the word “portal”—and this, at last, is IT.
The new issue of ILK journal offers an antlered aesthetic and the brave new work of Gina Myers, Paige Taggart, Joshua Ware, and many more. We’re excited to keep our eye on this ILK and its kith and kin.
The fourth issue of Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion is what we always wanted to read when we grew up. Fast forward: now we do. Wow. With essays by Tariq Ali and Bernard Stiegler, poetry by Rae Armantrout, and fiction by Juliana Spahr and David Buuck, Lana looks really good and reads like a dream.
The new Triple Canopy, “an online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities,” gets much deserved praise for an OWS Call & Response. We expect nothing less of the folk who brought us a marathon reading of Gertrude Stein.
For some perplexing beauty bytes, visit The Claudius App: A Journal of Fast Poetry. This is what we will read in the future, when words go thought.
And to hear the voices of poets, listen in on the great new issue of textsound, featuring Jennifer Scappettone, Bronwen Tate, Annie Finch, Heather Christle, Anne Waldman & Ambrose Bye, and scores of other recordings.
Finally, do not think us vain if we offer you REVOLUTIONESQUE: 108 poets talk about the revolution. From John Ashbery via Diane di Prima and all the way to Sophie Podolski (Don’t make us pick! We love them all!), we’ve worked hard to bring you this wave.
Now, silence the drums for a minute.
Much has been said about the poets who have left us in this past month. We’d like to take our hat off to Stacy Doris, Dorothea Tanning, Morgan Lucas Schuldt, and Wisława Szymborska. We knew some of you as friends and some as friends in poetry; we’ll miss you all. See you beyond these “bright confines.”