Poets Samuel T. Franklin and K. Lemon are the editorial effort behind The Ides of March Journal, an online monthly blog journal that “specializes in historical/mythological/legend ary/folklore-ish poetry.” Their goal is to publish 15 poems of no more than 15 lines each monthly on the 15th of each month.
The publication’s mission is truly unique among literary publications: “At The Ides of March, we think history is anything but boring. It’s fun. It’s interesting. And, depending on the subject, it can be dramatic, barbarous, beautiful, gross, bloody, smutty – pretty much anything . . our shared experiences as a people, as a species, as living creatures . . is something that should be celebrated, studied, and never forgotten. Not that we have such noble purposes here. We just think historical poetry is pretty sweet.”
The table of contents for the first issue is enough to prove they have succeeded in their efforts:
Zann Carter – “The Night John Lennon Died”
Clarence Dearborn – “Vlad Tepes of Wallachia” and “William Howard Taft”
Jenna Kelly – “Apocalypse Now, or Maybe Later: Rapture 2011″
Julie Laws – “Caligula ‘Invades’ England: 40CE” and “Salad for Hilter”
Mike Miller – “Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 1806-1859″
Amit Parmessur – “Lord Shiva”
Annie Perconti – “Uroboros” and “Xochiquetzal”
Megan Peterson – “Henry VIII,” “Socrates, Dear Friend” and “Catherine the Great of Russia (Who am I?)”
Mark Young – “Enola Gay” and “The Wright Brothers, December 17, 1903”
The Ides of March is open for submissions.