Congratulations and gratitude to Columbia College in Chicago for offering a new journal of stunning poetry.
Congratulations and gratitude to Columbia College in Chicago for offering a new journal of stunning poetry. Any journal with work by Michael Burkard or Mary Ruefle is one I’ll carom toward when I see it, and Court Green, who neighbors these two poets with work by Kevin Prufer and Trinie Dalton and Dara Weir, does all of this offering with what seemed, at first blush and to me, a structure that may not hold. The journal begins with ‘straight’ poetry, thematically unjoined, each standing on its own poetic feet, then meanders into as big a section as the first: poetry on film. I like movies as much as the next book-hungry nerd, but a quick perusal of my shelves, or the lists of books I’m searching for, shows zero having to do with film. That said, the section works: the poems (Weir’s and Dalton’s and Prufer’s among them) all work, even to someone who hasn’t seen many of the movies referenced. It’s an interesting gambit, and here’s to hoping that the same sort of chutzpah that illuminates this journal’s feature section works in the next as well. [Columbia College Chicago, English Department, 600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605. E-mail: [email protected]. Single issue $10. http://www.colum.edu/undergraduate/english/poetry/pub/cg/] – WC