Hunger Mountain takes itself seriously. Sophisticated and weighty, it has the appearance and feel of an older, more established journal, something it has managed to accomplish in a mere three issues.
Hunger Mountain takes itself seriously. Sophisticated and weighty, it has the appearance and feel of an older, more established journal, something it has managed to accomplish in a mere three issues. Issue #3 features “conversations” with Slovene poets transcribed, pieced together, and recreated as a “Round Table Interview,” in conjunction with the college’s residency program in Slovenia. The round table is followed by sturdy and appealing translations of these writers’ poems. The questions posed about process, about revisions, and about how these writers came to poetry produce unexpected and surprisingly refreshing answers — an excellent introduction to poets many of us may not know. The Slovene poets are in good company here alongside poems from Dorothy Barresi, Jane Miller, Marvin Bell, Sandra Kohler, Elton Glaser, and other big and familiar names on the poetry scene, and prose by Alice Hoffman, Philip Graham, and Molly McQuade, among others. Lesser known, but certainly worth getting to know are prose writers Edward Maitino and Theresa Williams, and poets K.E. Duffin and Bill Rasmovicz. There isn’t a weak or “occasional” piece in the issue. Photography by John Willis and artist’s statements about “Grandfather Eugene” and “Recycled Realities,” the work featured here, make a tremendous contribution to the issue, words and images it was a privilege to encounter for their social/cultural, as well as aesthetic poignancy and power.[Hunger Mountain, Vermont College, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. E-mail: [email protected]. Single issue $10. http://www.tui.edu/hungermtn/] – SR