MARGIE – 2004
Jeannine Hall Gailey
This substantially-sized, yearly MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry encompasses a wide range of subject matter and styles, from experimental to traditional.
This substantially-sized, yearly MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry encompasses a wide range of subject matter and styles, from experimental to traditional. A terrific interview by Karla M. Huston on risk-taking called “Burying The Red Shoes: Conversations with Four Poets,” sheds light on the different ways women can push the envelope with their poetry. The “conversation” (actually four separate e-mail interviews cleverly spliced together) between Huston and luminaries such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Denise Duhamel, Shara McCallum and poet/editor Stellasue Lee was spirited and inspirational, hitting on everything from which subjects are still taboo for women (sex? body parts? birth?) to why women are less likely than men to send out their writing. Highly respected poets such as Jane Hirshfield and David Wagoner can be found next to up-and-coming names, and there is such a range of work here that this journal will accommodate a variety of tastes. – JHG