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The New York Quarterly - 2004

You gotta love a journal that covers such a broad range of poetic styles. New York Quarterly has all the bases covers: Traditional sonnet? Check. Prose poem? Check. Bukowski poem? Stand-up poem? Found poem? Check, check, check. There’s a somewhat rambling essay on the status of poetry today, but more enjoyable is the interview with poet Gary Goude about the nuts and bolts of writing poetry. Goude’s poem “Do You Consider” stands out among all the fine writing in this issue, with its deadpan approach to the disposal of dead bodies. He considers burial and cremation, then concedes that “There are other ways / the shark / the jackal / flies / maggots. / You will not / be wasted.” New York Quarterly is difficult to characterize since it is so eclectic in its approach. Perhaps “a sampler” is the best way to describe it—but a sampler of only the very best. [The New York Quarterly, P.O. Box 693, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113. E-mail: . Single issue $8.] – DM
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Review Posted on December 31, 2004

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