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poetry-eastPoetry East has introcuded its new app, The Poet's Almanac, available for free download on iOS and Android devices. This unique app analyzes the weather report and couples it with Poetry East's customized archive to create a new way for users to discover and engage with poetry every day. Matthew Murrey heralds a rainy day with a piece, and an afternoon of San Francisco fog invites the reader to enjoy Sally Fisher. All of the poems have been handpicked by the staff at Poetry East and graduate students, as well as faculty, at DePaul University have attributed to each a temperature and weather type.
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irish-pagesEdited by Chris Agee and Cathal Ó Searcaigh, the newest issue of Irish Pages (v8 n 2) is a tribute in memory of Seamus Heaney. The journal includes: four poems by Heaney; Sven Birkerts and Helen Vendler on the man and the poet; a suite of obituaries and global reminiscences by leading poets and writers in Ireland, Britain and the United States; new poems by Kerry Hardie, Michael Coady, Paddy Bushe, Kathleen Jamie, Katie Donovan, Seán Lysaght, Damian Smyth, Ignatius McGovern, John F. Deane, Franics Harvey, Michael Longley, Alan Gillis, Moya Cannon and Harry Clifton; President Michael D. Higgins on John Hewitt & Richard Murphy on poetry and terror; new writing in Irish from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Cathal O Searcaigh and others; and Seamus Justin Heaney 1939-2013 a unique photographic portfolio by Bobbie Hanvey.

SubTropics B-Side

December 23, 2014
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subtropicsI've noticed lately that print literary journals take a variety of approaches to how they use the back cover of their publication. Their backsides might be completely blank, carry over the cover art from the front, feature a separate artwork, be a money-making ad spot for anything from creative writing programs to publishing to chocolates, list contributors - and perhaps even include a tag line for the works inside.

The newest issue of SubTropics caught my eye for something quite different: Using the back cover to publish a contributor's piece. I've seen snippets on the back cover before, but not a whole work. Seeing Amy Hempel's name in table of contents, I went to the end of the magazine to find her work. Not there. I checked the contents again and saw "back cover" where the page number should have been. No kidding. What a great way to both include and feature a writer, and a great way to allow readers to do what we do naturally - look at the cover then flip to the back to get a quick "free" sample.

Give a HOOT!

December 22, 2014
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hootSubscription that is! Still looking for a great gift for someone on your list? One of my favorites is HOOT postcard review of (mini) poetry and prose. This postcard publication arrives monthly with artwork and written work featured on the front and artist and author information on the back. As a postcard connoisseur, I can attest that these are well made - solid paper stock that does not get ruined by the postal machines. Minor smears and smudges of postal inking, but that's a part of the postcard character. If you like your cards pristine or to deliver them yourself, you can also purchase blank sets to send out. HOOT will also send a postcard to someone for you and write a message on the back. I can also attest to their staff having good, clear handwriting! Check them out today.
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After the hustle and bustle of whatever it is you're doing this holiday season, relax, unwind, pop the top off your favorite beverage, and enjoy some of the finest literary magazine review writing anywhere. NewPages reviewers take a thorough and critical look at the newest issues of both print and online literary magazines from around the globe. December's reviews feature and eclectic mix: Arroyo Literary Review, Atlanta Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Common, The Florida Review, The Lindenwood Review, The Meadow, North Carolina Quarterly Review, Pacifica Literary Review, Pembroke Magazine, Quiddity, Skidrow Penthouse, Upstreet, and The Westchester Review. Whew! And if that's not enough, we have a full archive of past months' reviews and a full index of all the magazines we've reviewed over the past ten+ years. Enjoy!

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todd-boss-broadsideHere's a great holiday gift for any poetry lover on your list: limited edition, (some) signed poetry broadsides from The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review. I can personally attest to the quality of these beautiful, limited edition, letterpress (some of handmade papers) editions - having purchased a number of them at past AWP conferences. These are absolute collectibles and will definitely impress. Period. End of story. Order now to get them in time - but even late, they're worth the wait (for one, there is a pre-order for July delivery).

Rattle Poetry Prize

December 18, 2014
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vanRooyenThe Winter 2014 issue of Rattle features the Rattle Poetry Prize Winner, Craig van Rooyen ("Waiting in Vain"), as well as the works of all of the finalists. A full list of the finalists and more information about the Rattle Poetry Prize can be found here.

Disability and Poetry

December 17, 2014
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poetryDisability and Poetry is the topic of discussion in the Poetry December 2014 feature "Exchange." Writers Jennifer Bartlett, John Lee Clark, Jim Ferris, and Jillian Weise share views on writing disability, publishing, accessibility, and form and embodiment. There are some startlingly hard-hitting statments, such as Bartlett's "I have resisted the term 'identity poet' when considering my own work; therefore, my biggest challenge is to address my cerebral palsy without poetics and other identities taking a 'back seat' in the process." And later, "I think publishing in poetry is inherently biased; it always will be."

Or how about Ferris's "Disability is dangerous. We represent danger to the normate world, and rightly so. Disabled people live closer to the edge. We are more vulnerable, or perhaps it is that we show our human vulnerability without being able to hide it in the ways that nondisabled people can hide and deny the vulnerability that is an essential part of being human."

The exchange is hard core honest (editors and publishers should be reading this), as well as enlightening for all (including literary event planners). The Exchange is available full-text online here.
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still-point-arts-quarterlyStill Point Arts Quarterly is a print publication of the Still Point Art Gallery of Brunswick, Maine. The gallery also features an online exhibit space. The current exhibit, Blue: Color of the Clear Blue Sky and the Deep Sea, can be viewed in the online gallery and will be a featured exhibition through February 28, 2015. The current print publication has beautiful, full-color reproductions of select images from the exhibit, including best in show for portfolio (Louis Ebarb), best in show for a single image (Sheri Marcus), bets in photography (Marko Susla), best painting or drawing (Roberta Dixon), and best mixed-media artwork (Ellen Kalin). Song by Zoey Frank is pictured on the publication's cover.
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There is just something I can appreciate from such an austre image on the front of a magazine - the kind that draws me in, though I can't quite say why, and makes it hard to look away. This image on the cover of Brick #94 is a photograph of East Jerusalem street scene by Teju Cole. Though it looks black and white, it is in full color.

green-mountains-reviewI selected this cover image on Green Mountains Review (v27 n2) because the artist, Nancy Dwyer, is featured within the publication as well with a portfolio entitled, "Words are the Furniture of the Mind." Eight full-color images are featured in addition to this cover.

molitov-cocktailIt was both the image and the opening editorial lines that drew me to this issue of The Molotov Cocktail: "Issue 5.17 will drag you to Hell." Okay, I'm game. Self-defined as "A Projectile for Incendiary Flash Fiction," the publication is produced by Josh Goller.

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