The online Adroit Journal regularly features cool cover art. The last several issues have a "floaty" theme about them. "Whirl" is an award-winning piece by Jedidiah Gist, a freshman at Clemson University.
The newest issues (January 2015) of Ameican Tanka is themed "an inch of freedom." A sampling of first lines: "from my garden / bindweed creeps" (Robert Amis); "the storm / predicted and mapped" (Jari Thymian); "temple-bell / stirs devout thougts" (Vishnu P. Kapoor); "Uncle A with the rolling / musical chuckle -" (Roger Jones).
American Tanka is an online publication that "seeks to present a small selection of some of the most well-crafted English-language tanka being written today, in a visually calm space that allows the reader's eye to focus on the single poem and linger in the moment it evokes." Having begun as a print journal in 1996, Founder and Editor Laura Maffei produced the publication until 2008. After a two-year hiatus, Maffei brought the journal back online in the original one-poem-per-page format. American Tanka is published once or twice per year.
. . .
The machete sugarcane bled
Red on the island
dark and Jíbaro, Salinas poor,
Red was the language we spoke,
fertile in storied humility.
The good Red on the Mainland,
the mixed and other and ancient and othered,
rich 'got some Indian in me' reigning Red
whose scorn I
I didn't know then.
my mutilated being
my maternal brown stain
"why is your last name Reyes?"
"is your husband Spanish?"
. . .
Read the full poem here.
Chrislove examines LGBT character visiblity in comic books and graphic novels - and offers loads of resources.
Just for fun: 6 Classic Novels That Could Use a Sequel - ETonline provides their opinion on what the sequel would include.
"Twitter's not literature, but it can be a novel teaching tool" poses Harriet Line in the Times Higher Education.
From one literary lover to another, homeless man given a Kindle by a kind-hearted stranger.
The Bronte sisters' family dining table has been saved from auction with the help of the Bronte Society and its supporters.
Jacqueline Sahagian offers 10 Better Books by the Authors you Read in School - good for starting a healthy literary argument!
Gender gaps in journalism classes and newsroom concern students.
Let's get together, yeh-yeh-yeh: We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.
Two Red-Flag Sentences in Publishing Contracts
Lost in Translation (About the reputation of Author Translation service - worth reading the exchange!)
Who's Running Your Writers' Group? Why You Should Be Careful
Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself
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BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
The Dalai Llama has said that dying is just getting a new set of clothes. Here's an interesting take on what it may be like for the newly departed, casting off their burdens and moving with enthusiasm into the next world. Kathleen Aguero lives in Massachusetts.
The dead are having a party without us.
They've left our worries behind.
What a bore we've become
with our resentment and sorrow,
like former lovers united
for once by our common complaints.
Meanwhile the dead, shedding pilled sweaters,
annoying habits, have become
glamorous Western celebrities
gone off to learn meditation.
We trudge home through snow
to a burst pipe,
broken furnace, looking
up at the sky where we imagine
they journey to wish them bon voyage,
waving till the jet on which they travel
first class is out of sight—
only the code of its vapor trail left behind.
American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2013 by Kathleen Aguero from her most recent book of poems, After That, (Tiger Bark Press, 2013). Poem reprinted by permission of Kathleen Aguero and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2015 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
Cortese offers her view on the ends of the spectrum, from bad to good sex writing, and on purposely having released this issue for the movie release of Fifty Shades of Grey: ". . . we conceived this issue in part to combat some of the problems we see with a work like Fifty Shades of Grey. We don't believe that series constitutes art."
She goes on, engaging the perspective of Elizabeth Benedict in her work The Joy of Writing Sex to support what is "good" sex scene writing. "When we applied her standards to the wonderful, brave, inventive work that flooded our submission portal, we were forced to make some truly difficult decisions."
Read Cortese's full commentary here.