My poem “Anyone who has eyes for seeing should see” is up in the latest issue of the wonderful Mid-American Review, along with great new work by Claire McQuerry and Michael Robins.
These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait behind,
We to-day’s procession heading, we the route for travel clearing
The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews.
The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature. Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory. But they may also revisit and revitalize traditional forms. We seek work wherever it lands on the conceptual spectrum, so long as it is original, intelligent, and engaging.
I just can’t say enough good things about the new online journal iO Poetry. This issue features striking new work by Marc Rahe and Natasha Kessler, among others, and I’m delighted to have two of my poems in such strong company. Also, in case you missed it, last August iO featured a first-book interview with me about my recently released collection Killing the Murnion Dogs.
On the Contrary
The first problem is the “Contrary” above the content. Why is it called Contrary, you might ask, when some of its content isn’t? We have a contemplation to confront this contradiction: we insist that all of our content is contrary. And, we insist, so is all of yours. Doesn’t it seem possible that all content is contrary, that there is no for, there is only against? Why else does the word contrary, so openly against something, have no antonym? What opposes contrary? Nothing. That which opposes contrary, by opposing, becomes contrary.
Besides, we tend to think contrarily, and we hope our magazine expresses contrarities that otherwise might go unexpressed: writings and images that confront entities, voids, and the edges of their own categories. As for that poetic nothing, the “Journal of Unpopular Discontent,” we conceal our dreams in the double negative, hoping to become a journal of popular content. (Spring 2003)
My poem “The Gospel According to Kelly, Night-Shift Manager, Forest City Fuel & Foods” is up today at Slate!
My poem “Letter to My Unborn Son Concerning the Peculiarities of Faith” is up at Shaking. Here’s a bit more about the magazine from their website:
Shaking Magazine publishes poetry and prose that moves, that rests on the fault lines of literature, and stirs our understanding of human experience.
Very pleased to see my poem “Anniversary” up in the Summer 2011 issue of The Adirondack Review.
My poem “The eye of the radio was red, and its round mouth was talking–” is up at Orion. Lots of other great stuff in this issue of Orion as well. As always!
I’m more than pleased to see my poem “J & W Redemption, Highway 9, North Iowa,” along with a striking set of images by Edward Keating and work by luminaries like Bonnie Jo Campbell, Rodney Jones, Campbell McGrath, and David Wojahn, featured in The Southern Review‘s Americana issue.