Submission season is always a dreadful time. It's a psychologically (and financially) expensive process. It's rife with re-edits, re-orders, re-thinks and general malaise. As a writer (with way more rejection letters than acceptances) I dread the submission fees and ensuing judgement. (I mean we pay someone to reject us!) I waffle between liking and hating my poems. I press "submit" and instantly second-guess my decisions.
We are so happy to find these thoughts on David Hadbawnik's translations of the Aeneid! Please read the entire article by Joe Milutis at Jacket2.
Please take a look at Elizabeth Kate Switaj's thoughtful review of Carrie Hunter's Scienza Nuova. The entire article can be found at Poet's Quarterly.
We're please to bring you Annmarie O'Connell's review of Sara Lefsyk's chapbook, A Small Man Looked At Me. For the entire article, please go to Up the Staircase Quarterly .
This year’s installment is books 3 and 4, Aeneas telling the story of his post-Troy wanderings followed by his abandoning of Dido and her suicide. The two slim volumes with their small pages and short lines have a miniaturizing force, compressing the hero’s wanderings and queen’s erotic tragedy into sharply turned phrases and shocking revelations...
Below is an excerpt from Laura Miller's fun article on sending chapbooks instead of greeting cards this year. Of course, we embrace this idea! She suggests some of our smaller chaps as they will put you back almost as much as hallmark would!
Hank Lazer’s new book, N24, continues his fascinating investigation into the relationship between poetry and philosophy. By turns—puzzling and revelatory, now contemplative, now celebratory—this slender volume is both a disciplined re-reading of Merleau-Ponty’s core texts and a visionary re-enchantment of the written page itself. -
The recipe behind Gilmartin’s projects seems to be this: take five Emily Dickinson poems and rewrite them in three different versions, while keeping Dickinson’s form intact. The poems Gilmartin chooses are “Further in Summer than the Birds,” “I Dwell in Possibility,” “Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers,” “Sang from the Heart Sire,” and “The Soul Selects Her Own Society.” All the poems (except for “Alabaster Chambers”) have Dickinson’s typical hymn stanza.
In David Hadbawnik's translation of the Aeneid, Aeneas describes the Trojans who flee after Priam's death as "pussies." He calls Helen of Troy "that bitch," and Hector, in a dream, says to Aeneas, "RUN / fuckhead." These are not the words of a stilted, archaic epic. This chapbook is faithful to the themes and plots of Virgil, but Hadbawnik's language makes the Aeneid entirely new, a la Anne Carson. (Reviewed by Lisa Ampleman in Diagram 14.1)
"Political, ambitious, visual, and compact, Jen Hofer’s Front Page News pulls its readers out of quotidian distraction and into a heated cynosure, the clipped, cryptic language reconfiguring the blatant emotional manipulation of news media and our own hunger for its “sizzurp.” It’s a remarkable collection, and makes one long for the full-length manuscript to find its way into print soon."