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April 09, 2009


Yay for the little magazines! They have always, ALWAYS, been the cutting edge of poetry. Funny how often the literary establishment sneers or dismisses them, but without them, the big guys would probably never hear about the poets they do publish in the first place.

I am excited about what is going on online and with small presses. There is a vibrant, messy, noisy, deeply varied, and immensely rich literary world out there, and I love being a part of it. This is not to say that the big guys don't publish wonderful things, but how terribly sad and quiet the forest would be if only two or three birds got to sing each spring.

And what fabulous pictures. I like the pug and the bulldog best, but that's no surprise.

Thanks LAURA, I shoud not comment on my own blog but if I see a space I have to write in it.

Wonderfl, Grace. God bless all the little magazines. The photos by Dan Murano are gorgeous. You should see the wonderful chapbook that was made for the women writers who read last week at St. Mary's College of Maryland, coordinated by Jennifer Cognard-Black. Cover art by Sarah Kramer and handmade chapbook by Lauren Hannon. I love small mags. And you, Grace, are amazing.

I mean wonderful, wonder full, wonder filled.

ERNIE, You are a little chapbook of love, yourself,

Thanks, Grace, for this lovely overview of the lit magazines. I want to give a shout-out to the Little Patuxent Review. It is an up and coming literary journal published in Columbia with some outstanding writing. Past artists have included Laura Shovan, Rafael Alvarez, Linda Joy Burke, and Lucille Clifton. The next issue comes out in June w/ readings at the Columbia Festival of the Arts in June.

Oh absolutely. I should do a retrospective but I don't have that many years left for all those beautiful compendiums that have sparkled up the world with so much life. THANKS ANNIEBLUE for jogging us...I am off the memory hook as I just cited the DC mags (phew) aren't I lucky? See you tmorrow

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