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This week’s features include an interview with Elena Ferrante, a poem by Jorge Luis Borges and a story by Haruki Murakami.
I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives;
By coincidence, after we setup a page for occasional poetry, one of our past contributors* won a national award for an occasional poem. Link: Read “Birthday” by Brian Kirk, and two other shortlisted poems.
* Brian Kirk’s short story That New Girl was our story of the month for November 2018.
The idea is that amid the short stories and literary goings-on there will be occasional poems, which will also be “Occasional Poems.” Poets Laureate have to write them for state events but occasions are not only royal births, weddings and deaths. One recent example was the centenary of the 1918 armistice, no? Yours might be very personal and it need not be topical, it could be from the past or an imagined future, perhaps.
Please send submissions together with a biographical note for publication, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You retain all rights, and each poem will be marked as copyright your name and the year.
Published 21/11/2018. Updated passim 21/11/2018, 27/11/2018, 11/12/2018, 23/12/2018.
It’s not new and it’s not short stories! But it is one of the anthologies we helped to publish back in 2006. And a right purty book it is too.
A tasting menu of poetry from outstanding newcomers alongside established and award-winning poets such as Bill Berkson, Joanne Kyger and Michael Rothenberg. Each poet has a separate section and the physical and visual pleasures of the book are intended to complement the poetry on the pages.