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Sarah Dawson’s ‘Anatomically Incorrect Sketches of Marine Animals’: Review, & Some Notes on Poetry on Kindle
£1.14 / Self-published on Amazon
Some Disordered Thoughts on Something About Sincerity
On We Who Are About To Die, Caroline Crew has written a little post about bringing contemporary poetry to her current (& my old) university, & about “a new sincerity” in American poetry. It’s interesting & makes me think of a few things in no proper order:
Matt Kirkham’s ‘Aged Fourteen My Grandfather Runs Away To Sea’: A Brief Review
Matt Kirkham / Aged Fourteen My Grandfather Runs Away To Sea
Anon Issue 8: Brief Notes
The first & most remarkable thing about the eighth issue of Anon, the “anonymous submissions magazine”, is how much is packed into such a little magazine. (It is smaller than A5.) Poetry readers are accustomed to white space, as such is poetry’s luxury. But the ninety-six pages of Anon 8 are positively crammed, with fifty poems & three articles, & the generosity is invigorating. It is extraordinary value for money in a poetry magazine, even before considering the high quality of said poems & articles. & they are all very good, making the volume of material almost overwhelming.
(The only names I recognised were Caroline Crew & Jane Commane, but I suppose that’s part of the point. Although, admittedly, my knowledge of poets is patchy at best.)
The magazine is ideally suited for reading in fits & bursts — it will fit in your pocket — as reading it from cover-to-cover, as I’ve done more than once, can be a bit dizzying. I wonder a little about this scattered cacophony, especially as it seems some poets have multiple poems together, whilst others have theirs split up. Other than a cluster of items about Middle Eastern poetry & translation in the middle, the logic of the magazine’s order isn’t necessarily clear. Not that there need to be any obvious order, of course, but I have a feeling that the magazine’s move towards loose themes in future issues will improve it further still, assuming that it can attract enough on-topic submissions of the same impeccable standard. Based on issue eight, I can’t see any reason why this won’t be the case.
I was going to write down some ideas about anonymous submission, but these articles on the Anon website do a much better job than I could.
Review of Emily Hasler’s natural histories
Ross Sutherland’s Hyakuretsu Kyaku: a free sonnet sequence based on Street Fighter 2
For National Poetry Day, Ross Sutherland is releasing, with Penned in the Margins, a free ebook of poems called Hyakuretsu Kyaku inspired by Street Fighter 2. I might post some thoughts on it once I’ve read it.
Guardian.co.uk Webchat with Neil Astley
Tomorrow, the Guardian is running a webchat with Neil Astley, the editor of Bloodaxe Books, one of the most successful (although not necessarily the most adventurous) poetry publishers in the UK. The webpage is already taking questions for him to answer.
Here Are Some Other Poetry Links
Contemporary Poetry Review
Tim Love’s LitRefs
The Saison Poetry Library’s PoetryMagazines.org.uk: the way to get the most out of this website is perhaps to use the RSS feed.
Ron Silliman’s Blog