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Will there be time for eggnogs and eclogues in the place where we’re going?
The title of this post is from my fave Halloween-season poem, “What the Spider Heard,” by Weldon Kees. And just in time for your tricks and treats, a change in seasons, the onset of “standard” time, and the big election – we’re pleased to announce…
… a few changes here at Poetry. We’re introducing a redesigned new Poetry magazine website to make it easier to check out each issue online – and for you to tell us what you think about it. You can send us a letter for possible publication in the magazine as always, but now you can also comment on the articles and reviews in the current issue. We’ll be reading and responding to what you have to say, not only in the comments, but here on Harriet, too. If you’d like to listen to Chris Wiman and me talk about what’s going on, tune into our monthly podcast – and we hope you’ll subscribe to our brand-new e-mail newsletter, as well.
You’ll also find a change of format in the print version of our November issue, which features our very first full-color glossy supplement – a special section of “visual poems” curated by expert Geof Huth. Written for the eye, you’ll see how visual poems have evolved beyond such topiary poems as George Herbert’s “Easter Wings,” written in shape of angel wings. Also this month: a lot of readers have been excited about the posthumous publication of Roberto Bolaño’s last novel 2666 – but he also wrote some wild poetry, never before translated into English; we’ve got a special section of these which might surprise you.
We’re also featuring new poems by Elaine Equi, Mary Szybist, Harriet faves Philip Levine and Billy Collins (right Bill K.?), among others. In our prose section, Adam Kirsch asks whether the Internet is really changing how writers earn literary reputations. Carmine Starnino reviews five new books by Irish poets who are moving that country’s poetry beyond Seamus Heaney. Ange Mlinko finds Jack Spcier and a species of reverie behind the work of Linda Gregg and Devin Johnston. And – just in time for the election – Robert Archambeau reveals why poets lean to the left when it comes to politics.
We hope once you visit our new and improved website you’ll find it impossible not to… stick around!