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Read All “About” The Claudius App & Hot Gun!

By Harriet Staff


A coupla newish magazines we find interesting, but this time for their “editorial statements” as well as their contributors and contributions. First off, The Claudius App. The first issue has got Charles Bernstein, Rod Smith, Vanessa Place, Joe Luna, Simon Jarvis, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Keston Sutherland, and other greats. An excerpt from their homepage, which speaks for itself. But let’s also acknowledge that it’s a refreshing sendup (note that this is only the C’s–it covers everything until ZYZZYVA (!!)):

Literature for literature’s sake is not what AGNI is about. Rather, we see literature and the arts as part of a broad, ongoing cultural conversation that every society needs to remain vibrant and alive. What we print requires concentration and takes some time to digest, but it’s worth that time and effort: writers and artists hold a mirror up to nature, mankind, the world; they courageously reflect their age, for better or worse; and their best works provoke perceptions and thoughts that help us understand and respond to our age. Bateau Press uses only 100% post consumer waste recycled paper and soy inks for its publications. Our publications as well are Forest Stewardship Council certified. Our offices are run on the renewable energies of hydro and wind power. We use local businesses for our outsourcing. And we highly recommend sending us your submissions electronically. The American Poetry Review is dedicated to reaching a worldwide audience with a diverse array of the best contemporary poetry and literary prose. By developing efficient, inexpensive production methods and a distribution network that combined newsstands, bookstores, and subscriptions, it became the most widely circulated poetry magazine ever within the first five years of publication, with subscribers in 55 countries. Like fiction, we get far more poetry than we can possibly accept, and the competition is keen. Here, where form and content are so inseparable and reaction is so personal, it is difficult to state requirements or limitations. Studying recent issues of the Review should be helpful. No “light” or inspirational verse. Thank you for submitting your finest work to the Black Warrior Review Contest. Remember that your entry fee entitles you to a 1-year subscription to one of best literary magazines out there, and at a dollar off the regular subscription price! We are looking for more than an interesting story or descriptive image. The pieces we publish are the ones that we remember days or even weeks afterward for their compelling characters, believable voices, or sharp revelations. We’re not afraid of anything, but if we bristle or stop having fun, we figure there is a good chance our readers will too. Canary is a magazine of poetry, fiction and essays which address the environmental crisis with its heartbreaking loss of habitat and species. We publish fiction, poetry, and essays that examine the creative processes of writers, artists, chefs, wine critics, and even a CIA agent. CLJ’s aesthetic leans toward the surreal or slipstream. We enjoy magic realism. We enjoy detail and beauty. We enjoy complexity. carte blanche is the online venue for narratives of all forms. We publish other languages with English translation. Written about us on newpages blog: “The masthead of The Cartier Street Review is a testament to online opportunities … opened for literary ventures. Founding Editor Bernard Alain hails from Canada, Principal Editor Joy Leftow and Assistant Editor “Dubblex” are from New York. Staff member Thomas Hubbard is from Puget Sound, Wa.” Brad Eubanks & Mark Carver Established by emerging writers in New York City and Washington D.C, CAVALIER LITERARY COUTURE is a literary venue and lifestyle brand that publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in a number of unconventional forms. Run by teachers, bankers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and scholars (as well as writers), CAVALIER LITERARY COUTURE aims to enlarge the literary community in America and create a splendid space for literature in the 21st century. Mission (in progress): CEllA’s Round Trip seeks to offer proof to the notion that well-crafted creative writing and artwork are excellent co-habitants in virtual space. Center aims to publish work representing a broad range of aesthetic approaches, bringing together the ‘traditional’ and ‘experimental’ in a way that we hope interrogates both categories. Co-founded by Sally Molini, Karen Rigby, and Fiona Sze-Lorrain in 2009, Cerise Press hopes to serve as a gathering force where imagination, insight, and conversation express the evolving and shifting forms of human experience. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. We look for Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction that is well-crafted and lively, has an intelligent sense of form and language, assumes a degree of risk, and has consequence beyond the world of its speakers or narrators. Chaparral is an online journal featuring poetry from and/ or about Southern California. The editors actively solicit writing that expresses the values of Chautauqua Institution broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance, regardless of genre. In verse we have a bias towards form, of one kind or another, but will look at whatever is submitted. In verse and prose we have a global range and interest, but also somewhat of an Australian accent. We host a biannual International Queer Writing Competition. Dorothy Allison, acclaimed author of BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA, recently judged our undergraduate short story contest. The Cleave poetic form. Clockwise Cat prefers to receive poems that are in some way akin to the Symbolist, Dadaist, Surrealist, Beat, spoken word, and experimental genres. The Collagist is a monthly journal published the 15th of each month since August 2009. Our goal is to represent a variety of young voices emerging from the contemporary body, as well as to extend the dialogue by providing constructive feedback to those writers we are unable to publish at the time. Additionally, the top three submissions in poetry and non-fiction prose are awarded cash prizes. We are determinedly eclectic and intend to stay that way. You’ll find that our minds are open, our interests diverse. We have published more than 280 poets since 1999. In this spirit Compass Rose has dedicated itself to the publication of the finest prose and poetry representing the college, the New England region, and beyond. Conduit is a biannual literary journal that is at once direct, playful, inventive, irreverent, and darkly beautiful. Despite common sense and the laws of economics, Conduit has been thwarting good taste, progress, and consensus for over ten years. Literary material of high quality in various forms and genres. We are eclectic.

Also interesting is what print mag Hot Gun! has to offer. Their second issue (first came out in 2009) is all about Ed Dorn (the back of the magazine is shown in the image up top–this is a Beauty), but specifically:

Hot Gun! is a journal of contemporary poetry and criticism. (Its rubber scream sounds like “We would tell you we are here to purge the earth?”) This issue of Hot Gun! makes you feel you are presented with i) a selection of poems by Timothy Thornton, Nour Mobarak, The Rejection Group, Francesca Lisette, John Wilkinson, Alexander Nemser, Jonty Tiplady, Luke Roberts and Justin Katko; and ii) a section of work on and by Edward Dorn, including essays by Reitha Pattison, John Armstrong, Kyle Waugh and Richard Owens; two unpublished poems by Dorn, “The Poem of Dedication” and “Osawatomie”, with notes by Justin Katko; and Dorn’s introductory note to The Book of Daniel Drew as well as an uncollected poem, “To Tom Pickard & the Newcastle Brown Beer Revolutionaries”.

And to you, at last, remember the cost of experience. All law is an application of an equal measure to different people who are in fact not alike, are not equal to one another. That is why the “equal right” is a violation of equality and an injustice. It is 5pm and we are not here to build the perfect state, mounted as a system by which one group oppresses another. Which costs the world that is desire. Across his work, Dorn’s writing is a struggle to keep the language of desire, not pure but free from the corruptions it will suffer when a community is stupefied by the power of others. The work on Dorn presented in this issue of Hot Gun! focuses on Dorn’s anti-capitalism, emphasizing the materialist and political aspects of Dorn’s writing, which are linked to a highly concentrated metaphysical discourse.

And to make a connection between the two, it’s worth reading Marianne Morris’ review in The Claudius App of Emily Critchley’s book Love / All That / & OK; the review considers Critchley’s thinking on the title Hot Gun!–that it’s indicative of phallocentric criticism. Morris writes that Critchley contends with this by flattering the hot gun sexually: “& did you use yr tool out there & was it hot slash / very successful”.

Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.