Tuesday, February 24, 2009

If Poetry Journal Seeks Poems for Third Issue

If Poetry Journal is now seeking poetry for its third issue. The theme is tentatively "music," though I'm interested in seeing a variety of poetry about any subject. If you would like to submit 1-5 poems, please e-mail them to me (Don Illich) at ifpoetryjournaleditor at gmail dot com. No attachments, please put your poems in the body of your e-mail. Basic cover letter preferred. No previously published poems. Each contributor will receive one contributor's copy. The deadline for poetry submissions is April 25, 2008.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dear Anais by Diana M. Raab -- Review

Diana M. Raab's collection Dear Anais covers an entire, varied life, from Woodstock revels as a teenager to the travails of late middle-age. Mixed in with the biographical material are musings on writing poetry, the ups and downs of romantic love, and lists of words/phrases that give a vision of a woman's life. The closes comparison for this volume are collections by Linda Pastan or Sharon Olds, but Raab doesn't quite have the same linguistic spark. A poem like "My Father" ends "I shall forever be warmed by you" without giving a complex enough picture of the father. In some poems Raab goes for the easy description, such as "dark poems" and "happy tears," like in "Prisms of Mind." Overall, though, the accretion of detail adds up to a good novel as much as a poetry collection. She is particularly fine in relationship poems, like "Crossword," which shows how Raab came to write poetry and offers strong details about her first date with her future spouse doing crosswords. Although there are no pyrotechnics, Dear Anais is a clear-sighted and sometimes romantic picture of a life lived and experienced deeply.
To learn more about Diana Raab and her work, visit her site at www.dianaraab.com.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Snide Ethic by Jessy Randall

You're having a lot of fun while the rest of us die off around you. Giggling in the back row while we decompose in the front.

Jessy Randall's collection of poems A Day in Boyland (Ghost Road Press, 2007) was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her poems and other works have appeared in Asimov's, Coconut, Many Mountains Moving, McSweeney's, and No Tell Motel. She has a young adult novel forthcoming in 2009, and her website is http://personalwebs.coloradocollege.edu/~jrandall.