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Welcome to Issue # 24 of Plume.
Well: Happy Birthday. To us. With this issue, we turn two: terrible? Sometimes I think so. Mostly not. And when I do – fleeting: the work, the kindness of our contributors, the loyalty of our readers, those many poets who submit their poems. Much for which to be grateful.
And to mark this anniversary, a – God forbid – special issue: reprising that initial foray as far as possible, with most of the poets from that effort here again: received these last few weeks new work by Amy Gerstler, Christopher Kennedy, Denise Duhamel, Kimberly Johnson, Mark Jarman, Nin Andrews, Rae Armantrout, Stuart Dybek, and Terese Svoboda. Ricardo Pau-Llosa, John Skoyles, and Juan Felipe Herrera round out the roster nicely, I think, along with “Featured Selection” poet Rachel Hadas. As most things Plume-ish, the idea of this anniversary issue occurred to me, oh, a few weeks ago – and I am thus even more appreciative of these wonderful – and busy – poets’ quick responses. Unfortunately, this small window of opportunity, as it were, has resulted in the absence of a poem from Charles Bernstein, who was otherwise engaged and could not send a poem in time to be included — formally — in the “anniversary” issue. However, I have received a poem from Charles this morning — a beauty, believe me — and will run it in July. Charles, as his email just a few minutes ago states, is with us “in spirit.”
Also, you’ll see below a list of all the contributors – poets, translators, visual artists – who have appeared or in our pages over these two years — or soon will. Frightening, really, in its quality: one wonders when our luck will run out. (Many thanks, by the way, to Bryan Duffy for putting this together. And to Jason Cook for herding the tech parts.)
But: enough. We are special. Aren’t we all?
And so to business/news.
Our renovations are almost complete: just a few recent issues to be archived.
Happily, our book recommender-in-chief , David Cudar, returns, with a new list to pique your interest. Please subscribe to our Newsletter to see what David has for you this month. Look for the occasional long-form review from him in upcoming issues. Many thanks, again, to Ron Slate for allowing me to slip into his site and make some recommendations of my own in David’s absence.
I am very pleased, indeed, to report that the “Featured Selection” noted above continues to receive positive comments: it’s become a favorite part of our little journal for many, as many have informed me. Mark Irwin’s translation of Alain Borer was marvelous, and very well-received. Exciting new entries are on the horizon, to follow those in the queue, including a multimedia presentation from Hank Lazar, presently giving a keynote talk for an international poetics conference in Wuhan, China. His work will include both visual art and a jazz improv of one of the pieces. Also, Christopher Kennedy has a series of poems written from the POV of Gregor Samsa. Again, I urge you to email me if you have a project in mind that might be a good fit for this section of Plume: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our cover art this month, “Thetis,” comes from Robaldo Enrique Rodriguez (b. Holguín, Cuba, 1964), a graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. He left Cuba for Spain in 1991, where he had a distinguished career. He presently lives in Miami. More at: robaldorodriguez.com. This piece, by the way, is the work around which Ricardo Pau-Llosa’s poem “orbits,” to use his term.
A couple of stray bits:
You can now follow us on Twitter: @plumepoetry.
New work received these last few weeks comes from, aside from those who kindly sent in new poems for this issue, Lee Upton, JT Barbarese, Charles Bernstein, Ana Minga (translated by Alexis Levitan), Nicole Cooley, William Olsen Sigman Byrd, Paula Bohince, and Carol Frost.
And here’s the list of poets, translators, and visual artists who have graced our pages, both electronic and paper, since issue Plume Issue # 1, and those who soon will join them.
Agodon, Kelli Russell
Black, Sophie Cabot
Booker, Stephen Todd
Du Bouchet, Andre
Di Piero, W.S.
Freeman, Molly Lou
George, Alice Rose
Goldberg, Beckian Fritz
Hecht, Jennifer Michael
Herrera, Juan Felipe
Knox, Jennifer L.
Lee, Karen An-hwei
Rodriquez, Robaldo Enrique
Rosser, J. Allyn
Salter, Mary Jo
Spaar, Lisa Russ
Taren, Michael Thomas
Young, C. Dale
Much gratitude, as always, and I do hope you enjoy the issue!