As always, it’s been a fun month reviewing poetry and interacting with authors. I’d like to congratulate Holly Day on claiming the Featured Poet spot for January with her poem Adapting to the Change. Hope you enjoy the other great poems by her and the other six poets in this issue!
Happy new year and happy holidays! Now’s a good time for spending time with the people you love, and hopefully, the poetry you love, too. This month I looked for sonnets and found five. This month’s featured poet, Kristin Garth, led the charge with several submissions. Special thanks to her and Devon Balwit for stepping up.
As a poet, writer, or even just someone who’s seen a cringe-inducing typo, you know the difference a misplaced quotation mark can make. However, the issues with the page were related not to where I placed the quotes, but what kind. See the following? ( “ ” ) Really zoom in, it’s actually a begin quote and an end quote symbol instead of two identical ones. When I coded the page, I did so on a notepad app on my computer, but the browser doesn’t recognize the begin quote symbol and I didn’t see the difference when I copied it in. So, a link would go from working like this to not working, like this. Many thanks to Erik Fuhrer, poet of Issue #5, who pointed out the link failures.
And thanks to poet Tim Meyer responding in record time to my own last-minute message, and a little coding every day instead of the day of publication, the new issue goes up tonight! Fewer poets this issue around, but with work just as sweet as the last few apples of the season. Hope you enjoy. Shout out to Right Hand Pointing, a journal one submission introduced me to – love their aesthetic and the writing is excellent.
But you’ll have to wait for tomorrow for the rest! Happy halloween.
Check it out! An interesting1 problem arose when preparing for this issue. One author submitted a set of response poems to Neruda’s The Book of Questions. I wanted to publish the Question and its Answer side by side, but found the translation I had been reading was only recently copyrighted. I thought I could translate it myself2, but Neruda published The Book of Questions in 1974 in the United States, which means his family and heirs retain control of the copyright for that work until 2069. American copyright law at work for you authors out there, folks. Get out there and publish!
2To my AP Spanish teacher’s great dismay, my spoken Spanish is to my written Spanish as a five-year-old’s speech is to that of a high school graduate.
Please check back later today to see which wonderful authors are being showcased this month.
Congratulations to featured poet Honor Vincent and everyone else chosen for the new issue!
I’d also like to note that the Autumn Poetry Contest did not receive 10 entries and will close, but be replaced by the Spring Poetry Contest. I’ve received two thirds of the entries in the past month, so I’m thinking that the longer-running this Journal, the more comfortable people will be submitting. At the end of the day, though, it’s now a $500 prize…so send me your best to win half a grand!