The US Postal Service has been kind to me this week. First, I received my contributor’s copy of Copper Nickel — and it’s a great issue (I am not just saying that because one of my poem is found within its pages). There’s work from Mary Biddinger, Karyna McGlynn, Jericho Brown, Jessica Jewell, R.T. Smith, and Alison Stine. My favorite is Stine’s poem, “Canary” that opens this issue. In this work, the poet proclaims: “It’s not so bad, seventies/in March, coats off, daffodils opening/in a white blaze. But the polar bears/drowned, swum too far to look/for food. The ice floes lost their edges; each shore sunk further out. Frogs/the first barometers, on some banks/started exploding, blood turned. My canary/shutters against the man I thought/I knew, the one who promised to love me.”
I also received my copy of Green Mountains Review. Fans of The Scrapper Poet will know that I blogged quite a bit about Paula Bohince’s Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods on my old blog — and then I got the chance to write a more formal review of this great book for GMR. If you haven’t picked up Bohince’s début collection yet, you really should.
Finally, last year I was honored with a chance to judge the Keystone Chapbook Award from Seven Kitchens Press, and Soot by Jeff Walt was the winner. This chapbook arrived in the mail. What did I say about Walt’s poems? “Jeff Walt’s collection is filled with dirt, grit and dust. These tough poems squint in the bright light but focus, fear both real and imaginary dangers but still fact the day, fall but get up to brush themselves off and move on….”
When I connected to the Seven Kitchens Press website, I discovered more good news. Seven Kitchens Press is planning a big year with chapbooks! RJ Gibson’s Scavenge will be released soon (you have to check out that cover). Plus, two of my favorite Pennsylvania poets will also be publishing with Ron Mohring’s micropress. Gabriel Welsch’s chapbook, An Eye Fluent in Gray and Todd Davis’s chapbook Household of Water, Moon, and Snow are both due out later this year. More good reading, ahead! I know that times are tough, and that if you are a poet and/or blog reader, you are always being asked to support the poetry community. I can say that Seven Kitchens Press is one of the best places for poetry!