Okay, so I have not been a devoted blogger lately. In fact a certain friend of mine, who has checked my blog religiously for over 2 months now (or so she says) will be positively amazed to see her daily ritual turn up a result. Said result is not due to any tardy enforcing of a New Year’s Resolution, by the way—I keep those for things I am even less likely to accomplish, such as losing ten pounds and giving up wine—but to the long-awaited arrival of my latest love-child. No, not a baby brother for Becky and Lorna, but Volume 8 Issue 2 of The Raintown Review.
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And what a stonking good issue it is, from the striking cover photograph by Katy Maslow to the stalwart list of contributors on the back. Also poems by Ned Balbo, Paul Bone, Greg Alan Brownderville, Michael Cantor, Jehanne Dubrow, Maureen Gallagher, Kevin Higgins, Rose Kelleher, Rick Mullin, Timothy Murphy, Aaron Poochigian, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, and others. We have incisive book reviews by Nick Friedman, Fintan O’Higgins, and Aifric Mac Aodha. In my editorial I survey the general run of metrical poetry-oriented magazines (we come out looking well, strangely enough), while Associate Editor Quincy R. Lehr is on a tear about something or other in an essay entitled “Down with ‘Good Poetry!’” (Just read it; the title makes sense in context.) In short, you are going to love it! (Contributors and subscribers should start receiving copies within a week or so.)
Speaking of which, if you haven’t yet, or haven’t recently, think about subscribing. Yes, I know that there are a gazillion magazines out there asking for your hard-earned cash. But The Raintown Review is “essential reading for the formal poetry community” or so it says in my essay…
And that might mean YOU!