April Poems

Journals, Poetics, Poetry, Translation April 30, 2014

Bit of a shame I’m doing this on the last day of the month, but I’ve had some poems in the wonderful new issue of MiPOesias, edited by Sarah Blake. I’m sharing journal space with some really exciting poets, which I’m thrilled about.

MiPOesias April 2014

I also did a little blog post for Sarah Blake’s National Poetry Month Daily tumblr on something I love to think about: how people talk. There’s thirty poetry-related write-ups by poets on this blog, so lots to read and think about. 

And finally, the thing I would’ve lead with if I weren’t a tiny bit of a narcissist, Asymptote has recently put out its FOURTEENTH insane issue of translated and translation-related writings from around the world. As you may know, I curate the poetry section and these are the amazing poets and translators I was lucky enough to feature:

Hagiwara Sakutarō, from the Japanese by Hiroaki Sato; the book is forthcoming from New Directions.

Elke Erb, from the German by Sara Edinger

Sándor Kányádi, from the Hungarian by Paul Sohar

Yousef el Qedra, from the Arabic by Yasmin Snounu, Edward Morin and Yasser Tabbaa

Luis García Montero,  from the Spanish by Alice McAdams

Sébastien Smirou, from the French by Andrew Zawacki

Jeong Ho-Seung, from the Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé

Ana Ristović, from the Serbian by Steven and Maja Teref; the book is forthcoming from Zephyr Press.

Kim Ki-Taek, from the Korean by Eun Joo Kim

Lev Rubinstein,  from the Russian by Philip Metres and Tatiana Tulchinsky; the book is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse.

Akiko Yosano,  from the Japanese by Mariko Nagai

We’ve also begun reading for our October special feature on English-language poetry. This is a description of what we’re looking for:

We are now accepting submissions for Asymptote‘s annual English-Language Poetry Feature in Oct 2014. We seek work that engages with mythology and the mythic. What is a myth in the first place? Is it simply any structure that travels across time and space, codifying “truth”? Does it present a secret code to bodies of knowledge ranging anywhere from psychiatry to geology? How do processes of mythologization come to bear upon race, gender, sexuality, nationhood, language? How do they help (or not help) us understand humanness? Rather than approaching mythology as a “theme,” we ask that you to enter it as a field of investigation in which the principal terms, rubrics, figures, and narratives may be redefined, recreated, and even newly invented. We are interested in definitions and debates as much as stories and lyricisms. We hope to present poetry that is formally diverse, radically stanced, and passionately attentive to its various contexts. Send up to 10 pages of work.
Deadline: 15 Aug 2014

Submission guidelines can be found here.

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