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A Haunting: Somber Meditations for Halloween

Friday, October 30th, 2009
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It has always struck me as peculiar that Americans (myself included) celebrate Halloween—a holiday that has grown exceedingly morbid and ghoulish—with candy, costumes, and whimsical delight when, at its very core, it is a holiday centered on death. I’ll spare us all the history lesson, as there are several cultural variables that have led us to this odd [...]

Roses from Poo Poo

Friday, October 16th, 2009
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 A long time ago I read a short story which shouldn’t really have been any good.  It was called "The Flesh Man," and read with a certain perspective, it probably qualifies as basically pornography with a side of brooding pulp machismo.  I wouldn’t begrudge anyone that interpretation, at least.   The story’s not really that shocking, [...]

“With Tremulous Cadence Slow”: An Editorial On Syntax

Monday, May 11th, 2009
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  One of the burdens of narrative verse is that it requires the poet to be moderately skilled in the techniques of fiction. Character, arc, and even dialogue are essential weapons in the narrative poet’s arsenal. And while many beginning and journeyman poets have an intuitive understanding of these elements—surely we can all tell a story, right?—the [...]

Digital Publishing Receives Nod in Poets & Writers Article

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
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Chances are that if you’re reading this, you have some degree of faith that online journals make a substantial contribution to contemporary literature.  I’m glad to say that Sandra Beasley does, too, as her article "From Page to Pixels: The Evolution of Online Journals" in the May/June 2009 issue of Poets & Writers is one of the best pieces I’ve read [...]

Against the Blitzkrieg: Some Thoughts on Submission Etiquette

Monday, February 16th, 2009
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I recently had the good fortune to find myself with a free afternoon in a college library to peruse an eclectic array of literary journals. Most were the prestigious sort, with university endowments and several prominent names gracing their glossy back covers. And while I have nothing against this sort of publication—heck, I subscribe to a few [...]

Naming Our Children: A Brief Editorial on Titles

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
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Several years ago I heard the poet Richard Jackson (who would, coincidently, later be a teacher of mine) remark during a reading that he labored, at times tremendously so, with finding appropriate titles for his poems. I won’t run the risk of misquoting him, but the gist of his remarks—which he shared with equal parts wit [...]

Uglycousin Interview

Monday, January 21st, 2008
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Howdy folks, Today we have the first in what will, hopefully, be a long line of fun and productive (scratch that, let’s just go with “fun”) interviews. We are doing our best to say hello to, and to shamelessly ride on the coattails of, fledgling web journals and web-literary luminaries alike. It’s our way of [...]