Friday, May 25, 2012

FU Weekly: Poetry News

Cover for the Moment of Change anthologyThere are a few interesting things happening in the spec(ulative) poetry field at the moment. The Moment of Change, the first feminist speculative poetry anthology ever (and hopefully, not the last), has been released this month from Aqueduct Press. The editor, Rose Lemberg, posted the entire Table of Contents here, and the fabulous poets involved in this major project should make you want it right now. FU is especially happy to see Lisa M. Bradley's In Defiance of Sleek-Armed Androids there; we first published the piece in our 4th Issue. We will get back to this anthology in greater detail in the form of a review soon.
Secondly, Stone Bird Press (read a short interview with the press's founder, Rose Lemberg, here) has finally released its first publication: Here, We Cross, a collection of 22 queer poems from Stone Telling Issues 1-7. This is a wonderful celebration of diversity, and a small book assembled with great care, and again, we here at FU would like this to be the first in a long row of such releases. Perhaps this is a good time to remind writers that we are at the moment reading for Shakespeare Unfettered, guidelines above, and that we are very much looking forward to receiving LGBTQ work for this one.

As no poetry news can be complete without reviews, we would like to point our readers to Versification, a place for reviews of spec poetry only. You can find new reviews here pretty much every Thursday (or Verseday, as the poets call it).

One final piece of news comes from Mitchell Hart, who founded inkscrawl, a venue for minimalist spec poetry (we talked with the new editor Samantha Henderson here). Mitchell has founded yet another home for poems of the fantastic, Through the Gate, and we are quite excited to see what will happen there! At the moment, the new zine is still open to submissions, and the first issue will be released in August.


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