I have three ideas for web journals I'm considering launching, but, I wanted to get some sense of the potential author pool I might expect to be able to draw from.
Please take a moment to review the following proposals and reply directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you already have suitable material, or, are interested enough to produce some new material appropriate to the focus of one or more of these.
Thank you in advance for your time.
1) Close Readings -- Pick a poem, any poem, and go through it with a fine-toothed mental comb and share your understandings/observations/criticism. For an archetypal example of what I'd be looking for, please see Charles Alexander's close reading of Elizbeth Bishop posted to the SUNY-Buffalo Poetics list in April of this year at http://tinyurl.com/w3elu
2) Instantiation -- I'd be looking to publish statements of poetics, manifestos, mission statements, or even loosely structured goals for the pieces side-by-side with examples of poems which realize (or attempt to realize) the statements.
3) subgenre -- And for this one I'm not really looking for authors, I'm looking for editors willing to provide content in their chosen narrowed range. I am open to a nearly unlimited set of narrowed ranges--if what you do puts in you contact with a steady stream of some particular kind of poem and you feel you could manage to select one for featuring every month or so, then I'm looking for you. As a starting point, consider the following: concrete poetry, visual poetry, lyric poetry, formal poetry, haiku, doggerel, digital poetry, poetry in translation, language poetry. But do not be limited by these. Your ability to provide an example a month is sufficient to declare it a viable category.
I have the resources to do all of the above if the interest is there. If the interest is not there, I'll cross these off my "would like to do" list and move on.
There is no need to reply if you just want to express interest in being a reader of these journals--if they come to pass I'll make regular announcements to these lists. At this time I'm only looking for people interested in the possibilities of providing content.
Please feel free to forward this email on to any people or lists you feel would be interested.
With poetry by: Anne Gorrick, Marci Nelligan, Donald Wellman, Jody Porter, Nicholas Manning, Chad Sweeney, Christine Hamm, MTC Cronin, Amanda Laughtland, David Chikhladze, Jonathan Minton, and Scott Wilkerson
"Though we are continually being hurt owing to the narrowness of the reality in which we dwell, we blame life, and do not see the necessity of finding absolutely new standpoints." --Maurice Nicoll
Ferdinand de Saussure's belief that the signs for our words are arbitrary has become a cornerstone of modern linguistics. It has influenced contemporary philosophical thought to the extent that some theorists now believe all meaningful aspects of perception are arbitrary cultural constructs. Yet, the logic of Saussure's belief is based solely on the nonexistence of any proof to the contrary. My challenge to Saussure's assumption of arbitrariness is not based on theory. It is based on observation of a rigorously produced visual transformation of orthography.
To create a spatial transformation of the linear patterning of spelling, I organize the letters of the Roman Alphabet into a fixed, circular arrangement (built around a pentagonal symmetry of vowels); consequently, when lines are drawn between the letter-points in the sequence of the spelling of words, geometric forms or patterns are created.
When you donate, be sure to include your e-mail address and I'll be in touch to arrange the mailing of your Methuselah Mouse gear. All in all, it's very pleasing to see these healthy life extensions taking head in the scientific community.
Disclaimer: Some patients in our study did improve after therapy. Others died. Future therapies will feature extensive analysis of the social context of such work, including post-mortem analyses of his-her/his-their/his-our/hiss-hiss relationship structures.
Nonetheless, I'm still convinced of the transformative powers of the Methuselah Mouse. If you don't believe me, listen to Nancy: "Progress will happen on the longevity and rejuvenation front too. We can already see the signs of regenerative and real anti-aging medicine in the near future."
These powers can be isolated, the relevant enzymes (go Team!) gathered. It's detailed, thorough and firmly based on established experimental work in the field of biology. When we can reassemble our entire chromosomal structure, outside societal strictures, we have arrived.
Analysis of recently collected comet dust forces revision of comet formation theory. Astronomers previously believed that comets were born exclusively in the icy expanses beyond Neptune. Their current findings suggest our solar system shakes itself up at the microscopic level from its fiery center to its frigid edges. There's some poetry in that.
Scientists surmise that some material comets carry originated from matter that flirted with the sun (dear Icarus) where it was subjected to superhigh temperatures. This material was then projectile-vomited into the far reaches of the solar system to be gathered up into growing comets. There may be some poetry in that. Or there may be too many fraternity jokes waiting to be told.
I love science, how it sharpens my knowing, small and large. I love dust, too (sniff, sneeze, I appreciate that which I cannot see); in the end, we're nothing but. There's got to be much poetry in that.
Yet I think about how ridiculous some scientific conclusions one hundred years ago look today. We're so damned certain of what we know.
I think the sun could spew now -- now -- now -- and we wouldn't know any differently. And that's the poem.