While yours truly has kept cool trekking across Alaska via plane, ship,
train, bus, sea plane, helicopter, dogsled, taxi, ice spiders, even a
bicycle rickshaw, the TCR team has outsmarted the summer’s record-breaking
heat; they’ve been indoors working to produce Issue 33, which features the
celebrated and very cool poet, Tony Hoagland.
His essay, “Fragment, Juxtaposition, And Completeness: Some Notes And
Preferences,” addresses, for the first time in TCR pages, the poetry
aesthetic that, beginning with the “technical innovations” of Apollinaire,
has developed into modernism, often referred to as “the ‘poetics of
surprise,’ as ‘open field’ poetry, poetic montage, as ‘indeterminate,’ as
‘reader-centered.’” Hoagland offers a way to think about poetry of “less
orchestration, more participation,” but he asks thought-provoking questions
that will send you to the kitchen for another long, cold drink as
preparation for entering the heated debate.
Along with Hoagland’s essay, we offer new poetry by Alexios Rigas Antypas,
Curtis Bauer, Laure-Anne Bosselaar (a recent guest-editor with her
poet-husband Kurt Brown), Chip Cassin, Scott Challener, Marcus Chinn, Kirk
Glaser, Scott Glassman, Julia Andreevna Istomina, George Kalamaras, David
Lauer Panzarino, Leslie Shinn, Christine Anne Stewart, and Michael
Wingfield, some offering evidence on one side of the issue, some offering
evidence on the other. Read their poems to see where you stand.
For cover art, we’ve chosen the especially cool “Metaphor2” of artist Karlyn
Lewis, wife of Jim Lewis, TCR’s Web Manager for five years and Associate
Managing Editor for one. Mother of five, with a natural feel for color,
style, and composition, Karlyn specializes in electronic “found-art”
graphics. Look for more of Karlyn’s strikingly original and energetic work
And on the TCR news page, note that our welcome mat is out to cool-guy Greg
Nicholl, our newest staff member. He’s a freelance proofreader and graphic
designer living in southeastern Idaho. His poetry has appeared in such
national journals as Natural Bridge, Feminist Studies, Runes, Fugue, The Los
Angeles Review, Rattapallax, and more. He recently moved from New York where
he worked in the production department at the Random House Publishing Group.
Greg received his M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. He is
currently the co-director of the Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival. Welcome,
Greg! The TCR family has everything to gain from your joining our effort.