Outside my window spring is in chaos: every conceivable color in surprising vibrance
and lush greens from barely-greener-than-yellow to near black, all reminding me how rich our earth is,
how abundant its gifts. Even the birds' songs seem richer and livelier. I feel the same way about Issue
35. It is as chock full, as variant in content, and as rich with talent as any issue we've ever published.
In his review of Mary Cornish's just-published first book of exquisite poems,
TCR's Contributing Editor, David Rigsbee, comments on how that volume of poems "becomes noteworthy as it deepens . . ." a
comment that equally describes Liz Hawkes deNiord's "Threshold," original art on our cover that also keeps offering
more the longer you look. Check out her blogspot for more art at
Willis Barnstone continues the discussion that began in our Winter Feature dedicated to the
sonnet, and Turner Cassity honors the tradition still alive in A.E. Stallings' newest release,
Hapax, poems with
a reverence to form that are as intelligent and freshly relevant as any poetry written today.
Issue 35 will have you thinking it's spring inside as you discover one surprise after another
in the work of 18 poets and 2 fiction-writers: everything from "Bourbon Fire" to "Lichen Pastels," from "You Know
How It Goes," to "What Was."