One Reader’s Not-Quite-Manifesto on Poetry Selection for the Lit Magazine

Magazines have outlines for the kinds of work they want – format, delivery, length, and maybe a few general dos and don’ts (no genre pieces, no previously published, no rhyming, please do rhyme, etc.). Beyond that, the only indication anyone usually writers is to “read our previous issues” – which, while not bad practice, doesn’t … Continue reading One Reader’s Not-Quite-Manifesto on Poetry Selection for the Lit Magazine

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Contributor Update: Valerie Bandura

Valerie Bandura's poem "Step Right Up" was first published in Issue 78 (Fall 2012) of the minnesota review. Since then, Bandura has just released a new book of poetry, Freak Show (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books, 2013). Bandura's poems have also appeared in numerous journals, including Ploughshares,  Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Mid-American Review, The Asheville Poetry … Continue reading Contributor Update: Valerie Bandura

The Best Books We Read in 2013: Poetry Roundup

  TMR's poetry readers share the best books we've read in the last year. Arian's pick: Rough Day, Ed Skoog (Copper Canyon, 2013) Ed Skoog’s newest collection of poems, Rough Day, navigates the potential of language to make us into the world and negotiates the spaces that we are ultimately born into. These poems reconcile the … Continue reading The Best Books We Read in 2013: Poetry Roundup

Crying, Singing, Speaking: On How Meter Leaks Into Our Lives

Not many of my friends who write poetry do so with a conscious, traditional application of rhyme and meter. I'm not complaining—I'm not a formalist, don't think that these features are vital to poetry, and recognize that as we write, we constantly produce new forms (whether or not we refer to them that way). Creating … Continue reading Crying, Singing, Speaking: On How Meter Leaks Into Our Lives