Thrilled to be in the current edition of Shearsman (issue 117 & 118). I’ve only had time to flick through but I’ve already come across some very inspiring and ambitious poems.
Shearsman have a great website too. Check out their catalogue pages, especially for the chapbooks they published this year, which include Steve Ely’s Jubilate Messi.
Small press magazines are invaluable – they give poetry a space in the world. I’ve had a good run this year. Lots of magazines have taken my work. I’m grateful for it, but I don’t take it for granted. Of course, I still get plenty of rejections. That’s no bad thing because it keeps me (and the work) grounded. What I really appreciate though, is a quick turn around (from submission to acceptance and publication). It seems to me that when magazines are able to go to print quickly, what you’re reading is the freshest work, poems that give you that sense of excitement and discovery, that sometimes confound or confront you (it’s good to be challenged once in a while). For me that’s what makes these magazines so special. Long may they continue to print new work.