Prizes, quixotic ventures, and belief in valuing poets – a note from Ralph Hamilton

ralph hamiltonOur editors prizes cost us approximately $500 a year, and for us that is real money, as folks used to say when I was a boy.  That said, poets are so undervalued (in numerous ways) in our society, that I stand by the idea that a poetry journal should, in some small way (if it is able), try to redress that.  The amounts are symbolic for most winners, but I believe symbols matter.
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Havel said “Belief precedes reality” and I think of the prizes as a kind of belief, a statement of faith however tattered, however small, that the work being acknowledged truly matters and that our recognition of that fact somehow establishes a beachhead in the world for the reality of its significance to be recognized more broadly.  Perhaps quixotic, I know.  But what is a poetry journal in our time if not a quixotic venture, even as it remains as necessary as oxygen to our culture (and to some of our individual lives)?
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Thank you to all who have supported RHINO in 2013 and who have donated and supported RHINO for the year ahead.

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Gratefully,
Ralph
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Ralph Hamilton
Editor in Chief, RHINO
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