One weekend in November of this year—as part of our ongoing 40th year celebration entitled “40 Readings in 40 Cities”—RHINO poets sponsored events in Capetown, South Africa, in Coral Gables, Florida, and in Brooklyn, New York. The total number of readings in 2016 now tops 28, with more still being added. I share this story as a way of conveying that RHINO is thriving as we enter our 41st year. The credit belongs to you—our contributors, donors, editors, and volunteers—all around the world.
In Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, a version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, the chorus declaims:
Human beings suffer, / They torture one another, / They get hurt and get hard. / No poem or play or song /
Can fully right a wrong / Inflicted and endured. /…/ History says, don’t hope / On this side of the grave. /
But then, once in a lifetime / The longed-for tidal wave / Of justice can rise up, / And hope and history
rhyme./…/ So hope for a great sea-change / On the far side of revenge. / Believe that further shore /
Is reachable from here. / Believe in miracle / And cures and healing wells.
As Heaney’s adaptation reveals, sometimes poetry is a stark expression of reality, sometimes a call to action, sometimes jubilation, and sometimes a balm, or even all of those at once. Good poetry always has music, it always loves language, it’s always deeply engaged with the vital stuff of life, and it always embodies something true. RHINO 2017 is no exception. Its pages pulse with song, originality, passion, and insight.
The titles of this year’s poems alone trace our poets’ journey, showing a side as often playful as grave, as often intimate as grand, as often imagining a better future as probing a key aspect of the present or past: “Depression, the Sit-Com,” “Marine Life Thrives in Unlikely Play – Offshore Oil Rigs,” “Reciting Poetry in the Psychiatric Ward,” “Metamorphosis with Drainage Pipe and Playboy,” “Reading Anna Swir in October,” “Removing Him from the Sex Scenes in All of Your Books,” and “Requiem for an Unseeable Gravity,” to cite just a few. At the core of these and the other poems is a keen sensitivity to the world both outside and inside—how it shapes us, hurts us, nurtures us, and heals us—and the authors’ inexhaustible creativity.
While RHINO remains committed to producing a beautiful and compelling print journal, we continue to support Illinois poetry and poets with workshops, readings, events, awards, resources, and information, including our monthly RHINO Reads! poetry series and The Poetry Forum workshop series. We also instituted a fellowship program this year to increase the reach of our editorial staff.
We have also expanded our online resources for local, national, and international poetry audiences. RHINO’s website and Big Horn Blog, as well as our Facebook and Twitter posts, help support our print publication and local events. The blog features essays, articles, interviews, audio poems, photos, and online publication of prize-winning poems. Six months after print publication, all published poems are now presented online, with placement occurring throughout the year. Our website receives more than 7000-8000 unique visitors per month.
As an independent, all-volunteer journal, we rely on your support. Your contributions and subscriptions continue to make up 75% of RHINO’s income. We thank you for making RHINO possible for the past 40 years.
Wishing you peace, poetry, and inspiration for 2017 and beyond,
the editors and fellows of RHINO
Virginia Bell Jan Bottiglieri Lisa Croneberg Carol Eding
Gail Goepfert Ralph Hamilton Ann Hudson
David Jones Matthew Kelsey Beth McDermott Kenyatta Rogers
Deborah Nodler Rosen Jacob Saenz Angela Narciso Torres
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