Preview of RHINO 2015 – from the Editors

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December 2014

 

“[W]orlds remake themselves at every turn,” writes Brian Simoneau in his poem “Raven to a Traveler Lost in the Woods.” So it is with the dazzling array of poems in the forthcoming RHINO 2015.

 

From Lisa Cronenberg’s sublime,

 

Blake’s heaven must smell like this:

 

Monarda for the monarch.

Asylum for the queen.

 

to Esteban Ismael’s time-bound specificity,

 

sitting with my face on the shotgun /window of a ’97 Mustang, I watch him /

puff his chest / & a cigarette.

 

from the dislocation of Faisal Mohyuddin’s,

 

Exile begins where rivers end.

 

and Bill Rector’s quiet surrealism,

 

I wake up one morning

with size 60 feet.

 

to the intimate sadness in Joe Eldridge’s elegy for his mother,

 

The Hermes horseshoe scarf

I bought on Canal St. covers the night-

stand where her dentures soak in a teacup.

 

the portent of Sarah Ann Winn’s,

 

The punched out remnant of another doll, a cardboard window to the world,

girl shaped.

 

and Kimberly Dixon-Mays’ potent,

 

And typical,

human, to be

somewhat proud

to leave

even an ugly

mark.

 

RHINO’s 38th,  going into our 39th year, has been huge.

  • We received more submissions than ever before, exceeding 12,000 poems.
  • Over 280 poets submitted to our Founders’ Prize contest.
  • Notably, three poets that we nominated won 2014 Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards!
  • This year’s Paladin Award was given to Allison Joseph, Editor of Crab Orchard Review.
  • We also began posting our current journal on our website in installments at no cost so that a wider audience can read our poets. We remain committed as ever to producing our beautiful print journal.

 

  • Meanwhile our online presence continues to grow with more than 900 Twitter followers @rhinopoetry, and our Facebook page “likes” have topped 1300.
  • In the last year we have had 88,400 unique visits to the website. The Big Horn Blog continues to expand, with ever more audio poems and interviews. We also foster a community of writers through our monthly RHINO Reads! poetry series, The Poetry Forum workshop series, and by supporting emerging writers in numerous other ways.

 

Thanks to you—our readers, fellow poets, our friends and family—RHINO continues to thrive. As an independent, all-volunteer journal, we rely on you for your support. Your contributions and subscriptions continue to make up 65% of RHINO’s income. We thank you for making RHINO possible for the past 38 years.

 

Wishing you peace and inspiration for 2015 and beyond,

the editors of RHINO

Virginia Bell   Jan Bottiglieri   Helen Degen Cohen    Carol Eding  

Gail Goepfert    Ralph Hamilton   David Jones

Kenyatta Rogers    Deborah Nodler Rosen   Jacob Saenz   Moira Sullivan  

Andrea Witzke Slot    Angela Narciso Torres   Valerie Wallace   

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Please consider a donation to RHINO: The Poetry Form. All donations are tax-deductible; donations of $25 or more come with a complimentary gift of RHINO 2015.

Donation Levels

John Donne                        $25

Sappho                               $50

Langston Hughes               $100

Li Bai                                  $200 +

 

Mail your check or money order to: RHINO, PO Box 591, Evanston, IL 60204 or make your secure online donation here.

 

Thank you!

 

RHINO 2015 will ship in April, 2015.           

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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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To make your donation to RHINO and the Poetry Forum, visit https://npo.justgive.org/rhinopoetry.

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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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Preview RHINO 2014 – and our gift with your contribution of $25 or more – Thank you!

All contributions of $25 or more receive a complimentary copy of RHINO 2014. Thank you!

All contributions of $25 or more receive a complimentary copy of RHINO 2014. Thank you!


December 2013

Dear readers, poets, friends,

In William Boyd’s novel told through a fictional writer’s journals, Any Human Heart, the narrator comments:

…a true journal presents us with the more riotous and disorganized reality [of human lives].  The various stages of development are there, but they are jumbled up, counterposed and repeated randomly.  The selves jostle for prominence…The true journal intime understands this fact and doesn’t try to posit any order or hierarchy, doesn’t try to judge or analyze: I am all these different people—all these different people are me.

 

The same can be said of a good poetry journal, though the authors of the poems vary.   Inasmuch as poems make art of authentic human experience, however fragmentary, we all partake in the reality evoked.   Of course the best poems heighten our perception and renew our sense of being alive in this moment.  Each poet presents his or her piece of the world in a distinctive way, choosing words and rhythms, forms and phrases, subjects and sentiments—sometimes to unsettle, sometimes to soothe—but always to reach us.

 

In the forthcoming 2014 issue of RHINO, we will read of Diane Martin’s “Curlicue clefs, fat violas, a lilt / of masts float in an apricot sky”; experience Brandon Kreig’s cinematic “huge oxidized sun thread the eye of the overpasses, aware again / of what is called beauty”; journey with Ricardo Pau-Llosa to “where leafy coral is fauna and the veiled /mayhem of waters carnival-bright, bloody.”

 

We will consider Dan Gutstein’s “The sociology of urban saints / around us— / tall, uncoiled-in-action, penitent, / chipped— / some loitering / in the obscurity of stairwells, / metal to their crumbling teeth /(their silvery, carnivorous smiles) / amid the sad regularity of work”; and Marge Piercy’s “Huge houses with decks like helicopter pads /with cathedral ceilings requiring acrobats /to clean.”

 

And we will marvel with Michael Robins at “the roundness / of whimper replacing a storm cloud”; and at Hannah Fries’ declaration, “I will always be green for you, / because that is my disposition.”

RHINO is now in its 38th year. Highlights include:

Meanwhile our online presence continues to grow.  On the home front we continue to foster a community of writers by presenting our monthly RHINO Reads! poetry series, our Poetry Forum workshop series, and by supporting emerging writers in numerous ways.

 

Thanks to you, RHINO continues to thrive.  As an independent, all-volunteer journal, we rely on you—our readers, fellow poets, our friends—for your support.  Your contributions and subscriptions continue to make up 60 -70% of RHINO’s income.  We thank you for making RHINO possible for the past 38 years.

 

Wishing you peace and inspiration for 2014 and beyond,

the editors of RHINO 

Virginia Bell   Jan Bottiglieri   Helen Degen Cohen

Carol Eding   Gail Goepfort    Ralph Hamilton   David Jones

Deborah Nodler Rosen   Jacob Saenz   Moira Sullivan   Andrea Witzke Slot

Angela Narciso Torres   Valerie Wallace  

 

Contribution Levels

Hart Crane                        $25

Anna Akhmatova               $50

Seamus Heaney                $100

Elizabeth Bishop              $200 +

 

Contributions of $25 or more come with a complimentary thank you gift of RHINO 2014.

Give through our secure portal on JustGive.org and receive your receipt for tax purposes immediately.

Or, mail contributions and subscriptions to RHINO, PO Box 591, Evanston, IL 60204. 

RHINO 2014 will ship in April 2014

All contributions are tax deductible.

 

RHINO: The Poetry Forum is sponsored in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Poets & Writers Inc., and the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture

at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.