I love that “oooh” moment

Here it is!! Check out our gorgeous RHINO 2011 cover featuring a collage by Doug Stapleton.

Here are a few words from some of the folks who worked with 2011’s nuts and bolts:

Doug Stapleton’s cover art is a departure for us – odd, quirky, powerful, polarizing.  It has motion and strength, like the best poetry (or like a charging rhino!) and is, in all of these ways, a perfect fit for RHINO and for our amazing 2011 issue in particular.  RHINO has always been about the gathering of disparate voices, and this image embodies that. In its center, I’m reminded of Rilke’s “Archaic Torso of Apollo” and that poem’s final words, which resonate as a call to artists everywhere: “You must change your life.”

~Jan Bottiglieri (Managing Editor)

I am a book person, through and through, so it gives me great pleasure to watch the poetry of RHINO gradually coalesce through each year’s reading period toward the “body” of literature that will eventually take form as one of our beautiful, annual journals.  Once the poems are all determined for each year’s volume, the hard but sweet labor of actually building the book begins.  Ordering, indexing, massaging the texts toward the final shape they will take on the pages — and compiling a sense of the lives of our poets through their Contributors’ Notes — and fixing, fixing, fixing all the little things that try to go astray in the digital fields of design and production, this is the lot and the light of my work as a Managing Editor.  Makes me sound like some kind of shepherd, and maybe I am — finding great joy this year in finally bringing home the sheep.

~David Jones (Managing Editor)

This my third time pitching in on the graphics end of RHINO. I see the start of a RHINO poetry book as a calendar landmark that we’re finally tilting over from the gray-slush winter tail to spring sprouts. I love that “oooh” moment feeling the weight of the final book and seeing the wonderful words and art pacing through real paper pages.

~ Godfrey Carmona (graphic design)

Find your questions asked and answered in RHINO 2011 – a world turned halfway upside down or perhaps, turned right side up.

~Deborah Nodler Rosen (Senior Editor), from the “Editors’ Notes”