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:
- We received more submissions this year than ever before, exceeding 10,000 poems.
- RHINO was awarded the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts.
- In February we will be presenting at AWP in Seattle on factors that have led to RHINO’s success.
- And we have just nominated six poems for a Pushcart Prize.
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
Contributions of $25 or more come with a complimentary thank you gift of RHINO 2014.
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.