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We are just finishing up the selection of poems for RHINO 2019, which is sure to be our largest issue ever, topping 140 superb poems. Rather than simply honk our own horn, we want to share two quotes from a review of RHINO 2018published this Fall in New Pages, an online guide to literary magazines. In her review, Anne Graue finds:

“powerful poetry from beginning to end, some poems so intense that time must pass to allow the turmoil to settle before reading on. Yeats’s haunting phrase ‘A terrible beauty is born’ is apt to apply to these poems. They are beautiful in their lyric distillation of fear, sorrow, and grief, and are fitting in the current social and political climate.”

“[In] all the poems in this issue, there is so much to consider, reflect on, and internalize. The work in this issue of RHINO delves into history, myth, war, longing, technology, love, and death using language to its nth degree, making the final products of the poet seem as if they were the easiest things in the world to create,  when,  in fact,  it is poetry wrought from life,  distilled over time  into art that reflects the world  as it is in 2018 and also as it has been in the past.”

Click here to read the full review.


Meanwhile, we continue to offer The Poetry Forum, our monthly critique session, and RHINO Reads!, our monthly poetry reading series. We also mount other efforts to promote poetry, such as our yearly Paladin Award honoring trailblazers of poetry in Illinois, awarded to Lisel Mueller in 2018. We are not merely sitting on our laurels, though. In the past year, we inaugurated an exciting online series called RHINO Reviews.


RHINO Reviews is a monthly magazine featuring reviews of important contemporary American poetry and poetry-in-translation. It is being edited by long-time RHINO editor, Angela Narciso Torres. Our reviewers are distinguished poets, writers, teachers, and poetry lovers. We seek to create a space that is diverse, representative, inclusive, and free. Typical reviews run between 250-500 words. As of December, we have published seven issues, with a total of 62 reviews this year. 

To give you a taste, here are just six: 

Ada Limon, “The Carrying” - by Emily Perez
Jenny Xie, “Eye Level” - by Luisa Igloria
Tracy K. Smith, “Wade in the Water” - by Susanna Lang
Shadab Zeest Hashmi, “Ghazal Cosmopolitan” - by Chloe Martinez
Jose Guadalupe Olivarez, “Citizen Illegal” - by Donna Vorreyer
Glenn M. Most, translator, “Hesiod 1 & 2” - by Anthony Madrid

As an independent, all-volunteer journal, now beginning our 43rd year, we depend on your support. Your contributions and subscriptions continue to make up 75% of RHINO’s income. 

James Baldwin once observed, “For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”  

Amidst all the challenges and changes of our time, RHINO’s light remains bright because you continue to hold us.  We thank you for making RHINO possible for the past 42 years.

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Wishing you peace, poetry, and inspiration for 2019 and beyond,

the editors and fellows of RHINO:


Darren Angle    Virginia Bell    Jan Bottiglieri    Carol Eding    

Naoko Fujimoto    Gail Goepfert    Ralph Hamilton    

Ann Hudson    David Jones  

 John McCarthy    Beth McDermott    Kenyatta Rogers    Jacob Saenz    

Carol Sadtler    Nicole Tryling    Angela Narciso Torres