is an award-winning literary annual print journal which invites traditional and experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. We publish poetry, flash fiction, and translations.
There is wonder and delight in RHINO 2018, to be sure. Just as there is goofy, slack-jawed, and subversive humor. And, of course, the issue is flush with imagination and linguistic artistry. But with titles like “Naked Bootleg and the American Distance” and “Being Caught in a Failing State,” this year’s poems also reveal the distinctly anxious tenor of our time.
Now in our 41st year, the poems in RHINO 2017 reflect the uncertain times in which we live—the doubts and dread, as well as the heady courage, fierce resolve, subversive humor, and buoyant faith in the future. But even more, they provide stunning evidence of poets’ ability to transform first-hand, fearless discernment into revelatory art.
Poetry is, in Eliot’s phrase, “a raid on the inarticulate.” It continually pushes against the limitations of language. Thus poetry is often an antidote to all that shuts us down, that makes life meager, thinner, more numb, more complacent, less meaningful. For 40 years RHINO has sought to be such a “raider,” providing an annual selection of the best contemporary poetry in English. This anniversary year’s edition is no exception.