The editors of RHINO are thrilled to announce that our first installment of our online edition of RHINO 2015 is here!
We continue to remain committed to publishing a print journal yearly; the publication of the poems online in three installments (beginning 6 months after print publication) is intended to supplement and broaden the outreach of the print journal.
The second installment will go up in October and the third and final installment will go up in December.
You can now find the poems from the authors below, here.
We celebrated the release of our 2015 issue at AWP with a reading featuring ten poets from the issue, and an open mic featuring some of our editors and past contributors. Thank you to our amazing 2015 lineup: Julie Bouwsma, Sara Henning, Amorak Huey, Dawn Lonsinger, Cintia Santana, Brian Simoneau, Rachel Slotnick, Paul Tran, and Keith Wilson. Special thanks to editor Jan Bottiglieri for arranging this incredible reading and being an emcee-extraordinaire!
(Bianca Spriggs , Keith Wilson, Kenyatta Rogers, Ladan Osman, Airea Matthews) Taking its title and spirit from a series of essays written by poet Roger Reeves (published on the Poetry Foundation’s “Harriet the Blog”), and subsequent reading series curated by poet and visual artist Krista Franklin, “Speculating Darkly, or The Folk Surreal Future,” is a poetry reading that features some of the Midwest’s emerging African Diaspora writers who focus on the Black Fantastic, the Grotesque, the Afro-Surreal, the Gothic, the speculative, and science fiction.
We’re so pleased that our 2012 Issue inspired this thoughtful, cranky, intelligent, and generous blog post on the state of poetry today, written by Amorak Huey (one of our 2012 contributors).
“There is plenty of ridiculously good poetry being written right now, and it’s easier than ever to find good, exciting, new poems to read. I do not understand the compulsion of the Perloffs and Dana Gioias and John Barrs and their ilk to focus on poems they don’t like and to extrapolate therefrom that we live in a woeful era for verse. Look, if you don’t like a poem or poet, move on ………………..
“The poems in this issue of RHINO do not build toward clever little epiphanies or pithy bits of wisdom. They are not unified in subject matter or style. They evoke and echo our times. The recession is in here, and so are punk rock and Don Knotts and sex and death and autumn and childhood and longing and Pound and James Wright and macaroni salad. ”