Issue 7: Dear Friends aka “The Oldies Issue” (Mar-Apr 2016) is a special mini-issue in which contributors submitted a favorite pre-20th century poem along with a response, commentary, or creative remix.
Translation of Catullus 51 — Sherry Chandler & T.R. Williams
A Description of the Morning by Jonathan Swift — Andrea Wyatt
The Sick Rose by William Blake — Patricia McGoldrick
Lift Not the Painted Veil by Percy Bysshe Shelley — Marie Craven
On Death by John Keats — Sultana Raza
There was an Old Man who supposed by Edward Lear — Olivier Schopfer
Untitled Sonnet by Alexander Smith — Laura M. Kaminski
Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley Hopkins — Kenneth Pobo
The Old by Roden Noel — Laura M. Kaminski
Dear Friends by Edwin Arlington Robinson — Patrick G. Metoyer
This was a short issue, so I’ll keep the note short too. As I wrote in the intro, I had no idea what to expect when I put out the call for submissions back in November of last year. It took a while for these ten poems to show up in my in-box, but they were worth it. I had not read any of them before.
The responses are equally wonderful. Reader and previous-issue-contributor Joan Leotta even described it as being like a poetry course, and that’s how I came to think of it too. I never took a poetry class in college so this was a way for me to expand my horizons a bit. I hope it has done likewise for you.
With gratitude and thanks,
James Brush, editor