I hope you’re having a happy fall. I’m writing now for a couple reasons—first to announce the release of our new supplemental newsletter. RATTLE e.5 is a 26-page PDF, downloadable on our website, that contains content that didn’t fit in this winter’s print issue.
Included are two book features—a selection of poems from Carol V. Davis’s Into the Arms of Pushkin, and David James’ Trembling in Someone’s Palm. In the essay section, Andrew Kozma explores the chapbook form, and David Alpaugh asks the question, “What’s Really Wrong with Poetry Book Contests?”—a must-read for anyone sitting on a manuscript. At the end of the e-Issue is a preview of the winter print issue, which features a tribute to Cowboy & Western poetry, and interviews with Robert Pinsky and Natasha Trethewey.
You can download the e-Issue by clicking this link: http://rattle.com/eissues/eIssue5.pdf (1.2MB pdf) (If the link doesn’t work, you can paste it into you browser, you just go to Rattle.com and click on the banner at the top of the page.)
This is always a good time in our production cycle to announce upcoming calls for submissions, and we also wanted to let you know what we’ll be looking for in the coming year.
Next summer’s issue, #31, will feature work by African-American poets. If you’re a poet of African-American descent, send us your poems and essays by February 1st.
Next winter, issue #32 will be focusing on the sonnet in all its forms—perfect to ragged, Petrarchan to invented. Deadline: August 1st, 2009.
But don’t forget that less than half of the poetry in each issue is focused on the theme—the rest is open to any style, subject matter, or poet. We always enjoy reading submissions, and accept them by email and hardcopy, year-round, so never hesitate to send us work.
Visit www.rattle.com/submissions.htm for guidelines.
That’s it from us. We hope you enjoy this little electronic bonus, and thank you, always, for your support.
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