Personal Rejection Letter is a great podcast from two Midwest writers with day jobs. Dan and Kelly discuss “the seedy underbelly of the lit life.” So far in their first two episodes they have had plenty to say about the trumpifying question of art’s role in times of trumpble (see 2River’s #poetsagainsttrump) to the annoying fees that many literary magazines charge (2River’s a big NOT) for reading submissions.
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I like the why toward the end, where Robert Hass says, “Paradise Lost was printed in an edition of no more than 1,500 copies and transformed the English language. Took a while. Wordsworth had new ideas about nature: Thoreau read Wordsworth, Muir read Thoreau, Teddy Roosevelt read Muir, and we got a lot of national parks. Took a century. What poetry gives us is an archive, the fullest existent archive of what human beings have thought and felt by the kind of artists who loved language in a way that allowed them to labor over how you make a music of words to render experience exactly and fully.”
It’s here: winter! As well as a great pristine issue of The 2River View, with new poems by Lee Robison, Ayla Fudala, Paulette Guerin, Kathryn Jacobs, Babo Kamel, Mary Kasimor, Mercedes Lawry, David Murchison, Mae Remme, Jeanne Wagner, William Walsh.
Visit 2River on the first day of winter for the 21.2 issue of 2RV, with new poems by Lee Robison, Ayla Fudala, Paulette Guerin, Kathryn Jacobs, Babo Kamel, Mary Kasimor, Mercedes Lawry, Mae Remme, Jeanne Wagner, and William Walsh.
Missouri River Floodplain in Winter