Friday, December 19, 2008
The following is a list of online journals culled from the multitude that are now available. I've visited dozens of these journals over the past few days. The ones I've listed here all have many of the features I admire and look for. They might not be your favorites, but they'll give you a good idea of what's out there.
Blood Orange Review
Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, book reviews, gorgeous art; a bit difficult to navigate--have to keep going back in order to go forward.
Coal Hill Review
Not too big, not too small. Just right.
Each poem accompanied by audio.
Del Sol Review
Strong work. Generous Contributors' Notes.
Could be easier to navigate, red font is annoyingly hard to read, use of brackets is unattractive, but good poetry.
Could use a darker font but excellent content.
Innisfree Poetry Journal
Strong poetry, one well-known poet featured with generous sample of poems. List of links to poets down right side of each page is handy but a bit too close to the poems on the page.
In Posse Review
Lots of good poetry here.
Very nice. Poetry, prose, interview.
The Pedestal Magazine
Poetry, fiction, reviews, audio; excellent material.
Poetry and reviews. Recently revived. Looks promising.
In order to get in here your poem has to have been rejected somewhere else first. I hope the editor will reconsider the lime green font in menus and table of contents.
Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, reviews.
Salt River Review
Plain, gets the job done in spite of a somewhat confusing navigational system.
Poetry, critical articles, pedagogical articles, reviews, art, translation. Very readable.
Sweet: A Literary Confection
New journal, some lovely graphics but some design issues, ie, pages that are hard to read because of font colors not working with background colors, cramped text boxes. Poetry and creative non-fiction.
All poetry, organized by region of the country. Lovely art.
Valparaiso Poetry Review
This one's been a favorite for a long time; everything is here.
Excellent. Fiction, poetry, non-fiction.
Formal Poetry Journals:
The Barefoot Muse: A Journal of Formal and Metrical Verse
Poetry, essays, reviews, audio with many of the poems.
14 by 14
14 sonnets by 14 different poets. Poems beautifully displayed with artwork. Font color in bio notes a bit hard to read.
Mezzo Cammin: A Journal of Formal Poetry by Women
Poetry, reviews and critical articles, beautiful art by one featured artist.
ShatterColors Literary Review
Lots of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, numerous interviews. Wish the navigation didn't require me to keep going back to the Table of Contents.
Unsplendid: An Online Journal of Poetry in Received and Nonce Forms
Could use a darker font, but I like the audio element even though it took me some time to figure out that the butterflies meant audio.
A single poet is featured along with a poetic statement. Apparently full issues also appear but not when I visited. Strong work.
A single poem featured each week with audio by someone other than the poet. Available online or by email.
Described as "an experiment in online literary and artistic collaboration." Demonstrates that it is possible to have a blog format and excellence at the same time. Each issue is themed and has different editors. Poems, artwork, audio. You have to scroll down, but it's worth the effort. Visitors may leave comments. Puts out a call for submissions for each issue.