Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Valparaiso Poetry Review

The spring issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review recently appeared online. In my opinion, this is one of our best online poetry journals. It's aesthetically pleasing, yet simple enough that the graphics are not a distraction. The quality of the work is consistently high, and editor Ed Byrne supports well-known poets as well as those who will soon be well-known. I love the variety offered in each issue and return numerous times while the issue appears online. (Actually, each issue remains online in the archives, another nice feature of the journal.)

This issue offers three new poems by featured poet, Lynnell Edwards, and poems by familiar favorites such as Pat Fargnoli, April Lindner, and Julia Kasdorf. There are also poems by rising stars such as Greg McBride and Mary Biddinger, poems by poets I've met in person such as Jennifer MacPherson and Peggy Miller, and poems by poets whose work I'm looking forward to reading for the first time. There's an essay about the work of Zbigniew Herbert. And finally, there are five book reviews, including one by Ed Byrne of Lynnell Edwards' new collection, The Highwayman's Wife. If I hadn't already ordered the book, this review would certainly entice me to do so.

So check out this issue. Many pleasures await you.

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