Thursday, December 15, 2005


My first issue of 32poems arrived. I shouldn't have been surprised, but I admit I was surprised how small it is. But 32 poems at $6 an issue equals about 19c a poem - wow!

I haven't read all the poems yet but so far none of them made me feel like the top of my head had been taken off. My favorite so far is "Cheese" by Brandon Hartley. And another good one is "The Hair Room - Auschwitz 2004" by Meg Shevenock, and "Pickets" by Amy Ellison. There were a couple of so-what kind of poems in there, and a poem called "Love" centered around cicadas that reminded me somewhat of Lia Purpura's poem called "Cicada," which was in Ploughshares.

There were also a couple poems that exceeded 32 lines! Hey! The submission guidelines say poems should be under 32 lines. What an outrage!

This is the reason I subscribed to 32poems: The Fabulous Ones.

I think that's a wonderful poem. Reading that, I did feel like the top of my head had been taken off, from the smile up. For anyone who likes alphabet poems, the ezine Snakeskin plans an issue of them, to be edited by Jessy Randall.


Bob Hoeppner said...

Re: The Fabulous Ones

The last two lines are killer. I was expecting something like Stevens' "The Comedian as the Letter C."

I once wrote a poem where almost every image in it was round (plate, doorknob, etc.) And it was about an unfulfilled relationship (a vicious circle, if you will.) It's fun to do that kind of thing.

SarahJane said...

Hi Bob -
I'm so glad you liked that poem, too. The end is wonderful.
I never read that Stevens poem. I'll have to look it up.
best, sarah

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