Archive for the ‘Literary Journals’ Category

The New York Review of Books has published three new, previously untranslated poems by Tomas Transtromer, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature earlier this month. Click here to see the poems and an excellent bio. (You can also read more Transtromer at the Academy of American Poet’s site and at the Poetry Foundation.)

If you like these poems and wonder which of Transtromer’s books to read, see this excellent article in Slate. Slate’s top recommendation: Tomas Tranströmer: Selected Poems, 1954 – 1986, edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass. I have read this book and recommend it highly.


See Blake Butler‘s interesting piece on what he learned from the process of submitting his work to literary journals. Well worth the 10 minutes it will take to read. Link here. The major takeaway: Love conquers all. Only submit what you really love to journals you really love.  The other major takeaway: Not even love makes publication matter that much, after awhile. The work is the deal.

Anis Shivani‘s “new rules for writers” is one big Fuck You to careerism, conformity, and any kind of literary  “success.” An excerpt:

The “system”–in all its manifestations–is in utter disrepair, decadence rather. The only way to conquer it is to humiliate it. This goes against everything you’ve heard, all the advice to play nice. But that gets you nowhere… Confound them. Bewilder them. Disrespect them. Mock them. “They” meaning all the authority figures in publishing…

Read more at:

Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More.

(In other words, become this guy:

Poetry Magazine giving away free copies

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 in Clipping, Literary Journals

Get a free copy of Poetry Magazine for National Poetry Month. Check out the details at:

Free Poetry : The Poetry Foundation.

Wanna know not only the Best Poetry Books of 2010, but also Best First Book, Best Second Book, Best Selected/Collected, Best Translation, Best First Poem in a Collection, Best Final Poem in a Collection, Best Long Poem, Best Opening Lines, Best Closing Lines, Best New Book By a Canonical Poet, Best Book of Thought/Criticism, Best Physical Artifact, Best Book Cover, and Best Anthology? Then you want to check out Coldfront’s mondo list mashup. Thorough and intelligent choices. See Coldfront » 2010 Lists.

Editors of 15 popular online literary journals talk about the death of print at the Huffington Post.

Why do we keep books? Stuart Walton’s account of getting rid of a 2000 book personal library.

Write or die!