Verse from Two Directions

“I tire of being made to feel smart rather than pleased.”
(Peter Schjeldahl)

1. Online

One finds lineated speech flowing freely, touching on themes of love, nostalgia, rage, nature, disillusionment, mortality and healing. There’s earnestness, the odd hard edge, whiffs of crypticism, irony, humor… It’s like wading in a limpid pool of collective versifying. The impulse to make words march in formation to boost their signal and focus the mind or incite passion must be ingrained in our species.

2. Poetry Magazine

Screened by the magazine’s professional readers (see note), the verse served up by Poetry is of a sort that exacts bemused pondering. A session with the journal is like wading into a murky pool of uncertain depth. You can’t see the bottom. RESOLVED: In 2023, I’ll read each issue entirely before the next one arrives. If I glimpse poetry in a text I’ll visit with it, let it work on me; if not, tant pis, moving on. There’ll soon be a new volume coming down the pike from Superior Street.

Editorial: Adrian Matejka, Lindsay Garbutt, Holly Amos, Angela Flores, Jeremy Lybarger, Shoshana Olidort, Winshen Liu.
Readers: Sarah Ahmad, Noah Baldino, Whitney Devos, Jenna Peng, Naima Yael Tokunow.

(c) 2022 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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