Post Road #26

Hi everyone,

When I opened my mail yesterday, I was delighted to find my contributor’s copies of POST ROAD, winter issue #26, which runs 296 pages. POST ROAD is published by Boston College and attracts quite a readership. Here’s something from the site description.
“Post Road is an American literary magazine founded in 1999 that publishes fiction, nonfiction, criticism, poetry, art, and theatre. In addition to these traditional genres, the magazine also features a “Recommendations” section in which established writers suggest their favorite work and an “Etcetera” section which presents literary curiosities such as letters, reprints, and interviews. Post Road is published biannually by the Department of English at Boston College. Many prominent writers have had work published in Post Road, including Rick Moody, Tom Perrotta, Edith Pearlman, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Maile Chapman, Barry Gifford, Michael Lowenthal, and Jonathan Ames. Other established writers, for example Robert Pinsky and Annie Proulx, have contributed recommendation pieces to the magazine. In 2008, the Boston Globe identified Post Road as one of the top ten literary journals in New England because it “publishes a great mix of high-quality writing while maintaining its cutting-edge voice.”

This issue includes poems by former U.S. Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Robert Pinsky along with numerous contributions in fiction, nonfiction, criticizm, poetry, theatre, recommendations, and guest folio.

My own contribution is in the recommendations section and is titled, “Q&A Reflections.” The subject is the work of E. B. White. My thanks to my editor, Daniel Cattolica and Managing Editor Christopher Boucher. I’m glad to appear in this fine magazine.

Word Chain

Hi everyone,

I’ve been thinking about my Word of the Month MOON poem. Tim Rasinski is fond of playing word games and one of his favorites is to start with a word, add or drop a letter to create a different word, and continue until he (being clever and Tim Rasinski) eventually winds up back with the same word. I’m not sure I can pull that off but I offer it as a good exercise and can take off from any word and can work whether or not you ever find your way back to the original word.

I haven’t started my MOON poem yet but I think I’ll give Tim’s technique a try when I do. The trick here is to create a poem while at the same time maintaining the ongoing transitions. Stay tuned. And give it a try yourself if you’re inclined.

On a different subject, I was notified Friday that the latest issue of Boston College’s POST ROAD MAGAZINE is about to be released. I have a piece in it so I look forward to receiving my copies this week.