Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer 2017 Edition of Unstrung poetry magazine!

It is with immense pride and pleasure that we present the Summer 2017 Edition of Unstrung poetry magazine! The Summer 2017 Issue is now available for your free downloading pleasure at: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/recent?ths=true

The Summer 2017 Issue of Unstrung poetry magazine features poems by:
Paula Ashley * Esther Schnur-Berlot * David Chorlton *
Tara Hubbard * Karen Mitnick Liptak * H. Patrick O’Connor *
Alyssia Pratt * Janet McMillan Rives * Richard Fenton Sederstrom * Audrey Sher-Walton
Editor’s Note from the Summer 2017 Edition of Unstrung poetry magazine
A while back I started a conversation about how poetry allows us a concentration of experience in a single image, a moment of time. It also allows us a concentration of emotion. I was toying around with the line “Night snapped shut around the bat,” the keyhole to a poem I’ve been working on for a long time. For me, it’s an image freighted with experience and emotion and continues to obsess me. Thinking about the process of writing this poem reminds me of the poet — was it a French poet? — who hung his poems on clotheslines and walked around the room adding lines here and lines there. I have three things in mind as I’m working this obsession: Poet Alberto Rios speaks of writing about an image from all angles, giving it a 360-degree view. In this issue, poet Richard Fenton Sederstrom writes of “the verbs that give threat to the long-held breath.” I could write: “The night snapped shut around the bat like a velvet purse.” (Or: “a velvet coin purse.”) Or just as easily: “Night snapped shut around the bat, black swallowing black.” The poem that’s out there (or in me) ultimately may use both lines or neither lines, maybe not even the original line. The third thing I’m thinking about: For a poem to live, you need to let it exhale, then get out of its way. I’m still working on that, but I’m excited about where it might lead.
Rebecca “Becca” Dyer
Editor
Unstrung, a magazine of, for and about poetry, is a project of the nonprofits The Blue Guitar and The Arizona Consortium for the Arts. For more information, visit our websites:
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