Sunday, September 02, 2012
"I Fear That We Cannot Be Friends": Introducing Poetry Northeast
"If you don't find these turns of phrases intriguing, enticing, I fear that we cannot be friends." This sentence, which follows a few quotations from poems in the first issue of the new journal Poetry Northeast,is the beginning of Zachary Bos' editorial statement, and it's just the right way to begin. This journal, Bos implies, will be personal, idiosyncratic, and in the best sense of the word, amateur. I like that. And not just because the first issue contains an old poem of mine.
The issue includes poems by the increasingly-ubiquitous Ben Mazer, by George Szirtes, Meg Tyler, Dylan Willoughby, and others. Check it out, and see if you and Bos can be friends!