Thought Experiment: A Journals Project
I went for:
But I could have gone for:
New England Review
or or or? Or maybe:
New American Writing
And then this leads me to another thought. Is there ONE journal that has a wide enough arc to be representative of contemporary American poetry? Or maybe two in tandem?
It makes me think of something like American Poetry Review, where a single issue doesn’t come close to the arc of American poetry, but a subscription does better, as issues seem to cluster around general segments of the arc, though never going as far into innovative (or experimental? Or Avant-garde or whatever) poetry as it would have to to be representative. And as well, journals like Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, and Gulf Coast, which change their tone and, well, vibe, I guess, as the editors change over. Is there somethign to be said for that? Or is it better to have a journal you can count on to investigate a certain thing? A certain aesthetic area? And then there are the Internet-based journals, which I haven't mentioned much here, but which I read a lot (see list at right).
Maybe APR + Conduit (or maybe VOLT)?
Eh, it still doesn’t feel quite right. But such a grouping should exist. A penny for your thoughts.
And also, is there a list somewhere grouping of the aesthetic affiliations of journals? There must be? I feel like I’ve seen one at some point.