“I like pop culture references (particularly absurd ones), and I also like to see poems that respond creatively to current events: for example, it was a real honor to publish a poem responding to the devastation of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti—and to cable TV’s otherworldly response to the earthquake. Another example is the Poets for Living Waters blog (the poetry of the BP Gulf Coast oil disaster) which I think is a great blog. Of course, I don’t mean to hold natural disasters at the same level as pop culture references, but I do think that all of the above—people and events of all sizes—make good material for poems.”–Scott Abels, editor of Country Music, from this week’s feature interview. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of: Harpur Palate! EPOCH! Grey Book Press!
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