The latest issue of Verse--a 320-page double issue devoted to prose--has just returned from the printer.
The issue includes:
the first two chapters of Helene Cixous' Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint;
two short-short stories by Diane Williams;
three "prayers" by Paul Maliszewski;
a story by John Kinsella;
three "letters" by Gregory Brooker;
interviews with Ed Dorn, Kevin Hart, Charles North, Don Paterson, Reginald Shepherd, Gustaf Sobin, and Dara Wier;
essays on George Oppen, Jean-Luc Marion, Don Paterson, Tessa Rumsey, and Yusef Komunyakaa;
prose poems and fiction by Elke Erb, Craig Dworkin, Clayton Eshleman, Rene Char, Douglas Messerli, Michael Heller, Joy Katz, Joshua Harmon, Noah E. Gordon, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Matthew Cooperman, Peter Boyle, Rita Rich, Paul Killebrew, Michelle Noteboom, Kevin Prufer, Fred Muratori, Karla Kelsey, Susan Maxwell, Michael Dietz, Carol Quinn, David Roderick, Kevin Craft, and Petter Lindgren;
and reviews of 33 books, including Brian Kim Stefans' Fashionable Noise, Ben Marcus' The Father Costume, Gary Lutz's Stories in the Worst Way, Hoa Nguyen's Your Ancient See Through, Jordan Davis' Million Poems Journal, Kristen Prevallet's Scratch Sides, John Kinsella's Auto, Sam Truitt's Vertical Elegies, Maurice Blanchot's Aminadab, Albert Mobilio's Me With Animal Towering, Gustaf Sobin's In Pursuit of a Vanishing Star, Michael Martone's The Blue Guide to Indiana, Kenneth Koch's A Possible World and Sun Out, Janet Kauffman's Rot, Leonard Schwartz's The Tower of Diverse Shores, Martha Ronk's why/why not, Graham Foust's As in Every Deafness, David Kennedy's The President of Earth, Jacqueline Waters' A Minute Without Danger, Tom Pickard's Hole in the Wall, John Godfrey's Push the Mule, Barry Schwabsky's Opera, and McKenzie Wark's Dispositions.
Some excerpts from the issue will be posted soon.
In the meantime, those interested in purchasing a copy may do so for $9 (cover price is $12) by sending a check to Verse, Dept of English, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 with "blog order" in the memo line.
Verse welcomes submissions of prose--especially book reviews and essays, but also interviews, short-short stories, and less easily classifiable pieces. The magazine is also interested in publishing work about writers who are not poets but whose work somehow reflects on poetry or poetics.