The premiere print edition of the Magnapoets Journal (January 2008) arrived yesterday, courtesy of its Editor-in-Chief and publisher (our friend) Aurora Antonovic, who is “a Canadian writer, editor and visual artist” acclaimed for her work in many poetic and literary forms. Along with Nick Zegarac, who is also a writer/editor, graphics artist and weblogger, Aurora launched the online MagnaPoets cluster of weblogs in early 2007, “covering every literary category” and presenting “some of the best modern poets.” With this print edition of Magnapoets, Antonovic and Zegarac continue their mission of “taking over the world one poem at a time,” and deserve thanks and congratulations for their efforts.
The first print issue of MagnaPoets has a gorgeous, glossy cover photograph of Mont Blanc by Milorad Pavic. The semiannual journal is magazine-sized, (8.5″ x 11″), with over 30 pages, and features “all forms of poetry, short stories, interviews, and essays.” Its $5 price per issue in Canada and U.S.A. — that’s $10 for a one-year subscription, and not the memorable typo [$120] shown on the last page (which I enjoyed too much not to mention here) — seems like a very good deal for readers interested in quality modern poetry and other short literary forms. Word from MP Central is that Volume One has been selling out rapidly in college bookstores and other locations throughout North America. You can find subscription information here.
In this issue, you’ll find “poetry from Joseph Armstead, an’ya, Kirsty Karkow, Peggy Willis Lyles, Margarita Engle, Taylor Graham, Gilda Kreuter, and more. Featuring an interview with former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.”
The 15 haiku and senryu included in the premiere issue (edited by Matt Morden), include this pair by f/k/a‘s Peggy Lyles:
the pines almost ready
to harvest again
resurrects the daisises__
………………………… by Peggy Willis Lyles, MagnaPoets Journal (Vol. I:1, Jan. 2008)