Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Mark Rudman writes an excellent review of Anne Carson which goes, I think correctly, well beyond the first impression of miscellany that collection gave me. I will wait patiently for the paperback, or for my birthday (October 2!). And now I'd like to share with you this plea from the editors of New American Writing:
NEW AMERICAN WRITING / 369 Molino Avenue / Mill Valley, CA 94941

Dear Friend of New American Writing:

Because we are currently receiving less than $1 per issue of the magazine’s
“sell-through” at Barnes & Noble and Borders, which unfortunately dominate the
bookstore trade and use a heavy hand with small providers such as literary
magazines, it’s urgent that we reduce our reliance on income from those chains and
thus also our distributor, Ingram Periodicals. If we are not able to do so, we will
be forced financially to cease publication of a magazine that has existed since

Therefore, we ask you to order the magazine directly from us using the following

(1) Purchasing a three-issue subscription for $27, a savings of $1 per annual
issue. To do so, send a check to the address above. If you wish to use a credit
card, order through our website:


(2) Purchasing individual issues as they appear from the same address, by
check or by credit card through our website.

The current issue, No. 23, was published in June. It contains new poems by Mahmoud
Darwish; The Black Heralds of César Vallejo, translated by Clayton Eshleman; a
selection of contemporary Vietnamese poetry translated by Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover;
edited by Todd Swift, the work of twenty younger Canadian poets including Christian
Bök and Lisa Robertson; and poetry by Donald Revell, George Albon, Elizabeth
Robinson, Andrew Joron, Clayton Eshleman, Stacy Doris, Laynie Browne, Linh Dinh,
Joseph Lease, Anna Rabinowitz, Timothy Liu, Sally Keith, and Aaron Shurin, among
many other outstanding U.S. poets.

Over the years, we have published more than 2,000 poets. We are proud of our record
of introducing exciting new poets and poetries.

If we can add 400 new subscribers, we can insure the longevity of the magazine the
next three years. Please join us as a subscriber and forward this message to your

Sincerely, Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover

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