Friday, August 10, 2007
Is Saranac Review ever good! Last night I got up in the wee hours (insomnia) and read about half the poems in the current issue, #3. Just lapped them up. All of them are interesting, engaging, or excellent; and so far there is one lengthy poem, Alphabet of Bones by Alexis Lathem, that is a true tour de force. Quality like this in reviews is so rare, as Jordan Davis so eloquently pointed out in a blog post about a year ago. (Kinda makes yrs. truly feel good to be included.) Almost all the poets get one or two selections, and yet the poems blend harmoniously and reflect off each other. The magazine as a whole has a sense of flow and completion. It's well- and purposefully edited, in other words.
This review, by the way, allows simultaneous submissions on the condition that poets notify them of acceptance elsewhere. Clearly, this gives the lie to editors who forbid "sim subs" on the grounds that it makes a coherent selection next to impossible.