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Frogpond

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Wow, is that a gorgeous cover or what? It’s by Chris Patchel, with Frogpond under the new editorship of Francine Banwarth.

I haven’t dove in yet but look forward to it. Here’s a senryu that popped by Patty Hardin

afraid of her
own shadow
afraid of her

Isn’t that exactly how repetition isn’t redundant. I like the ambiguity in reading it if the turn is after line 2, or after L1′s “of”. Is it that fear is contagious and someone who is afraid of everything causes other people to shy away, afraid of catching that. Does even her own shadow quake at her temper? I like the psychology look, the empathy. Is someone fierce someone who externalizes fear to gain control and power so her anger is actually fear?

I’m behind in my reading stack with this being newest in on top of:

  • Emergency Hallelujah (2008, Mansfield) surreal and beautiful elegant poems by Jason Heroux which on finishing I immediately set out on re-reading.
  • Parapagus by Roland Prevost (2012, above/ground) on a paper stock with layout that brings it all up a professional notch. The poem series shift in a coherent bundle along different subjects than past chapbooks
  • Cutting Room by Sarah Pinder (2012, Coach House),
  • The Politics of Knives by Jonathan Ball (2012, Coach House)
  • The Lease by Mathew Henderson (2012 Coach House) [all 3 of which were door prizes passed along at the AB Series Christmas Party]
  • Memorie by Elelyn H.C. Johnson (2009, Chiefswood) of the sister of Pauline Johnson
  • Words on a Page by Doris Hedges (1949, Ryerson) [via the Black Squirrel Bookstore]
  • The Veiled Doorway by Steve Dalachinsky (2012, unarmed)
  • Unarmed, issue #65
  • A Web of Holes by Shannon Maguire (2012, above/ground) also a lovely design. the chapbook will launch this Saturday with Parapagus.
  • Parlor by Sarah Mangold (2012, above/ground)
  • Poem Beginning with a line by Pinder by rob mclennan (2012, above/ground)
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