Poetry is the only history we have of human emotions. Billy Collins made this statement in a Washington Post interview with Lillian Cunningham. Poetry as the history of human emotion? Yes, and isn't it so very 'Billy Collins' of Collins to have made such a simple declarative statement that once and for all answers that anxious question "Is poetry dead?"
We don't read poetry to get the facts; we read to feel, to connect, for better or worse, to recognize our experience in another's, and, ultimately, to participate in the music of living. Poetry is the gift of entering into conversation with another human being's emotions, no matter what the topic, in a moment plucked from the ever fleeting river of time. Poetry is presence. Its focus is the moment, where you connect your heart and mind to another's and disconnect from the noise.
IthacaLit invites you to celebrate the self-increasing silence / of words dropped from a roof / points along iron railings, / direction, if not proof of our history of human emotions. --"Pentecost" by Derek Walcott.
Wishing you presence,
In This Issue
This spring, we say good bye to Derek Walcott as we celebrate his life and work. Walcott, poet, playwright, and painter, died peacefully on March 17th, 2017 at his home in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia. Derek Walcott left behind a legacy of poetic history that will keep what Joseph Brodsky called “the great lyric voice of the Caribbean” alive.
Featured Artist, Isaac Cordal, creates unexpected moments in the life of a city that may just send you spinning a tale all your own.
In the News, we say goodbye to Featured Poet Sir Derrick Walcott, congratulate Kevin Young on taking over as poetry editor for The New Yorker, and announce new books from former contributors Holiday Harmony and Colin Dodds.
Join us in welcoming contributors: Partridge Boswell, Jeremy Cantor, Wendy Chen, Risa Denenberg, Sandra Faulkner, Kirsten Hampton, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Donald Levering, George Moore, Lesléa Newman, Jeannine Pitas and Teresa Poore.
We are inspired (!), but we're also a small literary journal. Please donate what you can afford.
The Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize.
Submissions open September 1st, 2017 & will be accepted until midnight on Thanksgiving November 23, 2017.
The Winning Poet receives $1,000.
See Guidelines. All submissions are read "blind" by the judges & panel of readers. As a special incentive to inspire Cave Canem members, we're offering a discounted submission fee at Submittable.
IthacaLit ISSN: 2372-4404