It is summer in the year 2017, and many of us are looking for a respite from world events. Just a day, a week, a month without the adversity our diversity creates. A moment to sing together, a day to celebrate our goodness, a month filled with the music of our diverse beliefs, the kind gesture, the trill of laughter, whether our melanin levels, gender roles, or politics match or not, whether our gods are on speaking terms or not. You know the moments. They're the music that makes poetry.
The clash of symbols has its place in this orchestra as much as the harmonies underlying the melody of our shared experience. IthacaLit brings voice to the music of living, and, in those voices, we find hope. We encourage you to find that respite right here, connect with IthacaLit's poetry and art. Take a look at the Art page as our collection grows. It is with great joy that we design these pages to share with you, the musicians who are this world's symphony.
Enjoy this summer's bounty,
In this issue, we celebrate Chilean poet, diplomat, education reform activist, and feminist, Gabriela Mistral. Mistral's poetry speaks of love and missed opportunities as well as the destruction of beliefs, hope, and well-being through the tropes of death, childhood, and the suffering land of Latin America. Mistral’s passionate verse often includes figures and words peculiarly her own, a style that was the forerunner to the uniquely Latin American genre of Magical Realism. Pablo Neruda, also Chilean, won the Nobel in 1971. He and Mistral's "paths crossed when Neruda was a teenager, and Neruda had said that Gabriela Mistral introduced him to Russian literature, which hugely influenced his work." Read more @ The Culture Trip.
Our Featured Artist is Eric Sher, a South African painter, whose work is becoming recognized internationally. Our twelve poets include, Mahogany L. Browne, M Courtois, John Davis, Laura Foley, DM Gordon, Lori Lamothe, Katharyn Machan, Libbey Maxey, Martina Reisz Newberry, Susan Rich, Sarah Rubin, & June Sylvester Saraceno. Check out poetry news, and a new book by IthacaLit contributor Gary Beck.
We are inspired (!), but we're also an independently funded 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.