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Seth Abramson's Essay

Seth Abramson's essay that appeared in the issue 38.1 is available in its entirety here. The essay keeps gathering interest around poetry circle for its powerful appeal and relevancy. About the essay, SRPR's Review Essay Editor, Mike Theune, writes in our blog, "I believe Abramson’s review-essay is necessary reading for all those engaged with contemporary American poetry."

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Issue 40.1 is Here!

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Editor Kirstin Hotelling Zona and Guest-Editor Summer Qabazard present SRPR’s Summer 2015 issue! 40.1 features cover art by Carol Emmons, from her mixed-media installation, “Surveying Desire XIII: Observatory;” new poems by Katy Didden, SRPR Illinois Poet, and an interview with Katy by Joanne Diaz, SRPR Illinois Poet & Interview Editor; poems by Francine J. Harris, Peter Nathaniel Malae, Kiki Petrosino, Doug Ramspeck, Jason Tandon, Susan Terris, Sarah Vap, and G. C. Waldrep, among others; and finally, Aracelis Girmay’s intriguing review essay of Eduardo C. Corral’s Slow Lightning: Poems, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, and Jean Valentine’s Break the Glass. Table of Contents.

For nearly 40 years, SRPR has published the best of a wide range of contemporary poems in English and in translation. While you'll find many well-established poets in SRPR, we are always on the lookout for strong emerging writers, and delight in being the first to publish vibrant new voices. Each biannual issue of SRPR publishes dozens of new poems by contemporary poets from around the world; 10-12 pages of poetry by a featured poet with an Illinois connection; an in-depth interview with our featured poet; and a substantial, critically-informed review essay on new books of contemporary poetry.

Have fun browsing our website, where you can read selected poems from current and past issues as well as excerpts from SRPR Interviews and SRPR Review Essays. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and be sure to visit us on Facebook for SRPR news, event listings, and more. On our blog you'll find discussions on SRPR's poetics (that we call poetics of emplacement) forwarded by a diverse range of poets, scholars and/or critics. Also, on the blog you will find photos and audio recordings from the 2013 inaugural Lucia Getsi Reading Series.

Our regular reading period is between 9/15 and 2/15 annually; you can read about our guidelines here. And don't forget to check back in August, when we'll announce the winners of our Editors' Prize Contest!