Pøst is a new bi-lingual online journal publishing in both English and French, seeking “new poetic tools to represent contemporary society, which is characterized by globalization (suppression of geographical borders, blending of languages) and plurality (fluidity in any and every form, fragmentation of identities).”
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked Editor Gabriel Kunst a few questions to find out. See my interview with Kunst and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Pøst.
KUNST: Pøst- is an online poetry magazine that publishes texts in English and French. We are based in Montreal, but we want poets from all over the world to send us their best work. We are interested in showcasing established writers as well as emerging talents.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Pøst originally started?
KUNST: We decided to create Pøst- to allow English and French-speaking poets to publish their work in the same journal. Bilingual journals are rare in Montreal and are limited to student-run publications that only accept submissions coming from students who study at their affiliated institution, so we thought that was something people would be interested in. We want to create a dialogue between different languages, people from different countries, and so on.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
KUNST: We are looking for quality work first and foremost. We do not have a specific type of poetry we are interested in, but we mostly enjoy original, thought-provoking, and sometimes experimental writing. We tend to prefer intelligent work to purely emotional poetry (rants, super lyrical love poems, etc.). We usually appreciate poetry that mixes lyrical/evocative imagery and new forms, personal and political issues.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
KUNST: Lately, we’ve been reading Drunken Boat, The Adroit Journal, DIAGRAM and, of course, Granta, which is a journal we’ve always loved. We think that these journals share our preoccupations and our aspirations. The poetry they publish tends to be very emotional and lyrical, but also very smart and even intellectual at times, the two balancing each other out. They’ve also published poets whose work we admire, such as Franny Choi, Adam Day and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
KUNST: They can send up to three pages of poetry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: August 31, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: fragments, narrative poems, free verse, prose poems, experimental poetry
Categories: Call for Submissions