It was such a pleasure to meet Risa Denenberg in person for the first time earlier this year at AWP in Portland. She does so much incredible work for the literary community and truly is just a delightful and kind person. I couldn’t be more honored that she would take such care and time to review my chapbook Footnote for her new project The Poetry Cafe. The Poetry Cafe is a new online meeting space where poetry chapbooks are reviewed and listed for interested chapbook writers, readers, lovers and reviewers. Make sure to check out my interview with Denenberg with information on how to submit your chapbook for review or to become a reviewer.
Here’s a sample from Deneberg’s review of Footnote:
“These days we find a wealth of ‘Response Poems’ that foment resistance to injustice and oppression. Hopkinson’s responses come from a different tradition—emotional and spiritual responses to other artists that have affected, influenced, and secured a solid foothold in her psyche and writing. Footnote is in essence a work of conversations. Her dedications include an artist (Everett Ruess), a musician (Janice Joplin), a filmmaker (David Lynch), and a writer (James Joyce), but are mostly poets (Baraka, Paz, Rilke, Ai, Neruda, Dickinson, Plath, Rumi, Poe, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg). As a reader, I always find myself wanting to know the poet through the poems. We get a nuanced taste of Hopkinson from her choices. While a first person voice is mostly absent in these pages, the poems are strong evidence of her appetites.”
I still have some copies available to sign and send if you’d like your own. You can purchase signed copies and/or a free poetry critique or donation to one of several charities in my store.
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry chapbooks for reviews and poetry chapbook reviewers
Risa Denenberg is the curator at The Poetry Cafe. She is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press and has published three full length collections of poetry, most recently, “slight faith” (MoonPath Press, 2018).