POETiCA REViEW is a new online poetry journal with fast response times of one week to one month, that “hope[s] to give voice to the myriad of disparate voices within the artistic community, locally, and internationally, regardless of notoriety or who is currently favoured by this or that magazine. Our mission is to inject new blood into the poetry scene.” You can read their inaugural issue online here.
I was curious how and why this journal began, so I asked Editor Mark A. Murphy a few questions to find out. See my interview with Murphy and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about POETiCA REViEW.
MURPHY: We created POETiCA REViEW to challenge the canon makers and the prevailing order in the poetry world. We believe the great and the good are not untouchable. We believe anybody can and should do poetry without any social restrictions. Our mission is to reach out to ordinary people, who might not otherwise consider themselves as poets. We are all poets in our own unique ways and have a right to be taken seriously by the poetry establishment.
HOPKINSON: How/why was POETiCA REViEW originally started?
MURPHY: We are rank outsiders, who believe in giving voice to the historically misrepresented and culturally disenfranchised. We encourage the production of art by everyone.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
MURPHY: Our target audience is open ended. We are looking for anyone interested in reading poetry for poetry’s sake, and or as a vehicle for challenging current trends.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
MURPHY: We are looking for work that is universal in its appeal, rather than esoteric, or what is currently fashionable. We are not interested in poetry cliques, or what is considered in vogue by the poetry establishment. We are not afraid to get our hands dirty, and welcome social and political protest poetry. We believe poetry can save lives and nations and effect change.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
MURPHY: We have a great fondness for ekphrastic poetry and would love to see more. Also prose poetry and the short form are always welcome.
Up with the Larks
When roused from one’s demonic dreams –
the world in waiting freezing outside,
you hardly remember your own name,
let alone, any personal history, other that that
you were cheated in love, cheated in life
by an inability to follow the rules.
Always an outsider, never a rider,
given to melancholy, for as long as you can
remember, the world frozen with grief.
How would it be, not yet remembered,
if your time on Earth wasn’t worth
a footnote, or even a song for old times?
Hard to imagine your poems saved anyone,
more so, to think you deserved
anything more than a nod from the top.
So rise early with the larks, as if your identity
depended upon it, your whole life
being no more than the sum of your dreams.
–Mark A. Murphy
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
MURPHY: The Ekphrastic Review, The American Dissident, The Awakenings Review, Dead Drunk Dublin, Left Curve, Red Banner, Struggle, Poets Against War, Protest Poems, Writers Resist, Shot Glass Journal, Bijou Poetry Review, Proletaria Journal to name but a handful.
HOPKINSON: Where can poets send submissions?
MURPHY: See our Submission Guidelines at https://poeticareview.wixsite.com/mysite-1/submission-guidelines
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
MURPHY: We have a contact form on our website.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open year-round
SUBMISSION FEE: None