The Best of the Literary Journals, May 2016

I’m having a quiet month as regards travel, writing deadlines and teaching, so I’ve managed to catch up on my reading of fave literary journals. Some stuff I liked: There’s some great work in the Spring edition of Santa Monica Review. I loved Diane Lefer’s story ‘What Else Have you Done?’, set in a prison…

60 years of Howl-ing

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night, *Ginsberg wrote his seminal poem “Howl” in 1955. It was utterly…

Low White Page: three poets

White page. Sounds like the writer’s biggest challenge. Low white page. Sounds like an abstract crossword clue. Or the beginning of a haiku. Denise Low, Orlando White, Jeremy Page. Three poets whose work I’ve just read. Bone Light by Orlando White I encountered Orlando White a year ago at the Southwest Festival of the Written…

Mailbox Chronicles no. 1: Mission at Tenth

‘Mission at Tenth’ Volume 5 arrived in my mailbox last week. It includes an extract from my novel, Damnificados (page 49, if you really want to know), so I’m a little biased, but I think it’s an excellent publication. I haven’t read it all yet, but I particularly enjoyed a brilliant story by Josip Novakovich…