So I feel blessed that my Congeries has featured not only Maxine Kumin, Campbell McGrath, Michael Harper, Claudia Emerson, Medbh McGuckian, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Rios, John Tranter, Carl Phillips, John Burnside and Dorianne Laux, but also Anna Journey, Sandy Tseng, dawn lonsinger, Tracey Knapp, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Joni Wallace, Rebecca Lindenberg, and Heather Hartley.
Each day reveals new reasons to seek what is found in poetry, and these needs influence our engagement with individual poems. This selection of poetry from the past year, those that on this very hot July day seem particularly urgent to me, suggests the larger discussion found in each individual Congeries, as well those conversations along the growing arc of them. These discussions, of course, expand, veer, and surprise when considered in the greater context of the many offerings Connotation Press: An Online Artifact provides.
It would be impossible to list each outstanding contribution to the Congeries here; rather, I've listed here just a few choices from each month. It has indeed been a wonderfully odd and often beautiful year’s journey, and I hope that the following poems will provide you with the same sustenance I’ve found in them. I’ll be back with a new Congeries in September; enjoy the summer!
John Allman "Annus Mirabilis"Richard Jackson "Nothing but Trouble"
Al Maginnes "Before Elegy"Mihaela Moscaliuc "Blood Oranges for Easter"
Kathy Fagan "Elendish"Margot Schlipp "Optimum Conditions"
John Gallagher "Daily Life in Classical Antiquity"
Duhamel & Lemmon "It's Complicated"Reginald Dwayne Betts "Sometimes It's Everything"
Kwame Dawes "Cross Roads"Suzanne Cleary "Freud's Little Statues"
Tracey Knapp "Inheritance"
Michael Harper "1965 Watts Riot"
Camille Dungy "How Great the Gardens When They Thrive"Timothy Liu "The Moon in Greece"
Alicia Ostriker "Back to the Garden"
Claudia Emerson "Variations from the Porch"
Joni Wallace "Star Spangled Valentine . . ."
James Richardson "Shore Town, Winter"Anna Journey "Fable Sleepless with Colic . . . "
dawn lonsinger "The Further We Wade Out"
Alberto Rios "One Thursday Afternoon . . . "
John Tranter “The Ideal”
Cynthia Cruz “The Unheard Music”
John Burnside “Comedy”
Dorianne Laux “Paper Dolls
Rebecca Lindenberg “The Winged Skull . . .”
Michael Burkard “small paintings on paper”
Jim Daniels “Fresh Figs”
Medbh McGuckian “Gold Star Mother”
Brendan Galvin “Meeting the Bird Club”
Sandy Tseng “Movement of Birds”
Renee Ashley “Less than the Plow”
Heather Hartley “Nine lives in ten or eleven lines”
H.L. Hix “Oracle’s Voice”
Carl Phillips “As for That Piece of Sundown . . .”
Keith Flynn “The Brides of Christ”
Kathleen Graber “Florum Principi”