Spring 2014 Issue 1

Red Wolf journal is now inviting submissions for our first themed publication!
RWJ 2014.1 covxCover artwork: Cocoon 2 © Catrin Welz-Stein, used with permission.
 
          Home is where we have a history.    Terry Tempest Williams
 
Welcome to the inaugural Red Wolf Journal, Spring 2014 , Issue 1.
 
We invite your poems submitted to our theme, “The Art of Habitation”. Poems that are engaged with the idea of dwelling, whether the feeling is one of rootedness or a lack of it. Is it a fixed idea or constantly changing? Does it require negotiation?
 
Look also at language and the root sources here. Precisely who is doing the habitation, and into what or whom is that happening. Boundaries are (mostly?) a matter of mental process, so look at those lines and suggest to us what and where is the nature of habitation.
 
Poems might explore both personal and communal landscapes. Poems may evoke a sense of place and time, may deal with family and origin. Poems might be as tangible as the Ming vase residing in your home, as small as daddy’s tie-pin, as fragrant as ginger and spice in a family dish. On another plane, poems may describe urban spaces like the café you constantly inhabit to write, as well as rural spaces of your childhood – the farm, living close to the earth, to grain and harvest – or the big country within your roving horizon wherein lions and deer still roam.
 
Poems could express a sense of what home means. Make meaning out of history.
 
Writing is naming. Define the flower by the name you choose. Is it the stargazer lily in Catrin’s cover art? I googled for lilies and accidentally discovered that “lily of the valley” is the name of the lovely sprig at home. What joy. Imagine seeing it daily without ever knowing its name. As there’s value in naming people and things in poems. It is perhaps called “the art of habitation”. Things, inanimate, shimmer with history too. You get to say.
 
Terry Tempest Williams says, if we do not know their names, then “we are living a life without specificity, and then our lives become abstractions. Then we enter a place of true desolation”. How you call a flower saturates a poem with a mode of seeing. Tiger lilies. Irises. What do the names mean to you? What does Uncle Harvey mean to you? Answer it in a poem that interlaces present and past. Give us poems that speak of moments spent with family or of the people, real or fictional, who populate your world. Poems as acts of witnessing the dead and the living. Poets as memoirists. Be specific in your poems. By doing so you fill the world of your poem with affectional ties. Yes, feeling. That, perhaps, is what the reader came looking for.
 
Go through your drawers of poems. Bring them out. One by one. Then share it with us. Poem by poem. There is no cap to the number of poems you can share. Throughout Spring, submit one or a few poems at a time. As long as it moves us, we’ll publish it one blog post at a time. How does one know it’s poetry? What Emily Dickinson says, for a poem to make us “feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off”. If that seems asking too much, then how about just focus on moments of attention to your environs? Try to put some roots into it so the poem feels somehow like a tree. Metaphorically speaking.
 
There is value in doing this on a common platform, we believe. We like polyphonic voices. It gives us a common sense of belonging. And you know community is a highly intimate space.
 
Submission is now open and shall remain open for the duration of the current journal, which runs from February to April 2014. Selected poems will be published first in blog posts and thereafter we’ll collect them into a PDF format publication.
 
Please read the submission guidelines page.  Submit poems to us by email here.
 
We hope your poems find a home here in our Spring 2014 Issue. Submit now.
 

Irene Toh & Neil Reid
Spring 2014 editors
 
Red Wolf journal is a periodic publication of We Write Poems, Irene Toh & Neil Reid, administrators.
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8 thoughts on “Spring 2014 Issue 1

  1. Thought I’d pop this in here since no one has gotten back to me and now I see that Viv also has the same issues.
    Both Viv and I cannot send submissions via outlook. Please provide us with an alternative.
    Thank you.

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