Introduction to Issue 27 Poetry
by John C. Mannone
Thank you for reading Issue 27. We hope you will delight in the work published here. I’ll forego my usual introduction, but there I have striven to arrange these poems for the maximum collective enjoyment:
- Patricia Williams (Lorca’s Duende)
- Marge Simon (Another Place)
- Sandi Leibowitz (The Man Who Loved a Poem)
- Lauren McBride (Always Wet and Humid Here)
- Deborah Rocheleau (Cryonics)
- Sonali Roy (The Dog)
- WC Roberts (Is Anybody Out There?)
There is no Featured Poet this month, but there will be a featured craft lecture on translations.
As some of you might know, we had been seeking submissions for a special issue on speculative poetry in translation. While that is slowly, but surely coming together, I want to make speculative poetry in translation a regular feature in Silver Blade, which will also raise awareness of our project and encourage submissions to the project in a wide variety of languages.
Together with the poem in both languages, we seek translators’ notes (of any length). Ideally, we would enjoy audio recordings in the native tongue as well (and maybe in English, too).
Of course, there might be copyrights to deal with, and we would expect our contributors to acquire all permissions necessary prior to submission, but there is also a large body of literature published before 1923 that might qualify to be in the public domain.
Please click here for a discussion of some of the challenges in translating poetry.
John C. Mannone