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BluePrintReview #22

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 07 2009

The BluePrintReview went live today with issue #22 titled re/visit/cycle/turn. The first issue I came across was mo(nu)ment which was also their first print issue. At the time I was thinking about this topic and contemplating the fact that the instant we put down the moment on paper it becomes a monument, fixed, calcified, a statue of this experience. Poetry for me is this space in which we dwell between the moments we experience and the monuments we create. But the monuments are so dependent on how we attend to the moments, and how present we are within them. I was too late for the submission then.

Today I am happy to say (after I finally managed to submit) I have one of my previously published on-line poems in the current issue. The issue 22 called for something unusual in the literary journal and magazine publishing. It asked for only pre-published pieces that have appeared online. The editor Dorothee Lang selected a poem of mine that appeared on the Arabesques Review website in their Poetry no War issue. The poem, dying for answers, went up on their website in a form that was not what I sent them. I sent an email requesting them to fix it, but did not hear back. Today, (almost three years later), I finally get to see this poem in the shape it was on my page. I would like to thank Dorothee for her persistence and care to get dying for answers (re/visited) in the shape that it was conceived. In some ways this re/visiting/cycling/turning was also a re-shaping/re-laying out. Now you too can see the poem within the poem. This is a ray of light in the midst of me trying to sort another manuscript that got published and appears to have lost its way.

Enjoy the issue. I like the rhizomatic sprouting of side pages that relate to the issue like, for instance, the contributor book page which showcases work recently published by contributors, and also what the contributors are currently reading. Or the re /view /flect /vel page where you get to see notes on the process, the surprises, and feedback on the issue. Check them out and also check out their new call for submissions between Nov. 1st and 30th: (dis)comfort zones.

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