Editor Emerita: Maggie Morley (1998-2010)
Current Editorial Board
Claire J. Baker
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Sample copy (back-issue): $2
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(see pdf attachment at bottom of this page for complete sample
issue of POETALK-Winter/Spring 2007)
UPDATE (early March 2017): A new issue is in the works for a Spring 2017 release.
POETALK, appearing annually in recent years, is open to poets everywhere. We want to publish your best work. We welcome all forms of poetry, and look for imaginative language and perspective. No particular genre. Short poems (under 35 lines) are preferred. We always have a particular need for "shorties" (i.e. haiku, tanka, etc.) under 10 lines. Longer poems of outstanding quality accepted. Rhyme must be well done. We are also interested in translations.
POETALK is 36 pages, digest-sized, photocopied, saddle-stapled with heavy card cover.
Basic Submission Info: Poems are read year-round. Send 3-5 poems, typed and single-spaced, with self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) if you want your work returned, no more than twice a year. Manuscripts should be clearly typewritten and include author's name, mailing address & email address on every page. We prefer to correspond via email. Also, OK to submit via email--please paste poems into the body of the email message (rather than attachments). Accepts simultaneous submissions and previously published work, but must be noted. Contributors receive one copy. All rights revert to authors upon publication. Advice: "If you don't want suggested revisions you need to say so clearly in your cover letter or indicate on each poem submitted."
For complete guidelines, see the pdf attachment at the bottom of this page. You may also request by email or send SASE to PO Box address.
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Covers of previous issues from recent years.
(No issues published in 2010).
(as of January 2016)
Sandra Anfang • Claire J. Baker • Bruce Bagnell • Ruth Berman
Jerry Bolick • Larsen Bowker • Katy Brown • Janet Butler
Darren C. Demaree • Jeannette DesBoine • Paul Drabkin • Ralph Dranow
Robert Eastwood • E.P. Fisher • Jim Fisher • Erica Goss • Grace Marie Grafton
John Grey • Jennifer Hammer • Steve Haskin • Marvin R. Hiemstra
Daniel J. Langton • Judith Ann Levison • Jeanne Lupton • Antonio Machado
Sandy McCord • Greg Moglia • Diane Lee Moomey • Michael S. Morse
Sheryl L. Nelms • Britt Peter • Juan R. Sequeira • Allegra Jostad Silberstein
Jeanine Stevens • Peter J. Tamases • TWIXT • Julia Vinograd • Joanna White
Poem from the current issue
Scent of star jasmine returns in the evening
Blown from the trellis and wafting to wake me
Camped on the roof with starmaps and legends
Leaving my body to rise to the heavens
Carried on sweet midnight scent of star jasmine.
Curling through star crowns I cling to the arrow
Strung from the bow of attuned Sagittarius
Pointing his stars toward radio towers
Beaming signals to south-flying Cygnus
Carried on currents of dust clouds and gases.
Shot from the towers I fall from the heavens
Rejoining my body with breath of star jasmine
Blown from the trellis to where I lie counting
Legends that cling to fall constellations
Carried on still rising blooms of the evening.
Just as the trellis-twined vine of star jasmine
Blooms in the evening and lifts me to heaven
So shall these star verses cling to their lattice
Rising to mingle with signals and gases
Carrying into dreamtime their sweet fragrance.
Jim Fisher, Kensington CA
The following appears on Page 1 of SUMMER/AUTUMN 2011
This issue of POETALK is dedicated to
its now editor emerita, Maggie Morley.
THANK YOU Maggie for your thoughtful and
skillful editing of this journal over the past decade.
POETALK’s new editorial board, and all those
associated with this publication who appreciate
the variety and quality of the poetry that’s been
presented in these pages, honor you.
So before we move forward, this Page 1
is all yours, Maggie. Cheers to you!
Appreciation goes out to
all the past editors of POETALK through the years
(POETALK first appeared in the late 1970s
in a newsletter format):
Maggi H. Meyer
and others who served on a temporary basis.
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