Summer Sanctuary

Conj70frntonlyThis is one of two months of the year when quarterly and bi-annual journals show up in my mailbox with a one-two punch of stimulating new reading. No sooner had I begun flipping through Tin House when another thick issue of Conjunctions opened up even more impediments to my often chaotic published reading lists. But I’m not complaining!

Newly published:  Conjunctions:70, Sanctuary: The Preservation Issue

Start your summer reading with innovative new work by Diane Ackerman, Heather Altfeld, Rae Armantrout, Mary Jo Bang, Mauro Javier Cardenas, J’Lyn Chapman, Julia Elliott, Andrew Ervin, William Gaddis, Peter Gizzi, Rae Gouirand, Robin Hemley, Troy Jollimore, Robert Karron, Madeline Kearin, Marshall Klimasewiski, Byron Landry, Nam Le, Maria Lioutaia, Andrew Mossin, Debra Nystrom, Toby Olson, Peter Orner, Richard Powers, Jessica Reed, Donald Revell, Elizabeth Robinson, Joanna Ruocco, Kyra Simone, Erin Singer, Maya Sonenberg, Donna Stonecipher, Arthur Sze, S. P. Tenhoff, Daniel Torday, and Frederic Tuten.

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Architectures of Experience

conj68aI have said it before but it always holds true: when you subscribe to a publicatiion that only comes out twice a year, it’s always a surprise when that neatly packaged journal is found lurking in the mailbox. What is it? Who is it from? Zip open the cardboard container and realize that another six months have passed.

It’s Conjunctions #68: Inside Out: Architectures of Experience.

Here’s what the editor, Bradford Morrow, says about this issue:

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Read Dangerously

Conjunctions 66: Affinity

The Friendship Issue

aa901eea-ed60-40f7-aa57-45907d262122[The] editor, Bradford Morrow, writes: “This issue is a gathering of writings that address some of the myriad ways in which we encounter one another as friends. The nimble dance between love and friendship is part of the dialogue. Staunch friendships and fraught ones. False friendships and fading ones. Friendships brought into being in the cauldron of illness, friendships that make us feel most alive.”

Affinity brings masters like Robert Coover, Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Ashbery into conversation with the fearless new voices of Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Spencer Matheson, Matthew Cheney, Isabella Hammad, and many others. Those who renew can also look forward to a previously unpublished poem by Robert Duncan, in his own handwriting.

Typhoid Mary and Glenn Gould find friends in this issue. Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer rediscover each other, far from the Mississippi. Hansel and Gretel consider befriending some teenage wolves in the deep, dark forest of their adolescence.

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Sleights of Hand

Conjunctions 65For years I received my copy of the latest Conjunctions journal through the mail in a somewhat flimsy cardboard envelope barely thicker that the insert in a shirt just back from the laundry. Now it comes in a sleek corrugated pre-formed book mailer indistinguishable from a book that some Amazon warehouse robot used to zip me my requested copy of the current issue of JEF. I would say that the packaging is an improvement but more importantly, the contents of the Conjunctions contained inside is just as provocative and imaginative as anything that has gone before (even in the flimsy cardboard envelop).

Conjunctions is still published twice a year by Bard College with its long-time editor, Bradford Morrow. The current issue is #65 and is titled Sleights of Hand. The editor’s forward remarks are sufficient to get me interested; you?

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