Letter from the Editor
Readers, aficionados, mavens, this issue introduces a different
look. See, we’ve let in
more air and light, and incorporated a painting by
McCampbell: Something Hums with Desire and Possibility.
We like that title. As Diane Keaton, or somebody, once said about
Jack Nicholson, or someone—What’s not to like?
Also, two new occasional features debut here.
The first, Poets-in-Progress,
will initiate the curious into the mysteries of the workshop
process, and give well work-shopped poets and poet-teachers news of
other teachers’ methods of approach.
Consider, a half-century of creative writing
programs has produced whole genealogies. Los Angeles poet and
editor Jackson Wheeler studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning Carolyn
Kizer, who studied with the literary titan of the Northwest, Theodore Roethke. I studied with the great American
poet Philip Levine, who worked with the brilliant Shakespearian
scholar, poet and provocateur John Berryman. All very interesting,
and yet little can be found on the web that looks at poems
taking shape in these workshops or gives teachers a forum to
describe their ideas.
Elsewhere a new section called Visual
Cues will showcase poems about art and art by poets—this in the
interest of exploring ways in which various arts can wrap around
each other, or wholly give rise to each other. Were it not for
Polia Pillin and her luminous ceramic work, J. Mark Beaver’s poem
simply wouldn’t exist.
And so, readers, writers, let us know what you think of
Speechless' content, and of course its
look. As Oscar Wilde observed, only shallow people aren’t interested
in the surface of things.