|Article 18 - for Poetry Review Vol. 90 No. 2 Summer 2000|
Frank Parker's site at 1 contains samples not only of his own workbut also that of several other excellent poets. Jim Wilson's minimalist poems, and those of Michael Rothenberg particularly appealed to me. A recent and very welcome addition is a set of translations of Jacques Prévert by Anne Berkeley. To anyone who knows Prévert only through Ferlinghetti's aged and rather stolid renditions, these versions will come as a breath of fresh air.
That Parker is in California, while Berkeley lives in Cambridge, UK, is another example of how the Internet renders geography largely irrelevant. Similarly, Farrago Poetry organises poetry events in the UK, and has a particular fondness for poetry slams. But their suitably lively site at http://www.e-poets.net is also worth a visit while you're in the vicinity.is actually hosted by the e-poets network in Chicago. Check it out for details of their latest promotions. The parent site at
TextWorx Toolshed atis the place to go if you're looking for software kick-start your creativity. Here you'll find Mac and PC programs that will generate stories, randomise words, and otherwise re-organise and re-assemble language. There should be something here for any experimentalist writer who wants new ways to mangle text.
If you prefer your poetry a little less frenzied, you could do worse that saunter over to Ixion atwhere you'll find an eclectic selection of poems, prose, artwork and cartoons. When I visited, it had work by John Horváth and Lawrence Sail, amongst others.
Another stylish new magazine comes from the people who brought you Tears in the Fence. It's called Wandering Dog and you can find its elegantly presented poetry and prose at
If you wander across any other good sites, let me know about them at ...
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