Prelude an urbane name for a new, urbane, New
York-based journal of poetry edited by Stu Watson and Robert C. L. Crawford.
Issue 1 included work by the doyenne of New York poetry, John Ashbury, the
ubiquitous John Kinsella and many young American poets who are fast becoming
crucial names on the scene. Issue 2 of which I have been lucky to receive a
contributor’s copy is a beast of a book, over 300 pages long,
handsomely-designed and printed to the best standards on quality paper, heavy
enough to use as a weapon of defence against any approaching mugger.
it’s financed is a mystery to me – it must cost a fortune and doesn’t seem to
be supported by any university or foundation. Aside from great poetry it
contains readable, compelling, intelligent essays from the editors and others
on subjects such as Ashbury in Paris, Wallace Stevens’s relationship with
rhyme, the poetics of awareness and forms of rhythm. Poets I admire keeping me
company in this issue include Catherine Maya Popa, Rae Armantrout and Katy
Lederer. But I’m also intrigued by many names new to me such as Jennifer Soong,
Matt Longabucca and Marissa Crawford to name a few.
contents of this issue can also be accessed for free through their website where
you can also find extra content.