What better way to start the year than with this series of aphoristic poems by David Giannini? They appear in the first of what I hope will be many issues of Talisman Magazine online, where you’ll also find a clutch of unpublished late poems by the inimitable Samuel Menashe; a group of strange and resonant poems by Lale Müldür, translated from the Turkish by Lisa Bourbeau; and an excerpt from the never published but nevertheless legendary novel Junior Birdman (“The Holy Grail has but one drop left in it: the spirit of childhood”), by William J. Barker writing as “Billy Bones”.
You may notice that I’ve started a stream in the right-hand column for my book reviews on Goodreads, where all of my reviews will be appearing from now on. I joined Goodreads back in 2008 but gave it up after awhile because I found myself having to post reviews in two places. Now a handy widget lets my Goodreads reviews flow through here—so that’s where you’ll find them from now on. Today, for example, you’ll see my brief takes on César Aira’s novel The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira and David Dalton’s biography Who Is that Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan.
Up top you’ll still see the call for submissions to FutureCycle’s developing anthology of poems for Malala Yousafzai. We’re looking for both poems and artwork suitable for the cover, and now we have a firm deadline: August 1, 2013. So there’s plenty of time to turn your imagination to her situation.