I’ve been working as poetry editor at This Magazine for a couple of issues now. The first issue I worked on featured the work of Gwen Benaway, whose voice is at once singular & universal. Gwen’s poem, “Pretty,” is online to read (for free!) now. I encourage you to visit the site & read the pc, & then follow up with the rest of her work. Her latest book is called Passage, & there is no way not to be changed by it. I want to thank Gwen for entrusting me with her wonderful writing on my first issue.
The cover image above is for This Magazine‘s Summer Reading Issue, out now in bookstores. It features the work of a few of our finest & most original emerging poets: Canisia Lubrin, Doyali Islam, Natalie Wee, & Basia Gilas. I was absolutely floored by their work & am honoured to be able to share it with you. I hope you will pick up the issue & support independent, progressive media & some truly excellent poets.
A poem of mine is up for a National Magazine Award. The poem is called “Talking w/humans is my only way to learn,” & takes its title from Microsoft’s twitter bot, Tay. That phrase was her mantra in the 24 hours she was… Awake? Alive?
The poem was originally published in The Puritan by guest editor Sonnet L’Abbé, in the Irish journal Banshee, & it’s in my chapbook from last fall, Summer. Enormous gratitude to these publishers & editors.
There are so many great poems on this list, & I am happy to call many of these talented poets my friends.
O hai! I have some news. This Magazine just hired me as the new poetry editor. I’ll be trying hard to keep up w/the great work Dani Couture has been doing there for years. The incoming fiction editor is the excellent Andrew Battershill. You might know this already, but This Magazine has been in print since 1966, & has published some of Canada’s most important & progressive writers.