Some good news came in the mail today. The Southern Poetry Review
and the University of Arkansas Press are publishing a 50th anniversary anthology of the best poems published in the journal since its founding by Guy Owens. "The anthology, with an introduction by Billy Collins, will survey over 300 pages of some of the best contemporary poetry published in the past fifty years. It is aranged by decades to show changes over time but also to show constants, including themes, and even some writers, who span decades."
Anyway, two of my poems, For the Lord G-d Bird, No Longer Extinct
and Were We Speaking, Had You Asked
, will be included in the anthology. Both poems also appear in Figured Dark
, my forthcoming collection from Arkansas.
As I understand it, they are planning a big debut party and reading for the anthology at the 2008 AWP Conference in New York.