Great Things to Come

When we received “Everything Is Already Inside Something Else” in a submission for Ink & Letters Issue 4, we knew we had a great poem on our hands. 

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

A print from Bernard de Montfaucon's   L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures   (Band 1,1) with different images of Janus. (Wikimedia Commons)

A print from Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures (Band 1,1) with different images of Janus. (Wikimedia Commons)

Named after the double-faced Roman god Janus, who looks backward and forward, the month of January prompts us to both reflect on the previous year and look ahead at what a new year might hold--an effect that's inevitably heightened in a year of presidential transition and seems more fraught than ever this time around.

At Ink & Letters we've looked back at 2016 with gratitude for the wonderful writers and artists who shared their work with us, and for the readers who subscribed and shared the magazine with others. We pause now to acknowledge six outstanding writers whose work we nominated for inclusion in the annual Puschart Prize anthology, which honors and collects "the best of the small presses." Our Pushcart nominees include:

  • "The Plaza of Good Success" by John Poch (poem, issue 3)
  • "Inflated Worth" by Laurie Jean Cannady (nonfiction, issue 3)
  • "Copper" by Joshua M. Hren (fiction, issue 3)
  • "In My Defense" by D. G. Geis (poem, issue 4)
  • "For When You Cannot Shower" by Marci Rae Johnson (poem, issue 4)
  • "Gaze, Shift, Repeat" by Ellen Estilai (nonfiction, issue 4)

We also look ahead to producing two new issues in the coming year, starting with our spring issue, themed "In Black & White." Whatever else 2017 brings, we believe it will also bring art and writing that stirs us to look backward and forward, within and without. 

What Would John Poch Read?

When we constructed the Ink & Letters Summer Reading List, we asked several of our contributors and friends to recommend books they think everyone should read. We also asked several of them to share what books they were looking forward to reading themselves. In case you missed it, we shared poet Juan Morales's summer reading picks here. Earlier this week we shared the books on activist and author D.L. Mayfield's summer reading list.Today we roll out the third post in this series.

John Poch, whose poems "Horses & Sawhorses" and "The Plaza of Good Success" appeared in I&L issue 3, shared three titles he's reading this summer. Here they are:

  • Dodgers by Bill Beverly

  • Hard Scrabble by John Graves
  • The Colossus and Other Poems by Sylvia Plath

John Poch's most recent book, Fix Quietwon the 2014 New Criterion Poetry Prize.