Shining Rock Poetry Anthology & Book Review
Shining Rock is a mountain in Appalachian North Carolina; we choose it as a title for our anthology because of its metaphorical properties. As co-editors, we come to poetry with a strong commitment to the literary traditions that challenge readers to become continually educated by poetry. We favor poems that practice difficulty not for its own sake, but because it provokes readers to new experiences of elucidating opacity, analyzing complexity, and discovering, in the concrete density of this poetry, meanings for themselves. We favor poetry that promotes the strenuous engagement of the imagination. This poetry yields more upon rereading, thus the design for an anthology.
Our first issue features poetry by John Bensko, Beth Copeland, Jane Hirshfield, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Elanor Wilner, and William Wright, with essays by Alice Friman and Taije Silverman. Cover art ( Emily Dickinson Cartoon) by Rosanna Bruno, with book reviews on new books by Hirshfield and Bensko. Please visit the website
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