SHINING ROCK POETRY ANTHOLOGY & BOOK REVIEW – Issue 7, Summer 2018
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.
“Thank you and your fellow editors for bringing a new room into this building we all make together.” Jane Hirshfield
“The Shining Rock Poetry Anthology is shaping up to be a brilliant contribution to contemporary poetry.” William Wright
“It’s already on the way to being a shining star on the internet!” Clarence Major
TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ISSUE 7, SUMMER, 2018
1. Topsail Island by Betty Adcock
2. Portfolio of Poems by Tim Liu
3. Interview with Tim Liu
4. Search & Rescue by Michael Chitwood
5. Visiting Secretariat in 1974 by William Walsh
6. Two Poems by Amy Fleury
7. Notes on Editing The Chattahoochee Review by Michael Diebert
8. Persimmons by Li-Young Lee
9. Sky Lake Redux by Michele Wolf
10. Directions to Your College Dorm by Faith Shearin
11. The Great Plains in Fog by Donald Levering
12. On the Back Porch by Dorianne Laux
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