Wild Goose Poetry Review, Summer 2011

Wild Goose Poetry Review
Summer 2011

I am always excited when I upload a new issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review. I know that doing so gives me the opportunity to share my favorite poems from 3 months worth of quality submissions. This issue is no different. All of the poems here have been chosen for their uniqueness, their interest level, and their overall quality. It is a diverse batch, including familiar poets like Helen Losse, Tim Peeler, Ron Moran, and Doug McHargue, as well as poets I’ve appreciated for a while but who are making their first appearance in Wild Goose — Rosemary Royston and Celisa Steele — and, of course, poets whose work I’ve only come to know through their current submissions to Wild Goose — Diane Webster, Larry Schug, Susan Rooke, and Katherine June Abrams. However they’ve come to me, I am pleased to present each of them to you, the reader, and convinced that your poetry experience will be enriched by reading them.

And don’t forget the reviews. Among them is a review of what may very well be my favorite book of the year, John Lane’s Abandoned Quarry. There is also a review of the new book of poems from Ron Rash, who may very well be my favorite living author. Additionally, new books by Celisa Steele, John York, and Corey Cook are provided.

As always, most of the authors have sent along a brief comment on their poems to spark further discussion. I hope that you will join in the dialogue by leaving a comment of your own. Finally, I received an unusually large quantity of submissions immediately AFTER the end of the reading period (July 31). If you have a submission in that batch, I’ll be getting to it shortly, and I’ll be continuing to read submissions until October 31 for the fall issue, due out November 15.


Katherine June Abrams, Links
Katherine June Abrams, My Grandmother’s Confession
Celisa Steele, The Feeder
Celisa Steele, Pie at 3 AM
Joseph Milford, Janitor Moonlighting
Joseph Milford, Jekyll Island Afternoon
Joseph Milford, Domestic Dispute After Reading Some Stephen Crane Poems
Susan Rooke, How Do You Like Me Now
Diane Webster, Funeral
Diane Webster, Home Alone
John Stanizzi, Kayak
John Stanizzi, The Hat
Doug McHargue, The Color of My Room
Maren Mitchell, Submission Requirements
Maren Mitchell, Why We Want to Fly and Swim
Ron Moran, Suppose the Return of Christ
Tim Peeler, Faith CLXIV
Steve Roberts, Inundation
Steve Roberts, The Fractal Tide
Rosemary Royston, Reasons Not to Wear Pantyhose
Rosemary Royston, Brief Encounter on Stairwell
Larry Schug, Green Heron in Rain
Helen Losse, Flowers Along the Railway: A NC Triptych
Aaron Poller, The Chicken Slaughterhouse of Dobson

John Lane, Review of Abandoned Quarry
Celisa Steele, Review of How Language Is Lost
Ron Rash, Review of Waking
John Thomas York, Review of Naming the Constellations
Corey Cook, Review of What to Do with a Dying Parakeet

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