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Some Favorites from 2007 in Poetry  by BRIAN LEARY

5 January 2008
Vol. 7, No. 4
letter from the editor

These are ten of my favorite poems from 42opus in 2007…

My Seven Favorite Stories of '07  by BRIAN LEARY

2 January 2008
Vol. 7, No. 4
letter from the editor

I set out to make a list of five, but found choosing among the nineteen stories more difficult than I had anticipated. I whittled the list to seven, then, to justify my failure to choose, slipped a cheap play off the year into the title.

Editor's Note: Previously Unpublished Writers Feature  by BRIAN LEARY

1 September 2007
Vol. 7, No. 3
letter from the editor, unpublished writers

The writers included in this month may not have yet been published elsewhere but their writing shows the same promise as any of the other writers we publish. The same attention to craft, to character. To line, and to voice. But I also found in these works a sincerity, an earnestness even, that extended through the brasher, wilder styles of chaotic energy just as into the more conservative voices. This sincerity seemed to me proof that these poems and stories were not so much created to be poems and stories but to be vehicles for emotion and meaning.

But Makeovers Always Look Easy on Television  by BRIAN LEARY

31 December 2006
Vol. 6, No. 4
letter from the editor

Many of the changes to 42opus and listed below are foundation changes meant to increase our usefulness to readers and better our abilities to procure work from only the very best writers.

Year in Review: My Favorite Poems of 2006  by BRIAN LEARY

28 December 2006
Vol. 6, No. 4
letter from the editor

Of the many, many poems we've published over the course of 2006, the following eight are the pieces that moved me most—the ones that I most wished I had written instead and that I most shared with friends.

42 Reasons to Love the Number 42  by BRIAN LEARY

8 June 2006
Vol. 6, No. 2
letter from the editor

There are 42 lines on each page of the Gutenberg Bible, sometimes called the 42-line Bible.

To 42opus Editors on August 27, 2005  by TONY EVANS

2 December 2005
Vol. 5, No. 4
cover letter

My nickname at school is Tony the All-Night Pony. When I read a poem that I like I will write it down in one of my black leather journals.

Letter to Thomas Higginson on 15 April 1862  by EMILY DICKINSON

12 September 2005
Vol. 5, No. 3
classic, cover letter

Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?

The Mind is so near itself—it cannot see, distinctly—and I have none to ask—

To Charles Brown on November 30, 1820  by JOHN KEATS

14 May 2005
Vol. 5, No. 1

here is one thought enough to kill me—I have been well, healthy, alert, &c, walking with her—and now—the knowledge of contrast, feeling for light and shade, all that information (primitive sense) necessary for a poem are great enemies to the recovery of the stomach. There, you rogue, I put you to the torture…

To Richard Woodhouse on October 27, 1818  by JOHN KEATS

23 April 2005
Vol. 5, No. 1
classic, poetic theory

A Poet is the most unpoetical of any thing in existence; because he has no Identity—he is continually in for—and filling some other Body—The Sun, the Moon, the Sea, and Men and Women who are creatures of impulse are poetical and have about them an unchangeable attribute—the poet has none; no identity—he is certainly the most unpoetical of all of God's Creatures.

To 42opus Editors on December 27, 2004  by JIM GOAR

15 April 2005
Vol. 5, No. 1
cover letter

Security alerts are not a western phenomenon; Seoul declared one yesterday. As of yet, they haven't given it a color, but when they do, I suspect it won't be pink.

To John Taylor on February 27, 1818  by JOHN KEATS

9 April 2005
Vol. 5, No. 1
classic, poetic theory

…but it is easier to think what Poetry should be than to write it…

To J.H. Reynolds on February 19, 1818  by JOHN KEATS

28 March 2005
Vol. 5, No. 1
classic, poetic theory

I have an idea that a Man might pass a very pleasant life in this manner—let him on any certain day read a certain Page of full Poesy or distilled Prose and let him wander with it, and muse upon it, and reflect from it, and bring home to it, and prophesy upon it, and dream upon it—untill it becomes stale—but when will it do so? Never…

To Benjamin Bailey on November 22, 1817  by JOHN KEATS

19 March 2005
Vol. 5, No. 1
classic, poetic theory

I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination—What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth—whether it existed before or not…

To 42opus Editors on December 6, 2004  by ANDREW LUX

17 March 2005
Vol. 5, No. 1
cover letter

Winter on the open seas is a grueling affair. Sometimes, the nets I haul up have turned to ice. I know this because the fish have begun to talk again. They say it was so cold…


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