From the editor
We present here, at last, The National Poetry Review’s final issue under myself, its founding editor and publisher. Lacking the superstitious gene, I view Issue Number 13 as a gateway to a new life for TNPR--a metamorphosis, from paper to virtual, from old gatekeeper to new. I look forward to witnessing what other transformations may ensue, though at the same time, I trust that the spirit of TNPR will remain.
Ms. Angela Vogel has graciously agreed to carry the magazine forward. New issues under her editorship may be found at http://nationalpoetryreview.com/ beginning this fall. We are immeasurably grateful to her for accepting the role, thereby keeping The National Poetry Review legacy alive and well not just for us but for all of its authors and readers since its inception in 2003. Twelve years is a pretty good run for a print poetry magazine with no university or government funding, and we have been proud that on some occasions we were even able to pay our authors in more than copies. Moreover, we were honored to have accepted the first published works of a few wonderful new poets over the years. TNPR, while always appreciative of and excited to read the big names and their works, has since the beginning prided itself on being a truly open door publication—the famous and the unknown were read and printed with equal interest, and women poets have been revered at least as much as men here, though not by design, believe it or not, but rather by the fact that we always searched for what we found to be quality poetry, period.
Thank you, writers, for contributing to our pages over the years. I’ve been thrilled to include your works. Many thanks to the poets in this issue for your saintly patience with us on this long-awaited issue. Thank you, visual artists, for allowing us to publish your work on our covers. I’m ever grateful for each one of them. Thank you to those who helped over the years with screening, review editing, and general support, most recently Jill Alexander Essbaum, Ashley Capps, Doug Basford, and J.P. Dancing Bear. And to Angela, my eternal gratitude for keeping the magazine going.
We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
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We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—