Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review
No. 44, Fall 2018
This year's issue of the poetry review takes on social media. We are in our inaugural year on Twitter and Instagram, dragging this old magazine into the future, or into the present, you could say, and in thinking on that we also started thinking about the ramifications of media and platform on poems themselves. As such, we have put together an issue that includes both poets who are building their careers almost entirely through the use of social media platforms and poets who have likely never been on social media. And, like social media itself, the poems cover a wide array of topics - from the political to the personal to the religious to the bizarre. Maybe we ended up thinking that poetry is a social media. Maybe we ended up thinking that poetry will resist whatever obstacles we throw at it. Our 4x4 contributors, Kwame Dawes, BK Fischer, Tara Betts and Nikita Gill will help you sort it out, but in the end you'll need to figure it out for yourself. We're still trying. Thanks for reading and enjoy!