Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review
No. 46, Winter 2020
Well, what to say about this past year? Our issue was late thanks to a number of COVID-related delays, and whenever you are reading this, there might still be copies stuck in USPS purgatory... However, fortunately, that sense of forever stretching beyond our little horizons is captured perfectly in our cover art (by Erica Baum), so you can look forward to being assuaged. The poems inside the issue perhaps also speak to our moment, though in different and unpredicable ways. Maurice Manning attempts to capture the past; Lauren Slaughter faces mourning head-on; and Ed Falco wonders fitfully about Narcissus. And maybe Narcissus can be a mascot of sorts for this weird moment of ours--how so many of us have stared at our own faces on Zoom and felt paralyzed, perhaps not by self-regard, but by somethign still inevitably bounded by the self. Hopefully the poems and interviews in this year's issue of HSPR well help break you out of whatever trance you might be in.