Welcome one and all, to the Spring 2009 edition of Pirene’s Fountain. We are pleased you found your way here, and hope you will take your time perusing, and return often. Hearty thanks are in order for the warm comments and excellent feedback readers have shared with us since our journal’s inception. It is indeed gratifying to have gained the support and interest of so many as PF continues to evolve as a publication.
We also appreciate the overwhelming number of submissions received for the journal, and regret we are only able to publish a fraction. As always, we are grateful to all who submitted poetry for our consideration, and sincerely hope readers will continue to share their work and to experience each journal edition as balanced and memorable.
For those interested, Pushcart nominations will be selected in November 2009, and the PF Editors’ Award for 2009 will be announced in the Spring 2010 issue. Please refer to guidelines for additional information.
This issue is dedicated to the memory of Czech-born poet and artist Melissa Kulhanek, who passed away recently from complications of MS. The Pirene’s publisher and editors became acquainted with her offbeat style and feisty spirit at a neighboring online writing community, where she was known as Milushka. Two of her poems appeared in our premiere edition of PF. We are saddened by her untimely passing, and extend heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Mila will be fondly remembered and missed by all who knew her.
Showcased this month is award-winning writer Rebecca Seiferle, editor and publisher of the literary website, “The Drunken Boat” and whose poetry, essays and translations of well-known works in Spanish have garnered widespread acclaim. Our Folio section features Joseph Millar, whose literary credentials and 25 year stint working in the blue collar world provided the material for his first poetry collection. Also featured is lifelong New Yorker, Maria Terrone, whose writing unexpectedly ‘took off’ while on a traditional career track. In our “Current Issue” section, we are honored to present the poetry of Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield and Linda Pastan.
In addition, our May journal examines poetry from a slightly different perspective in a conversation with British editor, Jeffrey Side, of “The Argotist Online.” To view this feature, please scroll down the page and click on the link provided.
A special focus of this month’s PF is distinctive artwork, which we hope readers will enjoy along with the outstanding writing selections. Do sit back and make yourself at home, if only for a little while; we hope you’ll find your stay a pleasant one.
Finally, we invite you to join us again in October when the poetry of Jane Hirshfield, Rustin Larson, Cynthia Brackett-Vincent and other exceptional poets will be highlighted. Until then, have a wonderful time visiting the pages of Pirene’s Fountain.
Lark Vernon Timmons
El Paso, Texas