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Dear Readers,


Greetings from the land of melody and harmony!  As varied as an iPod’s music selections, the current issue of Pirene’s Fountain is full of wonderful poems—some offerings reference music, while some are musical in their composition. Please check out our reviews, etc. section for critiques of new books and visit with Lisel Mueller as she speaks about the importance of music in her life. Also featured in this section are new articles revolving around music and poetry , and an illuminating interview with Jake Berry by Chris Mansel.

Our featured poets for this issue are Linda Pastan, (please visit the Showcase to discover why she is such a universally beloved poet) and Jim Moore, whose inspiring work is presented in the Folios section. Also in our Folios, a collaborative book by Jeffrey Side and Jake Berry is featured along with an interview about Mr. Side’s new publishing venture, Argotist EBooks.

During fall we have the difficult task of making selections from exceptional poems sent us for the year;
we congratulate each of our poets and thank the editorial boards for their considerable contributions to the literary arts. Please click below for our poem nominations to the following committees:

The Best of the Net
The Best of the Web
The Pushcart Prize 

As always, we extend sincere appreciation to all our readers. We especially thank our poets and writers for their submissions, and hope their support will continue in years to come.

We now welcome submissions for poetry and translations from all over the world for our Spring/Summer issue. We also invite Japanese short forms, to which we will devote a special section, guest edited by Melinda B Hipple, editor of Gean Tree Press.

Tune in again to read about Alex Grant, who exemplifies the poetry-music connection, as our headlining poet, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, who creates her own brand of music as she “infuses her speech” with colorful, mouth-popping words “like herbs in delicate oil.”

And now…sit back, relax, and let the music begin!

Charles Morrison
Raleigh, NC

Special Announcement:

Out of Our Minds (on KKUP FM91.5) with J.P. Dancing Bear, is now available on iTunes.
Some of the finest contemporary poets from around the US and the World are featured on this weekly hour-long poetry program which can be downloaded here:
 (Or search on iTunes for either "J.P. Dancing Bear" or "Out of Our Minds" and subscribe there.)
The first two offerings are: Ralph Angel's lecture/presentation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Poem of the Deep Song; and Genine Lentine, c-colaborator of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden, with Stanley Kunitz and photographer Marnie Crawford Samuelason, and author of Mr. Worthington's Beautiful Experiments on Splashes.