NOON: an anthology of short poems

Philip Rowland has been editing his journal, NOON: journal of the short poem, since 2004. He is also a coeditor of Haiku in English: the first hundred years (Norton, 2013). A rich soup of NOON‘s poems has now been allowed to cook, simmer, and marry into NOON: an anthology of short poems (Isobar Press, 2019). Copies are now available via the NOON website.

This is from his introduction: “Editing an anthology inevitably involves difficult choices and reluctant omissions; one could even argue, as did Laura Riding and Robert Graves in their provocative Pamphlet Against Anthologies (1928), that anthologies uproot poems from their contexts, imposing misleading categories upon them. But in the approach taken here, I have tried to make the most of these limitations, through meaningful, often playful, juxtaposition and sequencing of the poems, to produce a newly distinctive body of work that is relatively unconstrained by narrow genre-definitions. The result is a renga-like chain of over two hundred poems by almost half as many poets. This ‘collectiveness’ reflects my assumption that the shorter the poem, the greater the importance of context; and many of the poems in this book are, indeed, really short.

And though I know this poem has been published in numerous places (first in issue 01 of NOON), I’ll share it once more anyway:

a love letter to the butterfly gods with strategic misspellings

—Chris Gordon

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