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Take Two

A Tale of Two Lit Mags. Williard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University and frequent contributor to KR, laments the coming loss of poetry journal Parnassus in the July 25 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Spiegelman takes a loving look back at Parnassus‘ beginnings, as well as that of Poetry, whose fate (thankfully) couldn’t be more different.

Another KR Friend in the News. Luke Kennard, 26, has been shortlisted for Britain’s Forward Poetry Prizes–aka “the bardic Booker”– for his collection The Harbour Beyond the Movie. Kennard, who has served as an associate reader for KR and currently attends the University of Exeter as a PhD English student, is the youngest person ever to be shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Also making the shortlist for best collection this year are: John Burnside, former political prisoner and Malawian poet Jack Mapanje, Eavan Boland (whose work appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of KR), Sean O’Brien, and Adam Thorpe. An aside: Read Forward Prize judge Sarah Crown’s account of the judging process–the great poetry binge–here.