September 27, 2012KR BlogBlogShort Takes/Mixed Tape

Mix Tape: Do the Right Thing

“Two questions: 1) Do you submit work (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) to literary journals? 2) Do you subscribe to any literary journals? If the answer to Question 1 is ‘yes’ and the answer to Question 2 is ‘no,’ then we have a problem.

We Represent the 47 Percent—a collection of open letters to Mitt Romney from Erin Belieu, Mark Wunderlich, Juliana Baggott, and many others.

In 1986, poet Ted Hughes wrote this letter to his 24-year-old son Nicholas, 23 years after the suicide of his wife Sylvia Plath and 23 years before Nicholas’s suicide.

Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, on the power of books.

Over at Talus, or Scree, check out this conversation with John Gallaher, who is editing and selecting Michael Benedikt’s Selected Poems from five published books and a briefcase full of Benedikt’s papers.

Another gem from Indiana Review: Five reasons why poems get rejected.

In an earlier post, Mix Tape linked to poet Nick Ripatrazone’s article encouraging MFA graduates to consider teaching high school. Another option, says Hope Mills, is working at a creative agency.