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Issue 20.1, Spring 2024

Spring! April! National Poetry Month!

The bright palette and strong patterns (both visual and linguistic) of this new folio dance over and along the deep emotions and, in many cases, sorrows held in the poems. Isn’t that the essence of spring?

Looking at the folio as a whole, we love seeing the color echoes between “Cytokine,” “Graffiti on Moving Day,” and “Tall(grass) Prairie Song.” “Highlights” and “Tomcat” use patterning in ways that ask us to consider how memory and desire repeat themselves in our minds.  The enigmatic, powerful images of “Black Dissection” and “Pelt” draw us in to look more closely, to spend more time with each. We ask ourselves: what does abstraction open? What about enigmatic photographs? How do images of childhood linger for us, perhaps as afterimages? Get all this and more at the full Editors’ Note.

Call for Submissions: The Switcheroo

WANTED: Ekphrastic Responses to artist Sara Tabbert’s carved veneer panel, New Growth. DEADLINE: May 1, 2024

Each year, we turn the tables on our usual process for finding original, vibrant work.  We post an image and ask poets to respond.  This year, artist Douglas Culhane has selected Sara Tabbert’s carved veneer panel–what do you see here? What inspires you? What springs forth? Will you Switcheroo? Guidelines, Details, and More.

For Teachers

Issue 20.1 brings two new portfolio-inspired lesson plans: “Intro to Ekphrasis” by George Mason University Professor Kerry Folan and “Muse to Muse” by Nancy Mitchell, Poet Laureate of Salisbury, Maryland.

See You in New Hampshire?

April 14, Broadsided will be at the Nossrat Yassini Poetry Festival at the University of New Hampshire. We’ll be setting up a site-specific installation, giving away broadsides, and chatting with people about the joys of art and literature in collaboration.  We hope to see you there!

Broadsides to Books

Did you see our latest? “Feel Your Strangeness: A Review of Jessica E. Johnson’s Metabolics” by Joley Fitch. And we’ve got a new one coming soon of Daniel C Demaree’s in defense of the goat as it continues to wander towards the certain doom of the cliff (April Gloaming, 2024) reviewed by Erin Hollowell. Stay tuned!

Read the full Editors' Note

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The Switcheroo! Call for Ekphrastic Submissions: Deadline 5/1/2024

Wood cut of a tree with abstract images by Sara Tabbert.

BROADSIDED’s ANNUAL SWITCHEROO WANTED: Ekphrastic Responses to artist Sara Tabbert’s carved veneer panel, New Growth DEADLINE: May 1, 2024 SUBMITTABLE LINK (use “Switcheroo” tab) Broadsided seeks submissions of poetry and short prose that respond to this art. The winning entry will…

Issue 20.1, Spring 2024 – Editors’ Note

Spring! April! National Poetry Month! The bright palette and strong patterns (both visual and linguistic) of this folio dance over and along the deep emotions and, in many cases, sorrows held in the poems. Isn’t that the essence of spring? …

Broadsides to Books: Feel Your Strangeness

Metabolicsby Jessica E. JohnsonAcre Books, 2023ISBN: 978-1946724571$15.81, purchase at bookshop.org Review by Joely Fitch     Reviewer’s Note: In writing about Metabolics, I’m trying something that I’ve been practicing in my reviews and criticism more broadly: writing about a text in…