Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Acceptance: Full of Crow


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Full of Crow has launched its "jumbo" April issue, which includes four of my poems ("Barstow Junction," "Sink," "Detective," and "Brunch").

Lynn Alexander has been steering this literary wild ride for five years and is such an authentic, open, dynamic, nonconformist, blatantly bold leader. Her "Editor's Note" is a tell-it-like-it-is triumph of down-to-earth expression. I loved her voice the moment I started reading.

She's looking for a new direction now, a new literary swerve among the creative paths of fate. A guest editor is handling the Summer issue (although apparently the journal almost went on "hiatus," as I was informed in my acceptance letter). If you want to volunteer to help at Full of Crow, or in other ways reach out to give thanks to Lynn, now would be the time. (I use the informal "Lynn" even though I don't don't her--saying "Editor Alexander" just doesn't fit, at least not with what I perceive to be her style).

Three of the four poems accepted contain sharp social criticism, which I feel artists, intellectuals and others who have been given the (sometimes hard-won) privileges of time and awareness are morally mandated to express, at least in some degree, in their writing/art.

Full of Crow is extra good at challenging the system, the establishment, the interlocking system of Avarice that has crippled America in terms of social mobility and economic decency. We live again--AGAIN--in a time of monopoly, the sort that Franklin D. Roosevelt criticized so roundly:

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

To Lynn Alexander: Best of luck with your future creative directions, and feel free to spend time doing whatever calls you--you deserve it!



  1. I enjoyed your poems there! And I agree social criticism is definitely essential in any artist

  2. Hi Crafty Green!

    I read your blog earlier and was so thrilled to see that the swifts have returned to your lovely lands! So joyous!