Welcome to Issue 2 of Radar Poetry

We are delighted to feature an interview with poet Geffrey Davis in this issue.  Davis won the 12th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Prize for his first book, Revising The Storm (BOA Editions), selected by Dorianne Laux. We are featuring two poems from this collection along with our interview. 

While reading for Issue 2, we received work from over 250 talented poets despite the eerie silence that descended on our submission manager during this year’s AWP conference in Seattle. Thank you to all who shared their work with us.

Ultimately, we chose a group of poems that established their own brilliant balance on our pages. We have poems that explore the father/son bond and the relationship between memory and reality, poems that use time as a finite entity and poems that seem timeless or suspended in time.

We have lots of animals trekking through these poems: bears and wolves and birds and rabbits.  And lots of weather: twisters, nimbus clouds, and water, water everywhere. In these poems, you’ll find running water, still water, water that fortifies and water that threatens to alter the landscape of life.

A nice bonus is the inclusion of humor in more than a few poems here.  As poets ourselves, we know how difficult it is to give the reader a chuckle or a belly laugh in the midst of taking her breath away. Well done!

Last but not least, we’d like to mention how thrilled we are to see our network of contributing visual artists grow. We take much pleasure in finding artists early in their careers. From the representational to the abstract, from woodcuts to oil paintings, from collage to digital media to printmaking, we have it all in Issue 2.

Happy reading. Happy spring.

Rachel Marie Patterson and Dara-Lyn Shrager