SLANT Forum: News & Reviews

New Issue of Slant Published

The Fall Issue of Slant is now live. It appeared on November 15. From August 1 through October 15 of this year, editorial staff received and reviewed submissions from poets representing 38 states and 12 foreign countries. That process resulted in a richly diverse collection of 67 poems literally from one end of America to the other, from Hawaii to Maryland, from all four corners of the country, plus Canada and the rain forest in Asia. To access the current issue online visit Slant: A Journal of Poetry.

Charles Webb Publishes a Novel

Charles Harper Webb, a past contributor to Slant and the author of 12 poetry collections, has recently published his first novel. Ursula Lake, a literary thriller, was released in May by Red Hen Press. In the fast-paced, sexy, and very scary tale, a husband and wife trying to save their marriage and a rock musician trying to get his career back on track find big trouble, natural and possibly supernatural, in the spellbinding wilds of British Columbia.

A former professional rock singer/guitarist and licensed psychotherapist, Charles is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. His most recent collection of poetry is Sidebend World (University of Pittsburgh, 2018). His awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Tufts Discovery Award, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.

New From Michael Salcman

Spuyten Duyvil Publishing has announced the publication of Michael Salcman’s newest collection of poetry. Necessary Speech: New & Selected Poems is his fifth book and at 304 pages perhaps his most impressive to date. The new volume gives us 85 pages of new poems, enough to fill any single collection of substance, as well as over 200 pages of the best poems from his first four books.

Michael is a retired physician and teacher of art history. He was chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and president of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. He is also a child of the Holocaust and a survivor of polio. His previous collections are The Clock Made of Confetti (2007), nominated for The Poets Prize; The Enemy of Good Is Better (2011); A Prague Spring, Before & After (2016), winner of the 2015 Sinclair Poetry Prize; and Shades & Graces (2020), the inaugural winner of the Daniel Hoffman Legacy Book Prize. In addition, he edited Poetry in Medicine (2015), a widely used anthology of classic and contemporary poems on doctors, patients, illness and healing. One of his newest poems, “For I Have Neglected to Praise,” is featured in our current issue.

Michael Salcman

In writing about Michael’s newest work, David Bergman, Emeritus Professor of English at Towson University says, “[Michael’s] selected poems highlight the best of his work, and the new poems are evidence that no artist’s work is ever completed and his or her best works may be the most recent.”

And Grace Schulman, a Frost Medalist and author of The Marble Bed, adds: “Salcman speaks in a voice that is eloquent, compassionate, poignant, and deeply moving. I marvel at his range, from art to travel to history, with love as the source of it all. Once a neurosurgeon, [he] writes with a rare combination of observation and intelligent feeling in his magnificent metamorphosis from saving lives to saving our souls”

A First for Ted Charnley Also

 The same goes for Ted Charnley of Sykesville, Maryland. His first book of poetry,  An Invocation of Fragments, was released by Kelsay Books this summer. Two of the poems in the collection, “Once and Future Kings” and “Bourbon and Bienville,” first appeared in Slant in our Summer 2017 and Summer 2018 issues, respectively. Another poem in the collection, “As He Is to Us,” received a Pushcart nomination. Yet another poem by Ted, “Auspices in the Field,” appears in our Fall 2022 issue.

Poems have been coming to Ted since he was 17, beginning with the suicide of a high school classmate. Following careers in law and rare books, his verse has appeared in multiple issues of other journals such as The Orchards, The Road Not Taken, Think, and The Lyric and in anthologies.

Now Out: Mary Gilliland’s Devil’s Fool

 Earlier this year, we reported that Slant contributor Mary Gilliland had received the Pauline Uchmanowicz Poetry Award for her unpublished manuscript titled The Devil’s Fool. Now, we can add that the prize-winning collection was released by Codhill Press on November 1. Infused with eco-logic, informed by feminism, and taking cues from Eve, Cain, Proserpine, Ulysses, Parsifal, and selves past and present, the fifty poems of this new collection question and illustrate myths of nature and the nature of inherited myth.

Mary’s poems are widely published in print and online literary journals and most recently anthologized in Rumors Secrets & Lies: Poems about Pregnancy, Abortion, & Choice; Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose; and Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands. She is a past recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a Council on the Arts Faculty Grant from Cornell University, where she created and taught seminars such as “Ecosystems & Ego Systems” and “America Dreaming.”

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In addition to your poems, we welcome submissions of news about yourself or a fellow poet, reviews of recently published collections of poetry (yours or others), and interviews with poets. As we note above, the submission period for poems is August 1-October 15 for the Fall 2022 issue. However, we welcome your news and reviews at any time during the year.

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