For eighteen years, Alan Fox of Rattle magazine “has operated under the simple premise that it doesn’t take a scholar to be moved by the written word—poetry is for everyone.”
That principle has guided Rattle through 38 issues, publishing poetry of lawyers, landscapers, doctors, and prisoners right alongside the stars of modern literature.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts Rattle and poets every first Sunday of the month for readings and even an open mic (so bring that masterpiece of yours!).
Sunday, May 5th, will bring together local publicist Kim Dower and 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize winner Heidi Shuler, along with Southern poet Joel F. Johnson of Georgia as Rattle‘s 39th issue is devoted to southern poets.
The cultural fabric of the American South has been changing rapidly in the 21st century, and many of the old assumptions about Southern literature—an emphasis on bucolic landscapes, history, family, and so on—no longer hold. So what is it that makes a poet Southern? As always, we’ve let the writers speak for themselves, selecting the best 39 poems that we could find from over 10,000 submissions. The South is too rich a heritage for any stereotype, but by gathering these poems together we can tease out the subtle traits they share. Helping us along the way is an intimate and entertaining conversation with Georgia State Poet Laureate David Bottoms.
Rattle Magazine Presents Issue #39: Southern Poets
Sunday, May 5th
Free and open to the public
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada-Flintridge 91011