Jessy Randall’s Injecting Dreams into Cows attempts to dismantle quibbles by critics who claim they are unable to engage with new poetry. Randall’s intent becomes clear in “The Nonexistent Orchard.” The poem opens with an epigraph from the New York Times Book Review which paints leading critic Helen Vendler as out of touch and disinterested in contemporary poetics: “Today Vendler seldom […]
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We Germans are selfish at times and always desire to have the last word. In fact, adding our mustard to everything—not only to a delicious pork chop—is a typical trait. This is a follow-up to our previous post on German idioms. everything is in butter Don’t think twice about your figure if asked by a German person whether everything […]
Throughout our first year of publishing, we’ve noticed a few folks have stumbled upon our journal Googling the oddest of phrases. We’d like to commemorate these Internet searchers with a poem, composed entirely and verbatim from their queries. Perhaps in CalJoPo, they found what they didn’t even know they were looking for. Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Porno […]
It’s that time of year when we as a society look back at the previous year’s excellence and accomplishments in film, television, and music. However, one cultural field is often overlooked by critics—blurbs! That’s right, it’s time for the Blurby Awards, honoring excellence in blurb writing for poetry books. So without further ado, we at CalJoPo give you 2011’s best […]
Sometimes poetry happens organically in the real world, far from the desks of poets, as in this menu from the Adams Avenue Grill in San Diego: Reading the first line, the reader begins to drool over the prospect of a savage, carnivorous meal—only to have expectations swiftly reversed in the next line. The startling double meaning, coupled with […]