So, I have the funniest story ever, seriously, it's funny.
Last week, I was sitting down reading the book I was going to review for you and really enjoying it overall. Then I thought it would be a great idea to have a big glass of water to drink while I was reading. Then out of nowhere, I spilled my huge glass of water all over my lovely copy of Night Palace. Okay, so that really isn't that big of a deal except when the press of the book you're reading uses some sort of crazy black paper for the cover and back cover and it starts bleeding all over the pages making them hence unreadable...
Sigh. And her hands also apparently turned black as ... ink.
Well, I'm not really put out. We all know that poetry can be so ... unstable.
But, meanwhile: Thanks as ever to GR's numerous, generous volunteer staff of reviewers. In addition to some wonderful feature articles, we have 73 NEW REVIEWS this issue! That's the second-highest number of reviews in a single GR issue, so far! I like to count and here are GR's latest poetry-lovin' stats!
Issue 1: 27 new reviews
Issue 2: 39 new reviews (one project was reviewed twice by different reviewers)
Issue 3: 49 new reviews (two projects were each reviewed twice)
Issue 4: 61 new reviews (one project was reviewed thrice, and three projects were each reviewed twice)
Issue 5: 56 new reviews (four projects were each reviewed twice)
Issue 6: 56 new reviews (one project was reviewed twice)
Issue 7: 51 new reviews
Issue 8: 64 new reviews (3 projects were each reviewed twice)
Issue 9: 65 new reviews
Issue 10: 68 new reviews (1 project was reviewed thrice and 1 project was reviewed twice)
Issue 11: 72 new reviews (1 project was reviewed thrice)
Issue 12: 87 new reviews (1 project was reviewed twice)
Issue 13: 55 new reviews (1 project was reviewed twice)
Issue 14: 64 new reviews (3 projects were reviewed twice)
Issue 15: 72 new reviews (1 project was reviewed thrice and 4 projects were reviewed twice)
Issue 16: 73 new reviews (2 projects were reviewed twice)
Of reviewed publications, the following were generated from review copies sent to GR:
Issue 1: 9 out of 27 new reviews
Issue 2: 25 out of 39 new reviews
Issue 3: 27 out of 49 new reviews
Issue 4: 41 out of 61 new reviews
Issue 5: 34 out of 56 new reviews
Issue 6: 35 out of 56 new reviews
Issue 7: 41 out of 51 new reviews
Issue 8: 35 out of 64 new reviews
Issue 9: 42 out of 65 new reviews
Issue 10: 46 out of 68 new reviews
Issue 11: 46 out of 72 new reviews
Issue 12: 35 out of 87 new reviews
Issue 13: 38 out of 55 new reviews
Issue 14: 40 out of 64 new reviews
Issue 15: 43 out of 72 new reviews
Issue 16: 49 out of 73 new reviews
I continue to encourage authors/publishers to send in your projects for potential review. Obviously, people are following up with your submissions! Information for submissions and available review copies HERE. Future reviewers also should note that the next review submission deadline is Nov. 15, 2011.
As of Issue No. 16, we are pleased to report that GR has provided 921 publications with new reviews (covering 387 publishers in 17 countries so far) and 69 reprinted reviews (to bring online reviews previously available only viz print or first published in now-defunct online sites).
As I've said before, your Editor is blind, so if there are typos/errors in the issue, just email Moi or put in the comments sections and I will swiftly correct said mistakes (since such is allowed by Blogger).
Wait for it! One more photo of my son Michael...oh, wait: he's now a teen and doing that teen-thing of disappearing. Well, here are the dogs ensconsed in reading chairs waiting to read poetry--your poetry!:
With much love, poetry and fur,
St. Helena, CA
April 4, 2011