#42 – Winter 2013

Open Poetry

Conversation with
Ron Koertge

 

Rattle #42

Rattle #42 is another entirely open free-for-all, and we’ve stuffed it to the whim: from personal ads to angels, from plum blossoms to catfish tits (you read that right). Tim Laffey longs for Pindar’s couch, Taylor Mali misreads a magnifying glass, and Patricia Smith has a binder for Mitt. These poems are heavy and light, eye-opening and jaw-dropping, including powerful work by teenager Grace L. Park, and seven-year-old Ghanaian Kofi Edufo.

The winter issue also features the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize winner, Roberto Acalon’s $5,000 poem “The Fire This Time,” along with the ten finalists. And as always, subscribers may vote for the runner up.

In the conversations section, Timothy Green discusses poetry and life with the irreverently funny Ron Koertge.

 

 

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Open Poetry

Erik Campbell On War, Both Foreign and Domestic …
Wanda Morrow Clevenger Juice
David Denny Apocalyptic Charlton Heston
Aran Donovan My Two Left Feet
Kofi Edufo Making Noise
Alan Fox Who Am I
Patrick Ryan Frank The Great American Screenplay
Jill Klein How to Peel a Prawn
Lynne Knight The Unintended Lecture on Desire
After Her Affair
While Plum Blossoms Sweep Down Like Snow
Ron Koertge Mark Trail
Greg Kosmicki April 2, 2013
Karl Krolow Waiting
Tim Laffey Just So You Know
Taylor Mali Magnifies an Object Ten Times
Joan Murray The Witch’s Daughter
Grace L. Park Grey Faith
Tina Parker My Four-Year-Old Asks What Happens …
David Romtvedt Dilemmas of the Angels: Extraterrestrial
Dilemmas of the Angels: Intention
Liz Scheid Magic
Michael Schmeltzer Re: Re: Personal Ad #6
Jenneva Scholz The Famine of Love
Lindsay Tigue New Year
Monica Wendel Courthouse
Mike White Arms
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Poetry Prize Winner

Roberto Ascalon The Fire This Time
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Finalists

Chanel Brenner A Poem for Women Who Don’t Want Children
Rebecca Gayle Howell My Mother Told Us Not to Have Children
Courtney Kampa Baby Love
Stephen Kampa What He Must Have Seen
Bea Opengart Man on Mad Anthony
Michelle Ornat Laundry List
Jack Powers Man on the Floor
Danez Smith Basic Standards Test
Patricia Smith Who Breathed in Binders
Wendy Videlock Of You
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Conversation

Ron Koertge
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Cover Art

Stanley Horowitz