POSTED 4/13/17: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SPRING/SUMMER 2017 ISSUE WILL BE PUBLISHED LATE MAY (NOT LATE APRIL) AS THE PUBLISHER/EDITOR IS RECOVERING FROM A RECENT ILLNESS. TO ALL OUR SUBSCRIBERS, READERS, AND CONTRIBUTORS: THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!
The Aurorean has been going strong for over 20 years. We want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported the Aurorean in those years! As an independent poetry journal, we rely solely on your help to keep the Aurorean a print publication in an age when it is much more cost-efficient to publish online. Whether you’ve bought a copy or copies, donated to our Angels program, or are a valued subscriber, we thank you for making it possible for us to publish over 1,350 poets since 1995.
We are committed to continuing our mission for at least the next twenty years, and we ask you to consider committing to help us achieve that goal. Subscribing to the Aurorean is the most effective way of helping to sustain us in these difficult economic times.
Will you make a commitment? Buckle in for a five-year ride, and we’ll make sure you don’t miss a single issue of New England’s premier independent poetry journal. We’ll also will send you our 20th Anniversary Issue AS WELL AS Favorites from the First Fifteen Years, our beautiful, 115-page acclaimed anthology (finalist in the 2013 Maine Literary Awards) of poems from the first fifteen years of the Aurorean as a thank-you.
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YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED!
WHERE: PLYMOUTH PUBIC LIBRARY
132 Main Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
WHEN: DECEMBER 12TH, 2015, 2–4pm
Join us for an afternoon of superb poetry as we celebrate 20 years of continuous publication as an independent poetry journal. We will present the work of 30 New England poets whose work appears in this milestone issue, including both of our Featured Poets. Refreshments available; open to the public.
The Aurorean was founded in Plymouth, MA (where Publisher/Editor Cynthia grew up) in 1995 and since, has published over 1,300 poets worldwide and has received national and regional critical acclaim.
We are thankful to Jennifer Harris of the Plymouth Public Library for helping us coordinate this event.
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It’s a gray November day, except for the overgrown blackberry bushes’ leaves hanging yellow and bright outside my window. Five (work) days ago, I returned home from a cruise to Bermuda. So far, I’ve managed only to unpack, do several loads of laundry, reorganize our recycling, pack up gifts for our 20th Anniversary Aurorean contributors, and reply to the most urgent emails in my Inbox. Already feeling slightly guilty for having accomplished little since my return, that guilt now becomes magnified on this last workday of the week, because I’m feeling tired, unmotivated, and I’m staring out that window.
Add to that, many of my writer-friends are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I’m seeing their word-counts add up on Facebook. They are writing like mad (and more power to them!). Although I love National Poetry Month in April (especially Poem in Your Pocket Day), I don’t even participate in NaPoWriMo because I hate forcing poems out. That’s just me, but even more to feel guilty about.
As I continue to stare out the window (Billy Collins would be pleased), I see some of the leaves rustling out of the corner of my eye. And then I see why. A large doe is feasting on summer’s leftovers. I move closer to the window and see she’s not alone. Her fawn is with her, and both are unaware of me spying on them as they leisurely enjoy the day and its offerings with flicks of their white tails, their noses in the air between bites of vegetation. But they are there for another reason. For me to receive my lesson for the day. As I watch them for fifteen minutes or so, the guilt of the “shoulds” melts away. I SHOULD be watching them—right now, at this moment.
As a matter of fact, what I want to do now is to begin work afresh on Monday. There are deadlines, poems to read and respond to, manuscripts to read and respond to, events to plan, marketing ideas to consider, directories to update, and even a finished children’s book of my own to put the final touches on and to send out for consideration. But there is nothing that can’t wait until Monday. And now, I want to go into my writing room and create a poem. It might be about the deer. It might not. But it won’t be forced, and if it doesn’t come, I’ll move on to another project close to my heart.
No guilt, just creation. Take a moment to look out the window, even if you think there’s nothing to see. And go write your heart out when the spirit moves you.
Over the past almost 20 years, the Aurorean has demonstrated its commitment to publishing haiku by dedicating a section in each issue to the best haiku we can find. Publisher/Editor Cynthia’s view: “The practice of the ancient art of haiku helps poets in all facets of their poetry writing. It helps poets clear away the clutter, and hone down to the necessary images and centeredness of our work.” With this commitment in mind, we are pleased to announce publication of our first all-haiku chapbook of poetry, Answers Instead: a life in haiku by Edward J. Rielly, coming in September.
Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past president of the Haiku Society of America says, “Each poem in this book evokes the past, but puts us in the present. Once we’ve read these poems, they will unavoidably stay with us for a very long time. This collection of poems is that good. Ed Rielly is a master poet and this book is destined to become part of the American haiku canon.”
Answers Instead is now available for pre-order and we are pleased to offer this chapbook to the Aurorean’s long-time haiku readers and writers for their permanent haiku collections.
Encircle Publications is celebrating its 20th year of publishing poetry (1,300+ poets) in the Aurorean! Since 2011 we have been honored to publish fine chapbooks through our Chapbook Contest and our Open Reading periods. Next month, we will publish three chapbooks simultaneously: Pieces of Life Between Latitudes by New Hampshire’s John T. Hitchner, Marking the Bend by New Mexico’s Steve Ausherman, and When the Poetry’s Gone by Maine’s own Gus Peterson. Many thanks to Ted Bookey for his rave recommendation of Gus’ chapbook. You can read more recommendations for and order these fine chapbooks here: