Welcome to the December 2010 (Vol. 3, No. 6) issue of the Maynard. This issue features work by Eric Arnold, Mark Bonica, R. Joseph Capet, Jim Davis, Joseph M. Gant, Karl Miller, and Matt Santateresa.

The poet and essayist Jean-Marie Gleize writes that "la poésie n'a rien avoir avec la poésie." Can we say then that poetry has to do (or can have to do) with everything; everything but itself, apparently. Even when a poem says something about poetry (or about the poem, about a poem, about writing, about language) the words are never really about this or that specific thing. A poem says something about poetry by presenting the blue paint on the wall, or the purple paint on the ceiling; it says something about laguage by metioning toast, or by showing/saying the movement of the minute hand on the clock during the time it takes to butter the toast. Not to mention all that the poem is saying about colours and toast.

But if poetry can never be about poetry, what is it about? What is a (suitable) subject for poetry? There are no limits as to what a poem can say. And although this suggests that poetry can be anything... it is the way the what is treated, written, presented in words that makes poetry poetry, not the subjet. In a letter to his friend Frank O'Hara, James Schuyler writes "that in the end you seem to be the only one who knows what the subject for a poem is." O'Hara's response was to take the things in front of him (his so-called "subjects") and turn them into poety - turn poetry into them.

Enjoy the fine work featured in this issue.


Dec 2010