The February 2011 (Vol. 4, No. 1) issue of the Maynard features work by Jesse Eckerlin, Ricky Garni, Kevin Spenst, Gabriel Ricard, Adam MacDonald, and Suzanne von Rennenkampff.

In his Letters to a Young Poet Rainer-Maria Rilke writes that if your everyday seems poor to you, don't accuse it. Accuse yourself of not being poet enough to call forth its riches.

This is a great way to think about poets: those who call things forth in a world otherwise too poor. But it also speaks to the delicate position the poet finds him or herself in, that is the position of being able to call forth, the position of perceiving what is being called forth. It requires of the poet a certain open, ready, and accepting stance toward the world. This is from the creator’s side, the poet’s side.

As readers we also need to be open to, ready for, and accepting of what the poet gives to us. Here in this issue are a few examples.