Welcome back! More than half of the poets in this issue of Muddy River Poetry Review are making their first appearance which attests to the publisher’s’s ability to attract new talent who believe this is a worthy journal in which to appear.
Our Feature poets in this issue are A.D. Winans, Gloria Mindock, Tobi Alfier, Neil Silberblatt, Robin Stratton and Ed Meek.
A.D. Winans is one of the original Beat poets who did readings with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Jack Micheline, Bob Kaufman, Charles Bukowski and Alvah Bessie. He was the founder of Second Coming Press, a small press based in San Francisco. During his editorship he published Charles Bukowski, Micheline, Kaufman, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Philip Levine, Josephine Miles and David Meltzer. He is one of my favorite poets for his blunt, no holds barred approach to life, people, politics and every other subject he chooses to write about.
Gloria Mindock is a poet whom I have long admired and published because of her dark poetry that deals with killings in El Salvador and Spain. She understands death and failed relationships better than almost any poet I have read, although two of her poems hit a slightly lighter side as if to prove there is more write about. Gloria is the publisher of Cervena Barva Press.
Neil Silberblatt maybe best known as the curator of Voices of Poetry which has more than eight thousand members. Neil holds poetry readings in many fascinating venues that feature talented poets, some of whom are well known and others who are on the way to being known. Neil has battled cancer and COVID-19, neither of which have stopped him from holding his readings or writing his poetry.
Tobi Alfier is an editor of San Pedro River Review, a talented poet who contributes her creative side to this issue. I came across her wonderful work in another magazine and knew I must invite her as feature.
Robin Stratton has made happy many a poet, short story and novelist by publishing their work under her imprint, Big Table Publishing. Robin has also written novels, short stories and as you will see in this issue, excellent poetry.
Ed Meek is a member of the legendary Somerville Bagel Bards and both a short story author and poet. He has appeared in a number of magazines, was previously in this journal and in recent months he has been on a roll, being published in numerous magazines.
Of the remaining 93 poets, we have offerings from the Maldives, Ireland, Taiwan and many states in the U.S. As I stated above more than half of the contributors in this issue are being published here for the first time and there are several repeat poets you might recognize such as Marge Piercy, Krikor Der Hohanessian, William Doreski, Robert K. Johnson and others.
So again I invite you to relax in a comfortable chair and take in the poets who present their considerable talents and thoughts for your contemplation and enjoyment. They are all part of the Muddy River Poetry Review family.
Zvi A. Sesling, Editor