The current issue of the literary journal, Black Clock, is devoted to poetry. Previous issues have included poetry in their thematic mix, but never exclusively as in Black Clock 6. This current issue is now on newsstands and in bookstores
“From the beginning, poetry has set the tone for each issue of Black Clock, which nonetheless has been slanted toward prose and fiction, said Black Clock editor, novelist, critic and CalArts MFA Writing Program faculty member Steve Erickson. “It seemed time for poetry to stop serving as prologue and afterthought and have an issue of its own.
Published by the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in association with the MFA Writing Program, Black Clock features work by prominent national writers, talented regional authors and the very best emerging writers. Black Clock 6 includes nearly 70 poets ranging from newly published poets Shana Cleveland and Maggie Lopez to such established writers as Heather McHugh and David Trinidad
The magazine’s poetry editor, Arielle Greenberg, selected the majority of the works in Black Clock 6.
“The work in the all-poetry issue is uniformly daring but in no other way uniform,” said Greenberg. “I hope people will get a big kick out of it. Steve and I each solicited a lot of poets. I was looking for work that struck me as strange, enticing, risk-taking, sometimes disturbing, but always with a heart beating inside it. I chose to begin and end the issue with work by two of my most beloved poets, Michael Burkard and Jean Valentine, who have both been mentors to me. Their book-ending the issue is a kind of personal homage.
Dwayne Moser, adjunct faculty and CalArts MFA Writing Program coordinator, and Bruce Bauman serve as Senior Editors of Black Clock. Gail Swanlund, Graphic Design faculty at CalArts, is the magazine’s art director.