Samuel Smith: Six Poems Now Up at Pemmican

Pemmican Press

I’ve been ecstatic to have some of my poetry accepted in recent months (after the usual stream of rejections that typify the life of the not-yet-famous poet). In this case, the publication in question is Pemmican, an outstanding online journal that’s been around since the early 1990s. They pride themselves on publishing work that is “outside the mainstream of its day.” In acknowledging their debt to the journals that helped shape their vision, the editors say this:

That poetry might be characterized as not only differing from the stylistic and structural conventions of its time but in its use of imagery and language, its sense of “place” (or lack of place in some cases), and, perhaps most important of all, its embrace of the political as a proper subject for poetry. Or, more precisely, because these magazines were willing to embrace the political as a proper subject for poetry, they were able to look beyond the limits of the conventional and see the poetry of the future even as it was being written. It is in the footsteps of such literary magazines that Pemmican has always aspired to walk.

As it turns out, the set that I submitted doesn’t include any of my political poems, although I couldn’t agree with them more about the appropriateness of the undertaking. Something to remember for the future. Past that, though, I have always respected those who worked to bust convention. And “differing from the stylistic and structural conventions of its time but in its use of imagery and language, its sense of “place” (or lack of place in some cases)” – yeah, there’s a lot the editors and I agree about philosophically.

I’m honored to be included and encourage everyone to have a look at the six poems they have published. Then check out the rest of the writers they’re featuring.

My poems are:

I hope you enjoy them, and my thanks to the editors at Pemmican for providing a forum for my work.

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