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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

9L 9.2!

In a few days, when the new picture is uploaded to the Ninth Letter website, I will adorn this post with a picture of the cover of the new, hot-off-the-press issue.  For now, let me just say: it's here, it's here!  I've been reading the poems first, which I usually do, and loving them.  

Ninth Letter--as you surely know--is the award-winning literary magazine that we produce under the stalwart leadership of Jodee Stanley and in collaboration with Art + Design.  The special premise is that in addition to being a top quality literary magazine, each issue of 9L is also a work of art in its own right.  For example, this issue has a section called "animated bestiary" that... well, you'll have to check it out for yourself.

There is a preview of the intriguingly titled piece "Piaf and Roadkill" on the magazine's website, here.  If you don't know the magazine, you can read more about it at the blog on their website, and you can subscribe (which of course you should do!) here

Oh and: you can "like" them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, too.  O brave new world!

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