Every now and then I get sucked into the internet and click through to some pretty amazing things. Occasionally I like to track them, for posterity or others who are interested in the same things I am.
I began with Poetry International Web’s newest article on Colombian Poetry which reminded me that I’ve always wanted to go to the International Poetry Festival in Medellín and this year is their twentieth year. Sadly the dates are in direct conflict with something else I need to do, but I checked out the invited poets anyways. I looked at their Dominican Republic poet Rei Barroa and then checked out their Chilean poet Verónica Zondek. This very cool project that hosts her page, las afinidades electivas (elective affinities) has pretty substantial lists of poets for a number of Latin American countries (though the US page is a bit under-populated and strangely selected). I stayed with Chile for a moment and chceked out Leo Lobos entry, which ends with a link to a fantastic journal Rattapallax. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the Rattapallax people when I was in Chile for the Neruda centennial in 2004, and hadn’t been to their site in a while, so I went and checked out their projects. And opened up POeP! which is an interesting publication, but what really excited me about it is the free publication software they’re using, Issuu. What a great, simple tool! It makes me wonder if online publication can’t actually hold its own against print… These spreads look great, and the interface is really easy to use. I’m playing around with it a bit more, but so far, I’m a fan.