Sitting with John over coffee one day, chatting about blogs, their merits and advantages, we started talking about doing something with poetry. At the time I'd recently finished a review, one about a book that I loved, but the review kept coming back with the admonition, "Cut more." The result, which understandably fit better into traditional print media, was that I had to cut many quoted lines of poetry from the review. As a former editor, I completely understood the motivation to make it smaller, more efficient, and more pithily objective, so I did. Paper is expensive.
But the process also started us thinking about creating a venue for talking about poetry that we like without the limitations (and, truth be told, the institutional advantages). We wanted a space to quote freely and write more casually about work we are reading and perhaps teaching, work that influences or challenges our own writing. We want to start a conversation about good poetry rather than simply pass judgment.
To that end, this. Look forward to appreciations, conversations, defenses, and other peregrinations regarding all things poetical.