Press release: The Battersea Review: for immediate release
Publisher and Managing Editor: Umit Singh Dhuga
Editors: Ben Mazer, Philip Nikolayev, Todd Swift (UK), Jeet Thayil
Art Director: Drew Vanderveen
Editorial Offices: USA
Editorial and Business Contact:
email Umit Singh Dhuga at email@example.com
magazine will appear quarterly, in both online and print formats. The first
issue will debut on the Battersea Review website, http://thebatterseareview.com/ ; on June 1. The print version
of Vol. 1, No. 1 will appear in September.
Submissions are rolling, i.e. read
continuously, as we are a quarterly.
Exceptional criticism or prose is
There are two versions of the cover floating
around facebook. The one that includes Todd Swift's name (the one that appears
most recently on my own wall) is the most recent one, but three names are yet to
be added to the cover: Greg Delanty, Anna Razumnaya, David
Contributors include: Ben Mazer (the entirety of 'The King'),
Philip Nikolayev ('Juvenilia'), Stephen Sturgeon, Gerard Malanga, Todd Swift,
Katia Kapovich, Jeet Thayil, John Hennessy, Stephen Burt, Joe Green, Robert
Archambeau, Greg Delanty, David Meltzer, Ailbhe Darcy, Kathleen Rooney, Ernest
Hilbert, Matthew Silverman, Mark Schorr, Unpublished Weldon Kees, edited and
introduced by James Reidel, Nora Delaney on Archie Burnett's Philip Larkin,
Mario Murgia on translating Ariosto, and Anna Razumnaya on the interrogation of
Mandelstam and 'The Stalin Epigram'.
The Battersea Review seeks especially gifted poets
and people who can write first rate critical essays. We may at times be looking
for critical essays on particular topics or written in a diversity of modes.
1940s poetry or poets could be a topic of particular interest. Any really
brilliant essay analysing first rate poetry to a greater degree of precision and
complexity and definition than one would ordinarily find in a contemporary
literary essay would be highly suitable to our pages. We are hoping for a
revival of first rate criticism, and that Empson for example would be familiar
reading to the serious critic. We want aesthetic criticism, and we want
philosophical criticism. Historical criticism is also of interest. We also want
material from the past, biographical essays that are original and cover
uncharted territory, works in various forms such as letters or interviews or
transcriptions, first rate verse drama, essays about first rate contemporary
poets, and of course exceptional poetry. Brilliant hairbrained schemes are
always acceptable. Oh, and topics of especial
interest are (in no particular order) Keith Douglas, Henry Reed, poets of the
1940s, Donald Davie, Empson, Richards, A. S. Eddington, the Order of the Golden
Dawn, Yeats, Beckett, T. S. Eliot, Hart Crane, Robert Lowell, Robert Graves,
Dylan Thomas, aesthetics, classical poetry, Indian poetry, Scottish and Welsh
poetry, British cinema of the 1940s, the BBC radio, The Criterion, Encounter,
poetry of earlier periods, essays about distribution and communication in the
modern period, essays about distribution and communication in the cold war
period, royalty, the Anglican church, Rome, and espionage. This is not a
complete list, but only meant to be suggestive. We are not looking for prose
that is blatantly academic, except where it suits some dignified
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