Of the press and its intentions, co-publisher (with Clara Hsu)
Jack Foley puts it well indeed:
Â¶The point of â€œpublicationâ€ is to make something public: Â â€œthe song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.â€ Â Walt Whitmanâ€”whom we see sitting in a chair in our own Poetry Hotelâ€”is the patron saint of such activity: the moment when deep interiority finds its way into the world.
Â¶Clara Hsu and I imagine our Poetry Hotel to be the place in which such a meeting occurs. Paper? Electronic? In Whitman the word â€œleavesâ€ is a pun: â€œleaves of grass,â€ but also each page of a book is a â€œleaf.â€ Our â€œleavesâ€ may at times be nothing but electronic impulses, yet that moment of transformationâ€”â€œThe sound of the belched words of my voice loosed to the eddies of the windâ€â€”is common to all the activities that take place at the Poetry Hotel.
Â¶We look for work that tells us, as Rilke (or was it Apollo?) did in a famous poem: â€œDu muÃŸt dein Leben Ã¤ndernâ€ (â€œYou must change your lifeâ€). Life-changing, transformative,Â interesting. â€œThe necessity of poetry has to be stated over and over,â€ wrote Adrienne Rich in her introduction to Judy Grahnâ€™sÂ The Work of a Common Woman, published by Oakland, Californiaâ€™s Diana Press: â€œbut only to those who have reason to fear its power, or those who still believe that language is â€˜only wordsâ€™ and that an old language is good enough for our descriptions of the world we are trying to transform.â€
— from the Poetry Hotel Press website: poetryhotelpress.com
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