Sometime last fall I began to seriously consider making this newsletter, so even though the first post didn’t go out until March, I feel a little like I’ve been writing it for a year. It’s been a few months since I last sent a supporter-only email, so in the spirit of the season, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for being here. (If you want to skip the mushy stuff, scroll down below the break.)
Sustaining anything creative without institutional backing can be exhausting, so while this endeavor doesn’t bring in pay-the-bills kind of money, it does keep decent coffee and snacks in the cupboards and gives me some hope in a literary landscape where outlets like Entropy Mag and The Believer are shutting down.
In practice, Stanza Break looks a little different than I imagined it, but I’m excited to expand what I cover in this space. After sending out November’s piece on Migrations by Gloria Gervitz, I received a handful of kind responses from people thanking me for pointing them to the book, or for enlarging their idea of what poetry can do. I’m deeply grateful to the folks who took the time to respond and I hope that anyone who reads that remarkable book as a result of Stanza Break feels like they’re reading alongside others.
In the coming months, I’m hoping to feature some poetry originally written in English and possibly even some fiction, as well as continuing to cover poetry in translation. My hope is to point folks to other books that are worth seeking out and spending time with the way Migrations is. Your support as paid subscribers goes a long way toward making Stanza Break a sustainable project for me.