Welcome to Lemon Hound 3.0.2! As the days get shorter, our list (and wish list!) of content grows longer. We have been working to bring you fresh and meaningful content from near and far. As I noted last volume, this iteration of Lemon Hound is part of a year-long trial association of the magazine with a course I designed for Concordia University in Montreal. The collective voice is something I am dedicated to fostering, regardless of whether Lemon Hound remains attached to a specific pedagogical body, and it’s exciting to be experimenting with this in real time and in the public eye. You’ll notice that the students are already venturing out into the singular—capsule reviews are lined up, and already a few bylines have appeared. As well, we are working out our approach to submissions. We are still open to new configurations and our editorial board is still in progress.
We face ever devastating news of our home planet at a time when one of the most powerful leaders in the world spends his days not leading at all, but preening and stroking his ego while calling out feminists on social media. What can be done? How best approach this moment? In a recent piece in the Paris Review, Joe Fassler talks about the guilt writers are feeling trying to retreat to their work as the world falls apart around us. Indeed, the anxiety most of us feel is multi-layered and global. Do writers have a duty to be present? Can writers afford to be disconnected? Should writers have a practice outside of this moment? Is that even a choice? Is literature escapism, as Andy Weir suggests? Is it our duty to distract and entertain? Or to point to? Or call out? Or call in? You’ll find very different hints toward answers in the posts we provide in this volume—directly and indirectly.
More locally, and equally on point, Quill & Quire editor Steven Beattie recently bemoaned the state of review culture in Canada, where Lemon Hound is housed. The constant cutting away of newsrooms and editorial boards, the difficulty of writers and reviewers to find adequate payment for their work—these are real issues. The irony of this moment is that even as we encounter a world rich with talent, as we sit at desks lined with incredible debut books in all genres, reviews remain elusive to many writers. Literary discourse shrinks to Facebook updates and Tweets but for the occasional breakout piece like Patricia Lockwood’s “Rape Joke,” or a literary phenomenon like Rupi Kaur, or this week’s “Cat Person” in the New Yorker.
I see this moment as a challenge to create a space for writers who are as concerned with the literary world—and the real world—as they are their own careers. I’m putting out a general call for a species of writer who is as committed to their own creative practice as they are sustaining a community of readers—for who are we without smart readers? And those readers cannot simply be the people we already know.
I’m not suggesting that Lemon Hound 3.0 is going to save anything. But I want this site to be instrumental in holding a space open for others—to enter and create an alternative to the fake, the negative, the bombastic, the opportunistic, and the tepid. If you believe in that, please click donate or subscribe. Keep your eyes out for Lemon Hound 3.0.3 in the new year. We are also engaged in ongoing fundraising, and we’re looking for suitable grants. We don’t believe in modeling ourselves to fit funding models. We’re looking for more adaptive models that allow us to do what we do best. We will not tick boxes. We will politic for the people, not the grant application.
So, enjoy this volume. And don’t forget to check back for content filtering in between volumes—since the launch of 3.0.1 we have published work by Emily Berry and Sue Sinclair, featured in Poems of the Week, as well as selections from Joshua Whitehead and Erin Moure. We’re coming for you, 2018! Enjoy this issue! Let us know what you think. Comments are open.
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Daniel Zomparelli, “Craig Has Very Nice Skin” from Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person
“Folio: six poems” from three books by Sue Goyette
“white infinity net,” by Madeleine Caritas Longman
“March” by Rachel Blau DuPlessis
“I Want to Text You About Robert Duncan” by Aja Moore
“Dalmatian” by Kevin Holowack
“INT. SHARON OLDS POEM—NIGHT,” by Jennica Harper
Christina Turner on Guillaume Morissette’s The Original Face
Liz Harmer on Eileen Myles’ Afterglow (a dog memoir)
Quinn Mason on Camilla Grudova’s The Doll’s Alphabet
Mick Hennessey on Cason Sharpe’s Our Lady of Perpetual Realness and Other Stories
Tatum Howey on Jennifer Nelson’s Civilization Makes Me Lonely
LemonHound Editorial Collective on Suzette Mayr’s Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall
Suzanne Zelazo on Janieta Eyre’s Eye Rhymes