When poet Mary Kathryn Arnold took a web design course at NSCAD, her instructor suggested students work on projects that were "useful to our lives." Instead of designing a personal website filled with family memorabilia, Arnold created an online poetry journal. The first issue of the biannual RHYTHM Poetry Magazine is being launched on Thursday January 24, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Dalhousie English department's lounge (McCain Building, 6135 University).
The first issue features work from nine North American poets, including Kate Braid, Sandy Shreve and Ruth Roach Pierson. "I wish there were more local people," says Arnold. She didn't receive any local submissions for the first issue, so she mined contacts from her time working at the Banff Centre and on an English PhD in Toronto to find work that fits her open criteria: poetry that "takes risks." Arnold is on the lookout for new submissions, especially local ones, that are "intelligent, visceral, honest and original---poetry that reflects the world we live in today and is attentive to beauty, wherever you may find it." Read the first issue at rhythmpoetrymagazine.english.dal.ca.