Wednesday 27 August 2008
The second number of Almost Island is ready on the web. Edited by Indian writers, Sharmistha Mohanty and Vivek Narayanan, it contains poetry by Anne Waldman, W.N. Herbert, Forrest Gander, Nguyen Quoc Chanh, Namdeo Dhasal, Joy Goswami , and Jaime Sainz; prose by Sven Birkerts, László Krasznahorkai (the beginning of Satantango, translated by myself), Sharmistha Mohanty, Fabio Morábito and an essay by Claudio Magris, 'The Self That Writes'.
It is, clearly an international magazine, beautifully presented. Its chief concern is the balance between poetry and prose, in other words prose poetry, but also prose that shares qualities with poetry and vice versa. Anything that includes something by Magris has serious claims on status.
If this sounds like an advertisement, that is because it is in some ways. I have featured work by both editors on this site, have worked with them, and admire them. Also, it costs nothing to read, which is never a bad thing.