The very first issue of Jacket magazine, back in 1997, set the tone: fresh British, American and Australian poetry and poetics. A major feature is Philip Mead’s twenty-page interview with poet Lionel Fogarty. From the Introduction:
Lionel Fogarty was born at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, in the semi-tropical northern Australian state of Queensland. This was one of the Queensland ‘punishment’ reserves where individuals and their families who spoke out against the authorities were sent. Since the 1970s he has been active in many of the political struggles of the Aboriginal people, particularly in southern Queensland, from the Land Rights movement to setting up Aboriginal health and legal services to black deaths in custody. He is also an Australian poet who has opened up the new space of black Australian surrealist writing and done much to reformulate our understanding of poetic discourse and its roles in both black and white communities….
The are also three poems from Lionel Fogarty.
And a rich harvest of other items:
Interview: English poet Roy Fisher — thirty pages of recollections about jazz, teaching, and writing and publishing poetry
Poems: Charles Bernstein, Elaine Equi, Pam Brown, Alfred Corn, Joanne Burns, Tracy Ryan, Carl Rakosi, Peter Minter, Susan M.Schultz, Paul Hoover, Ron Koertge
Reviews: John Tranter reviews John Berger’s Photocopies; John Redmond reviews Les Murray
Supplement: Martin Johnston: his passion for modern Greek poetry and Greek Folk poetry, Borges, the Renaissance, the life of the mind…
Ladies’ Lounge: Hedy Lamarr, Rocket Scientist (we’re serious; so was she!)
POst-MOdernism …Steal or Borrow? link by Beth Spencer
Poetics at Buffalo link by Susan M.Schultz
All in the first issue of Jacket, at http://jacketmagazine.com/01/index.shtml