Mourning Jake Adam York

york-head-300x199All of us here at the New England Review mourn the loss of Jake Adam York, who died suddenly on December 16, 2012, at the age of forty. He was an accomplished poet and generous friend to many.

His poem “Self-Portrait as Superman (Alternate Take)” appears in our current issue, and you can hear him read “What Is Given, What Is Made,” “Grace,” and other poems at the Southern Foodways Alliance. His poems are widely available online and in three collections, Persons Unknown, A Murmuration of Starlings, and Murder Ballads.

Self-Portrait as Superman

From Jake Adam York’s “Self-Portrait as Superman (Alternate Take),” in the current issue:

At twenty-four frames per second, sixty seconds is two hundred
feet of film you’ll never see: Christopher Reeve
ready to become mild-mannered Clark Kent—sharp

trilby and blue chalk-pinstripe suit—
once they call Action, the Who-me smile fading
to bit-lip circumspection, cover story and secret,

hand on the button-down’s placket, ready to pull
the buttons from their eyes, peel
the rough-hewn cotton from the ancient crest, the S

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Announcing the new print issue: NER Vol. 33, #3

The new issue of New England Review is on its way from the printer, and a sample of the contents is available here on our website, both in WordPress and PDF formats. The full issue can be ordered online right here for only $10, including shipping.

In these pages, you’ll find new fiction by Norah Charles, David Guterson, Ihab Hassan, Stephen O’Connor, Leath Tonino, and Adrienne Sharp, appearing alongside new poems by Howard Altmann, Geri Doran, Robin Ekiss, Brendan Grady, Jennifer Grotz, Margaree Little, John Poch, Mark Rudman, and Jake Adam York.

In nonfiction, Sara Maitland uncovers the roots of our fairy tales in the forests of Europe; Anne Raeff reflects on the languages in which she writes her life; Craig Reinbold reports on his days in a classroom in a west side Chicago public school; and Myles Weber probes the life and reputation of Raymond Carver. Plus Isabel Fargo Cole‘s translation of fiction by midcentury German author Franz Fühmann and a brief philosophical investigation by George Santayana. This issue’s cover features artwork by the painter Caryn Friedlander. ORDER A COPY

NER Congratulates NEA Fellowship Winners

Several poets who have published their work in NER in recent years have won Literature Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts this year, each receiving an award of $25,000: Traci Brimhall (32.1), Eduardo C. Corral (30.4), Rachel Richardson (29.1), and Jake Adam York (forthcoming, 33.3). Kerrin McCadden, who read in our Vermont Reading Series this past April, also won a fellowship this year. Congratulations!