shot glass
Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Editor's Note

Every issue of Shot Glass Journal has been filled with quality short poems, both free verse and form poetry, and Shot Glass Journal Issue #8 is no exception. Once a year Shot Glass focuses on poets from a particular country, with this issue featuring poets from Australia, as well as talented poets from Austria, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the US.

Writing form poetry takes discipline to work within the structure of a specific form. Although certain variations may be acceptable, it is still a challenge for a poet to create quality poetry limited by the constraints of the form. An editor is continuously faced with the fine line between the liberties taken by a poet and the purity of the original form. The Shot Glass Glossary of poetry forms continues to grow with this issue's new forms that include the Blackout poem, the Cento, a Nonce, the Palindromic Cinquain, and the Rondeau. In this issue readers will find poems ranging from a variety of contemporary free verse to formal poetry such as Found Poem, Haiku, Sonnets, and Tanka. It also features poems written in Spanish and translated into English.

Shot Glass Journal continues to attract young and emerging poets as well as award-winning poets. We hope the variety of style, form and voice offers something exceptional that the reader takes away with them.

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We hope you enjoy Issue #8 of Shot Glass Journal.

-- Mary-Jane Grandinetti

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