Quite recently, in and out the web a remarkable critical demand is emerging, asking for a tight dialogue between poetry and the so-called ‘reality’, an umbrella-term commonly used for lack of more precise words.
For sure, some high-quality websites are already meeting such and similar demands; however, it is our intention to tackle this issue from a particular viewpoint, that is to say, by really putting in the foreground the ‘poetry and reality’ binomial and exploring it via concrete reference to works and texts of literature, thus promoting and enhancing the half-forgotten practice of close reading and textual analysis.
As a matter of fact, texts – both standalone poems and poetry collections considered as a whole – are paradoxically overlooked in the contemporary debate on poetry, almost exclusively centred on large-scale social context, presses and mundane details all around the literary business. More often than not, all this has led to divert the attention from the writing(s) of the authors to their public image or their ‘idealized sensibility’: two sides of the same coin.
Far from being a step back to formalist paradigms, the approach we would like to suggest aims at considering texts and works both as products – in a more or less direct fashion – of a given historical, social and individual situation, and as tools to interpret or seek to understand the reality in which they are situated and/or which they refer to.
‘In Reality, Poetry’ does not aim at proposing a new contemporary Canon, nor does it purport to endorse certain poetic forms/poetics/interpretations to the detriment of others. We would like to think of this project as of a convergence between different critical attitudes and sensitivities, up to the challenge of treating poetry as an interpretive tool of reality alternatively to the dominant paradigms and discourse practices, crediting it with dignity and trust.
If you feel this project is of interest to you, then we invite you to read the submission guidelines for critical material. As apparent from the guidelines themselves, the format of the website is a monographic magazine, while the procedure is a sort of call for papers without deadlines but with a fixed theme, wide as ‘poetry and reality’ actually is. The only variable elements are then the poems (or poetry collections) analysed, and the specificity of the critic writing on them.
All contributions will be published every two weeks on a regular basis, indexed and archived.
Our final purpose is stimulating a fruitful debate inside and outside the literary realm, while at the same time developing a manifold and collective sensitivity as far as the presence and direction of poetry nowadays is concerned. It is our omen that merging and directing all our efforts towards clear and shared goals is a necessary step to stimulate a true exchange about poetry: for those reading it, for those writing it, and for those writing on it.