Find Your Happy Place

Artful Dodge 34/35 opens with work by Orlando Ricardo Menes which centers on the struggles of family during and after their immigration to the U.S. from Cuba. I’m not sure what I should tell you in order to really sell his original works, but I was surprised by them. I was a bit jolted by the open interplay between English and Spanish. Although I had to lean on the footnotes to completely understand the poems’ inner dialogue, I found that the Spanish created a melodic reading, and an honest voice.

Of course, Menes’ introduction to the José Kozer poems in this issue explain not only a piece of Kozer’s history, but a part of Menes’ personal history as well. Kozer is a poet of Jewish heritage, who also grew up in Cuba. Like Kozer, Menes uses his personal history to set a strong cultural backdrop, and give astute and intimate portrayals of his family’s life. So, if you find yourself with a copy of AD 34/35, be sure to pay attention to the first few pages—you don’t want to miss out on something quite special.

 

Weekend’s greetings

—autumn, Editorial Asst.—

 

You can get a dollar off if you order a copy of the Dodge from now until September 1st, when our online submissions platform goes live (we should also have online ordering of issues optimized through Submittable as well). This offer stands for any back issue and our current issue, #52/53 (making back issues $4 and our current issue $11). Just make sure to send in your cash or check with either a note saying “autumn sent me” or a letter in response to one of the hits.
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Ohio based literary magazine, now over twenty years old, still in print, and gradually spreading across the digital world. Official Website: artfuldodge.sites.wooster.edu
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