Poetry magazine is having a moment. It’s just celebrated its first century of continuous publication; its editor, Christian Wiman, has just published a memoir, My Bright Abyss; it’s National Poetry month; and on Monday, it was nominated for a National Magazine Award for general excellence, the magazine-world equivalent to being nominated for an Oscar.
So how is the magazine’s staff celebrating? With champagne and jubilant drunken declaiming of work from its impressive archive?
“We’re not celebrating,” admits senior editor Don Share. “We’re just working. We’re a tiny staff of five putting out a monthly magazine. There’s not a lot of time.”
Besides, adds Share, it’s not like Poetry has never been here before: it’s won two National Magazine Awards already, for general excellence and for podcasting, both in 2011.