Will we see ‘Sonnetto Poesia’ again?

by Marie Marshall

Shortly after I posted this item, I heard from the Editor-in-Chief that he had decided against the re-launch mentioned below. That’s his prerogative, and I respect his decision.

Well, it has been some time since the last print copy of Sonnetto Poesia was seen. Officially the magazine closed more than a year ago, but of course the editorial team has been involved in producing The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes anthology, which is due out in June. But the whisper now is that the magazine may well be re-launched on line. It’s early days, but I’ll let you know for definite as I get more news – probably by late July.

Meanwhile, what would readers want from a magazine devoted to a traditional verse form like the sonnet? Where does formal verse stand in the twenty-first century? As you know, I cut my teeth on formal verse – it gave me an appreciation of technical power in poetry and has informed my writing of free and experimental poetry – and I regard the Chinese walls between styles of poetry as being unhelpful and in need of demolition. Is it a contradiction, therefore, for me to be involved with and concerned about publications dedicated solely to one poetic form?

I would be interested to hear your views.