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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

Jacket2 is essentially an online forum for modern poetry and poetics, publishing Articles, Features, Reviews, Interviews, Commentaries, Reissues, Podcasts, Poems, and Galleries, as well as “discursive explorations and transcripts of material in the PennSound archive.” The journal is also “committed to preserving a full, searchable archive of Jacket Magazine issues 1–40, published between 1997 and 2010 by John Tranter, a database of more than a thousand pieces of criticism on contemporary poetry in addition to more than a thousand original works by poets from around the world.” Jacket2 is associated with both PennSound and the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The best way to give you the flavor of Jacket2 is to describe some of the content. Recent articles include: “José Kozer's stylistics: Religion, the surreal, and the neobaroque,” “Drafts and fragments: Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s (counter-) Poundian project,” and “The plural of us: Uses and abuses of an ambiguous pronoun.” Recent features include: “Look and look again: Twelve New Zealand poets,” “Thirteen poems by Bernadette Mayer,” and “Finnish vispo: Kokoomateos.” (As you can see, this is an international approach to studying poetics and poetry.) Recent reviews include “Infrastructure writing,” “The urban interior-exterior ideal,” and “Poetry at the axis of nothing.” Some recent interviews include “Illness, lyric, and total contingency: Brian Teare in conversation with Jaime Shearn Coan,” “Poetic protocols: An interview with Craig Dworkin,” and “Impossible poems at invisible scales: An interview with Amy Catanzano.” Commentaries include “Artaud's Correspondence with Jacques Rivière,” “Hannah Weiner's CODE POEMS in City Hall Park (NY),” and “Collaged correspondences: Alexa Mergen on movement, stillness, & other practices.” Podcasts consist of three different series of shows: Into the Field, a series of interviews with poets & poetry people: critics, teachers, publishers, organizers, & fans, produced and hosted by Stephen McLaughlin; PennSound podcasts, produced by Al Filreis at the Kelly Writers House; and PoemTalk, a collaboration of the Kelly Writers House, PennSound, and the Poetry Foundation.

Content in Jacket2 is published as it becomes ready, and a comprehensive index of all content is available at Anyone involved with modern poetry and its study will want to know about this richly-populated journal site.

30 May 2016
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