Cockroach Marion Copeland
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In Cockroach we discover the extraordinary natural history, symbolism and cultural significance of a poorly understood and much-maligned insect. Traditionally a loathed pest, a food delicacy and a valued source for cures in folk and homeopathic medicine; nowadays, the cockroach has a much broader appeal-as evidenced by the annual World Championship Cockroach Races held in Brisbane, Australia, and the Cockroach Hall of Fame in Texas. In addition to the positive roles it has played in a number of recent works of fiction, the cockroach is also an inspiration for graphic artists, modelers and photographers.
Whether it is scooped up off the palette, deployed as propaganda, or opens the doors of perception, color is central to art not only as an element but as an idea. This unique anthology reflects on the aesthetic, cultural, and philosophical meaning of color through the writings of artists and critics, placed within the broader context of anthropology, film, philosophy, literature, and science. Those who loathe color have had as much to say as those who love it.
This fall, Conjunctions lives up to its name by bringing together two distinguished and award-winning novelists--Howard Norman, who guest-edits the issue, and Rick Moody, who edits a special portfolio. Conjunctions: 41, Two Kingdoms is an anthology of previously unpublished writing that addresses the theme of inescapable dualism in our lives. The issue's title derives from a letter by Edward Lear.
The contemporary innovative poetry world is as lively and provocative today as at any time in the last century. Over the course of more than two decades, Conjunctions has published the work of hundreds of highly original poets, both young and established. For issue no. 43, Beyond Arcadia, Conjunctions has invited 12 prominent and respected writers to undertake the difficult task of selecting their favorite young writer, one they feel is destined to become a major voice in American poetry.
Our years as children are often the most vulnerable, harrowing, expansive, mysterious, blissful, and dangerous times we must negotiate. Whether rich with possibility or scarred by trauma, childhood offers an endless arena of exploration for writers. This issue of the lauded literary magazine Conjunctions gathers fiction, poetry, and memoirs by three dozen of the most innovative writers working today.
In its first issue, published a quarter of a century ago, Conjunctions established itself immediately as a major journal of international literary arts, with contributors including Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Octavio Paz, Denise Levertov and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Over the ensuing years, it has remained at the forefront, publishing writing by then-unknowns William T. Vollmann, David Foster Wallace, Rick Moody, Mary Caponegro and Jonathan Safran Foer. This special Twenty-fifth Anniversary Issue continues the work at which Conjunctions is unparalleled: discovering tomorrow's literary giants while keeping readers abreast of new work by the most important, edgy and distinguished voices of the day.
From the mythic phoenix rising from the ashes to the bird of paradise, which, according both to legend and Linnaeus, remained in flight its whole life, birds have set imaginations soaring. The sacred quetzal, the authoritative bald eagle, the wise owl, the gothic raven--there isn't a species that has failed to inspire us symbol-crazy, earthbound human observers. Edited by Bradford Morrow, 2007 winner of the PEN/Nora Magid Award honoring a magazine editor with the highest literary standards and taste throughout their career, the newest installment of Conjunctions collects a vast spectrum of works about birds by ornithologists and everyday birders, together with poets and fiction writers from several continents.
Winner of the 2007 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Excellence in Literary Editing. Winner of a 2007 O. Henry Prize for Best Short Story. Winner of two 2007 Pushcart Prizes for Fiction, and four Special Mentions. Honored with two 2007 Harper's Readings selections. And now, in spring 2008, Conjunctions publishes its milestone fiftieth issue and offers readers a chance to discover once more why it is the most celebrated and provocative literary journal on the scene today.