I can't remember if I ever wrote to thank you for accepting my poems "(In the Afterlife) Sudden Snow" & "The Small Murders We Endure" for #41 ("Sex/Food/Death" theme issue). All the decades of Slipstream. What a profound thing that is, to keep a journal going for this many decades. All the poets you have helped give voice to, even through times such as the last year. I give you my personal lifetime achievement award, for all you do, have done, and for all your support of my small poems.
Sean Thomas Dougherty
Several poems in issue #40 caught my wandering attention...Your magazine usually requires six to eight months of diligent attention before I feel like I've really read itand this is a good thing, always love writing that grabs me by the short hairs. Must say all the graphics spoke to me, especially the back cover. Heather Baker was surely on your wavelength of spirit when she came up with these photos.
Rio Rancho, NM
It was a pleasure to have a poem appear in Slipstream 40. Really happy with the company it keeps and the gorgeous front (and back) covers...just wowed!
I was so happy to receive my beautiful spooky contributor copy of Slipstream 40! This is the "Spirits' issue. Slipstream has been a small press mainstay out of Niagara Falls, NY since the 1980s, a true act of love edited by Robert Borgatti, Livio Farallo, and Dan Sicoli. Such longevity is rare in the literary press, particularly for an independent journal. Slipstream is one of those journals that I can definitely trace its influence on me. It highlights gritty poems, by real people, about real life, and also values the urban surrealism that I love. This issue includes some fine poems too by old friends and poetry comrades such as Brian Fanelli, Alan Catlin, Al Maginnes, Serena Fusek, and Alison Stone. I also want to point out the poems of Ed Taylor, Nadia Choudhury, and Anne Champion, that I really loved. The issue is big glossy and loaded.
Sean Thomas Dougherty
Received issue #40 today along with the chapbook ("Poems for the American Brother") by Max Stephan. I have flown through both, delighted and stunned by turns with each page. Slipstream is always a publication I look forward to every Fallthis issue is exceptional.
I have long admired the stream of lively sometimes bruised, sometimes brokenvoices which I find in your pages. All poems are typos, and you publish some of the most interesting ones around.
Rio Rancho, NM
I just finished reading my contributor's copy of Slipstream's issue #36, and I felt compelled to emphasize again just how honored I am to be included in this collection! From start to finish, it was a fantastic batch of poems. My favorites were "Whistling in the Dark" by Jim Daniels, "Light and Dark" by Ginnie Goulet Garvin, and "Another Memorial Day" by Frank J. Dunbar (Dunbar's in particular resonated with me).
Fort Collins, CO
Thank you for the lovely treatment you gave my poemand all the othersin your 2015 "Elements" issue. I've been so enjoying all the offerings thereinwhat a nice collection of poems. No surprise...since I've enjoyed other issues of yours as well, which is why I submitted in the first place. Thank you so much for all your work!
Tereza Joy Kramer
A pleasure it was to receive Slipstream #35 the other day. Of course I loved seeing my "Song of the Bruised Grapefruit" in print. Also love the cover, compliments to Marta Bevacaqua and whomever makes decisions on design. The back cover as well works well with the front. Much enjoy being in the same pages with many of these poems. Gerald Locklin's at the end kicks butt. Tara Ballard's "Untitled" got my attention. Many others, Sean Thomas Dougherty, who once upon a time I metsome wonderful lines. I'm struck by Matthew Murrey's "Phosphorous." I also remember Alan Caitlin from many years ago at, I think, Omega Institute & appreciate his "Elements."
The edition (Issue #34) looks great! The evocative cover draws you to pick it up and dive in. And the poetry does not disappoint.
I just received my copy of Slipstream (#34). It is gorgeous!
I LOVE you guys! Thank you for publishing my work. Thank you for taking the extra care to print my poem, titled, "May 29" on page 29. You are awesome! I can't wait to cozy up and dig into all it has to offer...along with your wonderful chapbook. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Mary Kathryn Jablonski
Saratoga Springs, NY
Thank you for including me in this new number of SLIPSTREAM (#33). It's a marvelous production and what wondrous coversAndrea Fasani especiallythat photo really knocked me out. And to think you were kind enough to let my prose poem lead the issue. I am humbled and grateful. Really, a great gathering.
Just a short note to thank you for Slipstream #33 and for the accompanying chapbook. I am pleased to be included amidst such diverse and interesting talent. I thought the prose piece by Dylan Basset was of singular merit.
Thanks for the contributor copy of Number 33. It's really quite amazing, chock full of jewels. I particularly enjoyed "The Taste for Bad Boys Starts Early" and "Tourists."
What a wonderful issue (#33)! Excellent cover art, and Brandi M. Spaethe's "Touring the Baniszewski House" felt accurate and chilling. "Town Crazy," the title poem to John Cullen's chapbook, is as close to a perfect poem as I've seen in years. Well done.
Robert L. Penick
Fantastic issue (#33), and very nice cover, too. Joan Bauer's poem was a stunner.
J. Barrett Warner
Thanks for publishing my poem "Walking to Iceland" in the current Slipstream (#33). Beautiful cover and paper stock. Also, thanks for the John Cullen chapbook. Good stuff.
I wanted to drop you a quick email to say how delighted I was to have my poem, "What I Want," in Slipstream's "Cars, Bars, and Stars" issue. I know how difficult it is to publish an independent literary journal and the focus and dedication it requires, when so many demands are made of us every day.
Thanks for the contributor copy of Slipstream #32. As always, it's a stunner. Just an absolute embarrassment of riches. I'm enjoying it in my usual desultory fashion and, so far, "Soft Signs," by Lynn Ciesielski, just blew me away. Savage poem.
Received my copy of Slipstream #32 and of The Bones We Have in Common. Read each cover to cover same day. Very pleased by the quality of the writing. Dismayed to see that I have a long way to go to reach the standard set by Sudasi Clement and many of the other authors. But I am only seventy-five, still plenty of time to work and improve.
Your journal is very much respected over here on the West Coast. Even the boys here at the motorcycle shop enjoy it!
The magazine and Lipstick arrived. I read the chap (The Real Politics of Lipstick) straight throughI've never been so captivated by prose poems. An excellent choice!
When I think of your magazine, and of the months of devoted effort required for its publication, two words come unbidden to my lips: thank you. Thanks to you and your staff for continuing to insist on insight, discipline, and compelling expression.
San Carlos, CA
Thanks for the copies of Slipstream and the latest chapbook. I do hope you continue publishingAmerica needs the individual voice whether it believes it or not.
Rio Rancho, NM
I cannot tell you enough how much I have enjoyed reading the latest issue of Slipstream. I find each poem to be as fabulous as the previous.
Huntington Beach, CA
Thank you for your recent acceptance of my poems "Breaking Eggs" and "Sometimes My Face Flushes When I Make Love." It will be a pleasure and honor to see my work in the pages of Slipstream again, especially in your Sex-Food-Death issue: the best, by far, theme I've ever come across.
I just heard David Chorlton read in Albany, NY, from his book From The Age Of Miracles and from others of his books. I was completely taken with his writing. I'd never heard of him before tonight, but I'll certainly seek out his work now. I ordered a copy of Miracles from your site.
I admire and appreciate Slipstream's commitment to poetry. It's a terrific magazine! It makes me think about the possibilities for language from the time I pick it up and long after the time I put it down.
Thanks for my contributor's copy of the issue (Issue #28). It was full of energy and risks. I was especially taken with the poems by Shari O'Brien, J. Blake Gordon, and Bruce Cain. Thank you for your steadfast devotion to spreading poetry out there in the world. I am honored to have been in this issue.
It's worth repeating that the sustained level of quality characterising Slipstream makes one wish for more than personal reasons to contribute to its achievement. Please, therefore, accept once more my thanks for your time and thought in reviewing this work, together with every good wish for the vigorous continuation of your own.
I loved Francesca Bell's "Why I Don't Drink" and also J. Blake Gordon's "Making Sure," (Issue #28) because I identified with the feeling when leaving the house. Anyway, good work as usual.
Enjoyed making my way through the new issue (Issue #28). There may have even been more poems I liked in it than usual and my current clear favorites are red hawk's "The Sniper's Discourse," Matt Mullins' "On Sunday Morning," James Doyle's "He Wanted to Live to be Very Old," Terry Godbey's "Boys," Ed Taylor's "Frank Goes to School," David Chorlton's "First Night at the Shelter" (I realize I've run across a lot of his poems that I have admired through the years) and Hilary Melton's "Chronic Conditions..."
Richmond Hill, NY
I love Slipstream. The best mag in America, in my humble opinion.
I was not familiar with Douglas Goetsch's work until Your Whole Life arrived in my box. What an absolutely killer book of poems. "Poems You're Not Allowed to Write" runs through town lopping off heads with grand efficiency. "Sirens, New York City" has my heart holding its breath, even as its shoulders relax for the first time in a few years. "Maine" had me stomping my foot and screaming I should have written that...as if. Goetsch's economy, his wound-tight propellers, his well placed compassion, and his No like a brick wall. Consciece. I love the book. I will be getting more. Thanks.
The chapbook you published this past year by Douglas Goetsch (Your Whole Life) is extraordinary and just sampling its three poems on your website led me to buy it. I changed that to a subscription when I sampled back issues and look forward to years of enjoying your journal.
New York, NY
I love finding poems that are surprising and Slipstream never fails to exhibit poems from a different sandbox.
Ashley Nicole Montjoy
There is much to consider and admire in your magazine. For instance, the superb visual art you print. I'm thinking in particular of Ran Webber's drawings in Issue #25, but I have seen only what sparks my imagination and thought in your selections. And, I like very much the interplay between the visual and linguistic art. I'm very glad you're out there doing what you do!
Issue #27 was my first encounter with Slipstream, and I really enjoyed it. Some of the poets I was already familiar withlike Alan Catlin, David J. Thompson, and Lyn Lifshinbut it was some of the poets I had never heard of that impressed me the most. I think Martin Vest's "Deadbeat" is probably my favorite poem in the issue, especially that last stanza. Harrowing stuff...
Clayton T. Michaels
I absolutely loved Doug Goetsch's Your Whole Life. What a fine choice you made for your chapbook prize.
Wildwood Crest, NJ
Beginning with exceptional cover art, your issue #27 is drop dead wonderful!
Pueblo West, CO
"I subscribe to many literary journals and it is always such a relief to actually enjoy reading one. I've seen everything by nowbland, boring, pretentious, bizarrely abstractbut not many that are interesting and pleasurable as Slipstream. A few of my favorites from the current issue (Slipstream #27) are "Present Tension," by J.P. Dancing Bear; "Gaining Perspective on the Death of My Dentsist," by Lauren Lawrence; and "Smile in Transit" by Stephen Garcia."
"Loved your poems in Slipstream #27, beautiful issue...(I) was very happy to have my own poems in it once again, and so prominently featured."
Long Beach, CA
"I'm enthralled with Your Whole Life. Douglas Goetsch's irreverent poems reflect what we sometimes think but are afraid to say. His mix of childhood and adulthood situations, sense of humor, and pow! endings make the book a standout. The magazine (#27) is rich also, especially the sexy poems by Traci Brimhall and the work by Gerald Locklin and Bruce Cohen."
Thank you so much for your time and effort in putting together this elite poetry zine. Really, it's the absolute best in the business; that's not effusive BS, honestly, great work. Please continue doing exactly what you're doing.
I really like Slipstream's urban sensibility and the straight forward prosody of the poets.
New York, NY
Behind Every Door, Terry Godbey's chapbook, tops my list of favorite reads.
Ann Falcone Shalaski
Newport News, VA
In Slipstream 26 I admired many poems but mention work by J.P. Dancing Bear, Stephen Gracia and Karen Weyant as ones I especially connected with.
Thank you so much for including my poem, "Life Didn't Cease to Be," in Slipstream 26. I was honored to be included and greatly enjoyed the issue. I especially enjoyed "Baltimore," "My Husband's Mistress," and "Felix."
I really do feel that Slipstream 25 is one of the best issues of any journal I've read in the past several years. It woke me up again to the fact that we have some real, honest-to-God, in-earnest writers (and editors) out there. Thank you for that.
In my humble opinion, this (#25) was the best issue yet. An apocalyptic powder keg shot through with vigor and resplendence. If a more colorful and spanning poetry magazine exists, I haven't read it.
Your magazine is incredible. . .honest, tender, raw, everything poetry "should" be. I would tell you which poems I liked most but it would take too long.
I have subscribed to Slipstream for some time and I love the quality of poetry found within its pages. I am also impressed with the qualiy of your chapbooks including Radio Dreams by Beth Anne Royer, Breaking the Captive's Fetters by Laurie Mazzaferro, and most recently, Some Days it's a Love Story by Jason Irwin.
Karen J. Weyant
Thank you for sending Issue 25; it's not all that often I read a poetry magazine cover to cover in one sitting.
Denise Duhamel pointed me to Slipstream when I began studying with her several years ago and I have enjoyed reading the accessible poetry within since then. It is refreshing to dive into the unpretentious verse collected in Slipstream; verse that actually says something to this reader.
G. C. Brown
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Slipstream since I was introduced to it by a colleague several years ago. I particularly appreciate the ways that women and their sexuality are acknowledged in the poems that you publish.
Thanks for a fantastic, provocative, haunt-my-dreams magazine.
St. Joseph, MI
Thank you for the copy of Slipstream 25 and Jason Irwin's winning book. I've read the book cover to cover and I'm still enjoying your 2005 issue of Slipstream.
Has it really been 25 years you guys have been publishing? Time flies. Keep up the good work. I'm enjoying reading the issue (#25) in my usual desultory fashion. So far, I was just blown away by Rich Yurman's "Vinny V." I've known my share of similar characters (the murderous Tommy Lockhart comes to mind) in my life, but none so poignantly rendered as this one.
I am thrilled with issue 25 of Slipstream and would like to order three more! I look forward to submitting more poems to your stellar, high-quality magazine in the future.
Eugenie Juliet Theall
White Plains, NY
Wanted to say the cover of issue #24 was a really nice cereal goddess icon, also reminding me of Andrew Wyeth's paintings of that girl he did for several years toward the end of his life, the Helga paintings I think they're referred to as. But anyway, pretty much the best cover I've seen in 20+ years of small press/poetry reading. Like best these: James Doyle's "Rifles", Tracee Lee's "Sick", Will Nixon's "Oscar Night," Don Scheller's "Awakening," Bob Slaymaker's two fine pieces, John Struloeff's "Above the Ravine" and Lori Jakiela's poem.
All I can say is my blood is running high. I've almost finished reading this issue (#24). It's terrific. The cover is riveting!
Slipstream has always been a place where sensuality is dealt with directly and with integrity, a combination not easy to come by in the literary world. Cheers to you and your staff for all you do.
Slipstream is worth the time it takes; you have reason to be proud.
I just finished reading Slipstream 24 and enjoyed it very much. Favorites include Sharon McDermott's "Burning the Dog" and Ken Feltges' two poems.
Michele C. Battiste
Many, many thanks for my contributor's copy of Slipstream #24. The magazine is beautiful. Stunning artwork and poetry from cover to cover. You guys are strong and this is a half-ass way of saying how honored I am to have been included.
An extraordinary issue (#24) with the most beautiful cover I've seen. (If I were that girl's father, I'd never let her out of the house!) Loved Don Winter's "Cleaning Up" poem. I appreciate the time, effort, and expense involved in putting this magazine out. It's a great success.
Robert L. Penick
This issue (#24) is the strongest issue of Slipstream I've seen. Lori Jakiela's poem pushed me to send for her chapbook, which is very good; also the work of Feltges, McDermott, Tracee Lee, Cricket Lee, Schneider and Godbey was really first rate.
San Francisco, CA
Another stunning issue of Slipstream (#24) with a gorgeous cover and exceptional writing inside. I'm proud to be a contributor. Excellent work.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz
I have been a reader of Slipstream for three years now. One reason I renew my subscription is that your publication continues to surprise me with its diverse material. The element of surprise or unpredictability seems to be missing from many contemporary literary journals. Slipstream is also a beautifully made journal!
I recently read Slipstream #24 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially appreciated the poems "Locust Season," "The Moment," and "Easy Does It."
Slipstream (#24) has a lovely look and feel. Filled with taut poetry. First class.
Wow, another provocative Slipstream issue (#24) that really delivers. My favorite poems were "A Memory of Garden City" by Kathleen Novak and "Cleaning Up at the Hamtramck Burger Chef" ("looks like she's been slept in for years" what a line). I read the magazine straight through the day it arrived, and it was a pleasure to see my "Hot Flashes" in the mix.
Pleased to receive my first issue of Slipstream (#23) yesterday. Had not thought I'd have time to read itthen suddenly found I'd eaten it upcover to cover. A great dynamic and one with which I find myself very comfortable. Strong format. Good work!
Pueblo West, CO
Way to go! Loved the first issue I saw (#23). There's nothing better than a P!rag that lives up to its editorial spin ("contemporary urban themes. . .with a strong voice that is not afraid to bark or bite"). Too many seem to have no real vision or fall sadly short of the hype they build for themselves. But you guys certainly hit the mark at which you're aimingboppin' from J. Matlson to D. Rogers to R. Cook to C. Sherrard.
Long Beach, NY
Another great issue (#23). How about that first line: "My words, spoken slow, are trapped/ in the spider hair of his ears. . .? Whew! What a start. Read the Dancing Bear one this morningI skipped around"Colorado Love Letter." Powerful images, surprising turns. "Sixteen" by Marie Kazalia is in my memory for good now. Every time I see a heavy rain rush through a drain pipe, I'll think of that poem.
I checked out your website after receiving your review in the mail. The art is terrific, the poetry outstanding. All are great slices of the poetry pie. Love Elizabeth Kerlikowske's "May I Help You?" and E.V. Noechel's "Red." I just
wanted you to know I've been carrying it around with me everywhere so standing in line for 10 minutes at the post office isn't time wasted.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz
Whenever I return to Slipstream, I realize why so much of today's poetry bores me. Yours does have an edge, but it still manages to be so well writtensuch a fine and difficult line to walk. And so rare.
Barbara Claire Kasselmann
I'm happy that you're publishing the kind of poetry I like to read; thanks for working hard to put out this journal...I really love Slipstream and appreciate your willingness to take risks, By the way, I think the cover of the current issue (#22) is the most fabulous thing I have seen in a long time. I think I'm in love.
Laura Van Prooyen
Slipstream is an incredible journal, no bones about it.
In a world where the writing scene is often prone to egotism and pretentiousness, I admire Slipstream as much for its freshness and sincerity as for the high quality of its content.
Iowa City, IA
I recently received my first copy of Slipstream after entering the annual chapbook contest. I'll give it to you straight: I like sexy poetry; I like poetry with balls. I saw both in your magazine.
I enjoyed the poems in Slipstream #22. I especially admired your recent chapbook "What Language," by J.P. Dancing Bear. When a book such as that wins a contest, I feel in good company just to have entered the contest.
Fantastic job on Slipstream #22. Beautiful photos. Excellent words. "Song for Stephanie" made my heart gulp. Also loved Locklin, as usual. And Robert Cooperman's "Summer Windows." Liza Porter's "Rising." And "This Sort of Day" by Phebe Davidson. And it's always good to see Tim Peeler. Damned honored to have made it in this one. They just seem to get better every time.
Slipstream has always been, in my mind, among the top echelon of literary magazines.
Crested Butte, CO
Just wanted to say great website and great magazine. A friend of mine sent me issues 20 and 21. Wow. My favorites were Dancing Bear's and Gerald Locklin's poems out of both issues, but I really dug most of what I read, which stacks up better than the rest of the magazines I've been picking up lately. My faith in readable poetry is restored.
Los Altos, CA
I've just returned from Ireland, am dead tired. But how cool to find Slipstream #21 in the mail. As always, it's awesome, cover-to-cover. Thanks for including me in such a brilliant issue.
Sean C. Brown
Great Issue #21. The photos are most definitely haunting and emotional. I also really enjoyed the winining chapbook. Great job!
Rocking Chair Frank
Santa Cruz, CA
The last issue #21 is simply gorgeous, inside and outand poems from Jim Daniels to boot. Keep up the splendid work.
Long Beach, CA
I was really impressed with your latest issue #20. The cover was a knockout and the photos by Townsend are delicious. Oh yes, and the writingI especially liked the work by Perchan, Glatt, Daniels, and many others.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Your site is superb and your zine is
still one of the best out there.
Thank you for sending me Slipstream #20: strong, solid, engrossing stuff. I especially was struck by Kazim Ali's work and Bill Sweeney's sestina.
Kelley Jean White, M.D.
Locklin's tape is super and "Fucking in Stupid Hope" also excellent. Looking forward to being in the #1 publication world wide. Read last night, made $16, spent $20 drinkingoh well. Poets!
I've been reading Slipstream #20 and Breaking the Captives' Fetters and I'm impressed with them both. They have some balls and some bite, some real edge. Good work!
Santa Barbara, CA
Many thanks for the copies of Slipstream #20 and Laurie Mazzaferro's great chapbook, "Breaking the Captives' Fetters"...It's exciting that there is so much good writing! Poetry certainly is not dead.
Dorothy B. Anderson
I entered your chapbook contest with "The Fiery Sparks of Hope," and didn't win, but when I received "Breaking the Captives' Fetters" I saw whyit's great work. I've also really been enjoying Slipstream #20, more good work! So many of the small presses I receive are so "vanilla" and so many others are sort of over-the-top Charles Bukowski. Yours is my current fav. Keep it up.
John D. Forster
Santa Barbara, CA
Plowed over the sample issueforwards and backwards. I'd seen a Slipstream a couple years ago, remembered liking it. But DAMN...I was impressed. What a beautiful book you guys crank out, words that scream into the void 'til their throats get sore...very, very, nice.
Would it be too much if I said, honestly, that Slipstream has some of the best prose poems I've seen since "Wormwood Review" ended?
I'm just reading Slipstream and it's fabulous! It's not too often that I find so many shake-your-head poems in one magazine. I'm so-o-o impressed!
Vancouver, BC Canada
I woke up this morning and realized what a complete bastard I am! I never let you know how much I liked Issue #19, particularly the work of Burr, Cooperman, Brendan-Brown and Ahearn. Overall, a fantastic jobclean and elegant.
West Chesterfield, MA
I am enjoying issue #19, especially work by ... Locklin, Nordhaus and those drawings by Hernandez are a knockout. Also really like the chapbook by Pelegrin. It really rings true and takes me back to my own childhood spent in Baton Rouge, LA. Congratulations on some very stimulating publishing.
Sherman Oaks, CA
I just finished reading volume #19, and I must tell you how thoroughly enjoyable and even comforting it is to find a journal that publishes such wonderful, truly readable, good, and varied work. I especially enjoy narrative poetry, and this issue is a real treat.
North Miami Beach, FL
Can't tell you how pleased I was to see my poem "Honey Sniffer" in Slipstream #19. I publish, therefore I am! Greatly enjoyed reading the whole issue. Especially liked Douglas Goetsch's "Self-Portrait with Radio," Stewart J. Florsheim's "The Kitchen Sink, 1969," David Watt's "Cystoscopy Nurse," Maureen Flannery's "On Death and House Sales," and Katharyn Howd Machan's "In 1929." Also, I'm a big fan of Gerald Locklin, so having one of his poems and one of mine in the same issue gave me a major rush.
I read a copy of your most recent issue and loved it. I would be honored to appear in your review ... Keep up the good work.
I came across the latest Slipstream in the New York Midtown Public Libraryit was featured as a "recommended zine." Congrats!
New York, NY