May 1998



R.T. Smith

R.T. Smith
  Muffy Bolding
  John Kinsella
  Richard Foerster
  A.F. Moritz
  Miriam Levine
  Louis Armand
  David Shevin
  Stellasue Lee
  Adrian C. Louis
  David Sutherland
  Gregory Djanikian
  Paolo M. Bottigelli

J.M. Spalding
  R.T. Smith

William Heath

Douglas Thornsjo

Editor's Note

When we founded The Cortland Review last year, it was my intention to bring to the Web a magazine of print quality that would fully utilize the advantages of the Internet. With Issue Three, The Cortland Review publishes in both text and audio, bringing some of the world's finest poets online. For some, it's their first time in this format!

Douglas Thornsjo, A.F. Moritz, and R.T. Smith make their Web debut in this issue. It also marks the debut of a new talent, one that I was very pleased to have found: her name is Muffy Bolding, and she is an exhilarating poet. She is authoritative and earthy; contemporary, yet she doesn't ask that you have a Ph.D. to understand her. I am very much interested in following her career as it develops.

Getting back to the original point, perhaps the most interesting aspect of Internet poetry is the financial side. The cost of a hardcopy magazine like The Cortland Review would be staggering. The Web allows us to push the marketplace economy to the side. Editors do not need to worry about funding and such. Instead they can focus their attention on the creative aspects of putting a literary magazine together.

In an interview with renowned poet John Kinsella, Jacket Editor John Tranter intimated that the Web is perhaps the best forum for poetry. I agree. The Cortland Review's second issue reached more people in more countries than most print litmags did with their most recent issue. The Internet certainly proves it can be a powerful medium for poetry.



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