WHAT IS THE RESURRECTIONIST?
The Resurrectionist is a biannual poetry journal dedicated to modern formalist poetry. By modern I intend poetry that makes use of contemporary language and grammar, experiments with verse forms or that handles contemporary themes.
'Resurrectionist' (syn. 'Resurrection-man') is a 19th century English term for a body-snatcher whose main purpose was the resale of body parts to anatomy schools and researchers in the medical field. The application of the term for the journal is metaphoric and in direct retort to the openly stated assumption that formal verse (or metrical poetry) is a dead and/or no longer relevant art.
As well as the publication itself (guidelines), you can also
- stop over at the site to read through the sonnets published weekly in The Sonneteer blog (also some instructive pages; Sonnets and Quatorzains)
- make use of our Links & Resources to find other publications
- read through the educational materials in Poetry Engineering, including a Table of Metrical Feet
- or simply show your support by linking back