POESY is an independent bi-annual journal that for over twenty years has been uniting poets across the USA with words and photographs from two editors based on the opposite coasts. Our mission is to change the stereotype of the complexity of contemporary poetry in America from the blandness to its true core of thought provoking capabilities portrayed more innovative and inspiring. Poets are not just sitting around in rocking chairs talking about the good ‘ole days, but are rather the thinkers of today speaking truth with a certain feeling more electrifying than lighting. Our conversations, poetry, photographs and reviews are aimed at this mission.
Brian Morrisey, Editor-in-Chief
Brian Morrisey founded POESY at the age of fourteen after picking up a ‘zine review publication off his friend’s bedroom floor. The “Do-IT-Yourself” aspects of these homemade artistic ventures was inspiring to Brian who was already immersed in the poems of Robert Frost, e.e cummings, and initially inspired by early teachings of Edgar Allan Poe. The first issue of POESY was released in 1990 and consisted of Brian publishing his friends and pen pals. By the second issue, POESY had gained a lot of attention and suddenly started getting submissions from around the country. Since it has gained a reputation in a wide arena of the small press and chosen several times as the Small Press Review’s “Pick on the Month.” The inception of interplay between words and photography was introduced in 2001 by Morrisey who found a strong relation the graphic capture of a moment in time and a mental picture evoked by words. Originally growing up in New Hampshire, Brian moved to a suburb of Boston after college where he met Doug Holder who became a fixture in the Boston poetry movement. Brian did not want to lose touch with Boston poetry after he moved to Santa Cruz in 1999 and Doug agreed to be a stable of POESY.
Doug Holder, Boston Editor
A small press activist, he founded the Ibbetson Street Press in the winter of 1998 in Somerville, MA. He has published over 60 books of poetry of local and national poets and 27 issues of the literary journal Ibbetson Street. Holder is the arts/editor for The Somerville News, a co-founder of “The Somerville News Writers Festival” and is the curator of the “Newton Free Library Poetry Series” in Newton, MA. His recorded interviews with the contemporary poets are archived at the Harvard and the University of Buffalo libraries, as well as Poet’s House in NYC. In December of 2007 he was a guest of the Voices Israel Literary organization and lead workshops and gave readings in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. Holder’s own articles and poetry have appeared in several anthologies including: Rattle, Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics and Poetry, The Home Planet News, Hazmat, The Boston Globe Magazine, Caesura, Sahara, Raintown Review, Small Press Review, Artword Quarterly, and many others. Two recent poetry collections are: “Of All The Meals I Had Before…” (Cervena Barva Press – 2007) and “No One Dies At The Au Bon Pain” (sunnyoutside – 2007). His collection “THE MAN IN THE BOOTH IN THE MIDTOWN TUNNELS” was released in the summer of 2008 by the Cervena Barva Press. In 2009 he released a collection of interviews: “From the Paris of New England: Interviews with Poets and Writers.” In 2010, Holder’s collection: “Poems form the Left Bank: Somerville, MA.” Was published by Alternating Current (Cambridge, MA). His poetry and prose has been translated into French and Spanish. He holds an M.A. in Literature from Harvard University, and has taught writing at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. And Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.