Review by Erik Amundsen.
I’m really excited about this review. On one hand, like Amundsen said, it’s hard to review — and for the reasons he stated. On the other, reviewers of our time have never seen anything like DMP, it’s entirely something new to us and them; a literary journal by and for Pagans.
I think Amundsen does a moderately fair job at it (despite coming off as a Jeffrey Steingarten of poetry review.) I was, however, taken aback by his comments on Mark Saucier’s poem “Invitation,” which I really like. I think that Saucier’s poem is set squarely in the center of a religious experience that the reviewer has no context for, and without that context, the reviewer is lost — much like Faery itself, huh?
This is again why I’m so excited. This is real Pagan culture happening! It’s real creation. Not a “how-to” zine designed to sell products or masturbatory self-aggrandizing, but the results of Pagans being Pagan. And it holds up to other literary journals, according to Amundsen. Great work!
Yeah, if I didn’t think “Invitation” was delightful, I wouldn’t have included it. But reviews are good, even when we disagree with them 🙂
Like Oberyn, I’m really excited about this – Pagan culture that is both genuinely Pagan and and genuinely culture (iyswim), and recognisably so to folks not involved.
May we all raise alabaster lamps aloft.
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