Black Spring Online

Established December 2003                                                                                                  ©





About Upcoming "prose poetry" issue, Issue 3: It's in the works. The editor has a backlog of material for Issue 3, which will include poetry by Stephen Ratcliffe, Eric Selland, Steven Farmer, Sheila Murphy, Allen Bramhall, Crag Hill, Cole Swensen, Meg Withers, Susan M. Schultz, and others. Coming soon!


Black Spring's title derives from Henry Miller, of course, but also from the times, as the nightmare springs of '02, '03, and '04 brought harrowing violence on the collective American psyche. Bush launched that wicked, heinous war on Iraq and sent in the terrifying war machines to bomb that country's defenseless, innocent civilians. Red for "blood," this title Black Spring references a perhaps morbid combination of Miller's sharply critical questioning of the crazy side of this country's character and a small historical marker for what has surely been one of the darkest, most horrific socio-political periods most of us will ever know.

We are therefore dedicated to experimental writing, innovative poetry, probing and critical thought, and exhuberant multimedia artwork that directly or indirectly questions and rejects acquiescence to status quo poetries, creates new beauty and intelligence, presents forward-looking thought and praxis.

Poets and other experimental writers, artists, and thinkers interested in seeing their work published in Black Spring, please see Submissions Guidelines before submitting.

NOTE: Although the editor(s) will often solicit work from friends and frequently showcase poetries by "established poets," Black Spring especially seeks to encourage submissions from "dissenting" and isolated poets, particularly those chronically or socio-politically unblessed by Bush Era economic prosperity, American egoism, sadly indifferent Classism, and untouchable Academia. All of which comprises a blah blah way of saying that Black Spring will frequently try to publish what some fashions and some forces must always by their natures render invisible or unheard.