Sunday, February 10, 2013


Dear cant readers and cant contributors,

We are currently undergoing some major renovations. For example, in the near future we are going to be launching our nice, new website in order to keep you better updated on all things cant related. We will also be unveiling our new Facebook page, and unleashing our new submission format through Submittable.

Thank you for reading cant journal, and please continue to follow us at our new website:

the cant staff

Friday, January 4, 2013

Arlene Kim and Noah Eli Gordon

There are several upcoming chances for you to see cant contributor Arlene Kim read! One of them includes an appearance at AWP in Boston! Visit her website for dates & places! 

You can also read cant contributor Noah Eli Gordon answer some questions from H.L. Hix about Noah's book A Fiddle Pulled from the Throat of a Sparrow (New Issues, 2007).

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Work from Justin Runge and B.J. Love

Justin Runge, cant contributor and editor at Blue Hour Press, has new poems up at Barnstorm and The Journal. You can also read an interview with him over at Midwestern Gothic. You will also be excited to know that cant contributor B.J. Love has new poems in the latest issue of ilk journal.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

John Gallaher Reading!

The ever-magnificent poet John Gallaher will be participating in A Common Sense Reading Series with Hadara Bar-Nadav and Elizabeth Clark Wessel at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary Art Gallery in KC this Wednesday at 7PM.

There is speculation that a recap of the event by cant co-editor Aaron McNally may appear here on the cant blog. Attend and become a fact-checker!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

cant welcomes Jason Bradford as new blog editor

There's always so much going on with cant contributors that Aaron and Jon couldn't keep up with it all. Fortunately, Jason Bradford stepped up to take care of business.

As the new Blog Editor, Jason will be keeping in touch with cant writers past and present, and creating content to share that communication with all of us.

It's no small role. Jon and Aaron are not only extremely grateful for his help--we're also extremely confident in his capability. Jason's reputation preceded him. He is well-known to have a far higher poetry metabolism than most mortals, and this energy and enthusiasm will bring a lot of spirit to cant, and more content to you--our cant reader.

Thanks, as always, for checking into the blog, and please help us in giving Jason a warm, cant welcome.

--Aaron McNally and Jon Barrett, Co-Editors, cant

Friday, October 5, 2012

cant contributor updates: books, readings, and poems!

TONIGHT!!! Bayard Godsave will be reading with George McCormick at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, Arkansas this Friday, October 5 at 7 PM. His book of short fiction, Lesser Apocalypses, is available for your reading pleasure now. You can find a review of it here.

Don't forget Lisa Samuels’ new book of poems, Wild Dialectics, is out now through Shearsman Books. You can read an interview with her here.

Erika Jo Brown has a poem over at blackearthinstitute’s website in participation with their recent “30 DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER” event seeking to inject poetry into this political season. She was also nominated in August by ILK journal for BEST OF THE NET for her poem “MAKING LIFE BETTER AS WE KNOW IT.” You can read two more poems by Erika Jo Brown over at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Briar by Iris Applequist

cant contributor, and lyricist sublime, Iris Applequist finally dropped a solo volume. Here it is:

Get it here:

Says critic Gordon Highland:

"The material ranges from motherhood to media, disappointment to domestica -- its laconic prose rendered with incisive metaphor and piercing wit. Also, her predilection for enjambment feels much more rhythmically-natural to me than many poets' work. Stylistically, I'd compare her to Cummings, topically to Bukowski. You'll love it." 

Please enjoy.