Quarterly West is a literary journal published by the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The journal was founded in 1976 but has been exclusively an online publication from 2011. The website is attractively designed, and the online poems are often refreshingly different. I start with Saeed Jones’ Scheherazade Sleeps Through the Executions, which be read at: http://quarterlywest.utah.edu/iss_76/iss_76_scheherazadesleepsthroughtheexecutions.html. Saeed Jones has published widely and was a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee. The poem is too short to quote much from, but captures attention immediately: There are so many rooms inside her & just as many locked doors, but sometimes when the silence snaps shut, she hears the soft thud. And that ends the immediately comprehensible section. Scheherazade continues to absorb the falling bodies which are arriving: inside her, gagged & hooded, but she wakes a little heavier each morning,...
Poetry Kanto is an English and Japanese bilingual poetry journal (print and webpage) that features translations of classic Japanese poets, modern and contemporary Japanese poetry in English translation, and also English poetry from around the world.