Poetry Month, Day Seven*: Lee Upton Recommends Brick

April 7, 2013

I recommend the international magazine, Brick, founded in 1977 and perpetually interesting.  It comes out of Toronto with new as well as long-esteemed voices, reviews, photographs, illustrations, conversations and interviews, and reflections on film and history.  The contents are distinctive for overall vividness and no-nonsense candor and just the right healing touch of eccentricity.   The issues are beautifully solid, even nice to hold.  Nowhere near as heavy as an actual brick but substantial.   I just hefted the current issue to confirm just how nice the magazine is to hold, and while flipping through I paused on the copyright page for a quotation from Rilke that reflects the magazine’s spirit:  “Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little appreciated as with criticism.  Only love can grasp and hold and fairly judge them.”   In the same issue there’s Teju Cole, Alice Oswald, Colm Tóibín, a celebration of Mina Loy, Jim Harrison with “Eat or Die,” and an interview with Edward St. Aubyn.  I haven’t found a dull page in any issue yet.  Somehow I missed hearing about Brick for many years and hope with this note to remedy that situation for whoever happens to be reading this at the moment.

Lee Upton

*Throughout Poetry Month 32 Poems will use this space to praise presses, journals, and readings series that bring poetry to us in a special way. Our hope is that we can point new fans in their direction and publicly thank editors and curators for their work. Check in with us again tomorrow for another poet’s recommendation.

Lee Upton’s most recent book is Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy (Tupelo).  In 2014 a collection of her short stories, The Tao of Humiliation, is forthcoming from BOA Editions.  She is a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Lafayette College.

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