Brilliant Coroners A collection of sixty-eight poems by seventeen poets. Rachel Barenblat and Rachel Rawlins, editors
Writers and artists have always formed groups for mutual support, commentary, and encouragement, sometimes collaborating on public projects from group shows to hand-printed literary magazines. But while one tends to think of local writers hanging out in Paris cafés in the 1930s, or on the lower East side of New York in the 1950s, how does that desire for communication and creative inspiration translate into today’s online world? The poets and visual artists of this anthology met online through their blogs, and have corresponded for a number of years, across continents and oceans. All are serious writers and artists whose work can be found in various online publications and on their own blogs; some have been published in other books.
The contributors to this volume are Elizabeth Adams, Ivy Alvarez, Rachel Barenblat, Maria Benet, Dave Bonta, Teju Cole, Natalie d'Arbeloff, Dale Favier, Dick Jones, Alison Kent, Leslee Masten, Tom Montag, Jean Morris, Rachel Rawlins, Peter Stephens, Anne-Mieke Swart, and B.E. Wing
Brilliant Coroners arose from their desire to create a collective work and share it with a wider public, and also their wish to draw attention to the high quality of literary writing on the web, and to the exciting possibilities for creative collaboration it affords. The title of this collection refers not to the poets, but to the poems themselves, which sharply dissect meaning from a post-modern world.