06 April 2015

Forming Functional Friction




The course of a knot—its overs, unders, and throughs—determine its holding strength. There are hundreds, some with a single strand of rope or twine, some binding two or more strands. Some have names describing their function (Lobster Buoy hitch), origin (Portuguese bowline), or appearance (Twined Turk’s head), and some names just sound inventive (Ashley’s Stopper, Beer knot, or Zeppelin bend). They are, when well formed, quite beautiful both in simplicity and in function. They hold things together.

Our Spring 2015 issue of PQ feels a bit like a well-contrived knot. We have works reviewed by reviewers whose work is reviewed by still others. We are proud to include a review of our own Reviews Editor’s work and a review by our own Founder and past Publisher/Editor. We know there’s a frown in the wings for publishers who publish themselves, but plain and simple, we’ll bring PQ readers the best we can find, and sometimes we find it right on board!

Beyond the familiar faces, we continue to stretch out and find new faces and poems in essays, interviews, and reviews that span the places, old school and new tech, where poetry can be found.

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