Les Kay

Poem Published in The Collagist


The Collagist is a long-running online literary journal that is, I think, among the best out there. It was founded in 2009 and  “seeks to provide access to powerful, progressive literature by both new and established writers to an ever-expanding audience.”  In meeting that mission, I think Matthew Olzmann is one of the best poetry editors offering his time for such an endeavor. To my mind, the issues are consistently gorgeous with some of the best poems available both in print and online.

So imagine my surprise (and delight) when they accepted one of my poems. Now, I’m pleased to share that Issue 79 includes my poem “Corrective Measures” alongside poems from Dilruba Ahmed, Desiree Bailey, and Robert Campbell. There’s also a fascinating poem by Aimee Nezhukumatathil that was illustrated by Lemon Reimer and much, much more.

“Corrective Measures” is a prose poem I first started working on several years ago as part of long-defunct project of hybridesque poems that would all be four paragraphs. Now, I doubt any of the remaining experiments have four paragraphs, but some still became poems, some became stories, and a few became nothing. And from that came “Corrective Measures,” which may be the most subtle thing I’ve ever written.

If you have a chance, check it out. Then enjoy the entire issue. And keep reading The Collagist.