“It should not be easy to publish.”
Nathaniel G. Moore has a warm and well-considered piece presently up on Open Book Toronto about tomorrow’s Brick Books 35th Anniversary Party and Readings, happening across the street from Vox Pop headquarters at Mitzi’s Sister.
Brick is one of my favourite poetry presses. I find the committee-based editorial process to be hard to wrap my head around (poetry editorship striking me as something intractably individualist in nature), but I don’t think you can argue with the results. Has any other press found, or advanced, as many keynote voices in Canadian poetry over the last 35 years? I don’t think…
The title of this post is a quote from Nathaniel’s interview with Brick-cofounder (and the editor of next collection) Stan Dragland. I like it. However, I wonder if Brick, with its 7-books-a-year schedule, is stewarding that maxim to the best of its ability. Lots of presses Brick’s size do 2, or 4, books per annum. And even the half-dozen thoughtful people on Brick’s editorial board don’t find a winner every time.