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Kadar Koli #5

I know, I know, poetry is boring, hard to understand and full of words that don’t make complete sentences.

But Kadar Koli, a poetry only magazine edited by David Hadbawnik out of San Marcos, Texas might just challenge some of your metered stereotypes. My copy just came in the mail yesterday. While I haven’t had time to read the whole thing, it’s pretty clear that Hadbawnik is serious about poetry and has culled some excellent pieces for the latest issue, including slouch contributor, the Sanchez Grotto’s very own, Teresa K. Miller.

Habenicht Press, the publisher of the magazine, has an admirable mission statement and one that I can get behind 100% (from their website):

The mission of the press is to publish work by young poets who haven’t yet had a full-length book out, as well as small gems by more established poets which haven’t found another outlet.

Let’s face it: most poets young and old struggle more to find a receptive audience than they do cranking out their verse. The reasons for that can be debated, but, with Kadar Koli #5, quality isn’t one of them.

If you’ve got an extra sawbuck, or can sell a quick dime bag, I’d encourage you to pick up the issue. You won’t be disappointed.

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