127.2: The Offending Adam:: A Moment of Rest 127

To those readers who have faithfully read along with us now into our one hundred and twenty seventh issue, and to those readers arriving for the first time, we thank you for making this third year of publication successful and enjoyable. With the holidays fast approaching, and friends and family taking time out of their busy lives to enjoy a few moments of rest and community, we here at The Offending Adam are likewise hitting the pause button so that we can fully enjoy the holiday season. Fear not, though, dear readers: TOA returns with punch and power Monday, February 4. Until then, here are a selection of works that we have published in 2012, to either read for the first time if you missed them, or to rediscover. The Offending Adam
Maybe the best place to begin a review of our 2012 publications is with our recently announced Pushcart Prize nominees Amaranth Borsuk, Heather Christle, Louise Mathias, Oliver de la Paz, David Dodd Lee, and Eryn Green.

We published a number of special issues throughout the year, with portfolios focusing on recent chapbook publications, on calamitous poetry, on the intersection of politics and poetry, and the surprising and engaging possibilities of progressive translation.

Spring brought the publication of the third installment of our Chapvelope Series. This edition featured Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s translations from the Chinese of Lan Lan and Yi Lu, a series of flashcard-broadsides from Heather Christle, and a postcard-broadside from Polly Duff Bresnick.

Fall brought the launch of a new book review series featuring a rotation of poets as reviewer-of-the-month, covering a book of their choosing each week of their tenure. Kelli Anne Noftle kissing George Trakl through Christian Hawkey’s Ventrakl. Tory Adkisson getting filthy with Ed Madden’s Prodigal: Variations. Randall Horton sequestered the multiple layers of Christopher Stackhouse’s Plural. And Molly Brodak so generously provided our holidays with two books and a tuxedo fudge recipe.

And then there were all the issues that delighted, surprised, and challenged us: Rusty Morrison & John Gallaher, Tom Raworth, Bradley Harrison, Michelle Taransky, Lily Brown, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Gale Nelson, Elena Karina Byrne, Joshua Kryah, Robert Andrew Perez, and Daniel Tiffany.

This is, of course, just a haphazard overview of some of the work we were lucky enough to curate during the year. Many more delightful issues filled with new writing are always ready for new readers and for old readers to rediscover.

We hope you have a safe and happy holidays and new year. We will see you in 2013.