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A Note From the Editor

You are currently looking at the seventh issue of GutCult, and while that number is not so very high, really, I've been thinking it is time to say a couple of things here in my capacity as editor. A number of terrific online magazines have appeared and disappeared in the time GutCult has been puffing along. One way or another, here and there, many people have asked whether the world really needs another literary magazine. Or, they've put it more pointedly: the last thing the world needs is another literary magazine. I'm not inclined to argue with any of these people, except by putting out yet another issue of yet another literary magazine. The current issue of GutCult has a slightly different look from previous issues as you will already have discerned if you've been here before. The basic visual design is still meant to adhere to a "keep-it-simple" model. This never ceases to be more difficult that it seems it should be. Appearances aside, I am very excited about the work published in this installment. I, and many of the poets herein, owe a heartfelt thanks to GutCult's new editor-at-large, Arda Collins. Although you may not have yet read poems by Catherine Theis, Isaac Sullivan, Lauren Levin, Broc Rossell, or Jared Stanley, you may expect to see much of their work in the future, and Arda brought them all here. I am also pleased that the issue is beginning to bring together some of my larger ambitions for the future of the magazine. Many pieces in this issue address questions of spirituality and poetic invention in one way or another. Kathleen Peterson's essay is certainly the most obvious example to cite. In the future, I plan to publish as many essays on this subject as I can. Initially, I had imagined making this change in a radical and exhaustive way. Instead, I've decided to let the changes take place a bit more organically. I do welcome readers to submit work (poetry and poetics) that speaks to spiritual, or super-rational if you like, concerns. Treading in this territory may be to risk the "uncool," but I am comfortable with that. Finally, those who are looking for the work of more familiar figures will find Donald Revell, Janet Holmes, Kent Johnson, and Martin Corless-Smith. All of this writing is interested in the numinous. Ultimately, I'd say the whole issue is wrestling with angels in one way or another. Doing so may not justify the issue's existence, but it has kept all of us wrestlers awake. —Aaron McCollough

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