What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are unable to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important voyage of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
— Thomas Merton

 

1. The Lune is a publisher of poetry.

2. The Lune is a response to Thomas Merton's prescient inquiry (above). His beautiful, ominous line of thought has appeared on the final page of each of our titles; it is the prayer by which we invoke the strength of poets on Earth, who help us live on this planet by helping us live in ourselves.

3. The Lune's name and original character—a monthly collection of eleven word poems—were inspired by the three-five-three word short form invented by Jack Collom and called (what else) a lune. Collom's lune took cues from the syllabic version invented by Robert Kelly. (Happily, the two poets agreed to share the name.)

4. The Lune was originally printed on looseleaf pages, arranged in pre-stamped envelopes, and displayed on the counter of the inimitable Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café. "Poetry as Correspondence" was the project's cri de coeur, stemming from Joe's desire to publish the printed word in a manner consistent with the phenomenal integrity of a personal correspondence. Starting in 2015, the chapbook series aimed to present an array of new experimental collections; the quarterly expanded upon this mission by compounding three titles per issue.

5. The Lune was built upon the bedrock of LuNaMoPoLiS and the writings of Dave Korn. Over time, Indigo Deany's portraiture and cover design became the bicameral emblem of The Lune's publishing process, signifying a poetics of delight and communion. And the crescent moon logo has a far-reaching, myth-riddled history of its own.

 



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