The Lake
The Lake

The Lake




“All of writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. And then there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don't matter. The lake matters. You must keep feeding the lake.”      Jean Rhys


Inspired by Jean Rhys’ imperative, The Lake is dedicated to publishing all forms of poetry by new and established poets, highlighting the best of contemporary poetry and reviewing the best of the new books.  





John Cole, Robert G. Cowser, Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Tom Kelly,

Don Narkevic, Joyce Schmid, Kiriti Sengupta, J. R. Solonche, Ian Stuart,

Tineke Van der Eecken, Sarah White.



Hannah Stone reviews Fleur Adcock’s The Mermaid’s Purse

David Mark Williams reviews J. R. Solonche’s Selected Poems 2001-2021


One Poem Reviews: Alan Elyshevitz, Mike Farren, John L. Stanizzi

Reviewed in future issues:


There will be no issue in October. Submissions are now open for the November issue.

It’s not easy getting a book or pamphlet accepted for review these days. So I am starting a new review feature, in addition to the regular review section, which will allow more poets' books to reach a wider  audience. It will be called One Poem Reviews and it will be just that. One poem featured from a new book/pamphlet along with a cover JPG and a link to the publisher's website. Contact the editor if you have released a book/pamplet this year or will be released this year.

Reviewed in this issue