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.  




Arvilla Fee, George Franklin, Lorraine Gibson, David Illich, J. D. Isip, Matthew Johnson,

Tom Kelly, Craig Kirchner, Ted McCarthy, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, J. R. Solonche.


One Poem Reviews: Marion McCready, Kelly Sargent.


“A Tribute to Louise Glϋck” by Cathy Porter.



David Mark Williams reviews Hannah Stone’s The Invisible Worm.

Charles Rammelkamp reviews Philip Metre’s Fugitive Refugee.

Reviewed in future issues:



John Murphy’s new book available to order

on the SHOP page.



*The next issue will be published in May*


New email address:

It's not easy getting a book or pamphlet accepted for review these days. So in addition to the regular review section, the One Poem Review feature will allow more poets' to reach a wider audience - 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/pamphlet in the last twelve months or expect to have one published.

Reviewed in this issue