RR is no
longer being published, but a few previous issues
are still available. Contact
on Leap Year Day, 2004, Rattlesnake Review (Poetry with
Fangs!) is the flagship publication of Rattlesnake Press.
RR is a free, spiral-bound, 8.5”X11” quarterly journalzine
of photos, line art, articles, a cryptogram, numerous reviews,
poetry challenges and other miscellaneous articles about poetry and
related happenings, and—most of all—POETRY by which the Snake,
his flirtatious floozy, Lola, and the sassy littlesnake hope to
bemuse and confustigate the (mostly) Northern California poetry
community. It is also a showcase for the tremendous mountain of
poetry talent that our area has to offer.
Here are some samples:
“CELEBRATE YOUR EYESIGHT”
declares the poster with a photo
of a common roadside flower.
Such sky-shade blossoms
here on the wall of the waiting room
for EYE SERVICES.
One man’s eyes are buried
in a magazine, another’s down-turned
to the angle of his laptop screen.
My eyes are tired of waiting,
as patients come and go.
Behind a closed door, doctors
peer into the depths of pupils
and find them wanting.
I want to see
that wild blue flower.
I want to watch it bloom.
—Taylor Graham, Somerset
HOBO OF COLFAX TUNNEL
—Matt Amott, Roseville
we sit in the café
she must see me
as a relic
a living fossil of time
before the Nintendo revolution
we discuss books, movies and trains
time frozen until she is summoned
away by the ring of her phone
we go our separate ways
a beautiful afternoon spent
humoring an old man
where was she
Artist-in-Residence is Sam The Snake Man Kieth, who does all
our covers and various other artistic irreverencies.
The Snake emerges in April, June, September and December,
so deadlines are 2/15, 5/15, 8/15, and 11/15.
to the Review should be done as follows, please:
|| 3-5 poems,
photos, small-ish artwork
||no bios, cover
||name, address, email
on every snail page or on email, please
Back issues may be purchased below for $4.00 including
postage. Please specify issue number.
FANGS 1: Snake Poems from the Snake, ed. by Robert
Published in 2005, this is a
spiral-bound anthology of poems about snakes that appeared in
the Review, Issues 1-6. Also has snake artwork by Sam Kieth and
others, including covers and some of the sketches and photos
from Issues 1-6.
$2.00 each including postage.
Carpe Viperidae! (Seize the