New Poetry 2023
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by newpoplit
1w ago
OUR FIRST FEATURE of the new year is a good one– Four Prose Poems by talented Toronto musician and poet Tom Preisler. The poems are set in Toronto, at nighttime. They’re first of a two-part set of writing from Tom for New Pop Lit, the second set to appear in a few weeks. What distinguishes Tom Preisler’s work from the crowd is its ability to convey atmosphere and mood. With a phrase or a word, the reader is put into the world, the moment. Simple yet evocative. “Do more with less!” we’re often told. Here’s a writer who does it. His edge is that he creates in more than one art form– which enhanc ..read more
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No Robots!
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by newpoplit
2w ago
NEW GUIDELINES CONCERNING A.I. (ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE) WRITERS This is to affirm we will be accepting no literary work– fiction, nonfiction, or poetry– created with the use of an A.I. program. As the task for human writers today is difficult enough as it is, and as we enjoy the human element in art, we seek to delay the march toward artificial everything as long as possible. YES, WE KNOW the dream of the hyper-plutocrats– billionaires like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel, and Elon Musk– is to control everything themselves from the top down and eliminate all human employees, so they can r ..read more
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Welcome 2023
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by newpoplit
2w ago
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Merry Christmas
New Pop Lit
by newpoplit
1M ago
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from New Pop Lit! May 2023 be a great year for writing and for all writers ..read more
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Happiness?
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by newpoplit
1M ago
ARE WE SERIOUS about our Happiness campaign? Absolutely. It’s a needed reaction to the depressing state of the culture now– and the state of the world. Celebrations of depravity quickly become tiresome. Nothing is more boring than gazing upon a garbage dump. We’re out to brighten things up. BESIDES, when we later publish edgy new work– we enjoy edginess when it’s done well– it will stand out vividly against a Happiness backdrop. At the forefront of course of our new Happiness campaign is our Special Edition of Fun Pop Poetry, the Happiness Journal. A modified version of the standard model: FPP ..read more
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Fiction Finale 2022
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by newpoplit
1M ago
THIS HAS BEEN an excellent year for us in terms of fiction, maybe our best. The goal for 2023 will be to top it. This year we close with an amazing story from Nick Gallup, who consistently has given us amazing work, in part from a clear writing style and in part from a knowledge of people, combined with a sense of structure– setting up on the front end what will happen on the back end. As he does with “The Stenographer,” which is about history but also about today. Very much about today. Presented in an understated yet dramatic way. For anyone who loves the short story and enjoys reading. Mom ..read more
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New Aesthetics, New Canons
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by newpoplit
1M ago
DO PEOPLE realize the enormous cultural-media changes now taking place? One needs to step back and view the bigger picture to fully see the changes. Legacy institutions in steady decline. The rise of often-inadequate-if-not-insane upstarts. WHAT DOES IT MEAN that a racist nonentity like Nick Fuentes, podcasting out of his mom’s basement while promoting crackpot ideas, can become a national figure? WHAT DOES IT MEAN that the richest man on the planet buys the most effective social media tool and uses it to decide what will or will not become major news stories? WHAT DOES IT MEAN that a once-pre ..read more
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The Pop Mission
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by newpoplit
2M ago
AS WE enter the dwindling days of 2022, our thoughts turn toward our plans for the new year. Fresh ideas geared toward grabbing increased territory on the literary map. WHILE we’re not sure exactly how to accomplish that, beyond rough notes on strategy and tactics, we know that by necessity it means reliance on literary POP– readable writing which has clarity and intelligence. Toward that end we feature writers able to achieve that elusive mix. One of them being Bud Sturguess, whose new story– “No Romance On Mount Nebo”— we spotlight now. We hope you like it. As friends will often do with frie ..read more
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National Novel Writing Month
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by newpoplit
2M ago
THE EDITORS of New Pop Lit Karl Wenclas and Kathleen M. Crane who are also writers will be discussing the creative process and the future of writers and writing AT the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library in Trenton, Michigan this Saturday, November 19, at 2 p.m. On being a writer: WHY should a person invest the time in what might be considered by some an outmoded art form? There are multiple answers to that “Why?” With clarity and energy we plan to present a few of those answers. (Advance register by calling 734-676-9777 ..read more
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Beyond the Boundaries
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by newpoplit
3M ago
THE APPEAL of science fiction is the idea of testing the outer limits of science, technology– and of the imagination. To stimulate questions of “What if?” and “What then?” At its best, sci-fi combines creativity of ideas with creativity of writing. Such is the case with our new fiction feature, “DEDCOM-204” by Courtenay Schembri Gray, one of the most talented young writers on today’s literary scene. We hope you enjoy her offering. What is life but a series of little deaths? Those impactful, perhaps traumatic moments that take a part of us, all in preparation for our eventual big death—the one ..read more
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