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CANARY: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis (Winter 2011-2012)



Editor, Gail Entrekin

Published by Hip Pocket Press
Managing Editor, Charles Entrekin
Art Editor, Carol White

All work reprinted by permission of authors

The canary in the coal mine was a primitive early warning system used by miners to alert themselves to poison gases seeping into the mines. If the canary was found dead, it was time to get out quick. As a metaphor, its significance for me includes not only the salvation of the humans, but also the casual loss of the canary, that fragile and innocent bird with its lovely song, sacrificed without a passing regret. So often the poets of a culture are the canaries, the first ones to be hurt by trends so large that they are not immediately visible. This time the poets are raising our voices on behalf of the natural world, which cannot articulate its plight.

Issue Number 15, Winter 2011-12

© 2011 by Hip Pocket Press and each individual contributor

2 Responses to “CANARY: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis (Winter 2011-2012)”

  1. Laura Feldman Says:

    Interested in submitting a piece. How do I go about that?


  2. Al Says:

    Dear Laura Feldman,

    You’ll want to contact Gail Entrekin, Canary’s editor. Below you’ll see the journal’s official submission guides, which include Gail’s email address.



    Submissions for Canary are open year round. Our theme is the environmental crisis and the losses of species and habitat that are a result of this ongoing disaster. We are looking for a high level of craft, the specific rather than the general, the instance that makes a powerful statement rather than broad political diatribe. We accept:

    Poetry (five poems max)
    Essays and short fiction (1500 words or so max)

    Previously published work is fine; be sure to provide acknowledgment information.
    Simultaneous submissions are fine.

    Please email work either in the body of an email or as a Word attachment to

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