Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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History of the Tarantella 



     Originally named as a remedy 
          for tarantism, a nervous disorder 
               especially common in Taranto,

     Italy, between the fifteenth 
          and seventeenth centuries. 
              
Marked by an irrepressible

     urge to dance, which in itself 
          was often attributed to the bite 
               of a spider, genus Lycosa Tarantula,

     family Lycosidae, specifically.
          The victim would be roused 
               from lethargy by music, then

    
dance uncontrollably to the point 
          of exhaustion, thereby effecting
              
the cure. Descriptions of the day

     do not record how many spiders
           succumbed to the crashing bootsoles              
              
or the gnawing burden of blame.



Alex Grant’s collection Chains & Mirrors (NCWN/Harperprints) won the 2006 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and the 2007 Oscar Arnold Young Award (Best North Carolina poetry collection). His second collection, The White Book, was released in 2008 by Main St. Rag Publishing. His full-length ms., Fear of Moving Water, a recent finalist for the Philip Levine, Brittingham & Pollak, Tupelo Open and Lena-Miles Wever Todd prizes, will be released by Wind Publications in late 2009. His poems have appeared or are upcoming in a number of national journals, including The Missouri Review, Smartish Pace, Best New Poets 2007, Arts & Letters, The Connecticut Review, Nimrod and Seattle Review. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with his wife, Tristi, his dangling participles and his Celtic fondness for excess. He can be found on the web at www.redroom.com/author/alex-grant.


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