About Blue Fifth Review


The name of this online journal, Blue Fifth Review, has its origins in jazz: the mysterious third blue note, the blue fifth. This is the note that Monk spent his entire musical life in search of on the piano. This doesn't mean, however, that the focus of BFR will be limited to music-related poetry. The editor just loves his jazz and blues.

The purpose of BFR is to present a variety of writers and artists, both established and new, to a broad audience. Tastes here are eclectic. Poetry and artwork that take chances, that show the unexpected are a welcomed plus, but all forms—both traditional and experimental —are necessary. This forum seeks a community of writers who know their own voices, who listen to the muse and let their pens weep.

Each issue, in addition to a diverse gathering of poems, essays and artwork, will present a featured poet. This work will always be solicited. The featured poet's section should allow for the deeper qualities of a writer's voice to emerge.

Sam Rasnake, Editor

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Editor's bio: Sam Rasnake’s work has appeared in numerous printed journals such as Literal Latté, Pebble Lake Review, Snow Monkey, and Portland Review, and in electronic formats such as MiPOesias, Boxcar Poetry Review, Dead Mule, Three Candles, and nycBigCityLit. His work has been anthologized in Best of the Web 2009 (Dzanc Books) and Deep River Apartments (The Private Press). He is the author of two poetry collections: Necessary Motions (Sow’s Ear Press, 1998) and Religions of the Blood (Pudding House, 1998). In 2010, Finishing Line Press will publish Inside a Broken Clock, part 2 of the poetic series - Tales of Brave Ulysses.

Current Issue - Winter 2010