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Praise for Fulcrum

From out of nowhere, Fulcrum has in only a few years established itself as a must-read journal, a unique annual of literary and intellectual substance positioned on the cutting edge of culture.
—Billy Collins
One of the most significant spaces ever created for poetry interaction anywhere at any time, Fulcrum is a masterpiece.
—John Kinsella, Cambridge University
Fulcrum serves as a primary resource for anyone interested in diverse poetic practices not only from these States, but also from around our trembling globe.
—Michael Palmer
Just exactly that—poetry and aesthetics bound like a new literary bible telling me the prophecy of what seems to me this (to coin a phrase) New Literary Largess… I constantly had the feeling of being on the cusp of a great new movement, not only in literary journals, but in contemporary poetry and scholarship as well while reading Fulcrum. … Proximity with perfection, a feat of a journal!
Literary Magazine Review

A proper poetry journal should be run by proper poets, not by “well-intentioned” committees or genteel “lovers of poetry” along the lines of who’s admitted to the social register and who is not. Nikolayev and Kapovich are smart, curious and up to the job. Keep your eye on Fulcrum.

—August Kleinzahler

Fulcrum is quite simply the most exciting literary magazine I know of—it’s got the largest scope of any journal, and room for the most depth. In an age of jaded readers, Fulcrum gives joyous illumination. Each issue is a treasure.

—Don Share, Poetry Editor, Harvard Review,
and Curator, G. E. Woodberry Poetry Room
The most philosophically astute poetry journal available.
—Simon Critchley, The New School for Social Research
One of the liveliest, most challenging poetry journals now on the market, Fulcrum is notable for its non-sectarianism, its free-wheeling, wide-ranging presentation of different poetries, candid interviews, and unusual critical prose.
—Marjorie Perloff
The reach and variety of Fulcrum is very welcome: from fresh new voices to old and valued ones, with no leaning towards a particular school or clique. Every issue is ample, vigorous and eclectic. No wonder people are taking notice.
—John Tranter
Fulcrum… where intelligence refuses to die.
—Charles Bernstein
An overwhelming and splendid 700+ page annual that defies categorization, offers readers texts and perspectives they won’t find elsewhere, and gives poets the space to debate big ideas.
Poetry in the UK and the US is notorious for its vendettas, closed communities and border disputes. In contrast, Fulcrum displays an exemplary hospitality to a wide range of poetry and practices. It reminds us why and how poetry can matter by opening a literal and conceptual space in which attention can rest on language being brought into activation. Fulcrum is the future.
—David Kennedy
A poetry journal open to a wider range of philosophical interests than any other, Fulcrum is doing as much to advance philosophy as it is to advance poetry.
—Peter Hare, Editor, Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy
Fulcrum… is a stroke of luck for us readers, for it offers an unprecedented project in American letters today.
—Ilya Kaminsky in Jacket
Prepare to be surprised. Literature should be surprising, and in Fulcrum, it is.
—Rosanna Warren
Returning to Calcutta, I carried Fulcrum with me on the flight: a poetry journal from America. Half of this issue [#4] was devoted to anthologising Indian poetry in English, and I was reading this section… with deep pleasure. What interested me was that a different idea of cross-cultural contact was at work in the journal from the one we’re indoctrinated with today, to do with globalisation and diaspora… Internationalism became significant because it brought different literatures together, and addressed, in a new way, the primacy of literature… Reading the anthology, I became aware of what should be obvious: some of the best writing in English in India is being done by poets.
—Amit Chaudhuri in The Times of India
A truly international annual of diverse poetry and cogent aesthetic enquiry, Fulcrum is an essential component of every contemporary English language poet’s working library. If your vertical bookshelves are already crammed and bulging, let Fulcrum take a well-deserved place on the top of your horizontal stack. It’s a distinctive and indispensable publication.
—Pam Brown, associate editor, Jacket
Actually, what you need to do is to get the latest Fulcrum.
—Joe Green
I lack the qualifications to review Fulcrum 3 properly, but the more I think about its density and mass, the more I realize, oh give up trying to be Solomon, evaluating Fulcrum 3 is like—trying to hold a moonbeam with your hand. A big heavy 500 page behemoth of a moonbeam.
—Kevin Killian in Jacket
At once international and local in its scope, broadly informed, philosophic and lyric, Fulcrum is capable of serious lifting!
—Peter Gizzi
Luckily, Fulcrum comes out only once a year, otherwise there wouldn’t be much time left to do anything else.
—S. K. Kelen
Fulcrum is an elegant little poetry magazine published from “a room in Boston,” already seen as one of the most significant of its kind.
The Hindu
I’d say it blows away just about any print poetry publication out there….It merits comparisons to John Tranter’s Jacket and outdoes Jacket in some significant ways (fortunately it isn’t a competition…). Fulcrum is no mere experiment but instead the polished delivery of a swirl of so many influences…
—Patrick Herron on the Buffalo Poetics list
Russian expats Katia Kapovich and Philip Nikolayev have launched in the US a poetry annual called Fulcrum. These two émigrés have succeeded at the kind of project that has of late proven to be beyond the power of American and British lovers of literature, who are well grounded in Western culture, at home in its institutions, educated at prestigious universities, well-connected in literary circles, and skilled at dealing with foundations that support cultural initiatives.
Inostrannaya Literatura (“Foreign Literature,” Moscow)
…Katia Kapovich, che con il marito Philip Nikolayev sta emergendo sulla scena americana grazie alla rivista Fulcrum di cui sono editori.
Alto Adige: Cultura & Società
One of the most significant recent literary periodicals is Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, published by major Russian-American poets Philip Nikolayev and Katia Kapovich.
Landfall (New Zealand)
Why does poetry have the power to lift us, enlighten us, and, yes, comfort us? I mulled over this question with Katia Kapovich and Philip Nikolayev. Poets originally from the former Soviet Union, they now live in Cambridge and edit Fulcrum, a journal of English language poetry from around the world.
The Boston Globe
[Fulcrum] will fill days in your life in a most gratifying way.
Fulcrum… arose a well-connected giant out of nowhere.
Fulcrum is probably the best poetry magazine currently available in the US.
—Mumbai Mirror
The best discourse of poetry and philosophy in print.
—Grace Cavalieri on miPOradio
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