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Fourteen New Poems, Four New Stories For Spring

by Contrary Magazine March 17, 2015
Janet McNally

Janet McNally’s poems captivated us—viscerally—from the first lines, not just the imagery, but the sounds: “kick past coral,” “conch shells,” “plate glass.” As we read on, we entered a web of thematic strings that tie the poems together: flower petals, pomegranates, rubies, shades of red, myth, and fairy tale. These poems are so beautifully interwoven, […]






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Brought to a Boil: An Essay on Experimental Poetry

by John Olson April 23, 2014
John Olson

“All poetry is experimental poetry.” ~ Wallace Stevens Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will […]






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What it Means to be Contrary

by Contrary Magazine April 22, 2014
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“Turning words into art is unnatural. It begins with a contrary attitude. It says, I am unhappy with the way things are and desire to make things different. Rather than represent the world, I will make something wildly and savagely new. I will defy logic. I will invest in new perceptions. I will combine and […]






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Ten Years = 130 Moons

by Contrary Magazine July 12, 2013
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The summer issue of Contrary is out, topped by three moon poems by John A. Nieves, and we are now accepting submissions for Winter 2014. The deadline is Dec. 1. Our Autumn 2013 issue will mark our tenth anniversary and will be devoted to the best fiction, poetry, commentary and the most contrary contrarians we have encountered since […]






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Pregnant with Stories and Poems

by Contrary Magazine February 14, 2013

If you haven’t heard, we published a mega-issue of Contrary this winter, with seven new short stories, led by Nahid Rachlin and Jennifer Givhan, and eight new poems including a trio by Amanda Leigh Rogers. If you received an email from us telling you an invitation to submit was on its way, or even if […]






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A new year for Contrary

by David Alm January 3, 2012

Last winter, when the founding editor of Contrary magazine, Jeff McMahon, asked me to anchor the site’s blog, I was flattered, of course, but also a bit intimidated. The magazine had already established itself as a literary gem in a field that can seem either overcrowded or woefully empty depending on how you look at […]






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Forecast: A Contrary Summer

by Contrary Magazine June 28, 2011

The Summer Contrary is published and we have an early deadline for Autumn. The details: “Vaucluse” by Laura Elizabeth Woollett is one of the finest pieces of very short fiction we’ve ever received. Laura Elizabeth Woollett is an undergraduate student and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Set your sidereal drive on her now and watch her star […]






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The spring Contrary has sprung

by Contrary Magazine March 21, 2011
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Now and then, Shaindel falls in love. Sometimes years will pass without an episode, but when it happens, it’s a blazing passion. When a new flame flares up, I’ve learned, it’s best for me to stop what I’ m doing and read. Last week in the midst of a downpour of sorrows—which she se nt […]






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A Contrary girl

by Leah Welborn February 11, 2011
Leah Welborn

If you click the tab up there that says “On the Contrary,” you’ll find an interesting rubric, something of a Contrary mission statement. It reads, in part: “we insist that all of our content is contrary. And, we insist, so is all of yours.” I don’t know about you, but when I read those words, […]






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