RABBIT is a print journal for nonfiction poetry, based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded by Jessica L. Wilkinson in mid-2011 and has recently released its 33rd issue.
A pioneer in the field, RABBIT intends to celebrate the potential for poetry to explore and interrogate the boundaries of nonfiction writing. RABBIT encourages poets to openly engage with auto/biography, history, politics, economics, mathematics, cultural analysis, science, the environment, and all other aspects of real world experience, recollection and interpretation.
RABBIT publishes all things poetry – poems, reviews, essays on poetry and poetics, interviews with poets, and visual art by poets – with an emphasis on new and emerging rabbits (poets) and a focus on supporting Australian poetry.
Some of the contributors to the journal include Jane Hirshfield, Jordie Albiston, Natalie Harkin, Johanna Drucker, Dennis Cooley, Craig Santos Perez, Jaya Savige, Justin Clemens, Jennifer Compton, Kenneth Goldsmith, Stuart Cooke, Melody Paloma, Lisa Gorton, Duncan Hose, Michael Farrell, Petra White, Cassandra Atherton, Liam Ferney, Amy Brown, Alison Whittaker, Anna Jackson, Alex Skovron, Alvin Pang, joanne burns, Robert Sullivan, Ian McBryde, Jeanine Leane, Kate Middleton, Jill Jones, Bonny Cassidy, Patrick Jones, Eileen Myles, Ann Vickery, Lesley Wheeler, Ania Walwicz, Pierre Joris, Peter Boyle, Ken Bolton, Fiona Hile and Pam Brown.
Rabbit is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction poetry for Issue 36: the ART Issue, to be guest co-edited by Leah Muddle and Angela Gardner.
At the doorway to the journal's 36th edition, themed Art, think not: what does 'non-fiction' do to poetry; think: what can poetry (+ art) do to non-fiction? What do poetry and art bring to one another? How does one open and enlarge the field of the other? How do they enliven the 'real world'? Send us your experiments, your abstract takes; lines that lift from the page; poems that, as Louise Bourgeois says - 'do something to me'.
Please send up to 3 poems in one document through Rabbit’s Submittable site. Please include in the cover letter of your submission:
• full contact details (postal address, email)
• 50-word max. bio
• a short (50-word max.) response to the following: "What does poetry offer to writing about/of art?"
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE MIDNIGHT Tuesday 31st May 2022
About the guest editors:
ANGELA GARDNER has five solo collections of poetry. Her verse novel The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette (Shearsman, 2021) is a UK National Poetry Day recommendation. She graduated from Queensland College of Art and artwork is held in international public collections. She is a current finalist in the Libris National Artist Book Awards.
LEAH MUDDLE is one of 12 poets included in the Special Edition book House of Ideas: Modern Women published by Rabbit for Heide Museum of Modern Art (2021). Her artwork is featured in Rabbit's 22nd issue, 'Jazz'. She is the author/illustrator of a chapbook - 'Enchantment or a meal' (Shower Books, 2018) - and is currently working on her first book-length manuscript about artists and the abstract domains they inhabit.
RABBIT is a journal of nonfiction poetry. If you are concerned that your take on the ‘real world’ is slightly abstract, don’t worry–include a line or two to tell us why you categorise your poem as ‘nonfiction.’ We are very much open to poetry experiments! Please note that we do not accept previously published poems; simultaneous submissions are fine (provided you let us know immediately if your poems have been accepted elsewhere).
RABBIT also publishes book reviews, essays interviews with poets and visual artworks by poets. The editors regularly solicit this material, but are open to expressions of interest. Please see the website at rabbitpoetry.com.