For our twentieth anniversary issue, we welcome back both James Bybee
(several of whose new poems we published in the Winter/Spring 2009
issue) and Andrew Towne, who participated with gusto in the debate
we publish in this issue.
Of course, in every anniversary one makes a bow to the past and then
sets one's eyes on the weirdness of the future, in this case especially
regarding issues that have always guided, and galvanized, Caveat
Lector: the value and purpose of art, the politics and other treacheries
of contemporary culture, and like problems that enliven both the American
and the international scene.
Such interests led unexpectedly, not long ago, to a lengthy email
exchange on "creative writing" programs and the larger issue of the
effect of academia on the arts. That debate~Art Versus the Academy:
An Email Debate~can be found in our Essays