We here at Daphne are writers too. Some of the reasons we wanted to start this magazine was to get to know other writers, to create a community and to create a home for work that might not get seen elsewhere. One of the most frustrating things for us when submitting is a lack of transparency. Often editors ask you to read a few issues before you submit but even if you feel your work fits in thematically, aesthetically etc. you still get a rejection. Here at Daphne we'll keep you updated on what we're into, what we're reading, what we're watching, and what we're listening to so you'll have a better idea of what pieces we might be interested in publishing.
Today we wanted to give you some insight into our current reading list. These are the books currently on our collective nightstand: A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Ferrante, The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, salt. by Nayyirah Waheed, Selected Poems by Mary Ruefle, Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles and Classical Chinese Poetry translated and edited by David Hinton.
We love the clean, concise prose of Ferrante and Berlin, the wild melee and sense of place in Myles', Ruefle's and Kushner's works and the elegant turns of phrase in Waheed's and Hinton's poetry. We're interested in stories about women, and friendships but we also appreciate literary history and the formality that entails.
Is this helpful or more confusing? What are you reading right now? What's been inspiring your work lately? Let us know in the comments!