Gently Read Literature is an internet journal that hopes to be useful by creating a forum for criticism and analysis of contemporary literature, specifically contemporary poetry and literary fiction. GRL believes there are too few outlets that take the time to scrutinize literature, to explain how and why we value poetry and fictive prose the way we do. Readers and Writers alike need to know the reasons why there are good angels and bad angels. At Gently Read Literature, we will explain ourselves fully, we will own our judgments, and we will always strive to help make the world more literate. With so much these days based on the idiot premise of opinion, GRL strives to present arguments not just feelings. An opinion is worthless because everyone has one, to think that your opinion matters is to insist that the sun shines on just you and not on all. It is time for a congress of critique, so that we can begin to wipe away the inept, the superfluous, and the deficient. This all may sound pretentious, but within the vast glut that is American literature, too much is published that is poorly written or simply needless. It is time we separated the wheat from the chaff.
“Harrison contributed an in-depth but accessible review to the literary journal I edit, Gently Read Literature. Her critical skills are sharp and her tone is formal without being distant. I hope to feature work by Harrison in the future. ” Daniel Casey, Editor, April 29, 2009