Albatross is a poetry journal published by the Anabiosis Press. The journal’s title is drawn from Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and is intended to invoke the allegorical implications of that poem. As such, the albatross becomes a metaphor for an environment that is threatened by the arrogance of humankind. The inside cover of the journal always carries the following quotes from the poem to remind us of this danger:
“God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends that plague thee thus!–
Why lookst thou so? –With my crossbow
I shot the ALBATROSS. . .
“And I had done a hellish thing
And it would work ’em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!”
As a species, we are “killing the bird/That made the breeze to blow”: we are destroying our environment. Recognizing this as far back as the mid-1980s, I founded this journal (with Richard Brobst, who co-edited the journal with me until the late 1990s) as a way to give expression to those who are sensitive to this situation and who give voice to the voiceless in their poetry.
The first issue was published in 1985, was typeset with an electric typewriter and was 8 1/2″ X 7.” The editor is Richard Smyth, who holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.