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Summer 2007 (Issue No. 12)





Table of Contents

Contributors' Notes





Rochelle Ratner
NY Snow Deep Enough To Bury a Basketball Player
Noisy School Kids Have Mouths Taped
Housework Cuts Breast Cancer Risk
Phillipines Hopes to Break Mass Tree Planting World Record

Davide Trame
Not Quite Forgetting
Beyond Delay
Echoes of Sun

Bob Marcacci
“above us only blackness”
“face another deadline another June”

Philip Byron Oakes
Flight School

Ashok Niyogi
Today’s World
Travel Lore

Jessy Randall & Daniel M. Shapiro
Staying Inside
Bowie Medley

John M. Bennett
Wet head

Mark DuCharme
Make Me a Believer
Thank You for Protecting Polar Bears
Possibilities Enthrall Our Foreheads

Amanda Silbernagel
still, born
beckon utopia
what we pretend to not know

CL Bledsoe
8 Ways of Looking at an Airplane
Me and Her at the Lab

Doug Ramspeck
Righteous Rain
German Drinking Songs
Never One, Never the Other

Jenn Blair
Ultima Thule




Mary Chang
Bus Trip

Daniel Coshnear
The Junior Ambassador

Nelson Eshleman
Terminal Velocity

Tom Fillion
The Grand Collector

Semia Harbawi
Crocodile Blues

Reamy Jansen

Robert Miltner
True South

Chris Semansky
Death Gyrl








Judith Jenya
Dubrovnik Afternoon



Contributors' Notes 

John M. Bennett writes that he “has published over 250 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials.  Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press), CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL (Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods), INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), and D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)).  He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues.  He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries.  Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation.”  His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries.”  His Ars Poetica: “Be Blank.”

Jenn Blair, from Yakima, Washington, home of the infamous “Yakima Community College Yaks,” is a graduate of Hollins University and St. Andrews University. Currently, she is fighting the rising tide of comma splices as a teaching assistant and Ph. D. candidate at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.           

CL Bledsoe has work in over 150 journals, including Nimrod, Margie and previously in the Hamilton Stone Review. His first collection, Anthem, is forthcoming later in 2007. He is an editor for Ghoti Magazine http://www.ghotimag.com .

Mary Chang lives in upstate New York. “Bus Trip” is part of a longer work in progress called “Bed for a Night.”

Daniel Coshnear ( dan@coshnear.org ) lives in Guerneville, California with his 
wife and two children. He is author of a collection of stories called Jobs & 
Other Preoccupations
(Helicon Nine 2000). 

Mark DuCharme is the author of Infinity Subsections (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 2004) and Cosmopolitan Tremble (Pavement Saw Press, 2002).  A new collection of his poetry, The Sensory Cabinet, will be published by BlazeVox Books in 2007.  Among his many chapbooks, two are due in 2007: The Crowd Poems from Potato Clock Editions, and The Betweens from Moria.  DuCharme was the winner of the Boulder County Arts Alliance Neodata Endowment Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) for 2006.  He is easily disinterested; however, his cat will vouch for his character.

Nelson L. Eshleman is deeply indebted to the Southern Ocean Review for printing his first short story. His finest literary moment to date has been seeing his work appear in the inaugural edition of the Asia Literary Review alongside evocative pieces by Nobel Prize winning Poet Seamus Heaney and Governor General's Award winning author Karen Connelly. Already he regrets the short fiction he has published in the Adirondack Review, SN Review, Offcourse Literary Journal, Elimae, 3:AM Magazine, Milk Magazine, Brittle Star, Fifteen Project, Upstairs at Duroc and Eclectica. “Terminal Velocity” appears in the Hamilton Stone Review with apologies to M.A.J. All Nelson L. Eshleman ever wanted out of writing was to swim with the dolphins, soar with the condors or to sleep with Sheila Heti.

Tom Fillion is the third generation of his family to work at the Mount Washington Cog Railroad in New Hampshire. Born in Vermont, he is a Florida resident and graduate of the University of South Florida. He is a mathematics teacher, golf and tennis coach at Robinson High School, Tampa. Other teaching assignments have included English Language trainer for the Royal Saudi Air Force in Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and personal teacher for Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys. He has been published in South Beaches Journal and online at http://www.rambleunderground.org/underground_summer06_006.htm. He and his wife are going to Ireland this summer.

Semia Harbawi is assistant professor at the English Department of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Tunis, Tunisia. She teaches English and postcolonial literature. Her publications include: short stories: “The Chant of the Odalisque” (Long Story Short, vol. 38. July, 2006); “The Good Daughter”(Moondance, September, 2006); “Burning“ (Miranda Literary Magazine, October, 2006); “Potent Remedies”(Moondance, December, 2006) “Welcome to Hawa's” (Moondance, March, 2007); “Shorn”(forthcoming in The Blood Orange Review); articles: “Resistive Aesthetics: Jamaica Kincaid's Formal Strategies” (Connecticut Review, 25.2, 2003) and “Narrativising Betrayal in Hanan al-Shaykh's The Story of Zahra”(The Arabesques
2.4, 2007).

Reamy Jansen is Professor of English and Humanities. He  is a Contributing Editor to The Bloomsbury Review of Books. Recent  prose and poetry has appeared in Alimentum, the Literature of FoodGihon River Review, Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal.

Judith Jenya is  a writer painter and photographer now living in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. She has had work published in Time magazine, journals, and newspapers in
Hawaii, California, and Bosnia. For 10 years she directed a humanitarian aid organization for children of war, Global Children’s Organization  and spent much of her time in Bosnia and Croatia during and after the wars there. She is writing a memoir about her experiences and observations while redoing a house Mexican style.

Bob Marcacci is a California Vacavillain currently living and writing in Putignano, Italy. Recent work of his has appeared in Mad Hatters' Review, abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz , Otoliths and zafusy among others. Host of i-outlaw.

Ashok Niyogi is an economics graduate from Presidency College, Calcutta. He made a career as an international trader and has lived and worked in the Soviet Union, Europe and South East Asia in the 80s and 90s. At 52, he has been retired for some years and has been cashew farming, writing and traveling. He divides time between California, where his daughters live, Delhi, and the Indian Himalayas. He is increasingly involved in his personal spiritual quest and has undertaken serious study of scripture. He has published a book of poems, Tentatively, [iUniverse, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1995] and has been extensively published in magazines in the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada.

Robert Miltner

Philip Bryon Oakes lives in Austin, Texas. His work has previously been published in The Gihon River Review, descant, and Oxford Magazine, among others, and he has poetry scheduled for publication in Snow Monkey and Horse Less Review.

Doug Ramspeck writes, “More than 200 of my poems have been published or are forthcoming by journals that include West Branch, Rattle, Confrontation Magazine, Connecticut Review, Rosebud, Nimrod, Hunger Mountain, RHINO, The Cream City Review, and Seneca Review.  I direct the Writing Center and teach creative writing and composition at The Ohio State University at Lima.  I live in Lima with my wife, Beth, and our seventeen-year-old daughter, Lee.”

Jessy Randall’s first full-length collection of poems, A Day in Boyland, is
available from Ghost Road Press. She lives in Colorado Springs and her website
is personalwebs.coloradocollege.edu/~jrandall.

Rochelle Ratner’s books include two novels and sixteen poetry books, most recently the e-book Toast Soldiers (Vida Loca Books, 2007), Leads (Otoliths, 2007), Balancing Acts (Marsh Hawk Press, 2006 -- a finalist for the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, 2007), and Beggars at the Wall (Ikon, 2006).  An anthology she edited, Bearing Life: Women’s Writings on Childlessness, was published in January 2000 by The Feminist Press. More information and links to her writing on the internet can be found on her homepage: www.rochelleratner.com.

Chris Semansky's poems, stories, and essays appear regularly in literary magazines and journals such as College English, New Orleans Review, Willamette Week, Postmodern Culture, Minnesota Review, and Mississippi Review His poetry collection, Death, But At A Good Price, received the Nicholas Roerich Prize and was published by Story Line Press. He teaches in the School of Professional Development at SUNY-Stony Brook.

Daniel M. Shapiro’s poems have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine and Oyez
Review. His chapbook, Teeth Underneath, is available from Foothills Publishing.
He lives in Pittsburgh.

Amanda Silbernagel majors in English at Minnesota State University of Moorhead.

Davide Trame lives in Venice, Italy, where he teaches English and has been writing exclusively in English since 1993. His poetry collection Re-emerging has been published as an email book by  www.gattopublishing.com.











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