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Summer 2008 (Issue No. 15)



Table of Contents

Contributors' Notes


Chad Heltzel

Reamy Jansen
Anti-War Poem

Allen Bramhall
Worcester as an Average

Gabriele Quartero
Four Bad Poetry Remixes

Meg Pokrass
Oil Spill

Sheila Murphy and Douglas Barbour
Continuations LIV

Joseph Somoza
Bus Ticket

Craig Cotter
Self Portrait at the Surly Wench, Tucson, Arizona

Janet Butler
rain, san francisco


Robert E. Wood
’Tis Pity


Rick Marlatt

Simon Perchik
Her window, small, cracked...
Around my shadow...

Ron Winkler
a day like December




J. C. Frampton
Morning Has Broken

Luke Rolfes

Sharmila Mukherjee
Tale of an Indian Lesbian

Nora Costello
Skin and Sand

Hallie Elizabeth Newton



Contributors' Notes 

Douglas Barbour, poet, critic and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta, has published many books of criticism and poetry, including Fragmenting Body etc. (NeWest Press/SALT 2000), Breath Takes (Wolsak & Wynn 2002), A Flame on the Spanish Stairs (greenboathouse books 2003), and, most recently, Continuations, with Sheila E. Murphy (University of Alberta Press 2006). He was inaugurated into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in 2003.

Allen Bramhall is the author of Days Poem (volumes 1 & 2) from Meritage Press. He is also the author of the two-volume Days Poem, from Meritage Press. When he is not publishing such works as Days Poem (volumes 1 & 2) from Meritage Press, he is writing about writing it. Schooling includes BA and MA from Lesley University and a Technical Writing Certificate from Middlesex Community College. A person of several talents, he is the amanuensis of the spirit of Worcester.

Janet Butler, a native of Pennsylvania, relocated to California after many years in Italy, where she began her career in both watercolors and poetry. Recent publications include Niederngasse, California Quarterly, Rose & Thorn, Plainsongs, Free Verse, Mississippi Crow, and The Indented Pillow. Eden Fables was published by Language and Culture for their 2007-2008 Chapbook Series. Collection: Ekphrastic Poems by Robert Schuler and Janet Butler was published by Canvas Press in 2007 and Shadowline, a collection of fifty poems came out in 2007 from Gatto Publishing, Scotland.

Nora Costello is a 24-year-old graduate of Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. She received her B.A. in fiction writing and served as an editor on the student newspaper. She currently works as the personal assistant to author Erica Jong in New York City. Nora lives in Astoria, Queens with her Tuxedo cat, Josie and writes everyday.

Craig Cotter was born in 1960 in New York and has lived in California since 1986.  His third collection of poetry, Chopstix Numbers, is available from Boise State University’s Ahsahta Press.  Poems from his new manuscript Awake are upcoming in Nimrod, Global Tapestry Review, Lungfull!, Aufgabe, Poetry New Zealand, Ambit, The Los Angeles Review & Alimentum.

J.C. Frampton, a native of Washington D.C., is a journalist/writer who lives in southern California. He has been a grocery clerk, a sportswriter, a sailor, a political journalist, an actor and a marketing exec. His verse, fiction and humor have appeared in Spork, Pindeldyboz, Eclectica and the Eclectica Favorite Stories Anthology, San Diego Magazine, The King's English, Ghoti, Menda City Review, Monkeybicycle, Sweet Fancy Moses, Pig Iron Malt, The Paumanok Review, Thieves Jargon, Slow Trains, Aileron, and Dead Mule.  Theater, film and book reviews have appeared in SoCal metro newspapers. "Morning Has Broken" is one of a number of his short stories focusing on Walter Hampstead, a physicist and paterfamilias. Frampton has recently finished work on a 90,000-word novelistic homage to Franz Kafka, soon to try thumbing a ride to your local Barnes&Noble. Get in touch at framptonatsandotrrdotcom.

Chad Heltzel’s poems have appeared in In Other Words, and are forthcoming in Blue Unicorn and Faultline.  He is a co-editor of the online journal Little Red Leaves and poetry editor of Packingtown Review.  He lives in Chicago.

Reamy Jansen is Professor of English and Humanities at Rockland Community College (SUNY). He is a contributing editor of The Bloomsbury Review of Books and co-editor of the magazine’s new short essay, bi-monthly feature, The Out of Bounds Essay. His personal essays and poems have appeared in Evansville Review, LIT, Gargoyle, 32 Poems, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Alimentum and other places. He can be reached at reamyjj@gmail.com.

Rick Marlatt is a middle-school English teacher from Kearney, Nebraska, and an MA creative writing student at the University of Nebraska. He earned a BAE in English Language Arts and a BA from UNK. This fall, he will begin work towards an MFA in creative writing from the University of California Riverside at Palm Desert. Previous work of his has appeared or will be appearing such journals and magazines as Blue House, Slow Trains, Language and Culture, The Carillon, The Reynolds Review, Universal Journal, and the University of Nebraska Research Journal.

Sharmila Mukherjee lives in Brooklyn, and teaches at New York University.  She spends the rest of her time reading, writing, and loving a most amazing partner.  She was born and raised in the “city of joy,” Calcutta, India.  The landscape of her fiction is Bengal and she writes about Bengalis struggling to retain their identities in an increasingly globalizing India.  She has stories in South Asia Review amongst other literary journals.

Sheila E. Murphy’s most recent book publications are The Case of the Lost Objective (Case) from Otoliths (2007) and Continuations, her collaboration with Douglas Barbour. Later this year, Blue Lion Books will release her Collected Chapbooks, featuring shorter collections up through the year 2002. Over the past several years, Murphy has been engaged in visual poetry, with works included in private collections and public exhibitions. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she and Beverly Carver co-founded and coordinated for twelve years the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series. 

Rodney Nelson walks, reads, and writes in Walcott, North Dakota. Among his many poetry collections, his Swede Poems came out from Shearsman Books in 2007.

Hallie Elizabeth Newton, a graduate of Eugene Lang College, wrote “Turbulence” when she was underage. Now she’s legal. Aside from her array of odd jobs including demolition, personal shopper and band roadie, she is helping write a short film under the working title “Fitting” to be completed this fall. Born in Mississippi, she is currently a coastal vagrant without a permanent address.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. An extensive bibliography appears in “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” at www.geocities.com/simonthepoet.  

Meg Pokrass lives in San Francisco. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Emry’s Foundation Journal, Flutter Magazine, The Orange Room, Halfway Down the Stairs, 971 Menu, Toasted Cheese, The Rose and Thorn, Thieves Jargon, Eclectica,  Chanterelle’s Notebook, Roadrunner Haiku Journal, 34th Parallel, Roadrunner Haiku Journal, and SoMa Literary Journal. She has performed with theatre companies throughout the United States and considers writing a natural extension of sensory work developed as an actor.

Gabriele Quartero (b. 1972) received a degree in English literature, spent five years working as a graphic designer, and now is a teacher. Some of his poems appeared in Lamport Court, Erbacce and The Journal. He now lives in Brusnengo, Biella, Italy.

Luke Rolfes grew up in Polk City, IA. He recently received his MFA from Minnesota State University. This September, he will teach English at Northwest Missouri State University. His fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, Passages North, The Rake Magazine, and Blue Earth Review.

Joseph Somoza and his wife Jill are spending the month of June in an unfurnished apartment in Chicago, right near the lake. They sleep on an air mattress, use cardboard boxes for end-tables, and, in general, are doing the Bohemian thing like they used to when they were younger, loving the big city life. Call it a break from their small city life in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His most recent collection of poems is Shock of White Hair, from Sin Frontera Press (2007).

Ron Winkler, who lives in Berlin, is a freelance writer and translator.

Robert E. Wood teaches at Georgia Tech. His film studies include essays on Fosse, DePalma, and Verhoeven, as well as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is the author of Some Necessary Questions of the Play, a study of Hamlet. His recent and forthcoming poems are in flashquake, Poetry Midwest, Quiddity and Quercus Review. Previous poetry publications have been in Wind, Southern Humanities Review, and South Carolina Review.







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