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Winter 2009 (Issue No. 17)


Table of Contents

Contributors' Notes





Alan Baker
from The Book of Random Access

Pēters Brūveris
Here / Te

Andrew Burke
Shop Local

Ashok Niyogi
By Elizabeth Lake

Camille Martin 
Seven from “Sonnets”

Dan Raphael
Used to be a tree

Karla Linn Merrifield 
Georgia O’K

Flow Going above Comb Ridge

Dion Farquhar 

Gravitas 10014

Scott Hammer
Point of View
The Adverb Clause
Approximate Nature

Philip Byron Oakes
A Tree Falls in the Woods

Stephen Vincent
from “Tenderly







Jay Baruch

Summer Block
Of What is Sweet and What is Terrible

James Cervantes

Dot DeLuitzo
Cotton Candy

Andrew J. Madigan
An Act of Contrition

Michael Shannon

Diane Simmons

Robert Wexelblatt
Four Faust Variations



Contributors' Notes 

Alan Baker lives in Nottingham, England. He runs Leafe Press and is editor of the webzine Litter. He has published four pamphlets, the most recent being Hotel February (2008) from Bamboo Books, California. His translation of Yves Bonnefoy's Début et Fin de la Neige is published by Bamboo Books, California, and he has a new pamphlet forthcoming from Skysill Press, Nottingham. Online poetry at Shearsman, Great Works, Shadowtrain and others.

Jay Baruch's short story collection Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers (Kent State University Press, 2007) was Honorable Mention in ForeWord Magazine's 2007 Book of the Year Awards in the short stories category. His fiction has appeared in Other Voices, Bryant Literary Review, Another Toronto Quarterly, Inkwell, Segue, Ars Medica, Salt River Review, Tattoo Highway and others. He lives in Rhode Island, where he practices emergency medicine and teaches medical ethics at Brown Medical School

Summer Block's essays, short fiction, and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including artnet.com, McSweeneys, Small Spiral Notebook, Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, the San Francisco Chronicle, Monkeybicycle, Stirring, ALARM, Identity Theory, January Magazine, Rain Taxi, Newsweek Select, and Tripmaster Monkey. You can find more of her work at www.summerblock.com .

Pēters Brūveris was born in Riga in 1957, and after graduating from the Department of Art and Culture at the Latvian State Conservatory worked as a literary consultant to the newspaper Latvijas Jaunatne (Latvian Youth) and as the director of the literary department of the newspaper Literatura un Maksla (Art and Literature).  Eight collections of his poetry have been published: Black Thrush, Red Cherries (1987), Amber Skulls (1991), Sitting on a Park Bench (1994), Black Bird’s Nest in the Heart (1995), Flowers for Losers! (1999), Love Me God (2000), The Landscape of Language (2004), and Behind Glass (2006). He has also written four books for children. Brūveris has written librettos and song lyrics as well as texts for animation films.  He translated and edited a collection of Turkish poetry entitled Courtyards Filled with Pigeons (1988, together with Uldis Bērziņš), translated the works of Lithuanian poets Kornelijs Platelis, Sigits Gedas, Henriks Raudausks, Toms Venclova, as well as many other works of poetry, and has translated poetry and prose from Azerbaijani, the Crimean Tatar language, Russian, Germany, and Prussian.  His poetry has been published in Lithuanian, Russian, Swedish, German, Slovenian, Ukrainian and English translation. He has received the Klāvs Elsbergs Award (1987), the Publisher Preses Nams Award in Literature in 2000 and 2001, the Days of Poetry Prize in 2001 and 2005, the Award in Literature from the Baltic Assembly in 2004, the Ojars Vacietis Poetry Prize (2006) and the National Prize for Best Book (2007).

Andrew Burke is an Australian poet with half a dozen books out and two in the wings. In recent years he has been awarded a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University, partly for his novel High Spirits.  He is now experimenting with disjunctive narratives in a prose format to blur the prose/poetry border. His daily thoughts on everything from poetry to cricket can be found at http://hispirits.blogspot.com/.

Inara Cedrins is an American artist, writer and translator who received her B.A. in Writing from Columbia College in Chicago and her M.A. in Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her anthology of contemporary Latvian poetry written while Latvia was under Soviet occupation was published by the University of Iowa Press, and she is currently working on a new Baltic anthology. She went to the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing in 1998 to study traditional Chinese ink painting on silk, remaining five years to teach at universities including Tsinghua University and Peking University, as well as to the People's Liberation Army and students at the Central Academy of Fine Art, designing the courses and using poetry as a vehicle. Two collections of her poetry were published bilingually by the Foreign Literature Press in Beijing. In 2003 she went to Nepal to study the technique of thangka painting. After the king’s coup d’etat, she relocated to Riga, where she started a literary agency called The Baltic Edge and taught creative writing at the University of Latvia. She returned to America in 2006, and a collection of her poetry titled Fugitive Connections was published by the Virtual Artists Collective. She currently lives in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area.

James Cervantes's fourth book, Temporary Meaning, was published in March, 2006, by Hamilton Stone Editions and was nominated for an L.A. Times Book Award. He is editor of The Salt River Review and divides his time between San Miguel de Allende and Arizona.

Dot DeLuitzo knits and crochets. She also doesn't drink alcohol but has somehow managed to be involved in multiple bar fights. She's looking for a muse or benefactor - preferably both. If you'd like to support her creative endeavors (or would just like to say hi), she can be reached atdot@alivingdisaster.com.

Dion Farquhar, born in 1947 and unable to believe the numbers, lives in Santa Cruz, California, with the love of her life and their wonderful-terrible, twin teenage sons. Formed by the Sixties and repudiating nothing, she still misses the old country of New York, her friends, and off-off Broadway theatre. Recent poems appear in Right Hand Pointing, Shifter, Opium, New Verse News, Ep;phany, Otoliths, etc. Her poetry chapbook Cleaving won first prize at Poet’s Corner Press in 2007.

Scott Hammer’s poems have appeared in magazines such as Poet Lore, Lungfull!, Freefall and Can We Have Our Ball Back.  He is currently writing in Philadelphia, where he teaches English at a high school for international affairs.

Andrew J. Madigan recently moved to Brooklyn, New York after working in the Middle East, Korea, Tokyo, Okinawa, the UK and exotic Northwest Ohio (!) . He was once a body-double for Bill Murray, but on a horrific film, which is, he guesses, a mixed blessing. He has also carried sandwich boards, cleaned toilets, delivered for Dominos in South St. Louis, helmed the beer tap at a Greek deli, bounced, built houses, and taught college.

Camille Martin, a Toronto poet and collage artist, is the author of Sonnets (Shearsman Books, forthcoming) and Codes of Public Sleep (BookThug, 2007). Her work has been widely published in journals in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Her current project is a poetic sequence based on her Acadian/Cajun heritage. She earned an MFA in Poetry at the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University. She teaches writing and literature at Ryerson University. Her website is http://www.camillemartin.ca

Karla Linn Merrifield, a Pushcart Prize nominee and 2009 Everglades National Park Artist-in-Residence, has had poetry appear in publications such as CALYX, Earth’s Daughters, Poetica, The Kerf, Negative Capability, Paper Street and Blueline; online in The Centrifugal Eye, Terrain.org, Elsewhere: A Journal of the Literature of Place, and Elegant Thorn Review, and in several anthologies. In 2006, she edited The Dire Elegies: 59 Poets on Endangered Species of North America, from FootHills Publishing; in 2007, FootHills issued her Godwit:  Poems of Canada. She is poetry editor of Sea Stories (www.seastories.org) and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye (www.centrifugaleye.com). She teaches writing part-time at SUNY College at Brockport.

Ashok Niyogi is an economics graduate from Presidency College in Calcutta, India. 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, Goa on the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Himalayas. He has published a book of poems, Tentatively [ISBN : 0-595-33935-2] and has been extensively published in print and online magazines and in chapbook form in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, Turkey, Canada and Hong Kong.

Philip Byron Oakes lives in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Otoliths, Switchback, Cricket Online Review, Sawbuck and Taiga. His first volume of poetry, Cactus Land (77 Rogue Letters),  is now available.  Learn more at http://philipbyronoakes.blogspot.com/

Dan Raphael lives in Portland and performs work throughout the Northwest, in places like Wordstock, Burning Word, Portland Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot and the Whatcom  Poetry Series.  Bop Grit    Storm Cafe, originally issued in '85, has just been re-issued by Xexoxial Editions; other recent books are Breath Test (nine muses) and Showing Light a Good Time (Jazz Police.)  Current poems appear in Otoliths, Unlikely Stories, Portland Review, Skidrow Penthouse and Satellite Telephone.

Michael Shannon has a B.A. in creative writing from King's College and works as a technical writer. He has had work accepted by numerous print/online publications including Enigma, Steam Ticket, Down in the Dirt, The Oak, AntiMuse, Barfing Frog Press, The American Drivel Review, Transcendental Visions, Poetry Motel, The Lampshade, Cherry Bleeds, Zygote in my Coffee, Dispatch, Straylight, Lalitamba, The Cherry Blossom Review, SubtleTea, Backwards City Review, Wisconsin Review, Midway Journal, and The Foliate Oak.. He lives in Pennsylvania. He can be contacted at mshannon78@aol.com

Diane Simmons’s second novel, Dreams Like Thunder, won the Oregon Book Award for Fiction in a field that included Ken Kesey and Kim Stafford. Judges compared the prose and the sensibility to that of Flannery O'Connor. It was favorably reviewed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and blurbed by Grace Paley. She has published short fiction in Northwest Review, Fiction, Green Mountains Review and most recently, Local Knowledge. Her first novel, Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark, was set in Alaska, and published by Simon and Schuster. She has also published book-length critical studies of Jamaica Kincaid and Maxine Hong Kingston, as well as a study of popular imperialist writing called The Narcissism of Empire. She grew up on a farm in Eastern Oregon and now heads the Writing and Literature Degree program at Borough of Manhattan College in New York City. See samples of her work at her blog, Freeze in the Dark.

Stephen Vincent's most recent poetry books include Triggers, a Shearsman ebook: (http://www.shearsman.com/pages/books/ebooks/ebooks_home.html), a faux ebook, Sleeping with Sappho (http://www.fauxpress.com/e/vincent/), and Walking Theory (Junction Press: 2007). Recent poems and reviews have appeared in the current issues New American Poetry, Crayon, Jacket and the forthcoming Vanitas. His well known blog features --  poetry, photography, art, politics and commentary - http://stephenvincent.net/blog/. Current blog feature is The First 100 Days of President Obama, which includes a comment and a new haptic drawing for each day of the new regime.  His show, Haptics, is currently at the Braunstein-Quay Gallery in San Francisco (January 22 through February 21, 2009.) See http://www.bquayartgallery.com/archive/access_vincent2008.html#

Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University¹s College of General Studies.  He has published essays, stories, and poems in a wide variety of journals; two story collections, Life in the Temperate Zone and The Decline of Our Neighborhood; a book of essays, Professors at Play; and the novel Zublinka Among Women, winner of the First Prize for Fiction, Indie Book Awards, 2008.  A new collection of stories, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, is forthcoming.












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