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Summer 2009 (Issue No. 18)


Table of Contents

Contributors' Notes





James Grabill
Humpback Calf
Rapturous Swims of Coastal Debris
Everything Is Waves
The Catastrophic Grocery Incident
The Hour Before Precognitions of William James
As She’d Agreed

Libby Hart
Man walks into the water
Cliffs of Moher

CL Bledsoe
Caricatures Can Never Be Loved
Only Tell Me Which Is Which
Knock, Knock
The Mayor

Our Painted Dead
The Revelation of Buried Arms
So as Not to Forget

Nicholas Karavatos
Greenhouse Coffee Effect
now with you

Kathleen Kenny
Beginning and End
Take Off
Another Martyr for Auld Ireland -- Another Murder for the Crown

Mourna’s Reel
Beanna Bóirche
Those Glorious Skies
Mourna and the Well

Sandy McIntosh
Woman in the Bar

Rodney Nelson
Red River 1876
Oregonian Text

David Woodward


Joyce Yarrow
Tracks in the Snow

Miriam N. Kotzin

Jen Michalski
Killing Rabbits

Grant Tracey
Color of Sky

Charles Rammelkamp
The Dead Know Nothing


Contributors' Notes 

CL Bledsoe has two collections, Anthem and _____(Want/Need). He is an editor of Ghoti Magazine http://www.ghotimag.com.

James Grabill’s poems have appeared in numerous periodicals such as Willow Springs, the South Dakota Review, the New York Quarterly, Poetry Northwest (David Wagoner, ed.), kayak (in the ‘70s and ‘80s), Ur Vox, Re Dactions, The Bitter Oleander, NRG, the East West Journal, The Common Review. His recent books of poems are October Wind (Sage Hill Press, 2006) and An Indigo Scent after the Rain (Lynx House Press, 2003), with recent online work including a chapbook (Amnesia toward the Future) and a dozen poems at Pemmican Online as well as other poems at Barnwood (http://web.mac.com/tomkoontz/Site_26/09_Scroll_3.html), the Hamilton Stone Review, the Midwest Review, Arabesques, Innisfree, The Big Toe Review, Windfall, and others. He lives in Oregon, where he teaches writing and sustainability in Oregon City.

Libby Hart’s first collection of poetry, Fresh News from the Arctic (Interactive Press, Australia, 2006), received the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize. She is the recipient of a DJ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship at The Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, as well as an international skills and arts development studio residency (Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, 2008) from the Australia Council for the Arts. Her work has been published widely and broadcast on ABC Radio National.

Nicholas Karavatos was a manual worker by day and a poet-musician by night before going into debt to complete his formal education. He is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata and New College of California’s Poetics Program in San Francisco. Having lived and taught in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, since 2006 he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. He invites you to visit http://nicholaskaravatos.blogspot.com/ for text links and audio collaborations.

Kathleen Kenny is a writer of Irish parentage who lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She earns her living as a part-time creative writing tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. Her latest collection of poems, Firesprung, was published recently by Red Squirrel Press.

Miriam N. Kotzin, associate professor of English at Drexel University, directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing and teaches creative writing and literature. Her fiction and poetry have been published widely in literary journals. She is a contributing editor of Boulevard and a founding editor of Per Contra:  the International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas.  She is the author of A History of Drexel University (Drexel University, l983) and two collections of poetry, Reclaiming the Dead (New American Press, 2008) and Weights & Measures (Star Cloud Press, 2009). Her collection of flash fiction, Just Desserts, will be published in 2010 by Star Cloud Press.  Her novel, Cutter's Fiction, is represented by Don Gastwirth.

Sandy McIntosh’s collections of poetry include 237 More Reasons to Have Sex (with Denise Duhamel), Forty-Nine Guaranteed Ways To Escape Death and nine other books, including a Chinese cookbook, as well as software programs, including Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing! He has published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, the Wall Street Journal, American Book Review, and elsewhere. He was managing editor of Confrontation magazine, and is publisher of Marsh Hawk Press.

Jen Michalski's collection of short fiction, Close Encounters (2007), is available from So New Media. Her work has appeared widely, including McSweeney's Internet Tendency, failbetter, storySouth, Gargoyle, The MacGuffin, 42opus, Potomac Review, and others. She is the editor of the lit zine jmww.

Rodney Nelson, since his return to poetry (from writing fiction) in 2004, has been working at his old craft and seeing poems published. His full-length collection Fargo is due out in 2009.

Charles Rammelkamp lives in Baltimore. Most recent books include a full-length collection of poetry, The Book of Life, published by March Street Press, and Castleman in the Academy, a collection of short fiction, likewise published by March Street Press.  He edits the online poetry journal, The Potomac:  http://thepotomacjournal.com/

Grant Tracey was recently promoted to full professor at the University of Northern Iowa. Boo-yeah! "I Just Want to Have Something to Do" is his favorite Ramones song.

David Woodward lives in the Montreal area. His short stories and poems have appeared in Word Catalyst Magazine, Menda City Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Glossolalia Flash Fiction, and upcoming in Breadcrumb Scabs: A Poetry Magazine and Sugar Mule. In a previous life, he was a bird biologist, but now he seeks flight and freedom through the written word.

Joyce Yarrow grew up in the Southeast Bronx and often has difficulty distinguishing between weeds and the "worthy plants" in her garden in Seattle. Her mystery novel, The Last Matryoshka, will be published in 2010, and she has just finished a literary novel, The Ring of Truth, which is
looking for a home.







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