THE HAMILTON STONE REVIEW ~~~  Spring, 2004 (Issue No. 2)



Jane Augustine
   Five Moons
   Letter-poem for a Reunion at a Quaker College

Michael Heller
   Friend Sick
   For Carl

Rebeca Kavaler
   That Summer

Sybil Kollar
   Collection Agent

Lewis LaCook
   my gelded town sucks

Roger Mitchell
   Dream Seed
   Half Mask

Tom Raworth

Rebecca Kavaler
    That Summer 

Rochelle Ratner
   First Dream, Second Cancer
   Mother's Milk
   Little Christmas

Joseph Somoza
   The Larger Scheme
   Summer Train

Larry Goodell
   Real Reach





Jane Lazarre
    The Harbor

Richard Perry
     Before Home Boys

Susan Robbins
    Counting Backwards




Contributors' Notes


Jane Augustine's most recent books of poetry are Arbor Vitae (Marsh Hawk Press) and Transitory (Spuyten Duyvil).

Larry Goodell, originally from Roswell, New Mexico, has now been living in Placitas, New Mexico, for many years. He began writing poetry in 1956 and, for several years, edited and published a little magazine called duende. Duende press will soon release a first book of poems by Stavros called American Makeover.

Michael Heller's most recent volume of poetry is Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2003). He has work forthcoming in First Intensity, Stand and The Laurel Review. In 2003, he received an award from The Fund for Poetry.

Rebecca Kavaler, twice a recipient of NEA fellowships, has published three collections of short fiction and one novel. Her poetry and she's a newcomer to the writing of poetry appears in recent or upcoming issues of Prairie Schooner, Atlanta Review, and Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Sybil Kollar's work has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Chelsea, Columbia, The Literary Review, Provincetown Arts, and Rattapallax. Her poems have been published in anthologies including A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, and she has written poem texts for a song cycle "Just Us" for mezzo-soprano and flute composed by Donna Kelly Eastman, which was performed in Washington and was included in the CD Series of the Society of Composers, Inc. She's received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and been awarded writing residencies in Germany and Scotland. Her chapbook In Rooms We Come and Go was published by Somers Rocks Press and Water Speaking to Stone, a collection of her verse, is forthcoming from Pivot Press, 2004.

Lewis LaCook, an associate editor at sidereality ( ) is a poet, musician and web artist whose work was recently featured at Ohio State University's An American Avant-Garde: Second Wave exhibit and symposium. His poetry and net art have appeared in CTheory, the Rhizome ArtBase, 5_trope, Artifacts, Cauldron and Net, Lost and Found Times, Wired Art from Wired Hearts, Shampoo, the muse apprentice guild, sentence and score, among others. His personal website is at

Jane Lazarre is the author of the memoirs, The Mother Knot, On Loving Men, Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons, and Wet Earth and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery. Her novels include, Some Kind of Innocence, The Powers of Charlotte, Worlds Beyond my Control, and, recently completed, Three White Women. She is currently working on an anthology, Writers Teaching Writing, and a new novel. She is the recipient of awards for fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She directed the writing program at Eugene Lang College for many years where she is now on the faculty teaching writing and African-American literature.

Roger Mitchell writes and teaches in Bloomington, Indiana. Delicate Bait, the latest of his several collections of poetry is just out from the University of Akron Press. His poems in this issue are from an unpublished collection called Half/Mask.

Richard Perry is the author of four novels, one of which, Montgomery's Children, received the New Voices Award. His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including Essence, Cottonwood and Southern Review, and he is represented in the collections Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction, Speak My Name, and others. A three-time recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Award for fiction, Perry was a National Endowments for the Arts Fellow in writing in 1989. He lives In Englewood, NJ, where he works as a free-lance writer and editor.

Rochelle Ratner's latest poetry book, House and Home, was published in Fall 2003 by Marsh Hawk Press. . Two poetry e-chapbooks, Tellings (2002) and Lady Pinball (2003) were published by Tamafyhr Mountain Press (, and sugar mule ( recently devoted a full issue to her writing. Coffee House Press published two novels: Bobby's Girl (1986) and The Lion's Share (1991). An anthology she edited, Bearing Life: Women's Writings on Childlessness, was published in January 2000 by The Feminist Press. A full bio, including links to her work online, can be accessed from her home page:

Susan Robbins has published stories in Parabola and Confrontation as well as Other Voices and The Stone Soldier, an anthology of short fiction. She lives in New York City and is working on a collection of connected short stories.

Tom Raworth was born in London in 1938. During the 1970s he traveled and worked in the United States and Mexico, returning to England in 1977 to be Resident Poet at King's College, Cambridge. Since 1966 he has published more than forty books and pamphlets of poetry, prose and translations. His graphic work has been shown in France, Italy, and the United States, and he has collaborated and performed with musicians, painters and other poets. In 1991 he was invited to teach at the University of Cape Town, the first European writer thus distinguished for thirty years. His Collected Poems (2003) is available from .

Joseph Somoza, who retired nine years ago from teaching and being poetry editor of Puerto del Sol at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, loves hanging out in his back yard. His most recent (2002) collection of poems is Cityzen from La Alameda Press.







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