Essays - Fall 2002

Fire on the Lake: Live from Druskininkai
An account of this October's Poetinus Druskininku ruduo 2002/ Druskininkai Poetic Fall, an annual festival in Lithuania.By regular columnist J.C. Todd

Previous Issues

Poets in Marseille

An essay on the recent “Le Scriptorium” in Marseille, France. By the writer and journalist, Rosalind Brackenbury.

What Use Is Poetry in the Contemporary World?

An essay which considers the use of poetry. By the Australian writer, MTC Cronin.

A feasting on words for the summer season. By regular columnist J.C. Todd

Reflections on the intersection of language and event. By regular columnist J.C.Todd.

Notes on My Arthritic Heart
A short introduction to a poetic body of work that deals with rheumatoid arthritis by Australian writer Liz Hall-Downs.

Introduction to Queensland Poetry
An introduction to the work of the Queensland poets whose poetry was selected for this issue by Liz Hall-Downs.

Fit of Passion: Public Performance of the Poetry of Gender

A discussion of performance poetry and gender by Liz Hall-Downs (with Kim Downs).

Two essays on poetics and the erotic

"Speculations on the poetic" and "The Pleasures of Poetry" by the noted Australian writer Alison Croggon.

The W.B.Yeats International Summer School
The experience of attending the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland, by poet Donald Levering.

My Chickens

A juxtaposition of loss on the global and the personal scale by regular columnist Joyce Wilson.

"The Nation Sings:"
A look at Lithuania poetry before and after the fall of the Soviet Union. By the noted scholar and translator Laima Sruoginis.

"more modestly I look on lithuanian poetry:"

"Reflections on the Poetry of Contemporary Lithuania" by regular columnist J.C.Todd.


Commentary on Lithuanian poetry by noted Lithuanian poets: Kornelijus Platelis, Sigitas Geda, Laurynas Katkus, Giedre Kazlauskaite.

The Canadian Online Lit Scene
A thorough introduction to the thriving online Canadian literary scene, includes a comprehensive list of links to Canadian sites. By Canadian writer and editor Michael Bryson.

Mastering the Master: Appropriations of Crisis Conversion in the Poems of 1862
A look at the poetry of Emily Dickinson. From the forthcoming book by Aliki Barnstone.

Universal Net-Meetings and Private Poetics: an Excursus into the Future of Cyber-Culture.
A response to the UN Dialogue Among Civilizations that wanders from the Theogony of Hesiod to the future of the net as a "Universal without the totality."
By Erminia Passannanti.