Poetry - Summer 2002

John Amen John Amen 's poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications, including Sidereality, Three Candles, The Melic Review, 2River View, The Samsara Quarterly, Disquieting Muses, Small Spiral Notebook, and Branches Quarterly. He has performed widely as a musician, both as a solo act and with a band, and has released three recordings, Wild but Willing, Eat Mine, and Four Forty Four. His first book of poetry is scheduled to be released in late 2002. He is editor in chief of the online literary publication The Pedestal Magazine featured in this issue.

Renée Ashley 's books include Salt (Brittingham Prize in Poetry), The Various Reasons of Light, and The Revisionist's Dream. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and serves as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She is on the faculty of the low-residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Willy Bach was sent to North-East Thailand, as a British soldier with 11 Independent Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, in March 1966. He worked on an airstrip but eventually came to realize that it was possible that the airstrip had been intended to assist in the secret bombing of Laos or Cambodia by the CIA undercover air force - Air America. Out of a sense of disillusion, Bach turned to political poetry. His long poem, The Leong Nok Tha Poems, was broadcast on Radio National in Australia and is now stored with his other writings at the John Oxley Library, in Brisbane. Currently he is working with a Danish aid organization in Uganda, dealing with the results of a fierce and little known war between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan Army (UPDF).

Johannes BeilharzJohannes Beilharz writes in German and English, paints and translates. He is the founder and editor of an international literature and art forum on the Internet http://www.geocities.com/johbeil/ and a literature editor for Open Directory Project (dmoz.org). He lives in Vöhringen, Germany.

Andrea Hollander Budy Andrea Hollander Budy is the author of two full-length collections of poems: House Without a Dreamer (Story Line Press, 1993), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and The Other Life (Story Line Press, 2001)-as well as three prize-winning chapbooks. Other awards include the 2002 Ellipsis Poetry Award, the 2002 D. H. Lawrence Fellowship from the Taos Writers' Conference, a 2002 Pushcart Prize for the essay, the WORDS Award in Poetry, the Porter Fund Award for Literary Excellence, the Panhandler Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, and both the Wesleyan and Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences. Recent poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Five Points,The Kenyon Review, DoubleTake, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and Creative Nonfiction. She is the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Blaise CendrarsBlaise Cendrars was born Frédéric-Louis Sauser to a Scottish mother and a Swiss father on the 1st of September 1887 in the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds. His life from that point on is filled with a myriad of searches in the form of voyages, jobs, hobbies, but mostly writings; poetry, prose, collage, journalistic accounts, meditations and travelogues. His pseudonym, Blaise Cendrars (coming from the words blaze and ashes), reflects his interest in life and his enormous energy as he circumvented the globe. In 1904 he left home and went to Moscow, just in time for the Revolution of 1905. He traveled to China, throughout Russia and the Caucuses, then going to Paris in 1910 and then on to New York in 1911. He has been grouped together with the 20th century surrealists such as André Breton, Lois Aragon and Phillipe Soupault, especially due to his experimentation with poetic form and his concern with art and its status and meaning in modern culture, but his literary connections are by no means limited to that circle. In 1961 Cendrars was awarded the Paris Grand Prix for literature and died soon after on January 21st of the same year.

Rita Dahl was born in 1971 and is a Finnish freelance journalist and criticHer poems have appeared in various Finnish and foreign literary magazines and anthologies in Alaska, Australia, United Kingdom, Portugal, and the United States. She graduated in Political Science from the University of Helsinki and has also a Bachelor´s Degree in Comparative Literature. At the moment she is preparing her thesis on Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.

Egan Moira Egan has an MFA from Columbia University, where her manuscript was chosen by James Merrill for the David Craig Austin Prize. Her work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Boulevard, Literal Latte, Laurel Review, Poetry, & in other journals, and has won various award, including nomination for the Pushcart Prize. Having spent three years in Greece, she now lives & teaches in Baltimore.

Charles FishmanCharles Fishman is director of the Distinguished Speakers Program at SUNY Farmingdale, where he previously directed the Visiting Writers Program for 18 years. His books include Mortal Companions, The Firewalkers, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and The Death Mazurka, which was selected by the American Library Association as one of the outstanding books of the year (1989) and nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His eighth chapbook, Time Travel Reports, will be published by Timberline Press in late summer 2002. He is Associate Editor of The Drunken Boat.

Robert GibbonsRobert Gibbons' third chapbook of prose poems, This Vanishing Architecture, has just been published by Innerer Klang Press. He has work currently online in: The American Journal of Print ; Electric Acorn ; Evergreen Review ; Frank ; Gargoyle   Gargoyle ; In Posse Revew ; Janus Head ; Recursive Angel ; Slow Trains: Slow Trains and Tragos . His first online chapbook, Brief History of Erotic Gesture, a collection of prose poems, is part of the current issue of Linnaean Street. He writes a regular column for www.niederngasse.com, an online magazine out of Switzerland. Robert works at Northeastern University Library in Boston.

John Guzlowski John Guzlowski received an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Award in 2001 for poems included in Language of Mules, a book of poems about his parents' experiences as slave laborers and displaced persons in Nazi Germany during and after the Second World War. Some of the poems from this collection are featured at The Scream On Line. His poem “Lovers” is the last poem in a sequence of three. The other two poems are “At Forty She begins to Write Poems” and “Climbing Down From the Wind,” and they can be found at Drought: A Literary Review. His poems have also appeared in such journals as Atlanta Review, Negative Capability, Manhattan Review, Madison Review, and the Polish literary quarterly Akcent. Currently, he teaches Contemporary American Literature and Poetry Writing at Eastern Illinois University.

Wolfgang HilbigWolfgang Hilbig was born in 1941 in the coal-mining region of Meuselwitz, Saxony; his father fell in the Battle of Stalingrad. Hilbig grew up in a working-class milieu and worked in East Germany's industrial wasteland; his densely poetic texts literally emerged from the boiler-room. He was too independent and his work too apocalyptic to make him a candidate for the new breed of working-class poets fostered by the GDR. In 1985 Hilbig moved to West Germany, but has remained a profoundly East German writer. This spring, it was announced that the author, Wolfgang Hilbig, will be this year's winner of the Büchner-Preis - Germany's most prestigious literary award. Hilbig's work has been translated into a number of European and Asian languages; the only major work of his to appear in English was the novella “Knacker's Yard”, published several years ago in Grand Street (Issue 48).

Hix H.L.Hix works as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His most recent poetry books are Surely as Birds Fly (2002) and Rational Numbers (2000), both published by Truman State University Press. His critical works include Understanding William H. Gass, just published in July 2002 by the University of South Carolina Press, and As Easy as Lying: Essays on Poetry, forthcoming in September 2002 from Etruscan Press. He has worked with Eugenijus Alisanka (whose work is featured in Winter 2002 of The Drunken Boat)to translate Mr. Alisanka's City of Ash, published by Northwestern University Press. The poems featured here are from Hix's next poetry book, other poems from which are in recent or forthcoming issues of Georgia Review, Harvard Review, and Ploughshares.

Maureen Holm Maureen Holm, a poet, linguist, and arts lawyer, is a principal in the international arts consortium, p h i l o p h o n e m a ™ (producers of Lyric Recovery Festival™ at Carnegie Hall), and Senior Essayist and Articles Editor for Big City Lit™ (see our previous feature). Recent poetry and essay publications include Southern California Anthology (USC), poetrybay.com, Paris/Atlantic, Rattapallax, Lagniappe (SUNY Buffalo). One of her pieces was recently selected by Robert Mezey for an Honorable Mention in the Ann Stanford competition. She lives in Manhattan. In this issue, she is represented by her original poems in French, along with her translation of them into English and her translation of Paul Valéry.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the recipient of the 2002 Julia Peterkin Award. Her first book, The Gospel of Barbecue, won the Wick Prize for Poetry and was also a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. Honorée's second book of poetry, Outlandish Blues, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2003. Her poetry recently has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Brilliant Corners, Callaloo, and Ploughshares.

Jill Jones Jill Jones is a Sydney poet. She won the Mary Gilmore Award in 1993 for her first book, The Mask and the Jagged Star. The Book of Possibilities, her third book, was shortlisted for the National Book Council, The Age Book of the Year and Adelaide Festival Awards. Her latest book, Screens Jets Heaven: New & Selected Poems, was published by Salt Publishing in 2002. A chapbook of prose poems, The Real Me, is due from Wild Honey Press in late 2002-early 2003.

Steve Kronen Steve Kronen's first book, Empirical Evidence, was published by the University of Georgia in 1992. More recently, a new collection, The World Before Them, was a finalist for the Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and is presently circulating. He has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and Breadloaf, two Florida Arts Council grants, and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from PSA. His poems have appeared in APR, Poetry, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The American Scholar, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Threepenny Review, Agni, and elsewhere.

Ekaterina Likhtik Ekaterina Likhtik has been translating for several years but this is her first publication. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to the United States in late October 1987. After graduating college, she moved to Paris in 1999 and was going to stay there if life hadn't taken her to Haifa, Israel, a little over a year later on the anniversary of her grandfather's death in March 2000. Throughout this time, Ekaterina was conducting research and studying neuroscience at the Salpêtriêre Hospital in Paris and then at the Technion in Haifa. She is currently beginning her second year of graduate studies in neuroscience and electrophysiology.

Jeffrey levine Jeffrey Levine has a full life as poet, teacher, publisher, musician, husband and father. His first book, Mortal, Everlasting, winner of the 2000 Transcontinental Poetry Award is just out from Pavement Saw Press. Over the past two or three years, individual poems have been selected for various prestigious awards, including North American Review's first annual James Hearst Award, chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa, the Kestrel Poetry Prize, Missouri Review's Larry Levis Prize, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Society of American Poets, and most recently, the 2001 Mississippi Review Award for his long poem, “Orpheus Descending” in which Orpheus and Eurydice find themselves tourists in modern-day Venice. Seven times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press.

Walt McDonald Walt McDonald was an Air Force pilot, taught at the Air Force Academy, and served as Texas Poet Laureate for 2001. At the end of May 2002, Walt retired from Texas Tech University as Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and Poet in Residence. Some of his recent books are All Occasions (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000), Blessings the Body Gave, and The Flying Dutchman (Ohio State, 1998, 1987), Counting Survivors (Pittsburgh, 1995), Night Landings (Harper & Row, 1989), and After the Noise of Saigon (Massachusetts, 1988). Four books received awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Later in 2002, Texas Tech University Press will publish The Waltz He Was Born For, a book of essays about his work edited by Andrew Hudgins and Janice Whittington. Walt's poems have been in journals including American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, First Things, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), London Review of Books, The Nation, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, and The Southern Review. Walt and Carol have three children and seven grandchildren.

Carol Moldaw Carol Moldaw lives and teaches in Pojoaque, New Mexico. Her most recent book is Through the Window (La Alameda Press, 2002), which was previously published in 1998 in a bilingual edition, Pencereden/Through the Window, in Istanbul. She won a Pushcart Prize in 2002, and her poems have appeared in Conjunctions, Manoa, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Colorado Review, and Denver Quarterly. She is also the author of two previous collections, Chalkmarks on Stone, and Taken from the River. She has been a contributing editor of The Drunken Boat since Summer 2001. In this issue, she is represented by her sequence The Lightning Field, sections of which won the Pushcart Prize.

Sawnie Morris Sawnie Morris is a recent contributor to The Kenyon Review and The Journal, and was the recipient of a Texas Pen Literary Award. She teaches literature and writing at the University of New Mexico in Taos.

Jessy Randall Jessy Randall grew up in Rochester, New York, where the sky is almost always white. She is now Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College. The 2River View has published an illustrated collection of her poems, Dorothy Surrenders (http://www.2river.org/chapbooks/jrandall), and she writes regularly for Verbatim: The Language Quarterly (http://www.verbatimmag.com). About once a year, she guest-edits Snakeskin magazine (http://www.snakeskin.org.uk). She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, son, sister-in-law, and cat in an old Victorian house with a gratuitous second staircase.

Walle Sayer Walle Sayer was born 1960 in Bierlingen near Tübingen. He lives in Dettingen near Horb on the Neckar. Apprenticeship in banking, practical year in a kindergarten, civil service, odd jobs, taught German classes, responsible for child care in the central asylum seekers home in Horb, night attendant in a clinic for psychosomatic patients, manager of a cultural cafe in Horb from 1985 to 1991, free-lance writer since 1992. Walle Sayer has won several prestigious German poetry awards and scholarships. He has published numerous collections of poetry and poetic prose. The poems translated are from Irrläufer, Klöpfer & Meyer Verlag, Tübingen 2000.

Michael Scofield Michael Scofield received his M.F.A. in poetry from Vermont College in July 2002. Holder of a B.A. from Yale University, for many years he and his wife wrote marketing documents for high-tech companies. They left Silicon Valley for Santa Fe in 1995. His poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, Bellowing Ark, Blue Unicorn, Diner, Rhino, The Santa Clara Review, and Whole Notes. In 2000 Amador Press (www.amadorbooks.com) published his book of poetry and prose, Silicon Valley Escapee.

Pamela Sutton's poems are taken from her book-length manuscript, Fist of White Flowers, which was a finalist in the National Poetry Series in 2000. Her poems have appeared in the anthology, Best American Poetry 2000, published by Scribners, as well as many literary journals including American Poetry Review, Threepenny Review and Denver Quarterly. Her awards include a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University where she studied with Robert Pinsky and Derek Walcott.

ThomThom the World Poet began his poetic life in Australia where he was very active in promoting “Street Poetry”. Twelve years ago, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he has continued to create festivals and venues for street poetry. He is the author of some eighty-five books of poetry, seven CDs and thirty-five tapes, largely improvised with music.

Miia Toivio is a Finnish translator. She is represented in this issue by her translations of Rita Dahl.

Paul ValeryPaul Valéry was born in 1871. As a young man, he became friends with Stéphane Mallarmé and frequented his artistic circle, while writing a number of poems which were published and favorably reviewed. However, due to an unhappy love affair and artistic frustration, he renounced poetry in 1892 and turned his attention to the scientific method and the nature of language and consciousness. He was a civil servent in the French War Office, and then a private secretary to the director of the French press association. He was married in 1900 to a close friend of Mallarmé's daughter. In 1912, he was persuaded by Andre Gide, another literary friend, to revise some early work for publication. In the course of his revisions, Valéry began La Jeune Parque. Originally intended to be a valedictory poem for the collection, the poem became a long symbolic work which took Valéry five years to complete. The publication of the poem in 1917 made him famous, and with the subsequent publication of Album de vers ancients, 1890-1900 and Charmes ou poèmes he was established as the greatest French poet of his time. However, he wrote little poetry of consequence after 1922. In later life, he became known as a public personage and distinguished commentator on any number of issues and at his death in 1945 was given a full state funeral.