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All poetry and translation in this issue in alphabetical order.
Poetry from Canada:
Diana Fitzgerald Bryden
Poetry from Belgium:
Gabriel and Marcel Piqueray Poetry from Israel:
Poetry from Russia:
Poetry from Spain:
Rafael Pérez Estrada
Poets from the United States:
Jan Heller Levi
Poetry - Spring 2001
Mark Aldrich teaches Spanish at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He has published criticism on contemporary Spanish novelists and poets in journals such as Hispanófila, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, and Análisis de Textos Literarios among others. His translations into Spanish of poems by Charles Simic have appeared in Hora de Poesia and others by Phyllis Levin are forthcoming in El Laberinto de Zinc. His short story "Puerta Once" appeared in the literary journal Turia
Robert Archambeau teaches English at Lake Forest College on Chicago's north shore. His books include Citation Suite (Wild Honey) and Word Play Place (Ohio). He is the editor of the international poetry journal Samizdat and has translated work from French and Swedish.
Erin Belieu was born and raised in Nebraska and educated at the University of Nebraska, The Ohio State University, and Boston University. A former editor at Agni, she currently serves as a contributing editor to The Kenyon Review. She has taught at Washington University, Boston University, Kenyon College, and currently teaches at Ohio University. Her second poetry collection, One Above and One Below has just been published by Copper Canyon. She is also the co-editor of The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry By American Women just out from Columbia. Her first poetry collection Infanta was chosen for the 1994 National Poetry Series.
Barbara Bowen consults with school districts to transform classrooms and schools into collaborative knowledge-building communities. She has been a science teacher and teacher educator, and from 1983-1986 was the director of Apple Computer's Education Foundation. In 1986, she founded Apple's External Research Program which she managed until she left Apple in 1993. She has had poems published in Paper Wasp, an international journal of haiku published in Queensland, Australia. She is a student in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and lives in Port Townsend, WA.
Diana Fitzgerald Bryden is a Toronto poet, reviewer and essayist. Learning Russian, her first book of poetry, was published by The Mansfield Press in 2000. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals, and she is finishing her second book, The City.
Rafael Pérez Estrada (Málaga, Spain,1934 - 2000) was the author of more than forty published volumes of prose and poetry. His writing is characterized by formal and stylistic innovations that challenge traditional notions of genre. From aphorism to full length novel, Pérez Estrada's work consistently creates worlds of astonishing imagination and creativity. His first work, Valle de los galanes, was published in 1968. His poetry collections Conspiraciones y conjuras (1986) and El bestiario de Livermoore (1988) were both finalists for Spain's Premio Nacional de Literatura. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and has been translated into English, French, Swedish, Italian, and Rumanian. He was also an accomplished painter and illustrator, having had his work exhibited internationally and published in Insula, ABC, and other publications. He received his law degree from the University of Granada and practiced law in his native Málaga. He is translated here by Mark Aldrich.
Jean-Luc Garneau is a distinguished linguist and the author of Riviere des Morts, a collection of poetry published in his native Quebec. He lives in Chicago.
Joelle Hann was raised on Saltspring Island, BC, and now lives in New York. She has published poetry and non-fiction in Fiddlehead, Fireweed, Matrix, Dandelion, Geist, Quill & Quire, etc, and has received two Canada Council grants as well as residencies at Banff and Yaddo. She holds an MFA and an MA from New York University.
Andrey Kneller, born in Moscow, Russia, was highly influenced by Russian literature and poetry. He began to write poetry when he was just thirteen years old and since then has written over 350 poems. Fluent in both English and Russian, Andrey has also translated poetry by Aleksander Pushkin, Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Vysotsky and other Russian poets. Currently, Andrey is a senior at St. Raymond High School in the Bronx. In the Fall of 2001, he plans to attend Brandeis University.
Sonnet L'Abbe is a writer and performer living in Toronto. Her first book of poetry, A Strange Relief, will be published in April by McClelland and Stewart.
Jan Heller Levi, born in New York City and raised in Baltimore, was the 1998 winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets for her first collection of poems,Once I Gazed at You in Wonder, published by Louisiana State University Press in April 1999. In 1998, she was also awarded the George Bogin Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and this year (2001), the Emily Dickinson Award. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including TriQuarterly, Graham House Review, New Orleans Review, Poetry East, Pequod, and, in translation, in drehpunkt (Basel) and Neue Rundschau (Berlin). Levi is also the editor of A Muriel Rukeyser Reader (W.W. Norton, 1994). She is married to the Swiss novelist and playwright Christoph Keller, and divides her time between St. Gallen, Switzerland and New York City, where she teaches at Hunter College and the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y. She is currently working on her second collection of poems, What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted, and a biography of Muriel Rukeyser.
Suzanne Lummis resides in Los Angeles, where she is director of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, award-winning teacher with UCLA Extension, and advocate in various Southern California movements and literary uprisings. She combines her background in poetry writing and theater in the language-driven performance group Nearly Fatal Women. Her plays October 22, 4004 B.C., Saturday and Night Owls have received Drama-Logue Awards for Playwriting, and she sometimes appears in local theater, usually in characters who lean toward the tragi-comic. Her most recent poetry collection, In Danger was a finalist for the PenWest Poetry Prize and published in the California Poetry Series. Previous poetry collections include Idiosyncrasies (Illuminati), and Falling Short of Heaven (Pennywhistle). She is the principal editor of Grand Passion: The Poetry of Los Angeles and Beyond (1995), selected as one of the hundred best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times.
Rochelle Mass is an editor and translator. She has two chapbooks published this spring: Where's My Home? in the Premier Poet's Series, Rhode Island, and Aftertaste: Poems and Short Fictions from Ride the Wind Publishing in Canada. Canadian-born, she moved to Israel with her husband and daughters in 1973 to a kibbutz in the Jezreal Valley. She now lives in a community crawling up the western flank of the Gilboa mountains in that same valley.
rob mclennan is a poet, editor, publisher & a few other things, based in Ottawa, Canada's glorious capital. the editor/publisher of above/ground press & STANZAS magazine, his most recent appearances are the chapbooks "sex at 31" (above/ground press), "some breaths" (Staccato) & his 6th full collection, "harvest: a book of signifiers" (fall 2001, Talonbooks). his second show of artwork, "lost language", appeared at Gamma Ray Productions, Ottawa in March 2000. His web site tells all - www.track0.com/rob_mclennan
David O'Meara was born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario. He has bartended in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montreal, taught English in Kwang-ju, South Korea, and currently lives and writes in Ottawa. "Rain" is excerpted from his first book Storm Still, which was short-listed for The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (for the best first book of poems in Canada).
A. F. Moritz has published twelve volumes of poetry, and various works of translation and nonfiction, and having received many national and international honors. His book Rest on the Flight into Egypt (1999) was nominated for the 2000 Governor General's Award in Canada; his poetry has been honored in the United States with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. His poems have been anthologized in four editions of the annual The Best American Poetry anthology series, and have often appeared in American Poetry Review, Yale Review, Paris Review, Hudson Review, Partisan Review, and many other US journals.
George Murray joins The Drunken Boat as a Contributing Editor with this issue of Canadian Poetry. His poetry collection, The Cottage-Builder's Letter has just been published by McClelland and Stewart Ltd. His first book of poems, Carousel: A Book of Second Thoughts was published in 2000. He has been an editor at the Literary Review of Canada and Smoke, and his poetry, fiction, and criticism have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including Antigonish Review, Descant, The Fiddlehead, the Globe and Mail, The Iowa Review, The New Quarterly, The Ontario Review, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, and Write Magazine. Raised in rural Ontario, he now lives in New York City.
Richard Outram was born in Canada in 1930. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Philosophy and English) and is now retired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Richard Outram is the author of numerous collections of poetry. His latest collection, Dove Legend, has been published recently by The Porcupine's Quill. His previous collecton, Benedict Abroad, won the City of Toronto Book Award for 1999. Outram's work has also been widely published in journals and magazines. His many public readings include the Harbourfront Reading Series and a one-person reading at the National Library of Canada.
John Pass has been published widely in Canada since the 1970's. He won the CIVA Canada Poetry Prize in 1988. The Hour's Acropolis (Harbour Publishing, 1991) was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award (BC Book Prize). His thirteenth collection, Water Stair (Oolichan Books, 2000) was nominated for a Governor General's Award and is nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award (BC Book Prize for Poetry). He lives on BC's Sunshine Coast with his wife, writer Theresa Kishkan, and their three children.
Gabriel and Marcel Piqueray were important figures of surrealist writing in Belgium. Born in 1920, the Piqueray twins wrote separately but always published collectively. In their words, there was only ever "one signature, one station signal, as they say on radio; one overall station signal for the Piquerist state of mind." Gabriel died in 1991, and Marcel not long after. Their collected works in French, Au-delà des Gestes et Autres Textes are available from Éditions Labor, Brussels.
Aleksander Pushkin (1799-1837) has often been considered Russia's greatest poet. His earliest publications were romantic poems and a cycle of romantic narratives which received critical and popular success. He was active in various revolutionary movements in Russia and was banished from St. Petersburg for his political poems in 1820. During his period of exile, his work became more political, marked by elements of Russian folklore and history, and emphasized "ithe judgment of the people" upon the class structure of the time. The failure of the Decembrist revolution and execution of five of its leaders was a grievious experience for Pushkin, though, afterwards, because of his popularity as a poet, the Tsar allowed him to return to Moscow. Upon his return to Moscow, Pushkin continued to write poems and plays and prose pieces, while having his work censored by the Tsar himself and living under police surveillence. After marrying in 1831, he entered government service and received rank at the Tsar's court primarily because of his wife's social position. However, he found the situation increasingly difficult. He was regarded with suspicion and his requests to resign and retire to the country were declined. In 1837, he was fatally wounded in a duel defending his wife's honor, a duel which had been forced by his enemies at the court. Called the "poet of reality," Pushkin is considered to be the foundation of Russian literature. He has exerted not only a great influence as a poet but as a force for freedom and social change.
Ann Shin writes and makes films. Aside from these untitled poems from her Speed of Now manuscript, Ann is currently working on a novel about several people lost in the worlds of dot-coms and TV. Coincidentally, her newest documentary film project is about the social impact of the global Internet industry. Her last documentary, Western Eyes, has won awards and been screened in festivals in Europe, United States and Canada. Previous publications include The Last Thing Standing, a book of poetry about the notion of home, published by Mansfield Press, 2000.
John Unrau was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, raised on prairies, completed his B.A. at Alberta, M.A. and D.Phil at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. He has two books on architecture with Thames and Hudson of London, one book on biography and paintings of a prairie Mennonite woman (Windflower, Winnipeg, 1991), and one thin book of poems, Iced Water with Salmon Books of Ireland which got good reviews in LRC and TLS. He teaches adults in the evenings at York University's Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies.
Paul Vermeersch lives in Toronto where he's the artistic director of The I.V. Lounge Reading Series. His first collection of poetry, Burn, was published in 2000 by ECW Press and was shortlisted for the 2001 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (for the best first book of poetry in Canada). He edited The I.V. Lounge Reader, an anthology of new Canadian writing, which is forthcoming this spring from Insomniac Press. His next book of poetry is scheduled for 2002.
Gary Whitehead’s first full-length collection, Climbing the Tree of Heaven Back Down to Earth, was recently accepted by Salmon Publishing. He has previously authored two chapbooks of poetry, both winners of national competitions, Walking Back to Providence (Sow's Ear Press, 1997) and A Cool, Dry Place (White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2000). Other awards include the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship (Iowa State University) and the Robert Traver Award (Fly Rod & Reel). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared widely in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, Connecticut Review, DoubleTake, Poetry Ireland Review, Western Humanities Review, Verse, and Yankee. He was just awarded a fellowship from the New York State Foundation for the arts and a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Fellowship. He teaches English in northern New Jersey, and lives in Warwick, New York, where he is editor and publisher of Defined Providence Press, featured in Winter 2000 .
James Wren, born in Chicago, educated in the States, as well as in Europe and in Asia, holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from The University of Washington and a D. Lit. in modern Japanese literature from Niigata University (Japan). He has published a number of scholarly articles, reviews, translations and book-length manuscripts in the areas of modern Japanese and Indonesian literature, as well as in medical history and narrative. At the age of 41, he has taught at The University of Hawai'i and has only recently retired as Professor of Modern Japanese Literature at San Jose State University. Currently battling lupus and Parkinson's Disease, he resides in an assisted-living situation in Birmingham, Alabama.