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All poetry and translation in this issue in alphabetical order.

Poetry from Argentina:

Susana Thénon

Poetry from Bulgaria:

Ivan Vavoz

Poetry from Canada:

Ken Babstock

John Degen

Shawna Lemay

Adam Levin

Stuart Ross

John Unrau

Poetry from China:

T'ao Ch'ien


Tu Fu

Li Ho

Wen I-to

Li Po

Li Shang-yin

Wang Wei

Poetry from Indonesia


Poetry from Japan

Takahashi Mutsuo

Poets from the United States:

Susan Aizenberg

John Brandi

Kay Gantt

Robert Gibbons

Elizabeth Knapp

Donald Levering

Walt McDonald

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Yavor Dimitrov

Arthur Sze

Renata Treitel

James Wren

Poetry - Summer 2001

Susan Aizenberg Susan Aizenberg's first full-length collection of poetry, Muse, is forthcoming next spring from Southern Illinois University Press's Crab Orchard Series. She is co-editor, with Erin Belieu, of The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, featured in this issue, author of a chapbook length collection of poems, Peru (Graywolf Press, Take 3: AGNI New Poets Series, 1997) and a contributing editor to The Nebraska Review. Her poems have appeared and are forthcoming in such journals as AGNI,Chelsea,The Journal, Prairie Schooner, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewere. She is Assistant Professor of English and creative writing at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ken Babstock Ken Babstock was born in Newfoundland and grew up in the Ottawa Valley. He is the winner of the 2000 Atlantic Poetry Prize and the 1999/2000 Milton Acorn People's Poetry Prize for his first collection of poems, Mean (Anansi). He is also the author of Days Into Flatspin. He has worked as Faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently lives in Toronto.

John Brandi John Brandi's dozens of publications include poetry, travel vignettes, essays, modern American haiku, translations of contemporary Mexican poetry, hand-colored broadsides, and limited-edition letterpress books. He has traveled widely and his work has been published in India, Italy, France, England, Switzerland, India, and Mexico. As a painter and collage artist, he has had solo exhibits in Houston, San Francisco, Rochester, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a Witter Bynner Translation Award, a Djerassi Foundation Residency, the Just Buffalo Writers Award and the Portland State University Poetry Prize. His books include: Heartbeat Geography: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1966-1994; A Question of Journey;Visits to the City of Light; Weeding the Cosmos; and Reflections in the Lizard’s Eye. He teaches poetry as a member of the summer faculty at Idyllwild Arts, California.

T'ao Ch'ien (365 – 427) is one of the great early poets. He was the first to celebrate the joys of drinking wine, and the illuminations that thereby came to him. He once worked as libationer for his district but soon resigned. He was then offered a job as keeper of records but also turned it down. T'ao was always dissatisfied with official appointments and found, instead, contentment in his "fields and garden."

Li Ch'ing-chao (1084 – 1151) is generally considered to be China's finest woman poet. She was a master of the tz'u (lyric) genre and was a painter, calligrapher, and, along with her husband, an avid collector and specialist in ancient stone and bronze inscriptions. Her happy years turned to tragedy, however, when in 1127 their house was destroyed by invading Tartars, and in 1129 her husband contracted typhoid fever and died.

John Degen John Degen is a poet, playwright and fiction writer from Toronto. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto. His literary criticism has been published widely in Canada and he has worked as a theatre critic for two Toronto weeklies. His book, Animal Life in Bucharest was published by Pedlar Press.

Yavor Dimitrov Yavor Dimitrov is a Bulgarian national, born on November 24, 1964 in the town of Nikopol, Bulgaria. Graduated from St. Cyril and St. Methodius University, town of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in 1992. MA in English. Currently, he teaches English and Technical Writing at ECO-M-Intellect - Accredited Center of Cook's Institute of Electronics Engineering, MS, USA -in the town of Pleven, Bulgaria, where he resides. He has written some poetry but has never been published, as he considers it "personal observation upon life" rather than "a quest for public recognition". He primarily translates poetry and fiction from English into Bulgarian and has translated such authors as Longfellow, Poe, Auden, Shelley, Christina Rosseti, D.H. Lawrence, and James Joyce.

Tu Fu (712 – 770) wrote brilliant poems in the lü-shih (regulated verse) form. These poems are amazing for their incised language and tonal counterpoint. For many years he struggled without success to pass through the official examination system. He experienced imprisonment, exile, and dire poverty.

Wen I-to <1899– 1946) was a pivotal figure in early-twentieth-century Chinese poetry. He rejected classical Chinese, chose to write in the vernacular, and yet his work shows a confluence of the two. He came to the United States, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at Colorado College. When he returned to China, he became involved in the political turmoil of his time. On July 15, 1946, Wen gave an impassioned speech denouncing the Kuomintang government and was assassinated later that day.

Kay GanttKay Gantt was born in Oakland, California decades and miles from where she lives now -- dividing her time between Key West, FL. and Lynchburg, VA. She was a Navy brat attending a different school every other year. Her coming-of-age poems appear in Storyboard 7 & 8, University of Guam Press. Kay's poems can be read in current issues of Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The Reach of Song, Georgia Poetry Society and in the forthcoming issue of Rattle. An unlikely poet by education with a B. A. in education and Masters Degrees in Teaching and Economics from Lynchburg College in Virginia and the University of Delaware, she credits her father for igniting the poetry fire. After several demanding careers and raising five children including two sets of twins, she is at last free to study, write and read poetry. She also likes to mention her membership in the Poetry RE: Visionists of Key West.

Robert Gibbons
has written five chapbooks of poetry. He has poems in The Connecticut Poetry Review, The Dalhousie Review (Canada), and a prose poem in The Literary Review. He writes a regular column, "Observations," for, an online magazine out of Switzerland. Robert works at Northeastern University Library in Boston.

Elizabeth Knapp is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and is currently Associate Poetry Editor of Pif Magazine (, an arts and technology e-zine. Her work has appeared in that publication as well as The Amherst Review.

Li Ho wrote rich, complex poems that draw on Chinese shamanism and mythology. He was a child prodigy and, at age seven, stunned Han Yu when he wrote a poem for him, titled "A Tall Official Carriage Comes on a Visit." Each morning, Li Ho galloped on horseback, dashed off rough phrases of poems, and stuffed them in his saddlebag. Later in the day, he would lay out these phrases and incorporate them into poems.

Shawna LemayShawna Lemay 's second book, Against Paradise, was published this year by McClelland and Stewart. All the God-Sized Fruit, her first book, won the Gerald Lampert Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award.  She's currently working on a collection to be titled, Still.

Donald Levering Donald Levering works as a human services administrator in Sante Fe, New Mexico. His most recent poetry book is Horsetail from Woodley Press. His previous poetry books include The Jack Of Spring (Swamp Press), Carpool (Tellus), Mr. Ubiquity (Pudding House) and Outcroppings From Navajoland (Navajo Community College Press). Another chapbook, The Fast Of Thoth, is forthcoming from Pudding House. He is a former NEA Fellow in Poetry.

Adam Levin Adam Levin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has since lived in Montreal, Mexico, Oxford, and Toronto, where he now works in publishing. His chapbook Restaurant Reviews will be published by Junction Books in the fall. He has previously published a chapbook, Freak Show, from above/ground press.

Li Po (701 – 762) was a free spirit who was once called "an immortal banished to earth." His poems reveal a strong Taoist influence and are remarkable for their lyric flow, spontaneity, and emotional power. According to legend, one night he leaned out of a boat to embrace the moon on the Yangtze River and fell in and drowned.

Walt McDonaldWalt McDonald was an Air Force pilot, taught at the Air Force Academy, and is Texas Poet Laureate for 2001. He has published eighteen collections of poems and a book of fiction, including 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 won Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His poems have been in journals including APR, The Atlantic Monthly, First Things, The Georgia Review, Image, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), The Kenyon Review, London Review of Books, The Nation, New York Review of Books, Orion, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, Stand Magazine (UK), and TriQuarterly . Walt is Poet in Residence at Texas Tech University. Native Texans, Walt and Carol have three children and seven grandchildren.

Rebecca Mizhir Rebecca Mizhir lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, where she hones a life in both writing and psychology, while constantly hearing calls to rural France and motherhood in her inner ear.

Takahashi Mutsuo was born in Japan in 1937. He is has published many books of poetry, including three collections of haiku, three collections of tanka, as well as books of essays and a novel. He won the National Prize of Literature in 1988 and his work has been translated into many languages. A Bunch of Keys: Selected Poems was published in English translation by Crossing Press in 1984, as were Sleeping Sinning Falling (City Lights 1993) and Poems of a Penisist (Chicago Review Press.)

Nursjamsu is well-known in Indonesia as a mid-twentieth century poet. Her work has been infrequently translated into English.

Stuart Ross Stuart Ross has been active in the Toronto literary scene for nearly twenty-five years. He sold 7,000 copies of his self-published chapbooks in the streets of Toronto during the '80s, has edited several literary magazines, and is co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair. In the fall of 1998, he took part in the Via Rail Cross-Canada Writers' Tour. His work has appeared in scores of journals in Canada and the U.S.. His recent books are Henry Kafka and Other Stories and the poetry collection Farmer Gloomy's New Hybrid, shortlisted for the 2000 Trillium Award.

Li Shang-yin (813 – 858) tried to pursue a career through the examination system but was blocked by numerous political rivalries and power struggles near the end of the T'ang dynasty. His untitled poems are some of the great love poems in classical Chinese.

Rex Swihart r l swihart was born in Jackson, Michigan, in 1959, and currently lives in Long Beach, California. Educated in Engineering (Univ. of Michigan), Theology (Grace Theological Seminary), Near Eastern Languages/Culture, and Education (UCLA), he teaches math to inner-city Los Angelinos (Thomas Jefferson High School, Los Angeles, CA.). His work has appeared in Little Brown Poetry, Pigs 'n Poetry, Electric Acorn, Niederngasse, Adirondack Review, In Posse, The Melic Review, and 3rd Muse.

Arthur SzeArthur Sze is the author of six books of poetry, including The Redshifting Web (Copper Canyon Press, 1998). He is the recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. His new work, The Silk Dragon: Translations of Chinese Poetry, has just been published by Copper Canyon.

Renata TreitelRenata Treitel, teacher, poet and translator, was born in Switzerland, educated in Italy, Argentina, and the United States. She has published a chapbook of poetry, German Notebook (1983). She has translated Susana Thénon's distancias/distances (Sun & Moon Press, 1994) and Amelia Biagioni's Las Cacerías/The Hunts forthcoming from Xenos Books in 2001. Her translation of Rosita Copioli's Splendida Lumina Solis/The Blazing Lights of the Sun (Sun & Moon Press, 1996) was the recipient of a 1991 Witter Bynner Translation Grant and was the 1997 Oklahoma Poetry Award Winner. We have previously published a selection of Rosita Copioli's Furore delle rose/Wrath of the Roses which was a recipient of a 2000 Witter Bynner Translation Grant. Her poems have also appeared in Winter 2000.

Renata TreitelSusana Thénon, was born in 1937 and died in 1990. An Argentine poet, she was also a translator and artistic photographer. Her collections of published poetry include edad sin tregua (1958), Habitante de la nada (1960), de lugares extraños (1967) and Ova completa (1987) from which the current selection is taken. Among her unpublished work at the time of her death are Ensayo General and papyrus . Her work has been translated in many European and American literary journals.

Tu Fu (712-770) wrote brilliant poems in the lü-shih (regulated verse) form. These poems are amazing for their incised language and tonal counterpoint. For many years he struggled without success to pass through the official examination system. He experienced imprisonment, exile, and dire poverty.

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. His first poetry collection, Iced Water, is featured in this issue. 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.

Ivan Vazov Ivan Vazov, 1850–1921, Bulgarian poet, novelist, and playwright, was the first professional man of letters in Bulgaria. His work was inspired by the political upheavals of the period from 1890 to 1920 and by indignation over the sufferings of his countrymen before their liberation from Turkish rule. Under Our Heaven ( (1900), Songs of Macedonia ( (1916), and It Will Not Perish ( (1920) contain some of his best poetry. His novel Under the Yoke (1893, tr. 1893) is internationally famous. Vagabonds ( (1894) is his best-known play. Among his other works are the novels New Country ( (1894) and The Empress of Kazalar ( (1902) and the plays Borislav ( (1909) and Ivaylo ( (1911). Vazov's political views forced him to flee Bulgaria many times.

Wang Wei (701 – 761) was a great poet, painter, and musician. He is best known for his highly condensed and powerful chüeh-chü (quatrains). His late work, The Wang River Sequence, has still not been fully appreciated for its remarkable combination of lyric, dramatic, and symbolic elements that form an interior journey.

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. His poetry also appeared in Spring 2001.