Poetry - Spring 2002

Delmira Agustini Delmira Agustini was born into a wealthy Uruguayan family, in Montevideo, on October 24, 1886. As others of her social class, she was educated at home and (in addition to the traditional subjects) studied French, literature, piano, and painting. She published her first poems in 1902 (at sixteen) in La Alborada, a prominent literary journal in Montevideo. Soon after, under the pseudonym "Joujou," she published biographical sketches of women "of arts and letters" for the same magazine. Her first book of poems, El libro blanco (The White Book) was published in 1907 and her second, Cantos de la mañana (Morning Songs) in 1910. By this time, she had acquired considerable local and national prestige. She became friends with a number of prominent Latin American writers, either through correspondence or during their visits to Montevideo, a thriving cultural and literary center of the times. Her work lies firmly in the tradition of Latin American modernismo (influenced by French symbolism) and its chief practitioner, Nicaragua's Ruben Darío, was a friend and advocate. In February of 1913, Agustini published her final volume, Las Calices Vacios, (The Empty Chalices). In August of 1913, she married Enrique Job Reyes. She returned home a few weeks after and a divorce decree was issued in November of the same year. Even so, the couple continued a clandestine relationship. On June 22, 1914, about seven months later, Job Reyes murdered Delmira Agustini, and then killed himself. She was 27 years old.

Karen Alkalay-Gut Karen Alkalay-Gut teaches poetry at Tel Aviv University and chairs the Israel Association of Writers in English. Her 19th book, So Far So Good, is scheduled for publication in September from Sivan. Her new book in Hebrew, Obvious, is forthcoming.

Melissa Ashley Melissa Ashley is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Queensland. She recently completed the first draft of a novel, the weird sisters, and is currently working on a poetry manuscript, the way her body means the world for which she received an Arts Queensland Individual Writing Project Grant.In 2002 she is undertaking full time honours studies in literature at the University of Queensland. She has published her work in Australia, UK, USA and New Zealand.

Johannes Beilharz   
Johannes 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.

Rosalind BrackenburyRosalind Brackenbury was born in England and has published both fiction and poetry in the UK. She now lives in Key West, Florida with her American husband. Recent works are The Beautiful Routes Of The West (Fithian Press, Daniel & Daniel, CA), a collection of poems, and a novel Seas Outside The Reef. She has a short story collection, Between Man and Woman Keys coming out in May, and has just signed the contract for another novel, The House In Morocco with Toby Press. A new collection of poems, Yellow Swing is in the works and looking for a publisher.

Sean Chapman Sean Chapman received a Master's degree from the writing program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an MFA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and has published poems in Aethlon, The Distillery, Louisiana Literature, Zone 3, Laurel Review, Water~Stone and elsewhere. This is his first translation publication.

Ross Clark Ross Clark's REMIX: poems ancient & modern was published late last year, bringing much of his work back into print, after his earlier volumes had sold out. Ross currently teaches English curriculum and creative writing at two universities in Brisbane, Australia, and is planning a tour with his poetry performance troupe The Bodgie Bards. He is represented in this issue by a selection of poems and a specially formatted poem.

B.R. Dionysius B.R.Dionysius directed the Subverse: Queensland Poetry Festival from 1997-2001 and is currently the Assistant Editor of the papertiger new world poetry CDROM journal. In 1998 he was awarded the Harri Jones Memorial Prize for Poetry. In 2000, his first collection Fatherlands was published by Five Islands Press in the New Poets Series 7 and he received a grant from the Australia Council to write a discontinuous verse novel – Universal Andalusia. He won the inaugural IP Picks 2002 Awards for his collection Bacchanalia that will be published by Interactive Press in September 2002. He lives in Brisbane, Australia. His work appears online in The Blackfellas, Whitefellas and Wetlands "Brisbane Stories" web site project at brisbane-stories and in The HOW2: Connect web anthology of new Australian male poets at how2connect.

Kim Downs Expatriate American Kim Downs has been living in Australia since 1980. He is a writer, musician, technician, and sculptor. He has published short stories, poems and essays in small press magazines including Australian Short Stories, Imago, Social Alternatives, Woorilla, Small Packages, Micropress, Westerly, and Idiom 23. In 1997, he and collaborator Liz Hall-Downs published the book/audio recording Fit of Passion (see our feature in this issue) and toured this material as a poetry and music show, assisted by a grant from Arts Queensland. Kim's first novel, Jippi (Papyrus Publishing) was launched in October at the 2000 Brisbane Writers' Festival. His next novel, The Brazen Heavens, is currently being marketed. At present Kim is working on a collection of linked short stories, which he describes as 'reworkings of classical myths with an Australian flavour'.

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, “Observations,” for www.niederngasse.com, an online magazine out of Switzerland. Robert works at Northeastern University Library in Boston.

Helen HagemannHelen Hagemann lives in Perth, Western Australia. Her books include 'The Shadow Goddess and Until the Last Symphony Rises (Indian Ocean Books, 2001). Her work has appeared in the Southern Review, Journal of Australian Studies and Hecate. Her work has been published in the e-zines Recursive Angel, PixelPapers, Snakeskin, OzPoet, WildHoneyPress and Poetry Downunder. Helen's poem "Permanent Aberrations" was runner-up in a 1998 Perth PEN International Competition, and she is included in 'An Endless Afternoon (Lioness Publications, 2000) – an anthology celebrating birth and mothering by 'Women in Publishing.' Helen is studying towards her MA in Writing at Edith Cowan University and working on a novel. She works as a Coordinator on ECU's Joondalup campus for the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. As a community arts administrator, she coordinated a Fringe Festival in November 2000 as part of the WA State Literature Centre's, 'Word of Mouth,' Writers Festival.

Liz Hall-DownsLiz Hall-Downs has been reading and performing poetry in public (see her feature on performance poetry in this issue), and publishing in journals, since 1983. She has been a featured reader at countless venues across Australia, has toured the USA, and has had work published and broadcast on TV and radio in both countries. As well as poetry, Liz writes fiction and essays and has worked as a community artist, writer-in-residence, editor and singer. She has a BA in Professional Writing and Literature, and has recently submitted for an MA (Creative Writing) at the University of Queensland. Her most recent collection of poetry, Girl With Green Hair was published by Papyrus Publishing in 2000. Current projects include an 'illness narrative' in poetry, My Arthritic Heart (see this issue), and a realist novel, The Death of Jimi Hendrix. She lives in paradise in south-east Queensland, with her partner, Kim Downs and an assortment of cheeky parrots. Liz's Selection of Queensland poetry including an Introduction is in this issue, and, with this issue, she joins The Drunken Boat as a Contributing Editor.

Sharron Hass Sharron Hass (b.1966 Israel) has studied and taught classics at Tel Aviv University. One of the founders of a writing program for gifted adolescents, she has represented Israel at poetry festivals in Rotterdam and Macedonia. Her first book appeared in 1997; her second, The Stranger and the Everyday Woman, this winter.

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™ (www.nycBigCityLit.com)(see her 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.

Catherine KasperCatherine Kasper has been the recipient of an AWP Intro Award, an Academy of American Poets' Prize, a Pushcart Prize nomination, a Texas Writer's League creative non-fiction award, and the Mid-American Review Fineline Award. Blueprints of the City, a prose poem series was published as a chapbook (Transparent Tiger Press, 2000) and her chapter on poetry and poetics is published in the anthology Vectors: New Poetics (Samizdat Press). Her poetry is forthcoming in the anthology, Of Tangible Knowledge. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Aufgabe, Borderlands, The Charter Oak Review, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, The Colorado Review, the Denver Quarterly, Five Trope, HOW2, The Literary Review, Timothy McSweeney's, Mid-American Review, Milkwood Review, Notre Dame Review, The Ohio Review, Private Arts, Quarter After Eight, Rain Taxi, Seneca Review, Sniper Logic, The Texas Observer, Third Bed, Western Humanities Review, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, VOLT and in other journals. She has read her work on public radio stations in Austin and San Antonio and she is presently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

  Lisa Katz Lisa Katz completed her dissertation on Sylvia Plath last year for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she teaches. Her poetry currently appears in Leviathan Quarterly (England) issues 2 & 3, and The Reading Room 3 (New York City); her translations from the Hebrew have appeared in The New Yorker, Jubilat and many other magazines. Some poems from the "Breast Art" series have appeared in Nimrod, Rhino, and Inkwell. Review. In this issue, she is represented by her electronic chapbook, Breast Art, and by her translations from the Hebrew of Agi Mishol, Admiel Kosman, Sharron Hass, and Rami Saari.

Jayne Fenton Keane Jayne Fenton Keane's first book Torn was published in 2000 and her second book is due to be released in April 2002. JFK writes for many different media and has been awarded a scholarship to complete a Ph.D. in three-dimensional poetic structures. JFK has received several arts grants and Fellowships and is about to launch a new edition of The Stalking Tongue Vol. II: Slamming the Sonnet an online media project at www.poetinresidence.com. She was awarded the 2002 Mayne Multimedia Award for her collection of flash poetry in the first edition of The Stalking Tongue.

Admiel Kosman Admiel Kosman (b. 1957 Israel ) is professor of Talmud at Bar Ilan University, the author of five books of poetry (most recently We Have Reached God and A New Commentary, with God's Help ) and a newspaper columnist . His column, a post-modern view of midrash, appears in the Friday edition of Israel's leading newspaper, whose English version may be found at: www.haaaretzdaily.com

Bronwyn Lea Bronwyn Lea was born in Tasmania in 1969 and grew up in Queensland and Papua New Guinea. She is the author of Flight Animals (University of Queensland Press, 2001), which won the 2001 Wesley Michel Wright Award, the 2001 Fellowship of Creative Writers Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted for the 2001 John Bray Poetry Prize. Individual poems of hers have won a number of prizes including the 2000 Arts Queensland Poetry Prize and the 2001 Somerset National Poetry Prize. She was educated at California State University in San Diego, where she lived for twelve years, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Poetry at the University of Queensland. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her daughter.

David LehmanDavid Lehman was born in New York City in 1948. He is the author of five collections of poems, The Evening Sun (Scribner, 2002) (for a selection of poems), The Daily Mirror: A Journal in Poetry (2000), Valentine Place (1996), Operation Memory (1990), and An Alternative to Speech (1986). His books of criticism include The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998); The Big Question (1995); The Line Forms Here (1992); and Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man (1991). He has also edited such books as Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms: 65 Leading Contemporary Poets Select and Comment on Their Poems (1987; expanded, 1996), James Merrill, Essays in Criticism (with Charles Berger, 1983), and Beyond Amazement: New Essays on John Ashbery (1980). He is, with Star Black, co-director of the KGB Poetry Reading Series in New York City. In addition, he is series editor of The Best American Poetry (Scribner), which he initiated in 1988, and is general editor of the University of Michigan Press's Poets on Poetry Series. For a complete biography, see our interview with David in this issue.

Eleanor Lerman Eleanor Lerman was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1952. She is the author of three books of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press 1975) and The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books 2001). Her first collection of short stories Observers, was published in 2002 as an e-book by Artemispress.com. She has been nominated for a National Book Award, received the inaugural Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press, and was the recipient of a fiction grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New Jersey where all her windows face New York City, which has always been home. In this issue, she is represented by a chapbook of new poetry and a feature of The Mystery of Meteors.

martinez.jpg Valerie Martínez 's first book of poems, Absence, Luminescent (Four Way Books, 1999), won the Larry Levis Prize and received a Greenwall Grant from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems and translations have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Parnassus, Puerto del Sol, LUNA, The Bloomsbury Review, Solo, Prairie Schooner, the Colorado Review and The Best American Poetry 1996. Her work appears in American Poetry: Next Generation; New American Poetry: A Breadloaf Anthology; and Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance. Along with Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird, she edited the anthology Reinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writing of North America (Norton, 1997). She is currently translating the work of Uruguay's Delmira Agustini (1886-1914) and has translated the poetry of Mexico's Miguel Méndez. Martinez has degrees from Vassar College (B.A.) and the University of Arizona (M.F.A.). She has taught writing at universities in Arizona and New Mexico, and in the rural schools of Swaziland (southern Africa). She leads poetry workshops for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and is a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. She has also served as poet-in-residence in public schools in New Mexico and New Jersey. She is currently on the English faculty at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Rochelle Mass Rochelle Mass is an editor and translator. She has two chapbooks 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. A short story has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2002 by The Paumanok Review. 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.

Seymour Mayne Seymour Mayne is the author, editor or translator of more than forty books and monographs. His most recent collections include Carbon Filter: Poems in Dedication (Mosaic Press, 1999) and Light Industry (Mosaic Press, 2000).He co-edited the award-winning anthologies, Jerusalem: A Jewish Canadian Anthology VThicule Press, 1996) and A Rich Garland: Poems for A.M. Klein (VThicule Press, 1999). His poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Greek, Yiddish, Polish, Italian, German, and Russian, and four of his poetry collections have been rendered into Hebrew: Vanguard of Dreams: New and Selected Poems(1984), Simple Ceremony (1990), Locust of Silence: New and Selected Poems(1993), and the most recent, City of the Hidden (1998). He is the recipient of the J.I. Segal Prize, the Lockshin Memorial Award and the Fuerstenberg-Aaron Prize. He is the founder of the Sandy Hill Gang in Ottawa, the poetry monthly Bywords, and the poster magazine Graffito. He is Professor of Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa.

Agi Mishol Agi Mishol (b. 1947 Hungary), co-winner of the first Yehuda Amichai Poetry Prize, awarded this winter, is one of Israel's most important contemporary poets; she is also a farmer, and a teacher of poetry in the MA Creative Writing Program at Ben Gurion University, as well as a literary critic and translator. The Dream Notebook, her ninth book of poetry, was published in Israel in 2001. A New and Selected Works, with an introduction by Prof. Dan Miron, is forthcoming from Bialik Press in the fall.

Wendy Morton Wendy Morton lives on Vancouver Island, near Sooke, British Columbia. She has been a private eye for nearly 20 years. Her poetry, like her job, sees into the heart of things, and the private eye is her metaphor for seeing the world. She likes to carry poems with her everywhere, once avoided getting a ticket by reading a poem to a cop. She is the coordinator of the Mocambopo Reading Series in Victoria, BC. Her first collection of poetry, Private Eye, was published By Ekstatsis Editions in 2001.

Sara Moss Sara Moss is an English born poet now resident in Queensland, Australia. Her first collection, A Deep Fear of Trains, was published by Brisbane-based Interactive Press (see our feature in this issue). Her work covers a wide range of themes including illness and loss and private and public violence. Sara is currently working on a second collection for print and flash animated poetry for web and CD.

José Oliver José Oliver is of Andalusian descent and was born in 1961 in Hausach (Black Forest) where he lives as a freelance writer. His poetry and songs reflect his experience as a speaker of two native tongues - German and Spanish. He has received various grants and the 1997 Adalbert von Chamisso Prize. To date, eight collections of his poetry have been published. These translations are from fernlautmetz, published by Suhrkamp in 2000.

David Reiter David Reiter is an award-winning poet and writer of fiction, and Director of Interactive Publications, a print and digital publisher in Brisbane. His fourth book, Hemingway in Spain and Selected Poems, was shortlisted for the 1998 Adelaide Festival Literature Awards. His previous books include The Cave After Saltwater Tide (Penguin, 1994) for which he won the Queensland Premier's Poetry Award. His book of short fiction, Triangles, was shortlisted for the 2000 Steele Rudd Award. His most recent works are Letters We Never Sent; The Gallery, a work of literary multimedia he has been touring in Australia; Kiss and Tell, Selected and New Poems 1987-2002; and Sharpened Knife, a multimedia murder mystery. The Planets, a fictive memoir in multimedia is currently under development.

Tania RochelleTania Rochelle is currently seeking a publisher for her first poetry collection, Karaoke Funeral while working on a second, Nude Bowling at the Goodtime Boogie. Her poems have appeared in New York Quarterly, Iris, Mediphors, Snake Nation Review (Editor's Choice Award for "A History of the Body"), as well as in the anthology Split Verse, edited by Meg Campbell and William Duke, and in the forthcoming (June) anthology We Used To Be Wives, edited by Jane Butkin Roth. She lives near Atlanta with Husband #2 and four kids, and teaches writing at Portfolio Center, a graduate program for communications design.

Ronsard Pierre de Ronsard was born in 1524 and died in 1585. Ronsard was heading for a life at court, but when he became deaf, he became more private and focused on his studies; he entered the Collège de Coqueret and was the leader of the Pléiade, a group of talented young poets including Joachim Du Bellay. Their goal was to make French a viable and respected language for poetry as opposed to the common use of Latin. He wrote many poems on many different themes but is perhaps best known for his love poems Sonnets pour Hélène published in 1578. Ronsards most famous poem in translation comes from this collection — Yeat's loose version of quand vous serez bien vielle or “When You Are Old.”

Gig RyanGig Ryan is the author of six poetry books: The Division of Anger (Transit Press, 1981); Manners of an Astronaut (Hale & Iremonger, 1984), The Last Interior (Scripsi Publications, 1986); Excavation (PanPicador Australia, 1990), Pure and Applied (Paper Bark Press, 1998); Heroic Money (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2001). Her new CD with her band, Driving Past, is due out in 2002, and she has also written the songs Six Goodbyes (with Disband; Big Home Productions, 1988) and Real Estate (with Driving Past, Chapter Music, 1999. She is Poetry Editor for The Age in Melbourne, Australia and a freelance reviewer.

Rami Saari Rami Saari (b. 1963 Israel) took his first two degrees at the University of Helsinki, and is completing his doctorate in linguistics at the Hebrew University, where he teaches. He has published four books of poetry in Hebrew (most recently The Living Book ), translates prolifically from Finnish, Turkish, Spanish, Greek and other languages into Hebrew, and writes literary reviews.

Catherine Sasanov Catherine Sasanov is the author of two collections of poetry: Traditions of Bread and Violence, published by Four Way Books, and All the Blood Tethers, winner of the 2002 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize and forthcoming this fall from Northeastern University Press. She is also the author of the libretto for Las Horas de Belén: A Book of Hours, commissioned by Mabou Mines. This theater piece, a bi-national collaboration between U.S. and Mexican artists, won a Special Citation for Performance at the 2000 Village Voice Obie Awards. Sasanov has received fellowships, residencies, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ludwig Voglestein Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center, the Sundance Institute, and Bellagio. Her poems have appeared in journals including Agni, Caliban, Columbia, Commonweal, and Field. She has work in the current Green Mountains Review. The selections in this issue of The Drunken Boat are from a poem cycle she is currently working on, exploring the life of St. Gemma Galgani.

R.T.Smith was born in Washington, D.C. and educated at Georgia Tech, UNC and Appalachian State.His recent books include Trespasser (Louisiana State University, 1996) and Messenger (LSU, 2001,) and he has two books forthcoming: Brightwood (LSU, 2003), and Hollow Log (Illinois, 2003). He is the Editor of Shenandoah and taught at Auburn and Washington and Lee.

Michael Standaert Michael Standaert is a 28-year old journalist and writer residing in Brussels, Belgium. His work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The European Voice, Salon.com, Reason Magazine, The Des Moines Register, Antigonish Review and Exquisite Corpse. He has completed one novel, Beautiful Russian Brides, and a collection of poetry, The Walnut Wars, and has a number of other projects in progress. After studying English Literature as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, he studied in an MA program in European Journalism at Cardiff University in Wales during 2001. He is European Managing Editor for www.critiquemagazine.com.

Susan Terris Susan Terris' new collection of poetry Fire is Favorable to the Dreamer be published by Cedar Hill Publications in 2002. Other recent books include Curved Space (La Jolla Poets Press); Eye of the Holocaust (Arctos Press); Angels of Bataan(Pudding House Publications); and Nell's Quilt (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her journal publications include The Antioch Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, Nimrod, Southern California Anthology, and Rattapallax. She is Editor with CB Follett of RUNES, A Review Of Poetry featured in this issue.

David Ray Vance David Ray Vance teaches writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as The Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, The Texas Observer, Sniper Logic, and Timothy McSweeney's. His chapbook, Radium Jaw, is available from Transparent Tiger Press. He will begin study this fall toward a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.