Poetry - Spring 2002Delmira 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 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 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 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 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 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'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 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.
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 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 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-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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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