Charles Bernstein's most recent book is Shadowtime, from Green Integer. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-directs PennSound. More information at his Electronic Poetry Center author page.
Anne Boyer writes, "I, Anne Boyer, grew up in the middle of Kansas and now live in the middle of Iowa. I also once lived in the middle of Missouri. These poems are from the manuscript The Romance of Happy Workers. "You Will Want Like Cowboys" is a sort of thesis poem for the collection, and if no good argument, at least a promise. "The Hugoton of Sunsets Off" is a small town in western Kansas. About "Biplane"—all barns will be stormed. It might also be important to know "My Last Duchess" was my first favorite poem. Look for more work in Typo, The Canary, Lit, Wherever We Put Our Hats, Octopus, Diagram, The Denver Quarterly, and other journals."
Joyelle McSweeney is the author of The Red Bird and The Commandrine and Other Poems, both from Fence. She is a co-founder of Action Books (actionbooks.org) and Action, Yes (actionyes.org), both dedicated to internationalism and hybrid forms. She is currently translating the Aenied, a chapbook representing the first portion of which will be available from Burning Chair Books (a project of Typo Magazine) this summer. "Five Statements for Action, Yes" arose from her attempt to write a statement for the new web quarterly describing her motivation in starting the journal. It got away from that task, but it does (maybe) describe her motivation for everything else—an Apologia Pro Vita Sua. She is taking a position at Notre Dame this fall where presumably they encourage this kind of thinking.
Andrea Baker's first full-length collection is like wind loves a window (Slope Editions, 2005). Her chapbook, Gilda, was published by the Poetry Society of America where she was a 2004 New York Chapbook Fellow. Of these poems she writes, "With these poems I want to push right up against near-sentimentality. I want to explore unabashedly positive themes in an unabashedly lyrical voice."
Adam Clay's first book, The Wash, is forthcoming from Parlor Press. Recent poems appear in Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, and Iowa Review. A chapbook, Canoe, is available from Horse Less Press.
Theresa Sotto lives and works in Santa Monica, CA. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, Spinning Jenny, and Barrelhouse. Both of these poems are from a manuscript titled hinge, which deals with the way definitions and understandings shift with changing contexts.
Alan DeNiro's poetry and stories have appeared in Bird Dog, Aught, Fence, 3rd Bed, and elsewhere. He has a short story collection forthcoming in the Summer of 2006 from Small Beer Press. He writes, "This is an excerpt from a long poem entitled The Stations, with poetry 'stations' and prose 'voyages.' I have it in my mind as a 'speculative poem,' though on any given day I'm not exactly sure what that means. But on SOME days, I approach writing the poem AS IF it's being written from some distant vantage point in the future."
Jenny Boully's The Body was published in 2002 by Slope Editions. In May, Tarpaulin Sky Press will publish her second book, [one love affair]*. The Book of Beginnings and Endings is forthcoming from Sarabande in 2007. Her chapbook of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon is forthcoming from the Coconut Chapbook Series. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2002, Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, and The Next American Essay. She is currently a Ph.D. student in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. About "22": "I wrote '22' a couple of years after realizing that being 22 was probably one of the worst, most bizarre experiences that I had lived through. I was trying to make art out of people, places, and events that I otherwise wanted to tuck away and never see again. At the same time, that year still seems so fresh, vivid and sensual to me. I think I might write another piece soon about being 22."
Heather Brinkman is editor of KalashnikovPress & author of Untitled, forthcoming in the Dining is West Chapbook Series. These poems were written in the time of the corn rose. Other work appears in Kiss My Grits, The Duplications, Shampoo, and issues #2 & #3 of Wherever We Put Our Hats.
Matthew Henriksen curates The Burning Chair Readings in Brooklyn and New York City. He co-edits Typo and Cannibal and is working on Narwhal, a chapbook series that will release work in July from Anne Boyer, Alex Lemon, Joyelle McSweeney, and G.C. Waldrep. His poems appear in Fascicle, Octopus, horse less review, H_NGM_N, Kulture Vulture, Indiana Review, Lit, Wildlife Poetry Magazine, and the tiny. A chapbook, Is Holy, is forthcoming from horse less press.
Jan Clausen's most recent book is a memoir, Apples and Oranges (Houghton Mifflin). A NYFA Poetry Fellow for 2003, she has recently published in Fence, The Hat, Margie, Ploughshares, and North American Review. In the fall of 2006, Ikon Books will issue a new poetry collection, From a Glass House. Previously published work may be accessed on her website. Notes on the poems: "Hot Button": For a number of years I’ve been writing poems that explore what the filmmaker Derek Jarman called "modern nature." This piece grew out of an observation exercise that I did with my students in the Goddard MFA Writing Program. As I took in the winter landscape of Plainfield, Vermont, I had to ask: how does the work of poetry shift when the final term in the formulation "love, death, and the changing of the seasons" evokes not eternal cycles but drastic, irreversible dislocation? "Saraka": The poem’s title refers to a ritual practice of feeding the ancestors. Brought from West Africa to the Eastern Caribbean, the observance may become part of the preparation for a wedding. In composing this pantoum, I enjoyed the affinity between ritual content and formally mandated repetition.
Julie Doxsee holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a PhD candidate in the poetry program at the University of Denver. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Eratio, Elimae, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Word For/Word, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Conduit, Typo, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Crudeoils, Double Room, GutCult, Versal, and other journals. About the poems, she writes, "As when Ronald Johnson encountered an old copy of Paradise Lost and set out to 'compose the holes' for his radi os project, I performed a vacuuming of my own dense verse in order to produce pieces immune to (what might have been) a burden of words. The results are spare, yet the space, born of erasure, is as much 'composed' as the words themselves."
Justin Marks has poems in, or forthcoming from, Typo, Black Warrior Review, Fulcrum, McSweeney's, Word For/Word, Kulture Vulture, and others. His chapbook, You Being You by Proxy, is out on Kitchen Press (http://www.kitchenpresschapbooks.blogspot.com). His full length manuscript, Twenty Five Hours in Iceland and Other Poems, was a finalist for the 2006 May Swenson Poetry Award. He is Editor of LIT magazine and lives in New York City. About the poems, he writes, "'soluble complexants' is made up of language i appropriated from an acedemic science text of some sort i had to edit when i worked as an editorial assistant for an academic publisher. i'm a bit foggy on the origins of 'a man on tv,' except to say i wrote it in 1998 and went through several titles before settling on the current (and final) title."
Ken Rumble is the director of the Desert City Poetry Series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Parakeet, Fascicle, Typo, Octopus, the tiny, Cutbank Review, and others. St. Apples is an ongoing project that reels between two poles: an attempt at hyper-realistic thought transcription and an obsession with the opening line of Ernest Hemingway's short story "In Another Country." Key Bridge is a long poem that revolves around the geography, history, culture, flora, fauna, and current events of Washington, DC.
Joshua Beckman is the author of four books of poetry, and a fifth (SHAKE) due out soon from Wave Books.
Mary Kasimor writes, "I have been writing poetry for many years; it makes every breathe of my life creative, interesting, and emotional. I have been published in online and print journals, including Gutcult, Volt, Cross-Cultural Poetics, moria, Columbia Poetry Review, Big Bridge, Nedge, milk magazine, and others. I also find time to teach writing and literature at a community college."
Kristi Maxwell currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she teaches a class entitled "Poetics of Relentlessness" at Casa Libre en la Solana (www.casalibre.org). Her poems have recently appeared in such journals as Spinning Jenny, No Tell Motel, Dragonfire, and Denver Quarterly. A note to facilitate the excerpt: Re- is a project interested in its subjects ("he"/"she") as things that can solely act and react; interaction is reserved for words.
Peter Davis edited Poet's Bookshelf: Contemporary Poets on Books that Shaped Their Art (Barnwood Press, 2005) and lives in Muncie, Indiana. He's most grateful for his cute son and his cute wife. "Hitler's Mustache: Of All the Possible Face Fur" is from a book of poems, Hitler's Mustache, which is forthcoming from Barnwood Press. The poem hardly makes sense in the same way that it hardly makes sense that such a horrible tyrannt sported such a ridiculous tuft of upper lip fur.
kari edwards is a poet, artist, and gender activist, received one of Small Press Traffic's books of the year awards (2004), New Langton Art's Bay Area Award in literature (2002); and is author of obedience, Factory School (2005); iduna, O Books (2003), a day in the life of p. , subpress collective (2002), a diary of lies - Belladonna #27 by Belladonna Books (2002), and post/(pink) Scarlet Press (2000). edwards' work can also be found in Scribner's The Best American Poetry (2004), Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action, Coffee House Press, (2004), Biting the Error: writers explore narrative, Coach House, Toronto, (2004), Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others, Hawoth Press, Inc. (2004), Experimental Theology, Public Text 0.2., Seattle Research Institute (2003), Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard, Painted Leaf Press (2000), Aufgabe, Tinfish, Mirage/Period(ical), Van Gogh's Ear, Amerikan Hotel, Boog City, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Narrativity, Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, Pom2, Shearsman, and Submodern Fiction. kari can always be contacted at: email@example.com.
Michael Farrell is researching an M.A. thesis on improvisation and icons in Australian culture at Deakin University. Recent poems appear in Verse, Jacket, and Best Australian Poetry 2005. Book details are at Salt Publishing. He also has a blog devoted to Australian poetry and criticism. About the poems, he writes: "calibrate and rubble ducky came out of a phase where I returned to sampling. Both are from one text only. calibrate is from Loves Labours Lost. They were very enjoyable poems to write, just choosing words and phrases I liked, there are some nice & interesting correspondences across the whole series (about 18 poems). pornwithostrich es came partly from the coincidence of seeing two films around the same time featuring ostriches: a French film—I've forgotten the name—about Louis XIV's—or another king's mistress—the king had an ostrich posse; the other film was Dude, Where's My Car? the title letlovebeyourguide comes from a Janet Jackson song 'All For You' I think. I used dice to determine where word breaks would be. The form of the poem came from reading annotated versions of Emily Bronte's."
Todd Colby lives, writes, and works in Brooklyn, NY. Tremble & Shine, his most recent book of poems, was published by Soft Skull Press with a dazzling cover painting by his wife, the artist Elizabeth Zechel. The three poems included here are from an (as yet) unpublished collection of shorter works entitled Storm Papers.
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