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Contents: Issue 5: Spring 2012


Essays and CNF

Derek Alger You Never Know What You Might See
Steve Davenport Gestation of “One Much One”: Ditty Went the Long Way
Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons Eye Strengthening and Other Holy Topics
Thomas E. Kennedy Your Relationship Is Going Through Bad Weather
[An excerpt from the novel-in-essays, Last Night My Bed a Boat of Whiskey Going Down]
Steve Kowit Mystique of the Difficult Poem
Chauncey Mabe Russell Hoban Wrote Books That Blurred the Line Between Fantasy and Literature
Roland Emmerich Does for Shakespeare What He Did for Climate Change
Lars Movin See Translations below
Peter Najarian The Minor Third
Greenwich Village
Carol Smallwood A Late Summer Diary
Jenissa Wilson Numbness


Featured Author

Okla Elliott From the Crooked Timber: a novella & stories
[Excerpt + Reviews]


Featured Links

Link-lists in the blue column at right change with each issue. (Note: All out-links open in a new window.) Links below were featured during Spring 2012:

Oronte Churm What Okla Elliott Knows
[Inside Higher Ed, 16 January 2012]
Caroline Dipping SDSU professor Fred Moramarco wrote poetry, produced plays
UT-San Diego, “Passages” (29 February 2012): From prolific poet to pizza artisan…Fred Moramarco was, as friends described him, “all things.”
Okla Elliott The Names of Distant Galaxies
Informal discussion in Perpetual Folly on 26 December 2011, of the novella in Elliott’s short-fiction collection, From the Crooked Timber
Kathleen Graber Graber on Davenport
The author of Eternal City reviews Steve Davenport’s Uncontainable Noise, in The Literary Review (25 April 2011)
Kate Hopper Women Writing on Family
An interview of Carol Smallwood, co-editor of Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing, in Motherhood & Words (1 March 2012)
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum What Do You Desire in a Poem?
An interview of Steve Davenport in Poem of the Week on 29 March 2010
Ben Ratliff Don Van Vliet, “Captain Beefheart,” Dies at 69
[The New York Times, 17 December 2010]


Featured Sites

List for Spring 2012: Authors Audio

Contemporary World Literature

Literary Mama

Poem of the Week

Serving House Books

Serving House News

Web del Sol


Flash Fiction

Raul Clement The Archangel Michael
The Crust of Life
Valerie Miner The Fall
Leah Weiss A Thimble for a Lifeline
Leslie What Bajeuler



Derek Alger An Interview with Lauren B. Davis



Editor’s Note
Frances Payne Adler [Two Poems + Commentary]
in the mirror
When Your Eyes
Rachel Gellman Blasphemous Rhapsody
Donna Hilbert Dear John Letter to My Uterus [+ Commentary]
Susan Hogan The Ping Bridge
Sylvia Levinson The Boys of Summer
Yin and Yang
Jack Marshall [Portfolio + Commentary]
A Gift
Her Flag
Requiem for Renee
Setting Out
The Feeding Machine
The Friends
Fred Moramarco [In Memoriam]
Address Book
Elegy for Kenneth Koch
The Day Lady Died, Lady Died
The Wonderful Unfathomable Dance
Things Left Behind
Barry W. North Nightmare
Watch What You Ask For
venus pax Hitchhiking Hyperspace Hiccups
Recipe for Revenge
Erin Rodoni Diagnosis
Shelley Savren Between Us


Poets Talk

Editor’s Note
Frances Payne Adler On Poems from Dare I Call You Cousin
Donna Hilbert On “Dear John Letter to My Uterus”
Jack Marshall Serious Play



Duff Brenna The Point Is to Persist
[Review of Thomas E. Kennedy’s novel, Falling Sideways (Bloomsbury worldwide, 2011)]
The Point Is to Persist: Part II
[Review of Thomas E. Kennedy’s novel-in-essays, Last Night My Bed a Boat of Whiskey Going Down (New American Press, 2010)]
Lisa Fraser Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing
[Review of anthology edited by Carol Smallwood and Suzann Hollan (The Key Publishing House, 2012)]
Clare MacQueen Our Daily Bread
[Review of novel by Lauren B. Davis (Wordcraft of Oregon, October 2011)]
Robert Petersen From the Crooked Timber: a novella & stories
[Review of Okla Elliott’s debut collection of fiction (Press 53, 2011)]


Short Stories

Walter Cummins The Lost Ones
Okla Elliott El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles
[An excerpt from the collection, From the Crooked Timber: a novella & stories]
Brady Harrison Robbie
Roisin McLean Fitted Blouse—Silk
Leah Weiss Unmentionables



Lars Movin Captain Beefheart: a Bebop-monograph
[Translated from Danish by Thomas E. Kennedy]


Visual Arts

Peter Najarian The Author as a Child with his Father
Life Study in Acrylic on Paper, ca. 2000
venus pax Self Portrait
Susanne Rockwell Six Paintings
Asian Pear
Fig Tree
The Storm
The Torso
“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury