Friday, January 2, 2009

January 2009 Front Page

this issue

accepted poetry and short prose submissions for this issue
... page 2

from the editor

We are looking forward to more submissions for 2009 and welcome contemporary poetry, articles and reviews from all parts of the world. Please follow the guidelines at the bottom of this page and don't forget to include a short bio as well as a photo of the author.


Bernard Alain
The Cartier Street Review

new release


by Ira Lightman

Deutcetera is about voices taking each other for granted, saying “etc etc” and not listening, nevertheless turning out to duet. It contains double- and multi-columned poems, where each column can be read in its own right (or left), and also read across the columns. Most of the poems (and translations) were written separately from each other, but happen to fi t together. The poems play separately in diff erent rhythms and moods yet sound with and against each other. Ira is recording many of them as duet-videos for his YouTube channel.

The themes of the collection range from celebration of marriage and fatherhood, to the contrasts in Protestant and Roman Catholic thinking. The book ends on an extended sequence written half in the voice of a six-year-old boy, and half as a set of statements about what’s influencing the language and ideas of the overall book.

“. . . both compelled eyes and ears (and mind) and sent me back to 70s’ Ashbery and even a dip into Beowulf (Howell Chickering’s) because of that uniform divide and bridge of a caesura—thanks, man.” —Fred D’Aguiar

“King of the Tyneside experimental language scene . . . a restless spirit, who likes to play with defi nitions of what writing and performance can be . . . we love people who like to experiment, and by extension then, we love Ira Lightman.” —Ian Mcmillan

Paperback: 84 pages
Publisher: Shearsman Books (26 Nov 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1848610114
ISBN-13: 978-1848610118
Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm

To obtain a copy of this release by Ira Lightman please use the following link:

Editor Picks for 2008

Links for the following poems are selected from 99 nominations and 424 submissions for 2008. Entries are in no particular order.

Diane Recapitulated by Don Schaeffer

i make her a sandwich by John Yamrus

Budapest by Dave Besseling

Ghost in the Machine by Don Schaeffer

On such nights by Nicoletta A. Poulakida

Little Girl Lost by Ross McCague

Stealth of Age by Dunstan Attard

Bukowski's property by John Yamrus

Seven Cockerels by Ivan Carswell

Truth by Nicoletta A. Poulakida

Vicrariously selective sadism by Dave Besseling

Cancer by Ross McCague

in the spotlight

Nabina Das
Ithaca NY

Nabina Das lives two lives, shuttling between Ithaca, NY, and Delhi, India. Her short story “Tara Goes Home” has been selected to appear in a winning collection of fiction by writers from India as well as around the world (Mirage Books). Her poetry has appeared in the “urban” poems anthology SHEHER (Frog Books), in Kritya poetry journal, Lit Up Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly and Muse India. Earlier this year, she was declared one of the winners of the 2008 Book Pitch Contest at Kala Ghoda Literary Festival in Bombay. Nabina is also a 2007 Joan Jakobson Fiction Scholar from Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, Wesleyan University, CT., and a 2007 Julio Lobo Fiction Scholar from Lesley Writers’ Conference, Lesley College, Cambridge, Mass.

Nabina was Assistant Metro Editor with The Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, NY, and has worked as a journalist and mediaperson in India for about 10 years in places as diverse as, Down To Earth environmental magazine, Confederation of Indian Industries, National Foundation for India and The Sentinel newspaper. She has published several articles, commentaries and essays during her tenures. An M.A. in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, her other interests are theater and music.

selected poem

in Perspective

Earlier it was mile-long street-corner speeches
Popcorns peppered with stinging remarks

Holding hands standing close behind the bustle
Listening to arguments acrid as boiling oil

Partying after elders went home to sleep
Smoking, rehearsing lines for street plays

Riding a rickety bike through the outskirts of
Towns seen on TV - now cindered, broken

Lovemaking endlessly, sleeping in, sharing
News and rumors about paramilitary in town

How they called after lonely girls, after school
Clicked their guns, exhibited silly manliness

Before the cameras and boom mikes it was nice
Every one called every one a friend, at least once

Nagaon, Baramullah, Imphal had weekend markets
Veggies, flowers, knick-knacks people loved

Before insurgency, every one got happy and drunk
Now they have closed tea-shops fearing bombs

Clothes dried in the sun before threats were heard,
No one walks or plays in those courtyards now

Newspapers quote: ‘Things seemed calmer before’
And we wonder if they’re still stunned like the dead.

by Nabina Das

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