Archive for the ‘Journal’ Category

Moria Poetry Journal – New Issue
May 1, 2008

volume 10, issues 2 & 3
fall 2007 & winter 2008



Jesse Ferguson Mary Kasimor Davide Baptiste Chirot

Andy Nicholson Geof Huth Laurel Ransom William Garvin

Diana Magallon and Jeff Crouch Steve Roggenbuck Mark Young

Andy Gricevich Eric Weiskott Laura Harper Thomas Fink

Raymond Farr Michael Crake John Lowther Kyle Schlesinger

Adam Strauss



Mark Wallace on Maryrose Larkin

Aileen Ibardaloza on Eileen Tabios

Jake Kennedy on Andrea Baker

Laura Goldstein on Adam Fieled


Poets Off Poetry
March 30, 2008


 This Recording

Thanks to Jackie Clark for inviting me to participate in the ten part Poets Off Poetry series.

My contribution, “Fed You From The Blood of My Nose: A Medley Melodic,” appears under the heading, “In Which Nearly Every Human Knows This Desire.”

Lots of links to music you might enjoy, and I hope you do …


p.s. Ana B. had an interesting dream, and Seth A. has an interesting take …


  1. Jim K. Says:
    March 7th, 2008 at 11:45 am eSome great links,
    but a lot are broken
    (from that pub).
  2. Amy King Says:
    March 7th, 2008 at 10:00 pm eA few were fixed — I hope not too many broken remain.

    That’s a poem, no?

    Thanks for visiting the site, Jim!


  3. Jim K. Says:
    March 7th, 2008 at 11:20 pm eSometimes
    the load makes
    the site drop links.

    Not intentionally poetic.

    At philosophy forums,
    handyman sites,
    and radio reviews,
    I am accused of
    poetry due to my

    Now you.
    I give up ;-)

  4. Jim K. Says:
    March 7th, 2008 at 11:21 pm egood bonnie!
  5. Amy King Says:
    March 8th, 2008 at 6:39 pm eFunny how line breaks can make music!

Best Second Book
March 30, 2008



(One time the singer Seal said something about how you have your whole life to write your first album, so people shouldn’t expect greatness out of a second attempt. These five say “go back in the water, Seal.”)

Goat Funeral, Christopher Bakken
Inflorescence, Sarah Hannah
I’m the Man Who Loves You, Amy King
Drunk by Noon, Jennifer L. Knox
a half-red sea, Evie Shockley



Best Book of New Poetry Published in 2007 ** Best First Book ** Best Second Book ** Best All-New Collection by a Canonical Figure ** Best Selected/Collected ** Best Poem in a New Collection ** Best Author Photo ** Best Book Title ** Best Book Cover ** Best Long Poem ** Best Book-Length Poem ** Best Opener ** Best Closer ** Best First Lines ** Best Closing Lines ** Technical Awards ** Best “Thirteenth Poem” ** Best Response to Coldfront **



New Year
March 29, 2008


 Such Flowers Love One When Nothing Else Does

Welcome 2008! Above please find new work by painter, Cara Ober. I have the privilege of sharing some titles, ala John Ashbery/Jane Hammond, with Ober in an effort to inspire her latest. So far, two results to kick off the new year. Find the other one, “Into the Shadows We Go …” by clicking here.

From those titles, I concocted a few poems. You’ll find one, “A Kind of Headless Guilt Emerges”, in The Portable Boog Reader 2, An Anthology of New York City Poetry, edited by Laura Elrick, Brenda Iijima, Mark Lamoureux, Christina Strong, Rodrigo Toscano, and David Kirschenbaum.

Fellow poet, Ana Božičević-Bowling has also used the titles to write a few poems as well. The contagion is on … you’ll find her version of “A Kind of Headless Guilt Emerges” within the very same anthology, along with work by:

Bruce Andrews – – – – – – Ellen Baxt
Jim Behrle – – – – – – Jen Benka
Charles Bernstein – – – – – – Anselm Berrigan
Charles Borkhuis – – – – – – Ana Božičević-Bowling
Lee Ann Brown – – – – – – Allison Cobb
Julia Cohen – – – – – – Todd Colby
Brenda Coultas – – – – – – Alan Davies
Mónica de la Torre – – – – – – LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Thom Donovan – – – – – – Joe Elliot
Robert Fitterman – – – – – – Corrine Fitzpatrick
G.L. Ford – – – – – – Greg Fuchs
Joanna Fuhrman – – – – – – Drew Gardner
Eric Gelsinger – – – – – – Garth Graeper
David Micah Greenberg – – – – – – E. Tracy Grinnell
Christine Hamm – – – – – – Robert Hershon
Mitch Highfill – – – – – – Bob Holman
Paolo Javier – – – – – – Paul Foster Johnson
Eliot Katz – – – – – – Erica Kaufman
Amy King – – – – – – Bill Kushner
Rachel Levitsky – – – – – – Andrew Levy
Brendan Lorber – – – – – – Kimberly Lyons
Dan Machlin – – – – – – Jill Magi
Gillian McCain – – – – – – Sharon Mesmer
Carol Mirakove – – – – – – Anna Moschovakis
Murat Nemet-Nejat – – – – – – Cate Peebles
Tim Peterson – – – – – – Simon Pettet
Wanda Phipps – – – – – – Nick Piombino
Kristin Prevallet – – – – – – Arlo Quint
Evelyn Reilly – – – – – – Kim Rosenfield
Lauren Russell – – – – – – Kyle Schlesinger
Nathaniel Siegel – – – – – – Joanna Sondheim
Chris Stackhouse – – – – – – Stacy Szymaszek
Edwin Torres – – – – – – Anne Waldman
Shanxing Wang – – – – – – Lewis Warsh
Karen Weiser – – – – – – Angela Veronica Wong
Matvei Yankelevich – – – – – – Lila Zemborain

Enjoy! May you find some good cheer and kick-ass art in your 2008!


One Response to “New Year”

  1. T Says:
    January 5th, 2008 at 8:23 pm eCool stuff, glad I checked this site out!

MiPOesias • December Issue
March 29, 2008


MiPOesias presents

POETRY [with Poets’ Portraits!]

+ Gabriella TorresThe History of the Body
+ Christopher StackhouseMater – Pater
+ Ken RumbleLearn All This Stuff • From St. Apples
+ Reb LivingstonThe Third Chronicle of Marriage • The Sixth Chronicle of Marriage • The Seventh Chronicle of Marriage • The Eighth Chronicle of Marriage
+ Sara FemenellaThe Secret of Everything That Concerns You • Come With Balloons • Seduction • An Apt Misunderstanding and I Would Thank You
+ Michelle BuchananMy Body Parts • An Experiment in Breathing
+ Miguel MurphyCricket • Red • Self-Portrait’s CaravaggioWalking Night’s Pier • Enjoy Flesh! • Coprophagy (2) • Nihilist of the Heart’s Divine
+ Barbara Jane ReyesThe Bamboo’s Insomnia • The Bamboo’s Insomnia 2 • Killer of Ferdinand Magellan • We, Spoken Here • Upland Dance


+ The Indefatigable Hope for Place by Michael Parker
+ Lee Herrick’s This Many Miles from Desire
+ Xantippe 4/5
+ The Landscape of Flesh & Blood by Michael Parker
+ William Aleggrezza’s Fragile Replacements
+ Pris Campbell’s Abrasions
+ Reb Livingston’s Your Ten Favorite Words


Jenni Russell asks Billy Collins


Amy King, Editor
Didi Menendez, Publisher

5 Responses to “MiPOesias • December Issue”

  1. didi Says:
    November 22nd, 2007 at 12:25 am eMaybe you should change the picture of Kate to Miguel…..
  2. Sam Rasnake Says:
    November 22nd, 2007 at 10:52 pm eReally enjoying this issue. Great look.
  3. Jim K. Says:
    November 23rd, 2007 at 4:07 pm eThe first few seconds, that pic.
    looks a lot like a Bob Dylan / crowd pic.
    from long ago.
  4. Amy King Says:
    November 23rd, 2007 at 4:53 pm eJim, It’s Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in the new Todd Haynes film, “I’m Not There” – looking forward to seeing it!

    Glad you’re enjoying the issue, Sam!

  5. Jim K. Says:
    November 24th, 2007 at 9:25 pm eoop…call me your pet subumpkin. ;-)
    Gotta go walk off my feasts. Left my
    wicked caramel pecans in Maine.

March 29, 2008


“Enter diode, teeming with ‘poetry that excites and energizes. . . . poetry that uses language that crackles and sparks.’ We set out to find poetry that creates an arc between writer and reader, an arc that hums with the live current of language.”

Includes work by Chris Abani, Laura McCullough, Rick Barot, Amy King, Bob Hicok, Frankie Drayus, Allison Titus & Rob Schlegel, Julie Doxsee & Mathias Svalina, Eve Rifkah, Peter Jay Shippy, Suzanne Frischkorn, Jake Adam York, Susan Settlemyre Williams, Tara Moyle, Matthew Wills, Karen Schubert, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Joshua Ware, Rich Murphy, and Didi Menendez.



5 Responses to “diode”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    September 13th, 2007 at 5:29 pm eI scanned ~12 samples..
    It’s rather fascinating…the narratives are usually more visible
    than pure language poetry, but the surreal effects and language
    jumps are really snappy. Even the life/historics have a
    certain blurr to them. And it spools out in that run-on style
    half the time for lots of speed. Their description is really
    apt….fo real! Your stuff is really buzzing along in that issue,
    facets sparking. A shade of the Ashbery-esque, more than
    usual, in your bobsled-kickoff start, then the flashes, and
    the Dali-esque visual (image-surreal?). Pretty cool.

    An epiphany:
    Many collections each have their own personality too. The pieces
    are part of the bigger saga. I see the ed. composing….Very nice, zingy.

  2. Jim K. Says:
    September 14th, 2007 at 7:20 pm eOdd…looks different today.
    First one is much more commentary-like.
    Good though -)
  3. Sam Rasnake Says:
    September 16th, 2007 at 3:08 am eSuch an interesting venue. Enjoyed your work there, Amy.
  4. Nick Bruno Says:
    September 16th, 2007 at 11:41 pm eCongrats & thanks for the read.
  5. Amy King Says:
    September 17th, 2007 at 9:23 pm eGlas you all enjoyed the new site and work! Thanks for stopping in~

March 29, 2008



We’re pleased to announce the inaugural issue of mid)rib. It is the mid)rib staff’s hope to foster an international voice for experimental poetics. We hope you’ll take as much pleasure in reading the work of our contributors as we have. In the issue you’ll find new work from an eclectic group of writers, including: Tomas S. Butkus, Joel Chace, Regina Derieva, Anna Fulford, H.T. Harrison, Scott Hartwich, Beth Joselow, Kerry Shawn Keys, Amy King, Sarah Maclay, Nicholas Messenger, Bonnie Jean Michalski, Matt Reiter, Susan M. Schultz, Lauren Goodwin Slaughter, Ted Stimpfle and Jim Warner. We welcome your comments and feedback. Please feel free to forward this to any interested parties. Enjoy.

the mid)rib staff

andy martrich, editor
gordon faylor, editorial assistant
jeremy schevling, art boy/ designer
craig czury, contributing editor

A Sexy Franz Wright
March 28, 2008


 MiPOesias New Issue

Want to see and hear more of Franz?

How about some poems by Cynthia Sailers, Dana Ward, Mark Bibbins, Campbell McGrath, Betsy Wheeler, Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop?

You’ll also find a review of Annie Finch — all in the new issue of MiPOesias — enjoy!

3 Responses to “A Sexy Franz Wright”

  1. Sam Rasnake Says:
    August 18th, 2007 at 5:25 pm eEnjoying the latest issue, Amy. Great, great.
  2. Jim K. Says:
    August 19th, 2007 at 11:12 pm eQuite a people-scape in this.
    Journey by journey. Nice!
    Sailers particularly striking.
  3. Jim K. Says:
    August 21st, 2007 at 10:01 pm eJust put a shout-out and links to the edition on me blog.
    With a nice drawing of you.

March 26, 2008


If you are my student, then you now know the weekend assignment will be to write a poem in the Bouts-Rimés form. You will also know that this idea struck me when I was flipping through the aforementioned Court Green donated issues. If you are not my student, you may want to explore the form anyway. Take a peek at the three that made my cut after a cursory read, please. And pay attention to the assigned rhymes, dear scribes; they’ll be yours!


“April Parade” hit the button because Camlot smartly mentions a film I love. In fact, I own it. It’s old and it’s called “Waiting for the Moon” and is a fictional glimpse into the lives of Stein and Toklas, tastefully and artfully done. Clever too. I love it. Plus, I like this poem, especially the breaks. And the references; yes, those too.


Before I saw the film, Henry & June
(starring Uma Thurman as hot mistress
of Anaïs Nin), Waiting for the Moon
had been the lit-bio-pic I obsess-
ed most about. The ear-whispering, snake-
like sighs of Paris-exiled, bookish, smoot
h-skinned lesbians, well, that took the cake
as far as my understanding of beaut-
y went. But Uma, she was like Garbo
on steroids, or some über-King Kong play-
thing. But real, too: a neighborhood, Hobo-
ken Parade Queen walking home the next day,
still in her gemmed tiara and rhinestone
bustier, but smelling of Fireman’s cologne.

–Jason Camlot


I use the collaboratively-written play and HBO film, “The Laramie Project,” regularly in a basic literature class. Therefore, this next poem stood out well and poignantly.


Here they are again, the bright bugs of June
flittering the evening away, sun stressed
struts holding up the barbed wire fence, the moon
wandering dangerously, half dark, obsessed,
an abscess spilled into the deep holes snakes
have dug into the spiked hills. What is moot?
The question of love? Figurines on cake
don’t care about gender, stuck on a butte
of icing, Gable y Gable, Garbo
y Garbo, any part an actor can play.
O Shakespeare didn’t care if a hobo
wore a dress, a crown, as long as the day
was long, lovely. Each word a cut rhinestone.
Each touch, kiss, a dab of perfume, cologne.

– Dorianne Laux


Last, but not least, the next poem caught my eye because we analyze and dissect the tropes of Little Women in my Intro to Children’s Literature class. I love the main text for that course, incidentally. For awhile, I was using a traditional one that grew stale quickly. Then I came across this one by Perry Nodelman and Mavis Reimer. It approaches texts through a lit theory lens, boiled down but not dumbed down, that my about-to-graduate students are able to process with just a little help from me. Anyway, I read through this poem and enjoyed the twists. For your eyes only:


Jo in Little Women was not really June
Allyson. She was an actress with the stress
in pretending to be someone else, like the moon
in ovulation that never came out, the egg in obsess
that was your archetypal blank, that nearly killed her. I was a snake
to write my name in the sand near the water, first letter, moot
pont between time and eternity, she grimaced. The yellow cake
uranium was a free forgery, the horse I rode on a beaut.

I want to be alone, I said, like Garbo
but a dull boy’s awfully hard to play
and there you were as certain as a hat upon a hobo
that sublimity’s just one part of the day.
Don’t be sad, then, because we lost the rhinestone-
in-the-teacup; it was Berlin that kicked our legs up, not Cologne.

–Lisa Fishman & Richard Meier


One Response to “Bouts-Rimés”

  1. Tim Caldwell Says:
    March 21st, 2007 at 11:29 pm eI loved all three, and I adore Gertrude Stein. Too many reason why, but they’re all good ones.

The Da Vinci Code
March 23, 2008


Folks are abuzz about this book & film — what am I missing? Did Da Vinci leave some cure in code for remedying hunger or preventing war? A recipe for sharing the wealth? I’m clueless about the premise and too lazy to look it up … someone …?

I will admit though, I’m one of those people who will see this movie in celebration of the semester’s end. I ought to be embarrassed by my lust for the fanatical fantastical. But I’m not, Hugh. Jackman. It’s like candy for the mind — too sweet & sour shortly but nice at first, claws and all.

I met Mark Lamoureux last night, among other noteworthy individuals: poets and musicians and whatnot. The two beauties pictured above are Gina Myers and Gabrielle Torres, editors for The Tiny. Thanks to them for a terribly festive night. I’m still recovering. And I still blame Shafer.

If any of my Children’s Lit students happen by, your photos appear after the poetry photos here. Just scroll through –> seek and ye shall find.

Responses to “The Da Vinci Code”

  1. Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Mia Says:
    May 8th, 2006 at 12:45 am eYou and Shafer gave amazing readings last night. Every poem that I heard was truly excellent. Thanks for the poetry!
  2. Gina Says:
    May 8th, 2006 at 11:36 am eGlad you had a good time at the party! It took me all day yesterday to recover!
  3. shanna Says:
    May 9th, 2006 at 1:40 pm eShafer’s always to blame. Sorry to have missed it (again).
  4. aimee aka secret fan of the goo goo dolls Says:
    May 10th, 2006 at 10:06 pm ethe blood line of christ exists as mary magdalene was actually pregnant with his child when he was murdered and she escaped to france. the blood line has been kept secret by a secret society that da vinci was a member of (it actually exists) as was isaac newton and other notables. the book is not well written (dialogue -TERRIBLE) but the subject keeps you interested. i read it while recovering from surgery on my butt (another story).
  5. Aimee aka Lattegrrl or Queen of wrestling tight jeans Says:
    May 25th, 2006 at 6:37 pm eneed to say that I saw the movie and i thought it would be better than the book given the terrible dialogue, etc. BUT. I was wrong. although the movie was okay and ron howard does the best he can with what he got, it seems that the many twists and turns of the TOTALLY FICTION plot are too much to squeeze into a 2 hour movie while trying to educate the audience about leo da vinci and some other christian history. i say stick with the book and an art history text.