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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!

March 29, 2008


Yes, that’s John Travolta and Kirk Douglas lip wrestling, but this post is about much more than curing the daily — Jim K wrote a quick review of my recent Dusie chap, Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (send your address to amyhappens @ gmail dot com for a copy). And thank you, Jim!

For more sexiness, click here now!


4 Responses to “Quickie”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    December 11th, 2007 at 6:08 pm eHeh…I dunno; I saw Travolta’s mouth drool a lot
    in “Battlefield Earth”.
  2. Amy King Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 9:00 pm eHeh heh!
  3. Sara Says:
    January 2nd, 2008 at 9:29 pm eHi Amy, did I tell you yet that your new chapbook’s title is I think about the best I’ve ever heard? ‘Cannot wait to read it.

    It appears that John Travolta’s taste in men is even worse than his taste in scripts post-Pulp Fiction — this post reminded me of something I saw on 60 Minutes a few years ago: Apparently, Kirk Douglas had been on the show, and a few weeks later I was watching another episode in which they reviewed some of their mail. A few women wrote a letter together, saying, “If Kirk Douglas thinks women should be more like dogs, we think he should be more like a tree.”

  4. Amy King Says:
    January 4th, 2008 at 10:33 pm eI’m so glad you’re into the new chap, Sara! And yes, I think you summed Travolta and Douglas up… don’t get me started on his son, Charlie Sheen. Ugh.

    Happy happy to you and yours, Ms. S!

Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country
March 29, 2008


I have just finished sending out my chapbook copies for the DUSIE Chapbook Kollectiv.

The title is this post’s title. I have a few copies left over, so if you’re interested in receiving one – freely and imminently – please drop your snail mail address to me at amyhappens @ gmail . com – I’ll post it to you before the holidays.

My DUSIE chapbook from last year can now be viewed online here, “The Good Campaign“. Read a review of it by Chris Rizzo here or read another review of it by Fionna Doney Simmonds here.

5 Responses to “Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country”

  1. Jim K. Says:
    December 9th, 2007 at 4:00 am eI got it. I read it.
    The sound and touch are great. It’s beautiful!

    A leedle revu, all true:

  2. Gina Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 4:41 pm eOh hey, if you still have copies, hook a sister up! xoxo
  3. Amy King Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 9:01 pm eI got you, lady!
  4. Indran Amirthanayagam Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 10:59 pm eI would love to read the poems if still available. cheers. Indran
  5. Amy King Says:
    December 20th, 2007 at 3:37 pm eIf you send me your snail mail address, I’ll send you a copy!

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.