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I ride a painted horse, its mane a sullen wonder.
You are behind me on a lilting mare.
You whisper — What of happiness?
Dukham, Federico. Smoke fills my eyes.

(Meena Alexander, "Central Park, Carousel")

Live Performances/Recording Sessions/Radio Broadcasts

Watch for the print version release of
Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2003.

Mon 12/15 6:00 p.m. The magazine's "Degrees of Apprenticeship" Series features faculty, alumni and students from the Hunter MFA program, reading and recording at Cornelia Street Café ($6, includes drink).

Thurs 1/22 6:00 p.m. Contributors to the January feature guest-edited by Martin Mitchell read and record at Cornelia Street Café ($6, includes drink).

Mon., March 22, 2004, 7:30 p.m.
 Lyric Recovery Festival™, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Lucie Brock-Broido features at biannual event. Alfred Corn delivers the session essay and Glyn Maxwell judges the final round. Submissions to be postmarked by January 15, 2004. [Guidelines] Top prize:  $1000. Semifinalists selected by a judge panel in public reading at Poets House on February 21, 4-7. The LyR 2002 anthology, Rain of One Ocean, is available from Headwaters Press.

Call for submissions:
(Note: List is not restrictive nor preclusive of other themes.)

Dramatic Monologue (poetry: e.g. "My Last Dutchess"); Epigrams; Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Infanticide; Montreal/Quebec (surtout francophone); Surrealism; Timepieces; Kites; Suicide; 'Lovesick'; Hands and Gloves; How the Other Half:  Rich vs. Poor; Wells; Windmills; and Small Town Wherewithal
(Bolding indicates features which are scheduled to appear very soon.)

Consult Submissions for guidelines, Masthead for editorial policy,
also Bridge City Lit and Big City, Little pages.
Please query first on articles over 750 words.

Spring-Summer 2003 Contest awards for poetry are announced and sampled in the November issue.

In This Issue:  December 2003

This month we continue our "Degrees of Apprenticeship" Series on MFA Programs and feature Hunter College faculty, alumni, and students, with a profile written by Donna Masini. Contributors include Masini, Meena Alexander, William Pitt Root, and Amy Meckler. Our hand-picked Twelve 12 page features work by Andrew Glaze, Desmond Croan, and .

Fiction/Short Prose:

Thomas Balázs's "Omicron Ceti III", winner of the mid-length category, is the second of three stories drawn from the magazine's Spring-Summer 2003 fiction contest. In it, _____. The third, James Simpson's "Behind the Wheel" (long), appears in January. Hunter writers contribute three shorter works:  Jess Bacal's "Protein Diet", Nate Ouderkirk's "Deep Space", and Maureen Leary's "Can You Adjust?".

A House

Highly Recommended—Essay:

'We Hold


Daniela Gioseffi Talks to William Pitt Root about 'Political Poetry'
The rhetoric of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is so elaborately figured and passionately fired that I, for one, even after hearing it countless times, still have no difficulty taking it as straight to my heart as I take the speeches of Shakespeare. In other words, as poetry.

Robert Klein Engler, Political and Religious, with Kathryn Wagner in The Adirondack Review
Poetry does not begin with an assignment:  "Write a poem about an apple." It begins with the poet's encounter with an apple, and the overwhelming necessity of the apple's presence. For a poet, that presence is so great that she is forced to raise up language to meet it. . . . Assignments throw words at things, with the hope some will stick.

Series/Event Reviews:

American Literary Translators Conference, Cambridge, Mass. (Nov 11-15)

Other Arts:  Theatre

by Paul Camillus

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Print Series:

With thanks for all of your orders by email query, we now offer a convenient listing and order form. You may still inquire about any Headwaters Print Series or monograph you don't see listed here by writing to us. Query Monographs of work appearing in the popular Jun '01 Vietnam issue are now available again.
We are preparing Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2002.


(The editors invite for publication well-written letters or speakeasy pieces on any topic of concern or interest to the magazine's readers. See Letters Page for length, language, and other details.)

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indicate the month, e.g. Jun2001/contents/poetrydusk.html.

Rain of One Ocean
The LyR 2002 Carnegie Collection
Poetry (64 pp) $15 (7x8.5 full color cover)

Degrees of Apprenticeship:
Sarah Lawrence mfa Collection
Poetry (56 pp) or Prose (64 pp) $10 each (full color)

Distance from the Tree
poems on fathers (64 pp $10) (full color)
Dana Gioia, Alice Notley, D. Nurkse, James Ragan, Ron Price et al.

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