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Spring 2009

 



ISSN 1542-3123

 

Humanesque

"Humanesque"
Peter Schwartz

Somewhere I'll find a butchered grove of trees,
And pray to a father I've hardly known;
I'll sharpen my spade and begin to dig:
There's a field to be cleared, and loss endured.

—George Dickerson, "The Empire of the Stumps"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fund for Sam Hamill and Gray Foster

Dear friends of Sam Hamill and Gray Foster, Copper Canyon Press, and Poets Against the War:

You may have heard that Sam and Gray have had some financial reverses lately. Both have also have had recent hospital stays and still need treatment not covered by insurance.…Read more

 

Sunday, July 5th, 2009 6:00 pm

The Same
Martin Mitchell, Host

The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
(b/t Bleecker & West 4th)
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Editor Mitchell's friends & readers include Michele Battiste, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Kurt Brown, Theresa Burns, Michael Carman, Dean Kostos, Ann Lauinger, Amy Lemmon, Suzanne Noguere, Allison Cay Parker, Lynn Patmalnee, Margaret Ryan, Hilary Sideris, Mary Austin Speaker, Ilene Starger, Mervyn Taylor, Maria Terrone, Estha Weiner, Carolyn Whittle, Anne Pierson Wiese, Michael T. Young.

 

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009, 6:00 pm

BigCityLit Reading
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
(b/t Bleecker & West 4th)
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Featuring poets from the Spring 2009 issue, including Patricia Carragon, Allen C. Fischer, Deborah Flanagan,
Joanne Grumet, Ann Lauinger, Linda Lerner, Charlotte Mandel, Mark Nickels, D. Nurkse, eve packer, Ron Price, Kryssa Schemmerling, Peter Schwartz, Maggie Schwed, Barry Wallenstein, Rob Wright and Angelo Verga

 

Call for submissions: Fall 2009

(Note: List is not restrictive nor preclusive of other themes.)
Epigrams; Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Infanticide; Surrealism; Timepieces; Kites; Suicide; 'Lovesick'; Hands and Gloves; Wells; Windmills; and Small Town Wherewithal.  (Bolding indicates features which are scheduled to appear very soon.)
Consult Submissions for guidelines, Masthead for editorial policy.
Please query first on articles over 750 words.
Email: editors@nycBigCityLit.com.

 


In This Issue: Spring 2009










Poetry:

Rushes East Above Us: This Spring's collection includes work by Patricia Carragon, Allen C. Fischer, Deborah Flanagan, John Grey, Joanne Grumet, Patrick Henry, Ann Lauinger, Linda Lerner, Richard Levine, Charlotte Mandel, Philip Miller, Michael Morical, Mark Nickels, D. Nurkse, Eve Packer, Ron Price, Jacob Scheier, Kryssa Schemmerling, Peter Schwartz, Maggie Schwed, Hugh Seidman, Jared Smith, Kristen Spears, Angelo Verga, Barry Wallenstein and Rob Wright.

 

Twelve:

Angelo Verga, PRAISE FOR WHAT REMAINS

 

Big City, Little:

City to a Small Person, Kristen Spears

 

Fiction:

Mad Diamond, the first chapter from Jill Hoffman's novel, Stoned

Margo Berdeshevsky, Room

 

Essays:

Renamed and Deleted, by Natasha Lvovich

The Barber of Timbuktu, the third extract from Patrick Henry's autobiography, A Life Ad-Lib

 

Articles:

War Jokes Wanted: No Laughing Matter, by Marc Levy and Susan Erony

 

Reviews:

Martin Mitchell on Philip Appleman's Darwin's Ark

Donald Lev, The Darkness Above, reviewed by Jared Smith

Diana Manister on Janet Hamill's Body of Water

Elaine Sexton's Causeway, reviewed by Alison Woods

More Than a Memory: Reflections on Vietnam, reviewed by Susan Moger

 

Bookshelf:

New Additions:

Word Comix, Charlie Smith

The Russian Tortoise, Gardner McFall

 

CDs:

Music and Spoken Word:

Frank Tedesso: Untitled (Fallen Leaves)

 

Events:


Wednesday, July 8th, 2009, 6:00 pm

BigCityLit Reading
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street
(b/t Bleecker & West 4th)
Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Featuring poets from the Spring 2009 issue, including Patricia Carragon, Allen C. Fischer, Deborah Flanagan, Joanne Grumet, Ann Lauinger, Linda Lerner, Charlotte Mandel, Mark Nickels, D. Nurkse, eve packer, Ron Price, Kryssa Schemmerling, Peter Schwartz, Maggie Schwed, Barry Wallenstein, Rob Wright and Angelo Verga

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Letters:

Big City Lit welcomes letters from its readers. Address correspondence to Editors@nycBigCityLit.com

 

Print Series:

All Print Series Suspended

 

Contests:

For the present, all Contests suspended.

 

Masthead Notes:

As we say good-bye to those no longer with us, we are pleased to announce new contributing editors Martin Mitchell, George Wallace and Barry Wallenstein; regular contributor Allen C. Fischer; and Associate Editor Elena Kondracki.

 

Contributing Editors:

Martin Mitchell, Barry Wallenstein, James Ragan, Patrick Henry (UK), Diana Manister, Philip Miller, Margo Berdeshevsky, George Wallace, Larissa Shmailo, Brant Lyon