New York City skyline at night


Lines of Thought: This Fall's collection, guest-edited by Martin Mitchell, includes work by Kelli Russell Agodon, Liz Ahl, Elena Alexander, Indran Amirthanayagam, L. S. Asekoff, Renée Ashley, Ros Barber, Rachel Bennett, Mary Legato Brownell, Susana H. Case, Cortney Davis, Graham Duncan, David Graham, Elizabeth Haukaas, Marilyn Johnson, William Jolliff, Deena Linett, P. H. Liotta, Cleopatra Mathis, John Minczeski, Madeleine Mysko, Michael Palma, Andrea Porter, Jack Ridl, M. A. Schaffner, Elaine Sexton, Maria Terrone, Lee Upton, Jeanne Murray Walker, and Alison Woods



Work by Samuel Menashe and Philip Miller


Big City, Little:

Clouds on Museum Street, Patrick Henry



Shampoo, by Jim Story

The Lucidity of Sunlight, by Justin Phillips



Jane Churchman, An Amiable Child

In the Steps of Egyptians: the fourth extract from Patrick Henry's autobiography, A Life Ad-Lib



Valery Oisteanu, Eugene Ionesco (1909-1988): The Avant-God of Absurdistan



Laurie Byro, The Bird Artists, reviewed by Diana Manister

Carl Rosenstock on Patricia Carlin's Original Green

Keith Waldrop's Several Gravities, reviewed by Sarah White

Patricia Brody on Mary Kaiser's Falling Into Velazquez

Charlie Smith, Word Comix, reviewed by Hilary Sideris

George Wallace's Poppin' Johnny, reviewed by Angelo Verga



New Additions:

The Book of Hopes and Dreams, Dee Rimbaud, Editor

Beautiful Soon Enough, Margo Berdeshevsky

Recreational Vehicles on Fire, Jane Ormerod

Michele Battiste, Slow the Appetite Down



Robert Minhinnick: Reading from His Poems



Saturday, November 21st, 2:00 pm

BigCityLit Reading
Martin Mitchell, Host
The Bloomingdale branch of
the New York Public Library
150 West 100th Street
(b/t Amstersdam & Columbus)
Free admission

Guest Editor Mitchell's featured readers: Elena Alexander, Indran Amirthanayagam, Renée Ashley, Rachel Bennett, Lorna Knowles Blake, Mary Legato Brownell, Susana H. Case, Elizabeth Haukaas, Marilyn Johnson, Samuel Menashe, Philip Miller, Madeleine Mysko, Maria Terrone, Alison Woods

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Print Series:

All Print Series Suspended



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