The material here is taken from the original brief paragraphs posted when work is first put on the site. It has not been systematically updated — no time! There is a complete index of all texts on the site, organised by author, as the Quick Index, which may be a good place to look for authors' homepages etc, and the Texts page contains recent details of the authors featured in the current issues.
Yousra Al Ayoubi is a distinguished Arab writer. She was born in 1929 in Damascus. The events of 1948 matured her writing skills, and between the years 1950-1955 she wrote short stories for the Syrian National Radio. She was married in 1954 to General Afif Al Bizri, who became the Chief-in-Command and the General Chief of Staff of the Syrian Armed Forces in 1957, during the democratic era of the fifties. Her life has been full with events, those experienced in childhood and youth and those in the company of her husband. She has four children and has divided her time between family and writing. She has written several long novels, plays and poems and translated many books from English to Arabic. Yousra Al Ayoubi's website contains poems, plays and lectures in Arabic and English.
Alexandre Amprimoz is a poet, critic, translator, writer and programmer. He teaches Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario Canada. Books include: A Season For Birds: Selected poems by Pierre Morency (translation, Toronto: Exile Press, 1990); Venice At Her Mirror: Essay by Robert Marteau (translation, Toronto: Exile Press, 1990); Nostalgies de l'ange (Ottawa: Editions du Vermillon, 1993). He has recently published poems in: Alsop Review, Antigonish Review, Octavo, Dégaine ta rime, Resurrétion, Hélices and LittéRéalité. There are poems by him online at Triplopia, Ascent and starvingarts.com.
Sascha Anderson was a poet and cultural organiser, who helped create the underground Prenzlauer Berg artistic scene in East Berlin in the 1980s, based on a self-publishing post-punk aesthetic. He defected to the West in 1986 — but was revealed by Wolf Biermann in 1991 as an active agent of the Stasi even as he set up this alternative art scene. Anderson's "autobiographical novel", Sascha Anderson (Dumont, 2002) admits with neither guilt nor shame, but nearer self-justification. Other books include Jeder Satellit hat einen Killersatelliten: Gedichte 1971-1981 (Edition qwert zui opü, 1997) & Jewish Jetset (Editon Galrev, 1991).
Daniel Andersson has had recent publication in Weyfarers, Purple Patch, The Interpreters House, the Journal, Berlin Bordercrossings, and Interpoetry.
Angel Exhaust is in one of its periodic states of exhaustion. An amount of material was gathered before the (temporary) closure, we think it is of urgent literary interest, and we are taking the opportunity generously offered by the editor of Great Works to make it available to a discerning public.
(signed) Simon Smith Andrew Duncan
Poems by David Bircumshaw, Carolyn Ducker, Paul Simmonds, Andy Brown, Wayne Clements, Nigel Wheale, Michael Krebs & Gig Ryan. Angel Exhaust 18 was subsequently published (Spring, 2005), edited by Charles Bainbridge & Andrew Duncan, with the poems in this selection included (but not the work by Andy Brown).
The Atlas Peripatetic poems are inspired by an extensive mapping of sounds on the author's morning walk. Excerpts have appeared in such journals as Dusie, Indefinite Space, jubilat, mprsnd, Softblow, 42opus and CAB/NET. In addition to his work as a poet, Glenn Bach is also active as a visual/sound artist and curator. A listing (with links where online) to published sections of Atlas Peripatetic is given on his California State University Long Beach homepage, and Glenn also runs the site Pedestrian Culture: Walk, observe, reflect, report, "a portal for place-based research and creative projects, focused primarily on the humble and revolutionary act of walking".
Alan Baker lives in Nottingham. He runs Leafe Press and is editor of the webzine Litter. He has published three pamphlets, The Causeway (1999), Not Bondi Beach (2002), both from Leafe Press, and The Strange city from Secretariat. His translation of Yves Bonnefoy's Début et Fin de la Neige is due out from Bamboo Books, California, and he has a new pamphlet forthcoming from Skysill Press, Nottingham. On-line poetry at Shearsman and Shadowtrain.
Donna Bamford is currently living in London, Ontario after a year travelling after second year Honours English at the University of Toronto. Much of her writing is about her travel experiences as she also lived in Greece, and Paris and London in the late seventies. She is a teacher of English as a second language as well as a freelance journalist, has written three children's books and is working on her first novel My Villa in Tuscany. She has recently published poetry on the internet in Electric Acorn, Scriberazone and Ygdrasil, as well as an essay in Another Toronto Quarterly, and more poetry in Bywords and The Breath Magazine, and two American ezines 24:7 and Muse Apprentice Guild.
In 1998 Christopher Barnes won a Northern Arts writers award. Each year he reads for Proudwords lesbian and gay writing festival and takes part in workshops. 2005 saw the publication of the collection LOVEBITES published by Chanticleer Press (Edinburgh). He has appeared in Angel Exhaust, and read at the Edinburgh Festival as a Per Verse poet. Christopher has a short film available online on gay history with BBC Tyne, and he can be heard reading on the MP3 edition of The Wolf. He has engaged in extensive poetic, film-making and other artistic work in the North-East, including a solo art/poetry exhibition at The People's Theatre, Newcastle. Christopher has written poetry reviews for Poetry Scotland and Jacket Magazine, where he also has poems online. In August 2007 he made a film A Blank Screen, 60 seconds, 1 shot for Queerbeats Festival at The Star & Shadow Cinema Newcastle, reviewing a poem (go to www.myspace.com/queerbeatsfestival). Christopher was involved in the Five Arts Cities poetry postcard event which exhibited at The Seven Stories children's literature building.
Richard Barrett has one poem due to appear in April's edition of LiterarySpot.com. He is due to take part in an online radio show, as well, for LiterarySpot. Two poems due to appear in June edition of Manchester poetry magazine The Ugly Tree. Reading a paper at University of Salford's May conference devoted to the group The Fall; title of paper: "Mark E Smith, Blake and auto-didactic oppositon to the objectivist tendency". Ongoing writing work with Manchester based physical theatre group Artificial Light. Regular appearances at various venues around Manchester inflicting poems upon the unsuspecting public.
Tina Bass has been submitting poetry and short stories for publication since 2004. She has had published Fat Man Dancing from Poetry Monthly Press and Mechanical Expressions from Writers Forum. Mouthings (a book of conversations) is due for publication in 2008 from Intercapillary Editions. During daylight hours she works as a Senior Lecturer in Business at Coventry University. Tina has a MySpace presence.
Davis Berridge lives in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, where he organises the ALOUD reading and chapbook series. Poems and sequences are published in Fire, Shearsman, NOON: A Journal of the Short Poem and online at Word For/Word and Fascicle. Career Choices, a chapbook, will be published by Furniture Press in 2006.
Sam Bilbie attends the University of York
This is a fiction story by Bissme, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poet, writer and artist. Currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Lincoln. Most recent collection The Ascending Boy (Flambard). Former roles include: Co-Director Morden Tower (Newcastle), Literature Development Worker, Festival Director, Editor & Publisher (Stand Magazine, Harry's Hand, Jackson's Arm, Sunk Island, etc), Writer In Residence On The Internet (1995, c/o Arts Council/Channel). Main website Art Zero; busy reviving Sunk Island Review as an online magazine; also a highly active MySpace presence.
NOTES: T Dan Smith (1915-1993) was a prominent politician in the north-east of England in the 1960s and was the Leader of Newcastle City Council between 1960 and 1965. He was responsible for a large amount of redevelopment within the city, including slum clearance and the building of new housing stock and a motorway network. He had a great vision of Newcastle as the 'new Brasilia' of the north and was a passionate exponent of regionalism and the arts. Unfortunately, his business dealings were tainted with corruption and after a number of trials he finally received a prison sentence in 1974. The poem was sourced from the text of An Autobiography by Smith, published by Oriel Press in 1970.
Elisabeth Bletsoe lives in NW Dorset. The Separable Soul is part of an ongoing project about the area. Publications include The Regardians: A Book of Angels, Portraits of the Artist's Sister, (Odyssey 1994), Pharmacopoeia (Odyssey 1999), and Landscape from a Dream (Shearsman, 2008).
Note by the author concerning The Separable Soul: Since the swan moves in the three elements of earth, water and air, it has been traditionally associated with shape-shifting, especially in the form of a young woman. Tales of the animal-wife as swan-maiden occur universally, telling of a lover lost when she resumes her original form. Usually this is due to the lover breaking a taboo or committing a misdemeanour through lack of communication, whereupon she disappears silently back into her supernatural life. I am indebted to Jeremy Sherr's Dynamis group for the homeopathic provings of Cygnus which provide a starting-point for this text.
Lisa Bloomfield holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in anthropology and an MFA in photography from California Institute of the Arts. She has been on the studio art faculty at UCLA, Otis Art Institute and the University of Washington and is currently Assistant Professor: Digital Media Arts and Design at Orange Coast College in southern California. Lisa's artwork has been concerned with the interplay of text and image and often explores memory and identity. Over the years her work has included collaborations with several fiction writers and has, as well, appeared in billboard, magazine double-page spread, book works, print-based and installation formats. In 1994 she became interested in web-based narrative pieces and continues to experiment in that realm. Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her husband, fiction writer, Rod Moore, and son, Aaron, a budding guitarist.
Other work can be seen at University of California Riverside / California Museum of Photography website, and on her own site: a wonderful range of material exploring images, words & hypertext possibilities.
Allison Boast completed a BA Creative Writing Degree at the University of Bedfordshire in September 2006. She is currently trying to juggle earning a living and writing. Most recently her work has been published in Fire magazine (Issue no. 28) and on the Noise Festival website. She has read a selection of her work at the Crossing the Line poetry event (August 2006). She is the Chief Editor of the experimental writing website Write Off and can be contacted on email@example.com.
The pieces are now published as parts of Notes on Heresy, (Writers Forum, 2002). Two other booklets, The Rose (Canary Woof Press, 2001) and The Domestic Poems (hard eye ball, 2001) are available directly from Sean Bonney – contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A major collection was published by Salt in 2005: Blade Pitch Control Unit. Sean has a page on the BEPC site.
Please note that in order to approximate Sean Bonney's layout, these pages are quite specific in requiring Georgia font, at 12 pt size, on an 800x60 pixel screen, &, regrettably, they appear better on Internet Explorer than Firefox. If your monitor size differs, you will need to alter the size of the font displayed by your browser. They also use tables for layout & some lines are images-files. HTML is just not made for fancy layouts!
Tilla Brading has been published widely in magazines, on the net in How2. Her most recent collection is Notes in a Manor of Speaking from Leafe Press (2002) (also AUTUMnal JOUR [Maquette Press, 1998]). There are poems on Litter and Shearsman. Tilla Brading co-edited Poetry Quarterly Review and Odyssey Press.
Paul Bramley lives and works in Bristol.
j brooke is an ex pat American that is so ashamed of George W Bush and his LUNATIC FRINGE of killers like A Gonzalez, D Cheny and C Rice, he gave up his USA citizenship and now lives as a Mexican in Zipolite Mexico. He can be contacted on email@example.com.
The beginning of a new sequence. Paul's most recent book is Lisbon: A Cultural and Literary Companion, (Signal Books, 2001)
Adam Burbage has been writing poetry for several years. These poems form part of a longer sequence, an attempt to write a kind of poetic diary. These entries cover the period May 2006 to April 2007. Further entries can be found at Stride Magazine. Adam works in publishing, and lives in Oxfordshire with his fiance. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
sean burn is a writer, performer & outsider artist with a growing international reputation. he has completed theatre works for (among others) ctc; first draft theatre; half moon theatre; maverick productions; pegasus youth theatre; paines plough; purple moon theatre; under construction; weaver-hughes ensemble. his short films – ayler, stealing brecht, our ordinary map, sz and the terror we create are receiving screenings around europe. he has had 3 cd's ov his work released, most recently speaksong (with gareth mitchell musician). he has created/exhibited text-art projects for (among others) arcadea, tyne and wear; cesta, czech republic, dada-south; fold gallery, cumbria; and the humber mouth festival, hull. skrev press has published two full length collections ov his writing – edgecities (isbn 1904646-34-4) and @ the edge (isbn 978-1-904646-39-6). and he now has a website.
trans literations – i was privileged to hear the fine north american free improvising pianist marilyn crispell in a quartet (with evan parker, one of my musical heroes, and barry guy – bass (ditto) and paul lytton percussion) at the appleby jazz festival. this piece is partly a transcription ov an imagined solo ov hers while also improvising on music and loss. select discography:
live in zurich
leo cd lr 122
the kitchen concert
leo cd lr 178
leo cd lr 191
leo cd lr 195
Richard Burns (aka Richard Berengarten) lives in Cambridge. His most recent publications are The Blue Butterfly, Selected Writings 2 (Salt Publishing, 2006), For the Living: Selected Writings 1. Longer Poems 1965-2000, (Salt Publishing, 2004) and In a Time of Drought (Shoestring Press, 2006). The Blue Butterfly is a sequence of poems whose twin points of departure are a massacre of civilians outside the town of Kragujevac in October 1941, and an encounter with a blue butterfly at the same location in 1985. The book has been twenty years in the making. The poems on this site come from that sequence. There is a note with details of the Kragujevac massacre if you click on the title to Don't send bread tomorrow. To find out more about Richard, visit his very fine Richard Burns website.
Born in Cork, Ireland in 1951. Interested in reading and writing from an early age. Most of his literary career was spent on the voluntary literary circuit in Dublin between 1981 and 2005 as an organiser and host. Founder and co-founder and member of many literary groupings. These included The Modernist Study Group, Statoblast, Voice Free, The James Connolly Red Poets Society, and many others. Two books due from Spectacular Diseases Press titled Free Range and Submariners. Work on line in Jacket 31, LVNG 9, The Irish American Post Spring 2006.
Srinjay Chakravarti is a 33-year-old journalist, economist and poet based in Salt Lake City, Calcutta, India. He was educated at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta and at universities based in Calcutta and New Delhi. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications worldwide. Apart from Great Works, these include The Poetry Kit, Snakeskin, The Journal, Poetry Scotland, Euphony, The Melic Review, Eclectica, The Pedestal, Dimsum, Voices Israel, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Liminal Pleasures, DeepSouth and Poetry Salzburg Review. His first book of poems Occam's Razor (Writers Workshop, Calcutta) received the SALT literary award from John Kinsella and an Australian literary trust in 1995.
First published by Eric Mottram in the Poetry Review winter 1972-73 issue, Adrian Clarke resurfaced in the mid 80s with Reading Reverdy and Ghost Measures from Paul Brown's Actual Size. Then began a long association with Bob Cobbing and Writers Forum which included co-editing AND magazine from 1994. Also co-edited Floating Capital with Robert Sheppard in 1991. After Cobbing's death in 2002 ran Writers Forum jointly with Lawrence Upton. His collections include Skeleton Sonnets (Writers Forum, 2002) and Former Haunts (Veer Books, 2004). Adrian Clarke's most recent collection is POSSESSION, POEMS 1996-2006 (Veer/Writers Forum Books, 2007). A recording including some of SUPPLEMENTARY BLUES may be found at www.archiveofthenow.com.
Born in East Sussex in 1982 Lucy lives and works in London acting as a freelance painter/renovator/photographer/drink maker/language teacher/learner/general career avoider. Work is at onedit issue 11, in Parameter magazine issue 7, in The Other Room Anthology 08/09.
Tracee Coleman is a poet residing in Texas. Her poetry has been published internationally in print and online. She spends most of her free time editing and maintaining alittlepoetry.com. Recent work appears at The Argotist Online.
Kelvin Corcoran has written nine books of poetry and his work has been anthologised here and the USA. His most recent publications include Melanie's Book (West House Books, 1996), When Suzy Was (Shearsman, 1999), & Your Thinking Tracts or Nations (with Alan Halsey) (West House Books, 2001). My Life With Byron is forthcoming from Equipage. The poem MacSweeney will be published by Harry Gilonis as a poemcard. Recently published is New and Selected Poems (Shearsman, 2004)
Rosemarie Crisafi lives in Fishkill, New York. She works in for a non-for-profit agency that serves individuals with disabilities. Her poetry has been widely published, including in ken*again, BlazeVox, Wicked Alice Poetry Journal, Niederngasse, Eclectica, nth position.
MTC Cronin has published fourteen collections of poetry (including several in translation), and has four forthcoming in 2007: Irrigations (of the Human Heart) — Fictional Essays on the Poetics of Living, Art & Love (Ravenna Press, USA); Our Life is a Box. / Prayers Without a God (Soi 3, Thailand/Australia); Notebook of Signs (& 3 Other Small Book)s (Shearsman Books, UK); and How Does a Man Who is Dead Reinvent His Body? — The Belated Love Poems of Thean Morris Caelli (written with Peter Boyle, Shearsman Books, UK). She has recently completed her doctorate – The Catastrophe of Meaning: Writing on Poetry, Law, Justice & Desire. She currently lives in Maleny (Queensland, Australia) with her partner and three young daughters. There is a brief article on Wikipedia with useful links, and an introduction and several poems online on PIW. There are some recent poems on Shadowtrain.
John Crouse resides in Vancouver, Washington, USA with his wife and two children, "Used Car Salesman By Day & Candy Factory Worker By Rights". Publications include Torque (O Books, 1995), Eventing (Potes &Poets, 1999), Prefaces (Xtant Books, 2001), Headlines (O Books, 2001), & Buncamps Trolls by John Crouse and Jim Leftwich (Xtant Books, 2002), and online: Belows (pdf chapbook from Broken Boulder Press), from OH an essay by John Crouse and Andrew Topel in Wordriot, BUNYA-BUNYA AY NUB? by John Crouse and Andrew Topel in The Café Irreal #10, and more Actses in xStream #25.
Jim Leftwich also produces a number of blogs and blogzines, eg textimagepoem, of submitted images — textimagepoems — others include: textimagetext giving work from Acts, and The Art of Books & Small Print Publications posting covers of and images from such (with a mail art interest).
Jim Leftwich lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and is the author of Doubt and improvisations transformations (Potes & Poets), Sample Example (Luna Bisonte), and The Canard (anabasis/xtantbooks). From 1994 to 2001 he co-edited Juxta and Juxta Electronic, and edited Xtant 4 with Tom Taylor, Tim Gaze, Andy Topel, Michael Peters, and Scott Macleod. Luna Bisonte Prods have published a range of material: DIRT (including a hack by John M Bennett), GNOMMONCLATURE Collaborative Poems (withH Jeffrey Little) and Sample Example – Visual Lyrics. Online work includes REMEMBER! (a book), (collaborations available as jpgs, including with John Crouse), and more collaborations with John M Bennett in LYNX A Journal for Linking Poets. Forthcoming from antboo: the devils avocado – collaborative disquisitions.
John Crouse and Jim Leftwitch, with John M Bennett, Thomas Lowe Taylor and Andrew Topel are all active in a very interesting and diverse poetic scene involving collaborations and visual poems as well as more traditional texts – well worth exploring this material if you are not already aware of it. Check the links above, or listed for John Lowe Taylor & Andrew Topel.
Claire Crowther's poetry can be found in recent (2007) or forthcoming issues of The North, Nth Position, Shadowtrain, Shearsman, Times Literary Supplement and in forthcoming anthologies We are Twenty People (Enitharmon) and Only Connect (Cinnamon Press). Her first full collection Stretch of Closures was published by Shearsman Press in February 2007. She has been awarded a bursary to write a collection of poems on grandmotherhood for a PhD at Kingston University. "Learner" appears in print in Stretch of Closures.
Poems have appeared recently in Otoliths, Dusie, foam:e and Elimae. Tarpaulin Sky Press will be bringing out a book tentatively Body Language, which will contain two separate collections, one titled Body (on parts of the body) and one titled Primer (on numbers and letters).
is a sampling from a text based on a 1960s children's school workbook. She has a blog, Cogitabilia, and material on a number of poetry websites, including As/Is. Her publications include DaDaDa (Salt Publishing, 2003), Locket (Tupelo Press, 2005 – a selection of the poems available online), Secret Kitty (Ahadada Books, 2006), To Delite and Instruct (blue lion, 2006), Paper Craft (Moria, 2006), Chanteuse / Cantatrice (factory school, 2007), and Heavy Rotation (BlazeVox, 2007). Catherine is now publishing as i.e. Press.
James Davies' recent poems have appeared in Liminal Pleasures, The Argotist Online, Hutt, The Argotist Online, The Hamilton Stone Review, Shampoo and forthcoming in onedit. For a living he is Head of English at a sixth form college in Manchester, UK. He edits the poetry object Matchbox. F(F(fx)) will start publishing in 2008.
Called "ink (or, maybe, inc.)" in a seaside vision, devin davis (aka townee) has written well-over 2,000 poems and has published 12 chapbooks as part of his Divan. His poetry has found an audience on both coasts of North America, in Canada, England and Nepal; and more is available at various sites on-line. He has been a featured poet at Tower Books, and Barnes and Noble Books. He has read on the north steps of the Capitol in his hometown of Sacramento. Davis is also the author of Segment, a children's story, which may be read at Locust Magazine.
The poets Peter Dent and Rupert Loydell keep up an active correspondence by old-fashioned mail, and have recently completed two collaborative sequences, Overgrown Umbrellas being one of them. The first poem in the sequence has been published in Gists & Piths magazine.
Peter Dent was born in Forest Gate, London, but has spent most of his life in Surrey and Devon. A teacher for twenty years, he is now retired, devoting the greater part of his time to writing. He was the editor/publisher of Interim Press from 1975 to 1987, where he published numerous volumes of poetry and essays on such writers as George Oppen, Lorine Niedecker, Thomas A. Clark and Allen Upward. With others he has translated from the Sanskrit and Urdu. His own work, both poetry and prose-poetry, has been published widely in magazines and anthologies both in Britain and abroad, since the 1950s, including Litter. His recent books include Simple Geometry (Oasis Books), At the Blue Table (Blackthorn Press), Settlement (Leafe Press), Unrestricted Moment (Stride), Adversaria (stride) and the 2005 Shearsman collection, Handmade Equations. There are other works by Rupert Loydell on Great Works.
The poems are taken from each section/ modulation of The Speed of Clouds. A chapbook entitled Littoral has been published by Prest Roots Press 2007 (reviewed in Intercapillary space, and poetry has previously appeared in Intercapillary space, Shearsman and the Gig anthology Onsets and is forthcoming in the Peek Review. Mark lives and struggles to work in Scarborough, N. Yorkshire.
Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press 2004), and three books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish 2003), American Tatts (Chax 2005) and Borderless Bodies (Factory School 2005). His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, Best American Poetry 2004 and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among other places. He's living in Norwich, as a David T.K. Wong fellow at the University of East Anglia.
Laurie Duggan was born in Melbourne in 1949, lived in Brisbane, and now in Shoreham in Kent. He has published numerous books of poems, the most recent of these being Memorials (Little Esther 1996), Mangroves (University of Queensland Press, 2003), and, with Shearsman Press, The Ash Range (new edition of a documentary poem first published in 1987) and Compared to What: Selected Poems 1971-2003 (both 2005). Let's Get Lost (Vagabond Press), a collaborative work (with Pam Brown and Ken Bolton) appeared in 2005 and a new book The Passenger (UQP) is to appear in June 2006. He has also published a cultural history Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture 1901-1939 (UQP, 2001).
Kevin Doran's poetry, articles, reviews, and (digital) photography/art are published or forthcoming in 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets, Dwarf Stars Anthology, Dusie, World Haiku Review, elimae, Otoliths, Unpleasant Event Schedule, Scifaikuest, iota, and others. He was nominated for a 2007 SFPA (Science Fiction Poetry Association) Dwarf Stars Award. Visit his blog for more info, and also Triptych Haiku and Oculus, blogzines he is involved with.
Andrew Duncan has recently published Anxiety Before Entering a Room (new and selected poems), Skeleton Looking at Chinese Pictures, Pauper Estate, and Switching and Main Exchange. Visit also his website! Recent titles from Salt are: Anxiety Before Entering a Room and The Imaginary in Geometry, and The Failure of Conservatism in Modern British Poetry. Angel Exhaust) co-edited with Charles Bainbridge) is back to life also. Andrew has a page on the BEPC site.
A review of ed. Nicholas Johnson, Foil: defining poetry 1985-2000 (etruscan books, 2000, ISBN 1 901 538 28; £8.50, 395 pp) – which Andrew interrogates very forcefully. I'll be the good cop, and say buy it and discover its pleasures (& its crimes), from etruscan books, 28 Fowler's Court, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0AA (+ £1 p&p).
Gareth Durasow is a West Yorkshire performance poet whose work largely consists of mock lamentations and devil's advocacy, often regarding mor(t)ality and our venerable X-Factor culture. His work has recently appeared in Shadowtrain and he has won prizes at this year's Ilkley and Huddersfield literature festivals. He currently writes for the acclaimed Wakefield theatre company, Horizon Arts; a job that pays enough to keep him implicated in the gradual overhaul of the secondary school curriculum via specialist diplomas. He is interviewed on LeftLion: Nottingham Culure website, and is on Facebook.
Michael Egan is a poet from Liverpool. His first collection The River Swam was published in 2005. He is currently studying an MA in Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
AnnMarie Eldon is an identical twin, evolved from cryptophasic origins in once densely industrialised Birmingham, England. She was taught by her gypsy grandmother to say the alphabet backwards before the age of three. Juggling various personae interiorae, children and hormones and practicing counter-cultural reclusiveness, she achieves adult differentiation and spiritual equanimity within the mediocrity of a picturesque Oxfordshire market town. Her latest collection, Some2 is available from Lulu. Recent publications include work in Ocho 19, and on Protest Poems, Fiera Lingue, zafusy and Intercapillary Space. AnnMarie also has an AnnMarie Eldon blog.
Stephen Emmerson is a poet and occasional musician who worked with Michelle Scally-Clarke on her last album She Is which was released by Route alongside a book of the same name. He has given readings extensively throughout the UK from the Poetry Café in London to the Edinburgh festival. His work has been published in journals and magazines, including Poetry Salzburg Review, Spine, Route, Terrible Work, Necessary Angel, and Fire. There are more poems by Stephen Emmerson on Great Works.
Stephen has worked as a cook, a chef, a picture framer, a labourer, a soldier, a welders mate, a telesales 'executive', a customer service rep, a door to door salesman, an order picker, an admin assistant, and a receptionist. He has also worked at an abattoir, a recycling plant, and a bottle factory.
Carrie Etter is an American expatriate resident in England since 2001; she makes her home in Bradford-on-Avon, and teaches as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, as well as as a tutor for the Poetry School. Divining for Starters is both a series and a manuscript in progress including other works. Her poems have appeared in The Forward Book of Poetry 2005, The Liberal, The New Republic, Poetry Review, Shearsman, Staple, The Times Literary Supplement, and other journals and anthologies in the UK and the USA. She has work online on the Limelight section of The Poem, Alterran Poetry Assemblage, La Petite Zine, and elsewhere. And she has her own Carrie Etter blog.
Patricia Farrell has had books published by Reality Street and Writers Forum. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, including Shadowtrain. She has also taken part in exhibitions in London, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Cologne. She has collaborated as a poet and visual artist with, amongst others, Robert Sheppard and Jennifer Pike Cobbing. Ship of Fools was set up in the mid 1980s by Robert Sheppard and Patricia Farrell, for the purpose of publishing their art and text collaborations.
Adam Fieled has published essays, interviews, and poems in Jacket (essay: "Wordsworth @ McDonald's"), The Argotist Online, Hinge; The Philadelphia Online Arts Journal (music and poems), Rain Taxi, woods lot, Cake Train, American Writing: A Magazine, and the Philadelphia Independent. He's also a working musician and has released three albums, including Darkyr Sooner (on mp3.com). He makes his home in Center City Philadelphia, Pa. He and Mike Land are organisers of the excellent P.F.S. Post poetry blog, and of The Philly Free School — "a multi-media artists' co-op seeking to post-modernize 'performance'".
Lee has been writing poetry for twenty years, with poems published in many small press magazines and anthologies, and online. Most of his published work is available as an archive on his blog Lost Among Equals; Minimalist poet, minimalist lifestyle is his other blog.
Fish and Shushan are an astronaut with a guitar and her 'I like girls a lot' music
and . . . a flower growing quietly from the wall
there are also trees and inappropriate thoughts!
Fish is trying to learn the chords for Stockton Gala Days
while perfecting the art of charming bees out of their honey.
Shushan buzzes in and out of material space with the electric humm
of honeybee wings. She also likes to paint.
These poems are from the unpublished poetry collection, The Chatter of Birds. Shushan is Vanessa Kittle, who lives out on Long Island with her evil kitten, Sombrero. A former chef and lawyer, Vanessa is now an English composition professor. She published 2 collections of poetry in 2006: a chapbook called Apart, and a full-length book called Surviving the Days of the Empire, both with The March Street Press. Her work has recently been in The New Renaissance, Nerve Cowboy, Limestone, Ibbetson Street, and A Generation Defining Itself anthology. Vanessa edits Abramelin, the Journal of Poetry and Magick.
Allen Fisher is represented on on BEPC: British Electronic Poetry Centre, and a brief account of the career and recent publications (out of many!) of this vital, pioneering and inspiring figure is given there. Allen also has his own Allen Fisher website.
SLOP is part of a long sequence called Gravity as a consequence of shape; The Gig published 250 plus pages from the sequence as a book called ENTANGLEMENT, and SALT published the first five books from the sequence in a book called GRAVITY in 2004. Reality Street republished the great ur-text Spanner in 2005.
Colin Fleming's work has appeared in Metropolis, The Village Voice, Art in America, MOJO, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other venues. He is currently finishing his first novel. There is work online on The Deepening, right hand pointing and Storyglossia.
Tim Fletcher started his professional career as a military bandsman. On leaving the army he graduated at Christ Church College, Canterbury and became a teacher. Tim Fletcher left the teaching profession several years ago to make music and write poetry. He has been published in several poetry journals. He is at present involved in making a CD of readings and musics called Ignis Innaturalis which is concerned with many diverse aspects of alchemy. The CD also incorporates Fletcher playing jazz flute, soprano sax and bass clarinet and various types of ambient sounds. Tim Fletcher is also the long standing editor of First Offense, an avant garde and contemporary poetry journal.
Jago Flood, aged 34, lives in St Ives, Cornwall & on narrowboat on Grand Union Canal; musician/poet/playwright (play on in Edinburgh Festival & on tour); work published in various UK/US publications, print & online.
Glenn R. Frantz is from southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. His poems have appeared in several online publications, including Otoliths, Exultations & Difficulties, Shadowtrain, Stride, and lots on 3by3by3. His personal web site is here: http://mysite.verizon.net/grfrantz.
Charles Freeland teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. The recipient of a 2008 Individual Excellence Grant from the Ohio Arts Council, he is the author of several chapbooks of poetry, including Furiant, Not Polka (Moria), The Case of the Danish King Halfdene (Mudlark), and Where We Saw Them Last (Lily Press). Recent work appears in Poetry International, Mipoesias, Spinning Jenny, 580 Split, Harpur Palate, and The Cincinnati Review. His website is The Fossil record. There are further poems on Great Works.
A pragmatic idealist and longtime resident of Thailand, Dr Charles Frederickson has travelled to 206 countries, an original sketch and poetic impression of each presented on http://imagesof.8k.com. PhD (Loyola) and Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow (Columbia); MENSA; International Emmy, Clio, SAG, Student Academy Awards and New York Awards Judge; film, video & CD-ROM writer, performer, director and producer.
Charles Freeland teaches at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Recent work appears in Jubilat, Margie, The Cincinnati Review, The Hollins Critic, Shadowtrain and 42opus. He is the author of a chapbook, Where We Saw Them Last (Lily Press, 2007). His website is The Fossil record.
William Garvin's work has previously appeared on Great Works. His work has been featured in various poetry journals, both in the UK and the US, including recent appearances in Lamport Court and Moria.
Arun Gaur now lives in Panchkula (Haryana, India). Before that he was a resident of Chandigarh for 30 years. He is a photographer, a free-lance journalist, a travelogue writer, a book-reviewer, and a teacher. For some time he taught at the Department of English, Mizoram University, Aizawl, where he was the Senior Reader. He has published many book-review articles and illustrated travelogue pieces in The Tribune. Although his doctoral thesis was on W.B. Yeats and C.G. Jung, he did not consider it yet worth publishing and chose instead to write and publish another critical book: I Stand Apart: Alienated Center in Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" (2002), which, according to Professor Ed Folsom, is "one of the most thorough and sustained readings of Song of Myself ever attempted." He has completed an anthology of poems, Mizoram-2004, based on thousands of photographs taken in and around Aizawl and is currently seeking a publisher for it. Some of these poems, along with the others, have appeared in the on-line as well as the print magazines/journals including Ariga, Sol Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Ygdrasil, Eclectica, 42opus, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, 3rd Muse, and Boyne Berries.
Shahar Gold lives in Toronto, where he studies philosophy. He is a writer and collagist, writing short prose fiction (stories), which tend to explore the more unpleasant sides of our nature. Recently published in Ascent Aspirations.
Laura Goldstein has been published in MPRSND, Combo Magazine and XConnect, with poems coming out later this year in Combo, The Primordial Review and Xerolage. Her website, Broken Eggs, has her poetry on it.
Giles Goodland writes in large blocks and sequences. His most recent books are Capital from Salt (2006) & A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan, 2001), a digest of the 20th century in 100 parts, one for each year; he has had an e-chapbook on Beard of Bees, A Bar. There is also recent work on Shearsman. The Brimston Worm is a recycle of obsolete word and syntax, with nods to Coleridge, Carroll, and the Beowulf poet. Please note that the now long-established division into "Fyttes" represents a corrupt scriptorial tradition, but we are retaining it for convenience.
Mark Goodwin is a poet, writer & climber.He has published in a wide range of magazines, paper and electronic, including Stride Magazine (and again) and Leafe Press's Litter Magazine. He is a member of the Inky Fish collective of poets. Shearsman Books published his first book, Else, in 2008.
Paul A Green has worked as a freelance writer/broadcaster in Canada, college lecturer in Devon, supply teacher in inner London, and used-book operative in Hay-on-Wye. Currently Lecturer in Media and Performing Arts at the Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford.
His poetry and short fiction has been published in a range of magazines, including Poetry Review, Poetics Journal, New Worlds and Not Poetry. He has read at Royal Festival Hall Voicebox, Sub-Voicive, Angels of Fire, ICA, the Split Screen Conference and other venues while his pieces for the pioneering audio mag DNA have been disseminated in Canada and the USA. He has often performed with musicians, including Vincent Crane, Pete Brown, the Verbs, and Alphabet City. His work also includes collaborations with the video and media artist, Jeremy Welsh. As the Quantum Brothers, they devised tapes, installations, and launched poetic probes into cyberspace.
Small press books include: Directions to the Dead End (Sono Nis, Vancouver); Basement Mix (Galloping Dog); The Slow Ceremony (ReVerb) and The Slow Learning (ReVerb/IRS), with work in various anthologies: Contemporary Poetry of British Columbia (Sono Nis, Vancouver), Angels of Fire (Chatto) and Words We Call Home (University of British Columbia Press). A Selected Poems is still in preparation but in the meantime a cross-section of work can be found at: QBSaul Hypertexts. He has also written radio drama and features, including Ritual of the Stifling Air for BBC, The Dream Laboratory for CBC Canada, Power/Play! for Capital Radio, The Mouthpiece for Resonance FM), arts and literary journalism, rock lyrics, as well as devising theatre/performance pieces for Bristol Playwrights Company, The Department of Enjoyment, and Pyrotheatrix. Newtheatreworks.co.uk has presented a sequence from his play The Terminal Poet (whose script is now on this site) at the Courtyard Arts Centre as part of its new writing programme.
Various unpublished fiction projects include The Dream Depository, Beneath the Pleasure Zones and 666. Work in progress involves scripts for radio, television and film. Paul writes articles and reviews for Lawrence Russell's e-zine Culture Court, which also hosts audio and video clips of his work. Babalon, a play about esoteric rocket scientist Jack Parsons was performed at RADA in London in 2005; The Voice Collection, a play concerning electronic voice phenomena was broadcast by RTE Radio in 2006 and last year a novel, The Qliphoth was published by Libros LIbertad.
Newtheatreworks.co.uk presented a sequence from The Terminal Poet at the Courtyard Arts Centre as part of its new writing programme on March 5, 2004. Naked Punch magazine will be publishing some of the text in a forthcoming issue on Technology & Nihilism — see their website at www.naked.punch.com for further details. For the first time, Great Works now includes audio, with .mp3 files of material used in the original production, some remixed since. These will work on QuickTime or Windows Media Player, but may need a little time to download on first opening the pages.
poet playwright theatre-in-the-round director and actor
innovative english and drama teacher
inventor of instant theatre and the english block
founder of the language-arts company word and action (dorset)
and member of it for thirty years
writer of fiction and non-fiction
maker of poem-collages and poem-graphics
and a deep believer in the ordinary human spirit (OHS)
Greg's own website is the carefully erected cathedral of the ordinary human spirit.
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Hjalmar Gullberg (born 30 May 1898 in Malmö, Skåne, died 19 July 1961 at Yddingesjön, Skåne; suicide) was a Swedish writer, poet and translator of Greek drama into Swedish. As a student at Lund University, Gullberg was the editor of the student magazine Lundagård. He was the manager of the Swedish Radio Theatre 1936-1950. In 1940 he was made a member of the Swedish Academy, and he also became a honorary doctor of philosophy at Lund University (1944). (Thank you, Wikipedia, here.)
Chris Gutkind came here from Montreal in 1988 and works as a librarian. In 2006 Shearsman Books published Inside to Outside, and you can hear him on PoetCasting. He also has a delightful Outernet MySpace presence.
Catherine Hales grew up near the Thames between Windsor and Staines, did a degree in Comparative Literature at the University of East Anglia, and, after a disastrous try at teaching German, moved to Stuttgart and now lives in Berlin, where she supports her poetry habit by working as a freelance translator. Her poetry and translations of contemporary German poets have been published in several magazines, in print and online, most recently Tears in the Fence (No. 48), Shearsman 73/74, Shadow Train, Gists & Piths, Litter, No Man's Land and Poetry Salzburg Review (No. 14). Work is forthcoming in Shearsman (poetry and translations), Poetry Salzburg Review, Atlanta Review, Chicago Review and LIT Magazine (translations). Her pamphlet out of mind came out in 2006 and she is working on her first collection and a book of translations of Norbert Hummelt. There is a statement of her poetics on Gists & Piths.
John Hall was born in 1945 in the country since named Zambia. He lives in Devon and has worked for many years at Dartington College of Arts, where he was one of the founders of 'performance writing' and where he is now part-time.
else here: Selected Poems was published by etruscan books in 1999. Much of his recent work has taken the form of framed visual poems: an exhibition (Through the Gap) is still up at www.shearsman.com and a 15-poem set appeared as the centrespread of PQR (Poetry Quarterly Review) 20. Recent critical writing has engaged with questions about reading. An example can be found in The Gig 15; another (Time-play-space: playing up the visual in writing is being included in Pores 3, and another on illegibility in the forthcoming On the Page issue of Performance Research Journal. He is one of the people interviewed by Lawrence Upton for the Remembering Alaric Sumner feature in Issue 8 of Masthead.
Tom Hamilton is an Irish Traveler. He currently lives with the clan known as the Mississippi Travelers, which is tantamount to a race of gypsies. He says: "Not all 'Travellers' are the con men and scam artists that they have been portrayed as in the American media." His work has appeared in over one hundred publications around the world including Bathtub Gin, The Rockford Review and the Old Crow Review among many others. He has had two poetry chapbooks published: The Rain Draw Bridge from Alpha Beat Press and The Last Days of my Teeth from Budget Press. Along with his wife Mary Theresa and their two small daughters, Tiffany and Hope Ann, he lives in Memphis TN. U.S.A.
Philip Hammial has had twenty collections of poetry published, two of which – Bread in 2001 & In the Year of Our Lord Slaughter's Children in 2004 – were short-listed for the Kenneth Slessor Prize (a NSW Premier's Award). He is also a sculptor and the director of The Australian Collection of Outsider Art. He has recently had poems accepted for Fulcrum & Intercapillary Space.
Chris Hardy has been published in lots of magazines – Stand, Agenda, Tears In The Fence, the North, Poetry Review, Smith's Knoll and many others; he has won prizes in the London Writers', National Poetry and other competitions and has one collection out from Hub Editions, Swimming in the Deep Diamond Mine. Trying to get another published – somehow. Poems are due to appear in some of these and others. Chris has poems online at www.poetrypf.co.uk, and elsewhere in this issue. Chris plays in a bluesrock band Big Road; he has a fascinating musical history. Visit his MySpace presence.
About these poems: the inn in Dripping Eves is in Radnor; Wild Horses is a track by the Rolling Stones; Snakehips was a pub singer; the line about 'backs bending as if they got no bone' in On The Beach is a common phrase in blues songs eg in Rock Me Mama by Muddy Waters. Chris Hardy has other poems on Great Works.
Derek Harper lives in Eltham, South London, and travels a lot. He has written on travel and African music, the latter for Rhythm Music (now called Global Rhythm).
Colin Harris is a 30 year old Wirral-based poet and short story writer, and has had work published in the magazines Shadowtrain and Neon Highway, among others. Forthcoming work includes poetry in Orbis 145 (special 'Liverpool, Capital of Culture' issue), and a piece of short fiction in Flash.
Dylan Harris is a software engineer, living in Kettering. He has an interesting and very varied personal website: arts and ego.
Adriano Bulla was born in Italy in 1981, after a BA Hons in literature, he moved to London to study at post graduate level. He has published extensively in magazines and newspapers, including in The Guardian. Former lecturer, he is now a secondary teacher of English.
James Harvey studied Biology, mainly Ecology, at university. After leaving university, he took up poetry full time. He has had poems in Brittle Star magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, Openned, In the Company of Poets anthology and The Morning Star.
These poems are from a "day book" series tentatively titled "7 x 7," drawing from seven different modes of writing. Some of the other fifty-two poems in this series have appeared in Big Bridge, Whitewall, Generator, Gangway, xStream, Aught, Eratio, Sidereality, Poets' Corner, ZYX, Shampoo, and M.A.G.
Crag Hill writes and teaches in Moscow, Idaho. Publisher/editor of Score, a magazine focusing on concrete visual poetry for over twenty years, Hill will start putting out books under the imprint Manypenny Press. For more of his work, check out his very busy blog, Crag Hill's poetry scorecard: "contemporary poetries, visual, verbal & visual/verbal, with especial focus on small press books, magazines, and on websites of avant poetries". Writer of numerous chapbooks and/or other print interventions, including Dict (Xexoxial Endarchy), Another Switch (Norton Coker Press), and Yes James, Yes Joyce (Loose Gravel Press), he has been editoir of Score Magazine, a publication seeking the edges of writing. He co-edited with Bob Grumman Writing To Be Seen (Light & Dust Books, 2001), the first major anthology of visual poetry in 30 years. There is an interesting interview with Crag on exchangevalues.
These 5 poems are part of the second volume of a long sequence, the first volume of which, stretchers 1-12, was published in January 2001 by Writers Forum. Reality Street is publishing the completed text in 2006. Jeff Hilson's previous publications include A Grasses Primer (Form Books, 2000) & The As (Canary Woof Press, 2000). He is editor of Canary Woof Press, and co-organiser of Crossing the Line reading series with Sean Bonney and David Miller.
Tammy Ho Lai-ming, aka Sighming, is a Hong Kong-born and -based writer. She is the editor of HKU Writing: An Anthology (March, 2006), a co-editor of Word Salad Poetry Magazine and a co-founder of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal . Visit Tammy's homepage for more details.
Nicholas Hogg was born in Leicester in 1974, and has been writing poetry and fiction for the last five years, living and working abroad. He has had poems published in various journals, and was shortlisted for the 2002 Eric Gregory Award. If you would like to see more work, then please visit his elegant site www.nicholashogg.com, which includes texts and recordings of poems, and portions of a novel, or you may contact him at email@example.com.
Paul Holman's most recent book is The Memory of the Drift – Books I-IV (Shearsman, 2007), which combines a revised text of The Memory of the Drift (Invisible Books, 2001), with three sequences all on Great Works: In the Common Era, Dog Mercury and Vicinal. Paul is also the author of The Fabulist: selected poems 1984-1991 (Leaves/Scales, 1991) and was co-editor of Invisible Books in the 1990s (now engaged in mainly online bookselling). There is also a sequence Magnetic Sword published on the ezine Silver Star: a Journal of New Magick, and an uncollected sequence on Great Works. There is a response to his writing by Peter Philpott on Geometer.
This sequence dates fromn 1991-1992, and has not been collected by the author.
This is a revised version of a sequence earlier published on the site, made as part of an ongoing project for the Field Study group from 1999-2002. It is countered by:
Colin Honnor, based in the English Cotswolds, is a widely published poet with several published collections. A translator of European poets such as Montale and a lecturer, critic, writer and publisher of European independent press poetry and literature, His work has recently been featured on the Web in Arabesques Review and The Dublin Quarterly and on paper in Jeremy Hilton's Fire.
Peter Hughes is a poet and painter whose first publication was The Interior Designer's Late Morning from The Many Press in 1983. In that year he moved to Italy where he wrote, translated and taught until 1991. Other publications include Bar Magenta (with Simon Marsh) and The Metro Poems, both from The Many Press; Psyche in the Gargano and Paul Klee's Diary, both from Equipage; Odes on St. Cecilia's Day from Poetical Histories, and Keith Tippet Plays Tonight from Maquette. Blueroads: Selected Poems was published by Salt in 2003. His poems and paintings have popped up in various magazines, reviews, exhibitions and readings in the UK, North America and Italy. Peter can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piers Hugill is a founder member of the hybrid media performance group London Under Construction and editor of the journal of experimental translation reception. He is also a member of the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC) at Birkbeck College and co-edits two web journals, Pores: An Avant-Gardist Journal of Poetics Research and Readings: Response & Reactions to Poetries. Piers has previously published work in AND, cul-de-qui, Keystone, a number of chapbooks and Basement Readings (CD).
Norbert Hummelt was born in Neuss in 1962 and lives in Berlin. He has received many awards for his poetry including the Rolf Dieter Brinkmann Prize, the Mondseer Poetry Prize and the New York Stipendium of the German Literature Fund. His most recent books of poetry, all from Luchterhand, are Zeichen im Schnee (Signs in the Snow) 2001, Stille Quellen (Silent Springs) 2004 and Totentanz (Dance of Death) 2007. He has taught at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig and until 2007 was editor of the Lyrik 2000 edition series. He has co-translated and edited a new edition of the poetry of W.B. Yeats and translated T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets and, most recently, a new version of The Waste Land into German.
Innocenza has lived in London most of her life, where she continues to live with her partner and beautiful nine year old son, Jacob. She has also lived in Colombia. She has recently had poems published in the following magazines and poetry sites: Anon, Harlequin, Linkway, Toad in Mud, Sentinel, Kritya and Erbacce.
Martin Jack has been published by Sentinel Poetry, Breakfast All Day, Poetry Monthly, by the Knoxville Guild of Writers in their Anthology of Journeys, and by Waterloo Press in Eratica as well as in an introductory sampler of his work in 2004: Waterloo Samplers No. 5.
Sarah Jacobs is a sculptor whose work includes making objects, performance, installation, books on paper, and books in electronic form, and is held in collections in Britain and internationally. She also runs Colebrooke Publications. Think of books as sculptures made of language and discourse. Think of multimedia projects that process text in motion. Her constructions give a breath-taking multi dimensional spin to both scientific & literary language, even cookery books. Reordering is a project on David Berridge's superb MORE MILK YVETTE: A JOURNAL OF THE BROKEN SCREEN blog.
The Report is accompanied by the book, Deciphering Human Chromosome 16: Index to the Report. Both Report and Index are published by information as material. Both works use text in a visual way to document the ethical, economic, political and philosophical polemics associated with mapping the human genome, and their changes through time.
The Zigzag Paths is one of a series of books and artworks based on Joseph Conrad's novel, Nostromo.
Great Works now hosts this special guide to navigating the complex text and image combination Cycle from Song of the Data Stream.
Michael Jacobson is a writer and artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. He is a writer of wordless books. His first book is The Giant's Fence, available on lulu.com. His second book is Action Figures, and his third book is A Headhunter's Tale. He has had material published in Asemic Magazine, dANDelion, and a few online places. He is currently at work on a new book inspired by Mayan Codices. Those unfamiiar with asemic writing might enjoy an interview he conducted with Tim Gaze, editor of Asemic writing, found on a variety of sites, including The CommonLine Project. The full text of Action Figures is available as pdfs on Tim Gaze's exciting and asemic Avance Publishing website, or from Literate Machine, with an introduction by Tim Gaze. You might enjoy Michael's MySpace presence, or his blog, The New Post-literate: A Gallery Of Asemic Writing.
John James was born in 1939 in Cardiff. He attended the University of Bristol, and later postgraduate studies at the University of Keele. In 1963, he was a founder of The Resuscitator and he has had a sequence of publications from the mid 1960s onwards, which you will find in the exhaustive Collected Poems (Salt, 2002). He has appeared in a range of anthologies, from Michael Horovitz's Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain (Penguin, 1969) via Andrew Crozier & Tim Longville's A Various Art (Carcanet, 1987) to Keith Tuma's Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry (OUP, NY, 2001). He has worked for many years at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is a very major British poet. There are poems and readings on Archive of the Now.
T A James lives in Bedfordshire, and has had several poems printed by small presses. She Sold my first story (sci fi) to an online webzine Alienskin, a couple of articles for University chapbook, various bits & pieces scattered online. She writes across several genres : poetry, scripts, favour fantasy and magic realism for short stories written, and prose poetics that she like to dabble with. T A James has completed a Creative Writing degree at the University of Bedfordshire.
Johannes Jansen first trained as an engraver and then studied advertising art. His very short prose texts have a somnambulant quality and are influenced by Georg Trakl and Wolfgang Borchert. Perception and reflection are inseparable in these works. In 1996, Jansen was awarded the Carinthia Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition for Dickicht.Anpassung. In 1997, he received the Schiller Foundation award. Jansen's latest works are atem holen, immerhin (2007, Karin Kramer Verlag), Nicht hin..s.eh.en, Sequenzen (2007, Satyr Verlag) and im keinland is schönerland stumm (kookbooks 2007) [Text from poesiefestival.]
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, and freelance writer. He is self-employed in advertising, and selling custom promotional products. He is the author of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom. He has also published two chapbooks of poetry. He is also nominated for the James B. Baker Award in poetry, Sam's Dot Publishing. He is a contributor in the Silver Boomers poetry anthology about aging baby boomers, by Silver Boomer Books. Michael Lee Johnson presently resides in Itasca, Illinois, United States. He lived in Canada during the Vietnam era and will be published as a contributor poet in the anthology Crossing Lines: Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era, publication scheduled for early 2008. He has been published in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Turkey, Fuji, Nigeria, Algeria, Africa, India, United Kingdom, Republic of Sierra Leone, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia.
Visit his website at: http://poetryman.mysite.com/. He is now the publisher, editor of Poetic Legacy, Birds By My Window: Willow Tree Poems and A Tender Touch and A Shade of Blue. All publications are now open for submissions, looking for poetry, free verse and metric (but not contrived form), very small flash fiction, and small non-fiction articles that reflect a sincere cause or issue.
Title poem of a new book in working-form, Cleave, set in North & West Devon, published in 2002 by etruscan books. Nicholas ran 6 towns poetry festival in Stoke-on-Trent from 1992-1997, still organises readings in London and Devon, and is responsible for etruscan books, which include the recent anthology Foil (see below!), and work by both contemporary poets and older (including Seán Rafferty and Carl Rakosi), with Selected Poems of Wendy Mulford just published. His own books include Haul Song (Mammon Press, 1997), Land: Selected Poems 1983-1998 (Mammon Press, 1999) and Show (etruscan, 2000).
Douglas Jones is 35 years old and works as a charge nurse at the London Hospital. His poetry comes out of the Writers Forum workshop, and Writers Forum published bluegreen-grey in 2002. He is also a member of the London Under Construction group.
Pete Jones is an aspiring author from Hagley in the West Midlands, and currently an A-level student. He is particularly interested in flash fiction, but occasionally attempts poetry.
Norman Jope was born in Plymouth, where he lives again after lengthy spells in other locations (most recently Swindon, Bristol and Budapest) and works, as an administrator, at University College Plymouth St Mark & St John. His collection For The Wedding-Guest was published by Stride, and his poetry has appeared in many magazines, webzines and anthologies; a book-length sequence, The Book of Bells and Candles, is due out shortly from Waterloo Press, and he is currently editing a critical companion to the work of Richard Burns for Salt. Co-editor with Ian Robinson of the excellent anthology In the Presence of Sharks: New poetry from Plymouth (Phlebas, 2006).
Andrew Jordan lives in Southampton. He edits 10th Muse magazine (some issues available online, archived by the Poetry Library), and produces the Listening Voice newletter of the Equi-Phallic Alliance. He has had poems published in Angel Exhaust, Oasis, PN Review, Shearsman, Stand, and Tabla. His most recent book is Ha Ha (Shearsman, 2007).
From November 2000 to May 2001: writer-in-residence at HMP Haslar, then a Home Office Holding Centre, now a Removal Centre. Most of the detainees are refugees, including survivors of torture. The January 2005 issue of Poetry Review includes an article about the residency called Inside the Outside, available online.
Meena Kandasamy is a twenty-one year old writer, poet and translator based in Chennai. She was awarded the first prize in the national level 'Indian Horizons Poetry Contest' conducted in celebration of the International Women's Day by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India for her poem Mascara. Her poem My Lover Speaks of Rape recently won the first prize in Disha 2004 , an all-India poetry contest which was organized by the Chennai-based International Organization for the Prevention of Crime and Victim Care. Her poetry has been published in the South African magazine Sweet, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and on Sulekha.com.
WB Keckler's most recent book is Sanskrit of the Body, which won in the USA National Poetry Series (2002) and is just out through Penguin (USA). Other books include Ants Dissolve in Moonlight (Fugue State Press, 1995) and Recombinant Image Day (Broken Boulder Press, 1998). He also has poems recently posted on, among other sites, The DMQ Review, Unlikely Stories, Free Verse and The Alterran Poetry Assemblage.
Tim Keane's book Alphabets of Elsewhere is forthcoming from Cinnamon Press this fall. He is finishing a second poetry collection called A Future Grotto for a Kneeling God. His poems have appeared widely in online and print venues in the US, Canada, UK, and Asia, eg online in Stride Magazine, Zafusy, Mudlark, Starfish, Xcp & Quarterly Literary Review Singapore; and in Aesthetica, Chimera, and widely in US and abroad.. Excerpts from his novel That Strange Flower the Sun have been published in the US and in UK, and a new extract is online in milk magazine's 8th issue. He has a Tim Keane personal website.
Amy King's work is forthcoming in Femme Magazine, Unarmed: Adventurous Poetry Journal and Word For/Word. Other details may be found at www.amyking.org. Antidotes for an Alibi (Blazevox Books) is her recent collection.
Magda Knight has occasionally worked as a reviewer, primarily writes 'innerspace' science-fiction and is in the process of publishing the small-press science fiction magazine ColdFusion. She once did a stint as a 'court poet', writing paeans to local people for the small sum of one pound. (For that kind of money, she was willing to flatter people shamelessly. As a result, she is possibly one of the richest poets in Britain.) Magda Knight has been published in the British comic, 2000AD. Email: email@example.com. Webjournal: http://likewise.journalspace.com.
Individual entries on RICHARD KOSTELANETZ appear in Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, A Reader's Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Webster's Dictionary of American Authors, The HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, NNDB.com, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, among other distinguished directories. Living in New York, where he was born, he survives unemployed and thus overworked. And he has a Richard Kostelanetz website .
Charles Jason Lee is the author of Pervasive Perversions — child sexual abuse and media/culture (Free Association Books: London, 2005) and The Metaphysics of Mass Art — Cultural Ontology, plus the poetry collections Lost Passports, Polaroid Noise, God's Potato Peeler, and The Day Elvis Died. He has taught at St Martin's College, and the universities of Essex, Hertfordshire, Central Lancashire, and East London.
Josef Lesser commenced writing after retiring from full-time employment. His poetry has been published in several countries in print, anthology and magazine, as well as online journals, eg Niederngasse, blackmailpress: nzpoetsonline.com, Stride Magazine, and writeThis.com. He lives with his wife in Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of New South Wales Australia. Email.
Anthony Liccione lives in Texas with his wife and two children. He has four collections of poetry: Heaven's Shadow (Foothills Publishing), Parched and Colorless (The Moon Publishing), Back Words and Forward (Publish America) and Please Pass Me, the Blood & Butter (Lulu Press). His poetry has appeared in Mastodon Dentist, Straight From The Fridge, Literary Tonic, Red Fez, The Indite Circle and Locust Magazine.
Duane Locke, Doctor of Philosophy, English Renaissance literature, Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, was Poet in Residence at the University of Tampa for over 20 years. He is the author of 14 print books of poetry, and several e-books, including From a Tiny Room. Other online publications include in Outsider Ink, Dead Drunk Dublin, The Hold, & Identity Theory. He is also a painter, having many exhibitions, such as at the city art museum in Gainesville, Florida. A recent book, Extraordinary Interpretations by Gary Monroe (University of Florida Press), has a discussion of his paintings. Also, a photographer, Duane Locke now has over 278 photos in e-zines. He does close-ups of trash tossed away in alleys and on sidewalks. Now, he has completed a series called "mystic vegetation" and "The Goddess Inanna". He is currently doing what he calls Surphotography, and photographing nature, birds, insects, etc. For more information on Duane Locke, click on Duane Locke on Google: there are over a half-million entries under his name.
Tom Lowenstein's Ultimate Americans: Point Hope, Alaska 1826-1909 (a history of contact between north Alaskan Inupiat and white men) will be published by the University of Alaska Press in October 2008. He has published two other main books as an ethnographer: The Things that were Said of Them: Shaman Stories and Oral Histories from Tikigaq, Alaska (University of California Press, 1992) and Ancient Land:Sacred Whale, the Inuit Hunt and its Rituals (Harvill Press, 1999), plus Ancestors and Species: New & Selected Ethnographic Poetry (Shearsman, 2005), and in addition, among others, The Vision of the Buddha: Buddhism: the Path to Spiritual Enlightenment (Duncan Baird, 2002). Volumes of poetry include Booster: A Game of Divination (Many Press, 1976), The Death of Mrs Owl (Anvil Press, 1977), Tempesta's X-Ray (Many Press, 1980), Filibustering in Samsara (Many Press, 1987)His last book of poems was Ancestors and Species (Shearsman 2005). In May 2009, Shearsman will publish a new book of poetry, Conversation with Murasaki. Sequences to be included in this have appeared, or are forthcoming in The London Review of Books, The Poetry Review, Shearsman, Fulcrum and Tears in the Fence.
Inter-Rogation comes from a long narrative poem about Tikigaq, Alaska, where Tom Lowenstein worked between 1973 and 1989. Other parts of the narrative poem have appeared in: London Review of Books, Shearsman, Skanky Possum (Austin, Texas) and First Intensity (Lawrence, Kansas).
John Lowther is part of the APG (Atlanta Poets Group), author of chaps, a limited edition book and anthologized in ANOTHER SOUTH from the U of Alabama Press. Though he does write poetry, more often he improvizes it live or collaborates with the APG. John also writes about poetry and art and curates a number of different shows/series at Eyedrum in Atlanta. He edits a small press called 3rdness and is a contributing editor to THE NAMELESS press, Spaltung Magazine and a soon to launch sound poetry webzine. He also does performance art, visual art in various mediums and is working on a juicy pulpy horror novel with vampires! Presently John is trying to learn German and hopes to move to Berlin by the year 2010.
about those poems called Stoppages...
I am and have been for many years deeply into Duchamp. Loosely thinking of his Three Standard Stoppages I was one day reading some academic article about his work and found my eye making a poem out of the words that ran down the right margin of a full justified paragraph and it occurred to me that I was using the places where the lines found stoppage. The series took off from there. Methodologically it works like this; every poem is derived from a single paragraph in a scholarly text about Duchamp. I must take the word that is at the end of each line (I allowed an exception, I could ignore proper names that I didn't find a use for), I could also have as many words in sequence going toward the left side of the page as found in the original, but I could not skip any of them. Punctuation had to be kept. I also allowed myself the option of using or not using the final line of a paragraph (because it didn't usually reach the right margin or stoppage). Now, having typed all these out onto a page I could resequence the lines and removes words from the left end of the line, but that was all I could do. Their right justified rendering as poems thus echoes their original form. I found this rather strict set of limits netted me some relatively tight & jazzy sounding little poems. There are around 70 extant poems in this series, something like 20-30 others have gone missing. Other Stoppages have appeared in Kenning,
Shampoo and Word
Rupert Loydell is the Managing Editor of Stride Books, Editor of Stride magazine and a regular contributor of articles and reviews to Tangents magazine. He lives in Falmouth, Cornwall with his wife and two daughters and is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Recent publications include A Conference of Voices (Shearsman, 2004), The Museum of Light (Arc, 2003) and Endlessly Divisible (Driftwood, 2003); The Smallest Deaths (Bluechrome, 2005) is the most recent. Rupert Loydell runs a blog as editor of Stride. Also on Great Works are Four Poems, and work from a collaboration with Robert Sheppard, Risk Assessment.
Also on Great Works are Peter Dent & Rupert M Loydell, Overgrown Umbrellas, and Rupert Loydell & Robert Sheppard, from Risk Assessment.
Robert Sheppard teaches creative writing at Edge Hill College. Recent books include The Lores (Reality Street Editions, 2003), Empty Diaries (Stride, 1998) and Tin Pan Arcadia(Salt, 2004) — all parts of his Twentieth Centry Blues project. He has also published Far Language: Poetics and Linguistically Innovative Poetry 1978-1997 (Stride, 1999), a book of critical writings and reviews; Hymns to the God My Typewriter Believes In is just out from Stride. He is featured on the BEPC Website. Reading The Reader of Bernhard Schlink is also on Great Works
Immediately forthcoming is Skeleton Keys (Redbeck), a poetry collection on Greek themes (WW2, occupation, civil war, becoming a refugee, anglicisation, the Colonels, family, etc), and later this year a translation of Antonin Artaud, Heliogabalus, or The Anarchist Crowned (Creation Books), and Jean Rhys Afterwords (Short Books), a sequel to the marvellous and magic Jean Rhys Revisited (Stride 2000). For more of Alexis's poetry, try Selected Poems 1956-1996 (University of Salzburg, 1996).
Chris McCabe was born in Liverpool in 1977 and now works in London. Poems in several magazines including Poetry Salzburg Review (No 4) and forthcoming issues of Fire. Along with Progress Poems – an ongoing sequence – he is looking for a publisher for a first collection titled the other tonight. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Salt published a large collection, The Hutton Inquiry in 2005.
Lesley McKenna has a first class honours degree in Creative Writing and a Masters by Research (Creative Writing), both from the University of Bedfordshire, where she now teaches Creative Writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Bodyscapes is her first published poem. She is currently working on a fantasy novel for young adults.
Diana Magallón is an Italian visual artist and a poet, who lives and work in Guadalajara City, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Muse Apprentice Guild, Eratio, Tin Lustre Mobile, Moria, The Blackboard Project, Hutt, and in Italian in Niederngasse.
A selection from a longer run of poems. Dr Maiti is Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Burdwan University, India.
Richard Makin is a London-born, now St Leonards-based, writer of fiction & a visual artist. Sections of his novel Forword include f :w :d (Equipage, 1995), Too Mouth For Word (Historical Research Ltd, 1996) & Universlipre (Equipage, 1996); of Ravine, From Ravine (Words & Pictures, 1997) & Readymades (Obelisk, 1998). He has also had work included in ed Nicholas Johnson, Foil: defining poetry 1985-2000 (etruscan books, 2000). Textual installations by him have been made at Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, & at the University of Greenwich. REMOIRE is now published online by Zoilus Press. He can be contacted at email@example.com. Also on this site are the serial publication of the prose sequence St Leonards and eight poems from the series Rift Designs.
Makin, back in December 1992, lived in the shadow of the obelisk of St Luke's Old Street. Home territory. Our conjunction was even stranger than I had supposed: we would both be travelling, twin arms of a compass, south-east across London, to meet in a transgressed seminar room. (Iain Sinclair, Lights out For the Territory.)
A prose sequence, with photographs by Richard.
Stephen Mead is an artist and writer living in northeastern New York. Personal details and samples of work can be found at 123soho.com, and both writing and art at Scars Publications. He has an ebook available, We Are More Than Our Wounds.
A pamphlet & a poemcard by David Menzies are available from Kater Murr's Press: The Narcosis of Water & Cadiz, 1992.
Mary Michaels lives in Stoke Newington, North London. She has been published in magazines, anthologies and pamphlets since the 1970s. Her most recent books are Assassins (Sea Cow Press, 2006), My Life in Films (The Other Press, 2006 — reviewed by Gavin Selerie in How2) and Caret Mark (Hearing Eye, 2008), and Mary was included in the anthology Desperado Poetry — A Selection of Contemporary British Verse (ed. Lidia Vianu, Bucharest University Press, 2004 — with an interview by Lidia Vianu of Mary Michaels online). Mary has a page on poetry pf. There are texts online at nth position, Staple, How2 and Shearsman.
Stephen C Middleton's most recent books are Worlds of Pain / Shades of Grace (University of Salzburg, 1996) and A Brave Light (Stride, 1999). He has had wide publications of poems and short stories, and of jazz reviews. Stephen co-programmed, presented, and participated in Honey & Locusts (poetry, music, & spirituality), featuring Evan Parker, Sarah Law, Brian Louis Pearce, Tom Chant, etc., in a series of events in Bank and Southwark, London, 2001. In 2004 he had residencies at Jam by the Lock (Lock 17 / Dingwalls), a monthly all day arts festival in Camden London, Hip Heaven (poetry, comedy, storytelling, and jazz) in Deptford, London, and The Drop In (hip hop, poetry, comedy, and jazz) at various venues in the London area. In 2006 he performed stand up, storytelling, poetry & with a jazz trio at Twisted Lounge in London. In 2007 he took part in the Poetry on the Lake annual celebration in north Italy, and in 2006 one of Stephen's poems was set by saxophonist/flautist/composer Theo Travis for the CD A Place In The Queue. He is currently working on a series of projects (poetry and prose, with live and visual elements) relating to jazz, blues, politics, outsider (or folk) art, mountain environments, and long-term illness. Kater Murr's press has published Breathing Life into Jazz / Whispers Across a Mouthpiece.
Sarah Millward currently lives and works in the Greater Manchester area. She is just about to complete her Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at Salford University. She is contactable on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guido Monte was born in 1962. He teaches Italian and Latin literatures at the Liceo "A. Einstein" of Palermo. In his most recent works he employs linguistic blending in the search for new and deeper relations between different cultures. Work is on a range of sites on the Web including Words Without Borders, Segue, Litterae and on happano.org (do a search within the site using his name to bring up the various pages, unless you read Japanese). Try also his Pulvis et Umbra website, avoiding the initial pop-up.
Stephen Mooney was born 1971 in Zambia, lived in Ireland until 1994, and in London since then pursuing a PhD in contemporary poetics at Birkbeck College. Part of the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC) there; part of the performative poetry grouping London Under Construction (LUC), and one of those behind 'Veer Books'; co-edits the web journal Readings; and with poems in various small places and e-places (eg on nth position.
The Central & District Line Projects relate to two long poems he is writing as a coupling concerned with the decline of cottaging (cruising toilets for sex in essence). This relation to the 'present' day culture and recording/historicising – message, social function, graffiti, obsolescence, legislation, law, expedience – is related to two two-day journeys made into the depths of East London following the geographic mapping of those tube lines, more focussed on lines of control (and that related to the 'public' and 'facility' in this context) than a pyscho-geographical remapping. These journeys were recorded in various ways that process-lead the poems' writing, which include the tube map, the A-Z, on-line mapping services, signposting, experience, sites pertaining to 'information', photograph, graffiti, movement, etc. Significant to this 'recording', and process, is the presence of the equivalent of a walkman which continually instates and refigures the other forms of visual, aural, kinetic, mythologising and associative rhythmic influences related to those journeys and abstracted journeys. The form of the first relates to the spatial (as temporal in this sense) rhythmic as related to the District line journey – this will in term, when written, establish the principles of the temporal and rhythmic form of the Central line project as the first journey relates to the second. etc.
Aside from concerns about rhythm and contemporaneity in the physical structures of the poems (principally relating to modern dance music), a key factor in these poems is 'control' – surveillance, power and the increasingly totalitarian nature of our society: these as related to the removal or decline in cottaging (and the inevitable link of this to economics) – the use of language as social and political 'control' constructs, relating this specifically through the use of the language of control in sex, gay sexuality and identity.
First published in Don't Think of Tigers (The Do Not Press, 2001). His play for voices, Picaresque ('calls to mind Dylan Thomas' — Samuel French Ltd.), has been performed at Shepherd's Bush Library, on Resonance fm, and at The Poetry Cafe. Chapbooks are Giving Light (Waterloo Press, 2004), Clocking-in for the Witching Hour and Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever (both Sixties Press, 2004). A volume, The Mansion Gardens, is forthcoming from Paula Brown Publishing. Alan also edits Poetry Express, the magazine of Survivors' Poetry. For more information visit www.alandmorrison.blogspot.com.
Wendy Mszyca is Camberwell-based, originally from a Midlands town, with a lens-based Art background rather than purely writing/textual work. First publication is a poster, of sand trays & slates (A Lost School in Hoxton), for the Richard Makin curated 51:31 N 00:05W project at bookartbookshop.
Thomas Mulhall has had poems published in a wide range of Irish and British poetry magazines, with work current or forthcoming in Carillon, Brittle Star, New cauldron, Linkway amd Aireings. He lives and works in Dublin.
Christopher Mulrooney has had poems and translations in The Delinquent, Vanitas, Guernica, echolocation and fourW, and publications include Come on with the rain (Phony Lid Pubs), singing for pennies on the streets (Budget Press), apostrophe (Los), notebook and sheaves. He has had a lot of material on the web, as poems, translations and more. Websites devoted to his work include: dream-holes in the net, Broadcast, Vexed Texts, Ut, Criteria (critical comments with illustrations), McCloud (devoted to the TV show), and 'Alliwell That Ends Well (notes on film — including a spirited defence of a Michael Winner film).
Born in Belfast, 1965. He studied at the University of Warwick, gaining a BA in Film and Literature. From there he went to Queen's University Belfast to study for an MA on T.S.Eliot and the French philosopher Jacques Lacan. He has just finished a stint as writer-in-residence at the Albert-Ludwig Universitat, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany.
His poetry, literary criticism, book reviews and travel writings have been published in English, Irish and American journals. He has published The New Life (Lapwing) and In The Luxembourg Gardens (Salzburg University), and has read from his work in Paris, Cambridge, Galway and Belfast. He is at the moment writing an oral history of the Black Forest, and working on many reviews of contemporary authors. He also writes philosophy and enjoys working on the interface between poetry and philosophy. There is a long essay on the poems in T.S.Eliot's "Inventions of the March Hare" MS on A Chide's Alphabet.
Portions of a longer single work. Sheila E. Murphy recently performed her poetry for Lit City in New Orleans. Last year, she presented a series of readings and workshops at the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh-Barton, Devon, in the UK, in addition to performing at the third annual Boston Poetry Conference. In 1999, she was a featured performer at the annual Brisbane Writers Festival in Queensland, Australia. Murphy has authored numerous books of poetry, most recently The Stuttering of Wings (Stride Press, UK, 2002), and The Indelible Occasion (Potes & Poets Press, 2000). Books scheduled for publication include Recent Flute Silences from SUN/gemini Press and Green Tea with Ginger (Potes & Poets Press). She and Beverly Carver co-founded the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series and served as coordinators for 12 years. The series continues under the direction of Carolyn Robbins, Curator of Education, at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts. In 1996, Murphy's Letters to Unfinished J. won the New American Poetry Series Open Competition. The book is scheduled to appear from Sun & Moon Press. Her home is in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dean Nicholson (also known as Dejan Nikolic or Dionysius) is the President of Literary-Philosophical Society "Philokalia", a member of the Council of the Magazine Beauteous Serbia, theologian, philosopher, poet, screenplay writer. He has published these books of poems: The Young Princes Education Manual, The Archaic Dandy and Blondogenet; two Theology-Philosophical Tractates: Creatioexnihilo-clasts and Creatioexnihilo-admirers and War and Peace and War and Peace and numerous studies, reviews, essays and articles, e.g. Leon Shestov and the Third Dimension of Thinking – Kainos Gnoseology Test, The Joyful Sorrow of Byzantinism Illuminates Europe, Desert as Desert, The Short History of the Wiseman from Koeningsberg – Bellum Omnium contra Omnes, The Manifest of Philokalia, The Noesthetical Letter, The Secret of the Antinomical Omnigirl, etc. He is currently working on the study of the notion of Eternal Recurrence of the Same by Nietzsche, in light of comprehension of Saint Grigory of Nisa's Apokatastasis. Dean Nicholson has also had poetry published on Kritya, and The Roundtable Review.
Andrew Nightingale now lives in Italy. You can contact him at email@example.com. More of his work can be seen on the Stride Magazine website and widely elsewhere. Andrew Nightingale has a page on poetrypf, which provides links to other online work. He also runs the online and print magazine liminal pleasures.
Ashok Niyogi was born in 1955 and graduated with Honors in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata. He has been in international trade and has traveled the world over including a 10-year stint as an expatriate in Yeltsin's Russia. He now travels and lives as a professional poet. Ashok has been and will be published in innumerable magazines (print and online) in the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe. He has two books of poetry published by A-4, India, CROSSROADS and REFLECTIONS IN THE DARK, and one 225 page paperback of poems, TENTATIVELY from iUniverse, USA, 2005, also viewable online. More work is available online from My Favorite Bullet, The HyperTexts and www.laurahird.com.
Alistair Noon lives in Berlin. Poems, translations, and his reviews of Gael Turnbull, Charles Reznikoff and others are online at Litter. Other online publications can be accessed via his Alistair Noon MySpace site.
Sam Oborne grew up in the coastal town of Herne Bay but has recently moved to London and got married. He is completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Kent and lives in Putney with his wife. He has pieces on Litrofiction and nth position.
Alasdair Paterson lives in Exeter and is a retired university librarian. He returned to writing poetry in 2007 after a 20 year gap: earlier collections included The Floating World from Pig Press and Brief Lives from Oasis. Noctivagator, the collective title for the poems printed here, is a medieval term for a night-walker — and by extension someone up to no good. Some more from the same sequence were in Shadowtrain recently.
Chris is from South Wales but has English and Irish roots. He studied Performance Writing at Dartington College, and after lived 5 years in London. He was a regular at the Writers Forum workshop throughout this time and also a particpant in the collaborative project London Under Construction. He lived in South America for two years too. His book Mantras For the City From The City is published by Writers Forum. His sequence Truth Serum vs Erroneous Shit a Faultline Encyclopedia in 27 Parts Laughter Magic Electricity the Rational Hysteria of a Mass Mind Everything of Importance And. . . was published in Bad Press Eyes Monthly. His work has also featured on Onedit, Skald Magazine, And Magazine, and the radical translation review Reception. He authored some internet translation engine inspired adaptions of Joyce which somehow found their way to the Guardian Unltd website. His criticism is featured on the Birkbeck Readings website.
Ian's second collection, An Occasional Lean-to, was published by Arc in 2005, and he has poems forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, and Warwick Review. His first collection, The Glass Enclosure (Arc, 1996), won a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was also short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1997.
Frances Presley was born in Derbyshire, and now lives in London where she is a free-lance author and also works part-time at the Poetry Library. Paravane: new and selected poems, 1996-2003 was published by Salt in 2004: the title sequence is a response to 9/11/2001. Myne: new and selected poems and prose, 1976-2006, was published last year by Shearsman. It includes two new Somerset sequences, of which the most recent is 'Stone settings', which takes as its framework the Neolithic stone sites on Exmoor, and is part of a collaboration with the poet Tilla Brading. She has written various reviews and essays, and she runs the Other Press, which has recently published a book of experimental prose by Mary Michaels.
Niall Quinn was co-author, with Nic Laight & Nick Macias, of the highly praised However introduced to the Soles (UNKN, 1995). He has had work in Nicholas Johnson's anthology Foil: defining poetry 1985-2000 (etruscan books, 2000), and in Angel Exhaust 15: Bizarre Crimes of the Future and Angel Exhaust 18: Hex Inhaustion Dux. Some of these texts now have mp3s of Niall reading attached.
Peter Reiling has had art education at the University of East London and the Slade (and catering qualifications from poor old Braintree College). He has participated in or organised a whole range of multimedia events and installations, including this year VOP at the Betsey Trotwood, Suburbia at the Foreign Press Association, and Phonetic poetry at the Montague Arms, New Cross.
CODA is the third part of a three-part book of poetry. The first two parts, called SETTS, can be viewed on the following websites:
Sett One on Masthead
Sett Two on Jacket
Sett Two is situated in Miramures, Northern Transylvania, and CODA follows part of the route back from there, a long journey across Europe in an old Renault Espace indulging in serial breakdowns, with the central European winter hard on our tail. But it includes poems referring to places far from this route and at other times.
Peter Riley was born 1940 near Manchester and now lives in Cambridge. He is the author of some twenty books and pamphlets of poetry since 1968. Passing Measures, a selection of poems 1966-1996, appeared from Carcanet in 2000. A long poem, Alstonefield, is due from the same publisher in December 2003, and The Dance at Mociu, a book of Transylvanian prose sketches, was recently published by Shearsman. The Gig (Toronto) issue 4/5 1999-2000, was devoted to discussion of his poetry, with a detailed bibliography. He has a page on the BEPC website.
Monika Rinck is a poet and essayist, a member of the action group 'Das Lemma', and an actress in the fictional docu-soap Le Pingpong d'Amour. Her work includes fumbling with matches: Herumfingern an Gleichgesinnten (SuKuLTuR, 2005), Verzückte Distanzen: Gedichte (Zu Klampen, 2004), Begriffsstudio 1996-2001 (edition sutstein, 2001), and Neues von der Phasenfront (b_books, 1998). She currently works for INFORADIO in Berlin and teaches at the Religious Studies Department of the Free University Berlin. She also translates English and American poetry into German. She has work available online on Poetry International Web (with translation), her internet-based work in progress begriffstudio and on neuedichte.de, and can be heard reading her work (with texts & translations of the texts by Alistair Noon also available) on Lyrikline. Translations of her poetry have also been published in Shearsman. I would like to thank Monika for her help in getting these translations published.
Peter Robinson was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1953. In the 70s and 80s he co-edited two magazines and helped organize several poetry festivals. His books of poetry are Overdrawn Account (Many Press, 1980), This Other Life (1988), Entertaining Fates (1992), Lost and Found (1997), About Time Too (2001) and Selected Poems (2003) (all from Carcanet Press). Other recent books are The Great Friend and Other Translated Poems (Worple Press, 2002) and Poetry, Poets, Readers: Making Things Happen (Oxford University Press, 2002).
Will Rowe has published eight books on twentieth-century Latin American literature and culture, most recently History and the Inner Life: Poets of Contemporary Latin America (OUP, 2000), and a book of poems Working the Signs (Spanner, 1992). He is Professor of Poetics at Birkbeck College, and his inaugual lecture "'Language . . . poisoned to a wreckage': on contemporary poetics in Britain and Latin America" was published as the first issue of The Radiator: a journal of contemporary poetics (well worth reading: contact The Radiator's editor Scott Thurston). Will Rowe is founder of the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, and editor of PORES.
David Rushmer edited pen:umbra magazine (1988-1991). Studied photography and art & psychology at University of East London, graduating in 1995, and now works as a Library Assistant for the University of Cambridge. His artworks and writing have appeared in a number of small press magazines in the U.K., France and the U.S.A. His artworks have been exhibited in Cambridge, London and Yokohama. Most recent publications are Centripetal, centrifugal (English Faculty Library, Cambridge, 2004), The Family of Ghosts (Arehouse, Cambridge, 2005) and Blanchot's Ghost (Oystercatcher Press, 2008), and two poems on eratio.
Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino was born in Greenwich Village, New York, and was raised in both the city and in the country across the Hudson River in New Jersey. He was educated at home, eventually to enter Fordham University where he received a degree in philosophy. His poetry and prose have appeared in print in Barrow Street, The Germ, jubilat, Washington Review and in Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics. and online at Onedit, Nthposition, elimae, hutt, Cordite Poetry Review and at Xcp: Streetnotes. His interview with the writer Colin Wilson is online at The Argotist Online. He lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York, where he edits the online poetry journal, eratio, and works as a private docent.
A commentary on the poem:
I became interested in Christopher Smart back in 1978, by way of the composer Benjamin Britten. Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb (a Festival Cantata), is a setting of parts from Smart's long poem, Jubilate Agno. Included (in Britten's cantata) are some lines from what is probably Smart's best known lines, 'For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry.' Here Smart takes his beloved cat as an example of nature praising God by being simply what the Creator intended it to be. Probably the popularity of this poem is due to its inclusion in Pound's anthology. (Bucke does not include Smart on his list of instances [in Richard M. Bucke, Cosmic Consciousness] – lesser, imperfect or otherwise – but I think maybe so.)
Julie Sampson has recently been published in Shearsman and forthcoming in Equinox, The Journal and on Agenda website. She is a member of the Fire River Poets.
Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in DANFORTH REVIEW, POSTCOLONIAL TEXT and DALHOUSIE REVIEW from Canada; PEARL, WORDS WORDS WORDS, ROGUESCHOLARS.COM, WRITETHIS.COM, PERIGEE, OPEDNEWS.COM, DREAMAGIC.COM, POET'S HAVEN, AXIS OF LOGIC, THE SQUARE TABLE, LITVISION, SOUTHERN CROSS REVIEW, RITRO.COM, PEMMICAN, GOWANUS, UNLIKELY STORIES (February, April, July 2006, Feb 2007), FREEZERBOX, MOBIUS, CATALYZER, ALTAR MAGAZINE, ONLINE JOURNAL (2005, 2006, 2007), LEFT CURVE (2004, 2005) and THE WHIRLIGIG in the United States; in Britain: ENTER TEXT, PENNINE INK, CURRENT ACCOUNTS, MOUSEION, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, POETRY MONTHLY, ENVOI, ORBIS, ACUMEN and PANURGE; and in ASIAWEEK in Hong Kong; CHANDRABHAGA and the JOURNAL OF INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH in India; and HIMAL in Nepal He is also a freelance journalist. He and his wife love to tour Bangladesh. He has a number of other essays available online, eg Reflections on Democracy and Violence in Unlikely 2.0, and Freedom and Freedom on the Brunel University website.
Maurice Scully is an Irish poet living in Dublin. His most recent publications are 5 Freedoms of Movement (Swansea, Galloping Dog Press,1987 [2nd edition, South Devonshire, etruscan books, 2001]), Livelihood (Bray, Wild Honey Press, 2004), Sonata (Reality Street Editions, 2006), and Tig (Exeter, Shearsman Books, 2006), which together compose Things That Happen .
Ian Seed writes poetry and short fiction. He runs Shadow Train website. Widely published in magazines and anthologies, see his homepage on Shadowtrain for full listing. His latest collections are The Stranger (2000) and Rescue (2002) from Moss & Flint Books. After twenty years in Italy, France and Poland, working as a teacher, translator and project manager, he returned to England in 2003 to do an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He is currently a creative writing and languages tutor.
John Seed's most recent books are New & Collected Poems and Pictures from Mayhew: London 1850, both published by Shearsman (2005). John Seed has two other poems on this site. See also his listing on BEPC: British Electronic Poetry Centre.
Gavin Selerie was born in London in 1949. He lives in Cricklewood, and was formerly a lecturer at Birkbeck College. His books include Aximuth (Binnacle Press, 1984), Roxy (West House Books, 1996) and, with Alan Halsey, Days of '49 (West House Books, 1999). Le Fanu's Ghost, a work in progress, deals with the Le Fanu, Sheridan and Blackwod families, all intertwined by marriage and literature. It treads the interface between horror and laughter. He has a page on the BEPC website.
Aidan Semmens succeeded Peter Robinson as chairman of the Cambridge Poetry Society, co-edited three issues of Perfect Bound with him in 1977-78, and won the 1978 Chancellor'sMedal for an English Poem (which can be found on Jacket as part of a sample of writing from Perfect Bound). Aidan Semmens was published in a number of magazines in the 70s and 80s, including Figs, Pages, Folded Sheets, Two-Fold and Palantir, had small books out from Lobby in 1978 and Pig Press in 1987, both long out of print, and has only just returned to poetry after a 15-year silence. There some poems on the Stride Magazine website.He has been a journalist since 1978.
Robert Sheppard is Professor of creative writing at Edge Hill College. Recent books include Hymns to the God in which my Typewriter Believes, (Stride, 2006), Complete Twentieth Century Blues, (Salt Publishing, 2007), The Lores (Reality Street Editions, 2003), The End of the Twentieth Century (Ship of Fools, 2002), Empty Diaries (Stride, 1998) and Tin Pan Arcadia (Salt, 2004) — all parts of his Twentieth Century Blues project. He has also published Far Language: Poetics and Linguistically Innovative Poetry 1978-1997 (Stride, 1999), a book of critical writings and reviews. He is featured on the BEPC Website, and he runs a rewarding (but at present resting) blogzine, Pages. There are poems and readings on Archive of the Now. His essay The Necessity of Poetics is available on Pores Issue 1.
Sudley House was realised as a guided tour/performance at Sudley House, in four shows on 6 and 12 November 2004, with Scott Thurston as second voice and presence. There are more details, photos & links in the Notes to the piece (open in a new window).
Reading the Reader is one of a number of pieces by Robert Sheppard that are texts and commentaries on other works: in this case, Bernhard Schlink's novel The Reader (Phoenix, 1998).
Tom Sheehan's Epic Cures, short stories from Press 53, won a 2006 IPPY Award. A Collection of Friends, from Pocol Press, was nominated for Albrend Memoir Award. This Rare Earth & Other Flights, poems, was issued by Lit Pot Press in 2003. He has nine Pushcart and two Million Writer nominations, a Silver Rose Award from American Renaissance for the Twenty-first Century (ART). Recent work has been accepted in Australia, New Zealand, France, Turkey, China, Ireland, Scotland, England, as well as in the U.S. He served in 31st Infantry Regiment, Korea, 1951, and retired in 1990. He meets again soon for a lunch/gab session with pals, the ROMEOs, Retired Old Men Eating Out (91, 79, 78, 77). He can hardly wait. His pals will each have one martini, he'll have three beers, and the waitress will shine on them.
Nitin is a 38 year old Indian Seychellois visual artist and poet living in southern France (previously South London). There is a small collection of his work on Szirine Magazine.
Jeffrey Side has had poetry published in various magazines such as Poetry Salzburg Review, and on poetry web sites such as Poethia, nth position, eratio, Ancient Heart, BlazeVOX, P.F.S. Post, Hutt, ken*again, and CybpherAnthology. He has reviewed poetry for New Hope International, Stride, Acumen, and Shearsman. From 1996 to 2000 he was the assistant editor of The Argotist magazine, and now edits The Argotist Online.
Hannah Silva is a writer and theatre maker living in Plymouth. She has been awarded a place as a playwright on the the Arvon/Jerwood mentoring scheme for new and gifted writers in the UK. For information on upcoming performances and projects please visit her website: http://www.hannahsilva.co.uk.
Over the past year, writing by Ron Singer has appeared in, or been accepted by, about twenty publications. For instance, his Essay-Review, O Ti Lo Wa Ju ('You Have Gone Past All'), The Caine Prize for African Writing, is in the Summer 2007 issue of The Georgia Review, and three poems are slated for the anthology, Poetic Voices Without Borders-2 (PVWB 2, Gival Press). His chapbook, A Voice for My Grandmother ( Ten Penny Players, Inc), went into a second printing in October 2007, and has garnered nine reviews. Singer lives in New York City. He recently retired from Friends Seminary, a K-12 Quaker school where he had taught for over thirty years. His wife, a visual artist, is also a teacher; their daughter is a food writer. There are other poems by Ron Singer on Great Works.
Elias Siqueiros was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He has alternated his residencies between New York City and Austin, Texas for the last several years. He has published a collection of poems, Sap of the Moon-Planet, in 1996, and 23 Poems as a chapbook in 2002. Recent work has appeared in Moria, No Exit, Milk, Upland Trout, Blood Orange Review, Memorious and Stirring.
Kenji Siratori is a Japanese cyberpunk writer who is currently bombarding the internet with wave upon wave of highly experimental, uncompromising, progressive, intense prose. Publications include Acidhuman Project (Creation Books, 2005), Blood Electric (Creation Books, 2002) (acclaimed by David Bowie), Headcode (iUniverse, 2004). His is a writing style that not only breaks with tradition, it severs all cords, and can only really be compared to the kind of experimental writing techniques employed by the Surrealists, William Burroughs and Antonin Artaud. Embracing the image mayhem of the digital age, his relentless prose is nonsensical and extreme, avant-garde and confused, with precedence given to twisted imagery, pace and experimentation over linear narrative and character development. With unparalleled stylistic terrorism, he unleashes his literary attack. An unprovoked assault on the senses. You may wish to visit kenji siratori [Kill All Machines] or his Genedub blog. Other internet publications of texts by Kenji Siratori include on Exquisite Corpse, New World Disorder, and artwork on Inter-zone.org. There is an interview on Bookmunch.
Other recent & forthcoming poetry includes cross of green hollow: elegies, allegiances, thefts, Wild Honey Press (2002), Harm's Length (Poetical Histories, 2000), and CLIV, a massacre of Shakespeare's sonnets forthcoming on-line on The Alterran Poetry Assemblage, and poems in The Gig 12. Current works explore margins of Canadian culture. Increasingly involved with a local group in Kamloops (from Salish "Kum Kloups" – "the meeting of the waters"), British Columbia, and shedding skins of his Englishness (an evacuation procedure). Listen also to Viva Voce: Poetry and literature with Pete – Wednesdays, 1 pm Pacific Standard Time, Pete Smith broadcasting on 92.5 FM Online, The home on the web of the Kamloops Campus/Community Radio station, CFBX 92.5 FM. (The X).
Horace's Second Book of Odes strained through the Objectivist sieve. Other recent & forthcoming work includes cross of green hollow: elegies, allegiances, thefts, Wild Honey Press (2002), Harm's Length (Poetical Histories, 2000), and CLIV, a massacre of Shakespeare's sonnets forthcoming on-line on The Alterran Poetry Assemblage (and then in print from Wild Honey).
Alison Smith is a poet, person-centred practitioner in education, a human potential facilitator. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, adult literacy tutor, tutor in adult education, before training to be a secondary teacher in English in 1989. She has been teaching English and English Literature to teenagers and adults since then, in various settings. She lives and works in Northumberland, and has a house in Crete, where she spends summers. She has had poems published in Loutro Poems (Worldspirit, 2006). Alison admires Paulo Freire, Ivan Illich, Carl Rogers and Alice Walker and wants to learn to speak fluent Greek, ignore her inner male critic and leave mainstream education. And have poems published.
Anna Smith-Spark has a PhD in English Literature from Birkbeck College. Her thesis was about the late-Victorian occult text, The Secret Doctrine, by Madame Blavatsky. She is currently working on a novel based on her PhD work. She helps out at the Sundays at the Oto poetry readings.
A sequence of epigrams, both classicising & modernist, from the author of Fifteen Exits (Waterloo Press, 2001), and most recently Reverdy Road. This is Issue 4 of Painted, spoken, free, but send an A5 stamped addressed envelope (please, no IRCs) to 8 Richmond Rd, Staines, Mddx, TW18 2AB. This work is now published in a big collection from Salt as Reverdy Road. See also Simon's listing on BEPC: British Electronic Poetry Centre.
Recently completed an M. A. in Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth, studying with Tony Lopez. Poems published recently in the anthology In the Presence of Sharks (Phlebas, Plymouth, 2006). Work forthcoming in Orphans of Albion, a poetry anthology due out this year from Survivors Poetry/The Sixties Press. Poems also due out in The Text, The David Jones Journal and Tremblestone no. 6. These poems are part of a collection, The Pirates, hoping for publication shortly. Has read quite extensively in the South West: Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Totnes etc.
Nicolas Spicer Was born in Kent, & has studied at the Universities of York & Newcastle. He currently works as a bookseller in Ludlow, Shropshire. He has published in Snakeskin, Dreamcatcher, Fire, Stride magazine & most recently Shadowtrain, & the anthology Truths & Disguises (Bluechrome, 2005). There is a pamphlet (Nero's Music) forthcoming from Collective Unconscious.
Rob Stanton was born in Bishop Auckland in 1977. He lives, at the moment, in Pickering, North Yorkshire. He posts a daily-ish poem sequence, Copy, which is the sequel to Issue. Douglas Messerli picked the poem Knots, to appear in the out-at-any-minute anthology PIP Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry in English.
Paul Stronge is a London-based writer of fiction and poetry, currently working on a novel, provisionally entitled Blue Russian.
Shearsman published Janet Sutherland's first collection in 2006, Burning the Heartwood. She has had work in a number of magazines over the years, print and web based: KUDOS, ninth decade, Strange Mathematics, Poesie Europe, Sows Ear, The News, Reality Studios, Angels of Fire, The Rialto, Lettera, Shearsman, Stride, Damn the Caesars, Litter.
Steven Taylor was born and brought up in Hyde, near Manchester, and now lives in Kilburn, North London, as the English aspect of an Irish household. He is widely published in magazines and journals, and is currently assembling his first collection of poems. Poems are on this website, as 4 Poems about Power and Steven Taylor, Four Poems.
Thomas Lowe Taylor (anabasis Press) lives in southwestern Washington State on the Long Beach Peninsula and copublishes Xtant Magazine with Jim Leftwich. His latest book is "A Mandala for her of the earth's whole place and name" and "The One, the Same, and the Other", ($13 ppd), anabasis.Xtant Books, 814-318 Place, Ocean Park WA 98640. He has work online in Word for Word, eratio, Samsära, xPress(ed), EXP, MPRSND, tin lustre mobile, 5 trope, moria, Big Bridge and BlazeVOX 2K4. Many of the Homages to Eagle are in these zines. The entire work runs to 900 pages, published in two volumes ($100) from anabasis.Xtant, 1512 Mountainside Court, Charlottesville VA 22903 USA. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barry Tebb wrote, published & edited in the Sixties, based in Leeds, and was included in Michael Horovitz's Children of Albion anthology (Penguin, 1969). He has returned to writing and publishing in recent years, running Sixties Press (89, Connaught Road, Sutton, SM1 3PJ) and editing curently Poetry Leeds Weekly. Recent publications include The Lights of Leeds (Redbeck Press, 2000), Closing Nostalgia Road: Selected Poems 1962-2002 (Sixties Press, 2002), James Simmons R.I.P. (Sixties Press, 2002), Letter to Apollinaire (Sixties Press, 2003), The Great Freedom: A novella about the 'Leeds Poetic Renaissance' of the Sixties (Sixties Press, 2002), and Margaret: A novella set in the Leeds of the 1940's (Sixties Press, 2002). The magnificent Collected Poems from Sixties Press is now out, and well worth exploring.
Huddersfield — The Second Poetry Capital of England, A Call to Arms, Leeds, An Evening with John Heath-Stubbs, and Construction/Reconstructions are from Closing Nostalgia Road; James Simmons R.I.P., Memories of the Fifties, One Hundred Ordinary American Women, Three Poems by Pierre Jean Jouve, Together, Acta Diurna, and Lochia are from James Simmons R.I.P..
Nathan Thompson grew up in Cornwall and studied music and musicology at the University of Exeter, where he later lectured part time. His first collection the arboretum towards the beginning is published by Shearsman (2008).
Scott Thurston began participating in the literary scene situated around Gilbert Adair's Subvoicive Poetry reading series and Bob Cobbing's New River Project workshops in London in the late 1980s. In the early nineties he published two collections with Cobbing's Writers Forum press: Poems Nov 89-Jun 91 (1991) and Stateswalks (1994). These were followed by a selection in the anthology Sleight of Foot (Reality Street, 1996), Two Sequences (RWC, 1998), and Turns (with Robert Sheppard) (Ship of Fools/Radiator, 2003). His most recent books are Hold (Shearsman, 2006) and a sequence of ninety poems called Momentum (Shearsman, 2008). He has completed a PhD on Contemporary British Linguistically Innovative Poetry and Poetics and contributes regularly to Poetry Salzburg Review. He lectures in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Salford and has published on Allen Fisher, Adrian Clarke, John Wilkinson, Maggie O'Sullivan, Ulli Freer, Ira Lightman, Geraldine Monk and Tony Lopez. He edits The Radiator, a little magazine of poetry and poetics, and recently edited The Salt Companion to Geraldine Monk. See his pages at www.archiveofthenow.com.
Andrew Topel is studying art education at Colorado State University, and has been published in a range of magazines (Lost and Found Times, xtant, Gestalten, Farrago, Blackbird, Basinsky, Answer Shirker, and Score), and in chapbooks: x (Broken Boulder Press), unwritten (xtant), skew (Anabasis/xtant) and puzzles (xPress(ed)).
Alyson Torns graduated with a BA in Creative Writing in 2003. She has had poems published in Poetry London, The Interpreter's House, Fire, The Wolf, Neon Highway and Tears in the Fence. Her most recent publication is From the Lost Property Office: a quartet for Pessoa (Hearing Eye, 2006). She teaches tennis and tai chi. She is also one of teh organisers of the Blue Bus reading series at The Lamb, Lambs Conduit Street.
Lydia Towsey is a poet and spoken word artist. In addition to writing and performing, Lydia is chair of voluntary arts in mental health organization, BrightSparks. She also co runs The Brighter Side (performance poetry project) with fellow poet, Rob Gee. She organizes arts in mental health projects for the NHS, facilitates poetry workshops and coordinates Leicester's principal spoken word night, WORD! In 2007 Lydia was commissioned to write and perform for the Freedom Showcase. The show has plans to tour in 2008. Shortly after the Freedom Showcase, Lydia was asked to play The Devil in a short film, Hindmost. In 2009 she will be featured poet in Coffee House Magazine. Meanwhile she is completing her first collection and developing work for a new touring show. She can be found facilitating in any number of schools and community groups. She drinks a lot of tea. If any of this interests you, you should really check her Lydia Towsey MySpace presence and read her Lydia's Blog on Wordpress.
Davide Trame is an Italian teacher of English living in Venice. His poems have appeared since 1999 in The Shop, International Poetry Review, Stand, Dream Catcher, Orbis, Meridian Anthology, Diner, and other magazines, and online in Nimble Spirit, nthposition and eclectica.
Juliet Troy is a mature student on the BA Creative writing course at University of Bedfordshire. She has had a poem published in the Ver Poets 40th Anniversary Anthology, and has work forthcoming in The Poetry Salzburg Review and Neon Highway.
Stephen Van-Hagen's primary field of academic study is the poetry of the long eighteenth century and his PhD was awarded by the University of Kent in 2006 for a thesis entitled The Poetry of Physical Labour 1730-1800. Most of his publications are in the field of labouring-class poetry and in 2005 Stephen selected, edited and introduced The Life and Lucubrations of Crispinus Scriblerus: A Selection (Gloucestershire: The Cyder Press), comprising extracts from James Woodhouse's autobiographical epic. I have recently completed a book, The Poetry of Mary Leapor, that is forthcoming in Greenwich Exchange Press' Focus On series. He is presently researching and writing two further books, The Student Guide to Jonathan Swift (also for Greenwich Exchange), as well as a critical biography of James Woodhouse. He has been writing poetry since his teens that is influenced by the American modernist and postmodernist poets, and has published in a range of magazines and journals. As an undergraduate at the University of Kent in the late 1990s he was twice shortlisted for the University's T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. He is presently Associate Head of the Department of English and History, and Programme Leader for BA Hons. English Literature, at EdgeHillUniversity in Lancashire, U.K.
Robert Vas Dias, an Anglo-American born in London, has published six collections in the USA and UK, edited and co-edited four literary journals, and is publisher of Permanent Press. He organised two poetry conferences for Gresham College, London, the most recent being "Verbal inter Visual" in 2001. A selection from Select Things first appeared from Backwoods Broadsides in Maine, USA, in 2001. The Guts of Shadows, a collaborative images-and-poems book with the British artist John Wright, will be published on 9 September 2003 by Permanent Press and Art First, London. For details, visit www.permanentpress.org after 30 August 2003.
"Boots Hotwater Bottle", "Dixon Enduro Pencil Sharpener", "Estwing Hammer", "Plastic Potters Melamine Plate" and "Renault 4" were all published in the Backwoods Broadsides Chaplet Series (Ellsworth, Maine, 2001).
Steven Waling has recently published his latest collection, Travelator, just out from Salt, and Calling Myself on the Phone (Smith/Doorstop, 2004) before that. Poems recently published at www.dusie.com and forthcoming in Parameter. He comes from Accrington, lives in Manchester and is currently Writer-in-Residence at HMP Whatton. His blog, BrandosHat is well worth visiting.
A A Walker has written for magazines, small presses and literary websites including Carnivorous Arpeggio, Prakalpana Literature, Fringecore, Sidereality and Pages, given spoken word readings at venues such as the Klinker, V.I. and the Rustique Literary Café. Theatrical performances based on his writings have been staged at the 291 Gallery, the Old Operating Theatre Museum, the Diorama and Chisenhale Dance Space. Recently co-produced programmes for Resonance FM radio featuring several other Great Works contributors. Email: email@example.com. Termination #1: For Sale is at Cauldron and Net and Termination #2: Paper, Pen, Ink is on Muse Apprentice Guild.
Nick Wayte lives in France and has published in several poetry magazines. He produced Resuscitator magazine and R Books with John James in the 1960s. He has also published two short collections: Seconds (Ferry Press 1969) and Signals (Wayward Press 1981). He served time as a cultural studies lecturer at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design (now part of the University of Gloucestershire).
Amos Weisz was a poet and a translator, who tragically died in 2008. He has had one volume of poems published, Woss the Damage, Djinn? (Make Shift Press, 2006). A volume of his writings and translations is planned.
John Welch was born in London in 1942 and he worked for thirty years as a teacher of english as a Second Language in East London comprehensive schools. In 1984 his anthology for schools Stories from South Asia appeared from OUP. He has had many volumes of poetry published, including The Eastern Boroughs by Shearsman in 2004, who also brought out in 2008 his Collected Poems and Dreaming Arrival, a memoir. He also runs Many Press. There are poems and readings on Archive of the Now. And John now has a John Welch blog.
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Yearn Glass makes reference to All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go by the London-based Lebanese artist Souheil Sleiman. The work was Lebanon's official entry for last year's Alexandria Biennale. It comprises hundreds of fragments of mirror attached to a framework of chicken wire. All Dressed Up . . . is a glass tower, like a skyscraper that is unravelling. There's a reference to the Twin Towers, to something apparently massive and solid which turned out to be vulnerable. The artist has said that he is also thinking of the rebuilding of Beirut. Previous work of his has explored the ecology of this and its effects on the surrounding landscape. At the same time in his piece something has been taken apart and simplified. He has suggested there is also a reference to the banks of TV screens you used to get in shops, mirror fragments as the screens. Souheil Sleiman's studio is in Hackney Wick in East London, one of those industrial areas where many traditional industries having moved out the premises have been occupied by artist's studios. Not far away is the site for the 2012 Olympics. Next door to the studio there is a workshop, the premises of 'Yearn Glass and Co, Mirror Manufacturers'.
In 1989, with a nod from Bob Cobbing, Mike Weller first discovered that scattered detrital images left on New River Project's print-room floor were publishable, utterable, and performable within a London-based poetics. Michael J. Weller's narrative art and visual associations have since been enriched and emboldened by involvement with Little Presses, Sub Voicive function-room poets, Writers Forum (WF) workshops, Klinker Club, and participation in Dmitry Bulatov's Russian-English Homo Sonorus International Anthology of Sound Poetry book-CD collection, NCCA Kaliningrad (2001). In homage to Cobbing, and for his ongoing WF imprint, Weller produced the amazing choreographic Beowulf Cartoon with an introduction by Bill Griffiths (2004). Scanning an ever-growing image-hoard, Weller is now investigating both limitations and wider possibilities of doing web-based work.
Tom White has recently moved from Casablanca to London, in order to involve himself in the poetry scene here. These poems are taken from Joke Book, which re-mixes each page of The Goodbyes by John Ash it into a new poem. Tom has just started working on a new project, Echo, an attempt to turn the national newspapers into poetry. More work can be found at Dusie and Stride.
Les Wicks' books are The Vanguard Sleeps In (Glandular, 1981), Cannibals (Rochford St, 1985), Tickle (Island, 1993), Nitty Gritty (Five Islands, 1997), The Ways of Waves (Sidewalk, 2000), Appetites of Light (Presspress, 2002) & Stories of the Feet (Five Islands, 2004). He's performed at festivals, schools, prison etc. Runs workshops across Australia & is editor of Meuse Press which focuses on poetry outreach projects like poetry on buses & poetry published on the surface of a river. He has a personal website, with some poems on it. There are also poems of his on Shampoo, Sugar Mule, Stylus Poetry Journal and Southern Ocean Review.
James Wilkes was born in Dorset in 1980, and studied Psychology and Philosophy before taking an MA in creative writing. He writes poetry and makes poem-objects, writes for the art journal Studio International and has contributed reviews to Intercapillary Space and Terrible Work. He is an occasional host of Penned in the Margins on London's Resonance 104.4fm. He has produced (with Lynne Wilkes) a beautiful illustrated book ex chaos (Ranscombe Press, 2006), based on Japanese creation myths. James is making available for £4.50 a series of hand-printed postcard poems, A DeTour, that rework selections from Defoe's A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain — contact on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poems from Eggbox B1 were created by cutting up and re-arranging words from Wallace Stevens' Sea Surface Full of Clouds and S.T. Coleridge's This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison, and then pasting the words onto the flat surfaces of large catering eggbox. The square little towers between the eggs certain of their flat surfaces to be visible whilst occluding others – a bit like the way a hologram works. So if you look at the box from one side, you will, for example, see only the Williams words. If you turn it through 90 degrees, you will have words from Williams and Coleridge intercut: W, C, W, C. . . Turn again and you get only Coleridge. And the final turn gives you a different combination of the two. You can see illustrations of the eggboxes here (opens in a new window).
John Wilkinson teaches at the University of Notre Dame. At present (2007-8) he is Carl & Lily Pforzheimer Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and is writing about Barbara Guest, George Oppen and James Schuyler, as well as writing poems. His most recent books are Lake Shore Drive (salt, 2006) (poetry) and The Lyric Touch (Salt, 2007) (criticism). A new book of poetry titled Down to Earth will be published by Salt in 2008. Some recent poems online can be found at ActionYes, Salt Magazine, and Mute. A 'critical conversation' with Peter Riley is accessible on the Chicago Review website.
Some of Johan's other publications include Rose Poems (Actual Size, 1986), Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough (Microbrigade, 1992), Linear A No. A (1992), Linear A No. B (1996), April Late Spring & Title and Six Pages (Writers Forum, 1997), The October Revolution in Poetry (Mainstream, 1997), Hippototescopo (West House Books, 2000), footnotes (housepress, 2002) & extragalactic fits of terrestrial pits (canary woof press, 2002). Work of his is available on the GutCult West House Books Anthology, Kater Murr's Press, in Dutch on No Papers, and with a contribution to Fire archived.
Leslie Wolter is an English instructor and Co-Director of the Writing Resource Center at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. Her work has appeared in LitBits, Ascent Aspirations, Viva Barista, Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), The Drill Press, Prose Toad, and Eclectica.
The texts are excerpts from a larger project undertaken while living in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. 'Walk One' is derived from a series of walks the author took along one of the busy thoroughfares in the local neighbourhood, while 'Eighteen Storeys' represents a small piece considering the view over the city from his apartment window. Simon Wright initially trained as an artist, studying Fine Art at MA level at Central Saint Martins College, before deciding to concentrate exclusively on writing. This is his first project (and is, as yet, unpublished). He currently lives in Bristol, and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Anjali Yardi was born in India and now lives in Australia. She has two MA degrees taken twenty-four years apart at Delhi and Melbourne universities respectively. Poems and translations of hers have recently appeared in Shadow Train. Note that Mary Kostakidis is a newsreader on SBS-TV, Australia's multicultural broadcaster.
Changming Yuan published several books and a dozen essays on translation in China before moving to Canada. Currently Yuan teaches English in Vancouver and has had poems appearing in Dalhousie Review, London Magazine, The Argotist On-Line, Offcourse, Private and many others.
Lisa Zaran is a poet and essayist living in Arizona. She has had published 6 collections & chapbooks: the sometimes girl (InnerCircle Publishing, 2004), You Have A Lovely Heart (Little Poem Press, 2004), Clipped From Our Days (an online chapbook with Argonauts' Boat, 2005), The Blondes Lay Content (full collection, Lulu Press, 2006), Subtraction Flower, (Lulu Press, 2006), & WinK, (limited edition chapbook, 2007). Lisa has many poems in magazines and anthologies. She has a personal website, and also runs Contemporary American Voices: An Online Journal of Poetry.