Tuesday, October 31, 2006


A brand NEW OTOLITHS has just gone live!

From Editor / Publisher Mark Young:

Like the previous two issues, there is a diverse mix of people &styles. Issue three contains work by Ray Craig, Jordan Stempleman, Jeff Harrison, Andrew Topel, Corey Mesler, John M. Bennett, Reed Altemus, Lars Palm, Jesse Crockett, rob mclennan, Pat Nolan, Jenna Cardinale, Rochelle Ratner, Ian Finch, Paul Siegell, Thomas Fink &Tom Beckett, Ayþegül Tözeren, Glenn Bach, T. Walden, Tom Hibbard, Raymond Farr, Aki Salmela, Jill Jones, Nico Vassilakis, Kirsten Kaschock, Martin Edmond, Eileen Tabios, Sheila Murphy, Rebeka Lembo, Jonathan Hayes, Jenny Allan, Geof Huth, Kevin Opstedal, Adam Fieled, Derek Motion, Caleb Puckett, Scott Hartwich, harry k stammer &Serkan Iþýn, &has a cover by Michael Rothenberg.



This issue also presents a sampling from my next book -- not chapbook but book -- DREDGING FOR ATLANTIS.

That differentiation there -- book vs chapbook -- came up because I intially submitted a chap to Otoliths. It became a book after two more sections were added to the initial submission, in part to make it easer for perfect-binding.

Serendipity, that making of my 11th print poetry collection.

But not, apparently, unique! I learned from this weekend's Board meeting at Kelsey that Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Kiki Smith's brand new CONCORDANCE also had its second section added partly per the constraints of perfect binding. And what's great -- as I was happy to have a chance to tell Mei-mei in person -- is that the sum of the two sections is larger than two, in terms of visual impact as well as that its two long poems "Concordance" and "Red Quiet" are beautifully related.

One of the marvels of Poetry -- how it defies coincidence and make the results, when effective, just Fate.