Friday, July 31, 2009


Otoliths #14 opens up beautifully with five poems by Kirsten Kaschock. She continues to weave so many silken lines interspersed with wisdom-gems (re the latter, I love this:

                  all things undone contain their enemies.

There is also an important exchange between Tom Fink and Tan Lin that transcends the issue of how to write critically. Tom reviews Tan Lin's Heath project (which I adore). Tan offers a useful addition to (the original as it's to be reprinted in a revised version) Heath with his response to Tom's review. I'm glad Mark Young had the wisdom to print this exchange!

I haven't read everything yet as I post, but two nota benes surfaced immediately from my initial read:

Ric Carfagna's fabulous "Trace Elements"

and Anny Ballardini's "About Ducks, or of the Importance of a Category"--I love this line:

                  I water my category.

You won't regret checking out the whole issue! (I have a poem "Maid of Honor" innit but I note that mostly to e-file said detail in moi blog's file cabinet). Here is publisher Mark Young's announcement--quite excellent company:
It's one minute into August on the Tropic of Capricorn, & that means it's time to let loose issue fourteen of Otoliths.

As always it's full of variety. There's work by Kirsten Kaschock, Pat Nolan, Márton Koppány, Jim Meirose , Anne Gorrick, Caleb Puckett, Peter Schwartz, Fredrick Zydek, Ed Baker, Ross Brighton, Derek Henderson, John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett & Sheila E. Murphy, Raymond Farr, Jill Chan, John Martone, Bob Heman, Philip Byron Oakes, Ric Carfagna, Eileen R. Tabios, Justin Mulrooney, Jeff Harrison, Eric Burke, K. R. Copeland & Jeff Crouch, Crane Giamo, Paula Kolek, Daniel f Bradley, Arthur Leung, Joseph Harrington, Iain Britton, Thomas Fink, Tan Lin, Kristine Marie Darling , Joel Chace, Paul Siegell, Mariana Isara, Jay Snodgrass, Bill Drennan, Jill Jones, Stu Hatton, Nicholas Michael Ravnikar, Mara Patricia Hernandez, Felino Soriano, Matt Hetherington, Marcia Arrieta, Charles Freeland, Vernon Frazer, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Julian Jason Haladyn, Martin Edmond, harry k stammer, Reed Altemus, Randall Brock, Anny Ballardini, sean burn, A. Scott Britton, David-Baptiste Chirot, Joan Harvey, Mary Ellen Derwis, Bobbi Lurie, John Moore Williams, Sarah Ahmad, Scott Metz, Theodoros Chiotis, & Sheila E. Murphy.

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