Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Sandy McIntosh Nominated for Pushcart!

Clayton Couch, editor of Sidereality, sends us a bit of happy news!

In late November, six poems -- pulled from the previous four issues of Sidereality -- were nominated for 2003 Pushcart Prizes: "What Watches" by Khadijah Queen, "Enigma" by Jonathan Minton, "Rain After a Dry Spell" by Kirby Wright, "The After-Death History of My Mother" by Sandy McIntosh, "Vertigo to Eros" by Kristy Odelius, "Death of a Girl I Never Knew in Passing" by Sirrus Poe. Although there were several other sidereality poems that I would liked to have nominated, the Pushcart only takes six pieces per calendar year from each publication, unfortunately.

Congratulations Sandy! You can read Sandy's poem at: http://www.sidereality.com/volume2issue3/poemsv2n3/theafterdeathhistoryofmymother.htm

Monday, December 22, 2003


SPD RECOMMENDS: NEW TITLES for December 5-December 22, 2003
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by deNiord, Chard
$15.00 / Paper / pp.90
Marsh Hawk Press, 2003
ISBN: 0-9724785-3-1
Poetry. In this follow-up to the award-winning collection Asleep in the Fire, Chard deNiord's verse ranges from the quirkily amusing to the deeply lyrical and meditative, even mystical. Although we come to know the touchstones and totems of the poet's life in New England, the work is essentially unrestrained by geography or time, ranging as far afield as the poet's imagination allows. A master of the emphatic statement, the clear proposition about the world, deNiord presents a poetry that has absorbed the deep imagery of the last fifty years and the moral philosophy of the last five hundred. SHARP GOLDEN THORN reveals that Chard deNiord is one of the most outstanding poets at work today.

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Thursday, December 11, 2003


Marsh Hawk Press thanks Vanda Polokova for writing the following essay on one of Sandy McIntosh's poems. Vanda is a student at LaGuardia College in New York and Sandy's collection Between Earth and Sky is a text used in her class:

Blind Relationships
by Vanda Polokova

In his poem “Julian and Maddy, or Louder Desperation,” Sandy McIntosh writes about an affiliated couple that does not have a clear sense of what their relationship is supposed to be. Although Julian might not resemble Maddy’s behavior at first glance, in many ways he is acts like her. He gets obsessed over Maddy the same was Maddy gets hagridden over other men in her life. He trusts Maddy after many disappointments, just as Maddy relies on her boyfriends. However, Julian is patient, hopeful and honest about his feelings towards Maddy, while Maddy just keeps using Julian amiability.

Both Julian and Maddy get sunk into their desired partners to the point where neither, Julian or Maddy, can see anything wrong with their loved ones. For instance, Maddy told Julian about her plan to marry Jimmy. Julian still loved Maddy even though she told him she might marry him. He still revered her to the point that when she “asked that Julian hold an engagement party for them at his house… Julian agreed” (37). Although, at this point Maddy had broken Julian’s heart, he still didn’t want to hurt her; he still hoped that one day, she would come back to him. He didn’t realize that Maddy didn’t love him. He just kept on believing that Maddy was suffering because she was “a victim of her father’s rage” (38).

Another similarity between Julian and Maddy is that the two hold, whatever their desired acquaintance says to be the absolute truth. Maddy believes Gustav’s crazy story about his kidnapping, and Julian believes Maddy when she tells him that she “would stay with Julian… only so long as it took to get herself set up in New York” (33). Maddy throws herself with complete trust to Jimmy when she meets him, ignoring the fact that he discriminates way too much. Julian blindly believes Maddy when she tells him: “I hope I will marry you” (36). When they trust another person, all of their instincts, senses of right and wrong, allowed and abusive, just get forgotten. Both of them suffer irreversible damage, yet they keep on hoping for a change that will resolve everything.

One difference between Julian and Maddy is that Julian is forbearing and caring, while Maddy just likes getting into relationships really fast without thinking about how they would work out. She also selfishly uses Julian without even considering how she might be hurting him or to repay him for all the favors that he has done for her. Julian on the other hand, complies with anything that she wishes just as blindly as Maddy asks. While Julian is unbelievably obsequious towards Maddy, she is just plain bossy.

Julian has definitely learned a lot about human nature from being involved with Maddy. He stopped being so gullible and let Maddy really see how he felt about her betraying him. Maddy’s personality however did not change. Apart from blaming Julian, saying that he was as awful as her father, Maddy never stopped to think about the support that Julian provided Maddy with in her time of adversity. Fortunately, Julian has finally learned that he stands no chance with Maddy and was able to say no when she asked him to another of her ridiculous favors. He stopped hiding his true feelings and let it all out when Maddy came over for the last time asking Julian to move out for his house and lend it to her and Jimmy so that they could have a nice honeymoon. For obvious reasons, Julian got mad and punched Jimmy for offending his friends and for, even though he never stated it, taking Maddy away from him.


The following is an announcement from Jukka Pekka Kervinen, poet and editor of Finland's innovative poetry press: xPress(ed):

xPress(ed) - new titles - Fall 2003

Twenty new titles:

gregory vincent st. thomasino: Go Mirrored
ISBN 951-9198-37-7, 30 pages

bill allegrezza: temporal nomads
ISBN 951-9198-34-2, 32 pages

ric carfagna: null set
ISBN 951-9198-40-7, 39 pages

ric carfagna: dakota journal
ISBN 951-9198-41-5, 16 pages

andrew lundwall: eye pharmacy
ISBN 951-9198-27-X, 29 pages

francis raven: some scenes of some life
ISBN 951-9198-31-8, 16 pages

donna kuhn: red plastic mystic fish
ISBN 951-9198-26-1, 27 pages

chris pusateri: berserker alphabetics
ISBN 951-9198-30-X, 72 pages

christophe casamassima: p s s t c a r d s
ISBN 951-9198-35-0, 59 pages

joel chace: itsstory
ISBN 951-9198-39-3, 31 pages

jeff harrison: LOOT
ISBN 951-9198-36-9, 61 pages

august highland: crash the silence #0001
ISBN 951-9198-25-3, 12 pages

halvard johnson: G(e)nome
ISBN 951-9198-38-5, 18 pages

andrew penland: drunk on clover & dreaming of earth
ISBN 951-9198-29-6, 34 pages

rob mclennan: the true eventual story of buffalo bill
ISBN 951-9198-28-8, 28 pages

michael scharf: nine sonnets for late 90s literary culture
ISBN 951-9198-18-0, 15 pages

alan sondheim: cancer
ISBN 951-9198-42-3, 85 pages

eileen tabios: there, where the pages would end
ISBN 951-9198-33-4, 93 pages

sheila e.murphy: a motion come to silk
ISBN 951-9198-44-X, 27 pages

john byrum: state
ISBN 951-9198-43-1, HTML

All downloads are free, books are in PDF or HTML format.

Next submissions starting from April 2004 (please query first) to


Jukka-Pekka Kervinen

Wednesday, December 10, 2003


The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has awarded Marsh Hawk Press a 2004 New York State Literary Publishers Travel Fund stipend. This will help get us to the AWP Book Fair in March. The funds are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Thanks to Katherine Sarkis and CLMP!

Monday, December 08, 2003


Marsh Hawk Press is delighted to invite you to a reading and publication party for our latest offerings:

Sharp Golden Thorn by Chard deNiord
House and Home by Rochelle Ratner
Mirage, a poem in 22 sections by Basil King

The celebration -- and with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood -- will take place at:

December 11, 2003
Reading begins at 7:30 p.m.
Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 2nd floor
New York City

Sunday, December 07, 2003


Another poet-blogger pays attention to Eileen Tabios's Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole, citing:

But why be surprised if infinity has a body, or if it is an organ? Consequently, you hold back your tears. Through their silver shimmer, you begin to understand her Idealism: the morality of detachment that transcends mere ascetism. Once, she stumbled across an ancient photo of an ascetic: in eyes hollowed by hunger, an infinite ecstasy.

Eileen Tabios, from "The Soulful Universe."
Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole.

Thanks Jean Vengua!

Saturday, December 06, 2003


SPD RECOMMENDS: NEW TITLES for November 21-December 5, 2003
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***SPD December OPEN HOUSE***

In the Bay Area December 13th? Then please come to:


Noon-4 PM, Saturday, December 13

>Readings at 2pm by San Francisco Poet Laureate devorah major (guest of honor), Elizabeth Robinson, Cedar Sigo and Diem Jones.
>SPD warehouse, 1341 7th St. (off Gilman), Berkeley
>Free food & drink from Bay Area culinary outlets
>This event is Free & Open to the Public

Join hundreds of book lovers at the countrys only non-profit, exclusively literary book distributor. See www.spdbooks.org for more details.

***New Poetry from Marsh Hawk Press!***

by King, Basil
$15.00 / Paper / pp.96
Marsh Hawk Press, 2003
ISBN: 0-9724785-4-X

Poetry. Amiri Baraka calls MIRAGE "A fine book--important on painting." Basil King attended Black Mountain College as a teenager in the 1950s, and completed his apprenticeship as an abstract expressionist painter in San Francisco and New York. Since that time, his art has taken a different turn, reaching through abstraction back to surrealism and forward into a new approach to the figure. Although he did not begin to write regularly until 1986, an involvement with poetry has always been part of his life, first in doing art to accompany poems in books and magazines, later as a book artist, now as a poet/painter. Among his many books, THE EARTH SUITE by Carl Rakowsi, with drawings by Basil King, is available from SPD.


***New Poetry from Marsh Hawk Press!***

by Augustine, Jane
$12.50 / Paper / pp.107
Marsh Hawk Press, 2003
ISBN: 0-971333203

Poetry. "ARBOR VITAE supplies a key to memory of places, what makes them memorable and moving. The Colorado mountains, Paris and the south of France, New York City streets-the poets view of these reminds us that the heart and spirit of Nature is always human nature. Moi aussi je crois in the making of poems as wonderful as these. They are a real refreshment"-Marie Ponsot.


Tuesday, December 02, 2003


You Are Cordially Invited to Participate in
A Celebration of Contemporary Turkish Poets and Poetry

1:00 PM, Saturday December 6, 2003 • Admission: free
211 Pierce Building, Stevens Institute of Technology, 6th and River Streets, Hoboken, New Jersey
To mark the publication of EDA: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY TURKISH POETRY, edited by Murat Nemet-Nejat. • A discussion of, and readings from, the works of young Turkish poets in both Turkish and English translations.

küçük Iskender, poet

Murat Nemet-Nejat, poet and translator

Zeynep Sayin, critic

Mustafa Ziyalan, poet


7:00 PM, Tuesday, December 9, 2003 • Admission: $10
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), New York City
The poetic activity that swept Turkey through the 20th century into the 21st marks one of the most exciting moments in world literature. • Readings in Turkish and English translations, preceded by the playing of Turkish music.

küçük Iskender, poet

Murat Nemet-Nejat, poet and translator

Mustafa Ziyalan, poet

Edward Foster, poet and editor

Saint Marx Band

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