Tuesday, June 29, 2004


Marsh Hawk Press is getting ready to announce the winner, runners-up and finalists for the first annual Marsh Hawk Poetry Contest.

According to judge Marie Ponsot and the Marsh Hawk editors who helped with reviewing the manuscripts (the final decision was Marie's) the quality of the majority of manuscripts was outstanding. Many of them could easily pass the strictest editing standards.

Stay Tuned!

And don't forget about our 2005 contest to be judged by Gerald Stern. Contest information here at this link!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Sidereality, Volume 3, Issue 2 features Marsh Hawk authors!

The poet lives in the continuing world that goes on even after Tante Sonia "does Auschwitz", the only survivor in the family. One senses a slow, smoking question coming up from under the text: what can retrieve any one from the shadowing stories, the dark burdens, the great and the small brutalities? Poetry. Play has to be the medium, and speaking up the mode; articulation, serious play, speaking the stories of particular lives; play, going from the bear to the bee, from the mirror to the past, to the street, to the honey, to the child, to the jokes, to the ironies, to the cruelties, to no answers, to innocence -- the pure exercise of imagination. History and nursery weave, merge and separate; whence -- a way of talking about horror without pompous clichi, and without blaspheming the sacred terrain.
--from "A Storm like a Holiday" (Review of Stephen Paul Miller's
A Bee Flies in May)

From the recently-released issue of Sidereality:

A review of Stephen Paul Miller's The Bee Flies in May written by our own Madeline Tiger

Two poems by Stephen Paul Miller

A poem by Eileen Tabios

Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, June 16, 2004


"i just received thomas fink's After Taxes (Marsh Hawk Press) in the mail. i haven't had a chance to read through much, but i'm impressed so far at how much craft is behind fink's work--the poems hold together well, and the poems have a great sound to them. fink has a good ear for line breaks and word combinations. this is a collection i'm looking forward to slowly reading.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Yerra Sugarman reviews Original Green by Patricia Carlin at HOW2!

Here's the first paragraph of the appreciative review, which can be read in full by clicking on this paragraph:

“Better the hard / unreachable pain / in a phantom limb / than this senseless / sleeping flesh,” Patricia Carlin writes with the distinctive freshness and wit, playfulness and wisdom, irreverence and awe of her debut collection Original Green. Innovative with craft and subject matter, she builds her poems from understandings and oscillating truths that the seeming contradictions of paradox can engender, as in ‘Evening. Or Morning.' where Carlin reveals that “along the fault there's periodic slippage… / Grays bleed out beyond the picture's edge.” She takes into account the resonance a word's multivalence can achieve (“hard,” “senseless,” “morning”) and comprehends the revelatory precision of aphorism. Carlin also conjures the previously unsaid with vivid imagery and surprising tropes like the box turtle, a symbol for the book itself, for home, the Platonic cave, a whole/hole that is Nothingness, origin and return, “the voyage out… a homecoming,” for Being exceeding trope and reality confounding representation. Thus she considers how pointless physical existence is when sheltered from difficult feelings comparing it to the inaccessible, yet meaningful, pain of the spirit, unknowable but through faith. Her poetry, unmitigated by the facile irony contemporary poets often employ, transports the reader to epiphany with its attention to the material world. Carlin, poet/thinker/mystic/seer, pleads for the fugal presence of the metaphysical, positing an immaterial reality that transcends appearances, yet streams simultaneously in counterpoint with the physical: “Like snow dissolving / Like a single flake falling to join the one undifferentiated white sheet.” She refers to this polyphony with wit and awe in ‘Never Together, Never Apart,' a poem comprised of two columns that can be read separately or together and metamorphose into prose poetry: “it's all the same to us--the music of chance, of dissonance, of harmony--a fugue only we can hear.”

Sunday, June 06, 2004


Eileen Tabios' Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole is a new bestseller listed in Small Press Distributions' Spring/Summer 2004 catalogue's "SPD Bestsellers for Classes."

To learn from Eileen, you can attend her next poetry reading during an evening (6-8 p.m.) reception/celebration on June 10 for the exhibits of Terry Acebo Davis and Melba Abela at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. These are part of a month-long celebration of Filipino American Art in honor of the 106th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day.

The Asian Art Museum is located in a new building on 200 Larkin St., San Francisco.

Thursday, June 03, 2004


Marie Ponsot, judge of Marsh Hawk Press's current contest, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the City University of New York Graduate Center at their commencement ceremonies on June 3.

Marilyn Hacker, a member of our Artistic Advisory Board, has received a prestigious award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was one of eight writers chosen for "Academy Awards in Literature" given for exceptional accomplishment in any genre. She is a member of the faculty of the PH.D.Program in French at the Graduate Center and professor of English at City College.

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