Thursday, June 30, 2005


Judge for the Marsh Hawk Press' Second Annual Poetry Prize, Gerald Stern says about the contest winner Sigman Byrd's Under the Wanderer's Star:

It’s the child astronomer Sigman Byrd thinks about, the one who still has the dream, even if the universe is growing fainter. And it is Ms Fewkes, the town librarian, who tells us—tenderly—to buckle up as we head off for the dangerous, but exquisite, woods. These are poems of the lost paradise and the great imaginary place, beautifully rendered.
—Gerald Stern, Contest Judge, 2005 Marsh Hawk Press Contest

Monday, June 27, 2005


We Are Pleased to Announce that

Sigman Byrd

of Boulder, Colorado has won Marsh Hawk Press’s Second Annual Poetry Prize for his manuscript "Under the Wanderer’s Star."

The Prize includes a $1,000.00 award and publication of the book in Spring 2006.

Robert Perchan and Mary Crow were named as Runners-Up.

Additionally, other finalists will be notified by regular mail this week.

The award is given annually for a book length collection of poems of 48-70 pages and publication of the book is the following spring.

The final judge was Gerald Stern.

The next deadline is April 30th, 2006. Reading fee: $20.

Send an SASE for complete guidelines: Marsh Hawk Press, P.O. Box 206, East Rockaway, NY 11518. Or go online at: http://www.marshhawkpress.org.

Friday, June 24, 2005


Hamilton Stone Review, Issue 6, Summer 2005, Now Online!

Featuring fiction by Pat MacEnulty, Ramsey Wilkens, and Masha Zager and poetry by Gene Frumkin, Amy King, Kenneth Pobo, Joseph Somoza, David Hopes, Stephen Vincent, Bob Marcacci, Harriet Zinnes, Kerry O'Keefe, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, Eileen Tabios, Frederick Pollack, and David Howard.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


The 45 poems in Burt Kimmelman's SOMEHOW [Marsh Hawk Press 2005] belong together and have a beautiful underlying coherence, a sense of what one sees and hears, an awareness of perception as part of the song,
--William Sylvester on SOMEHOW

At the Suny Buffalo List, Burt Kimmelman's SOMEHOW has received some wonderful notice by William Sylvester. Click here for his review as well as here.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Charles Bernstein has presented a list of "Notable Books (Summer 2005)" over at the Suny Buffalo Electronic Poetry Center. Mr. Bernstein's notables include two Marsh Hawk titles:

AFTER TAXES by Thomas Fink, with the comment:
Fresh, marvelously exuberant lyric wildness, picking up a bit on the sprung prosody of Ceravolo's Fits of Dawn and perhaps also form Coolidge's Sound as Thought. Of special interest: a set of "Yinglish" poems that bring the syntax of the Yiddish into the American lyric.



Friday, June 03, 2005


Ali Erkan Koprulu is a student of poet-professor Thomas Fink. Ali recently wrote a paper on a poem from Eileen Tabios' I Take Thee, English, For My Beloved brick. Eileen says that Ali's response to her poem "Rapunzel's Deaf Eyes" shows show poems are potential doorways into new experiences not necessarily anticipated by the makers of such poems, adding, "I certainly had no intention of addressing war(s) whilst penning the poem. But I'm glad that the poem made Ali think about war's implications."

Here is Ali's essay, and beneath it the subject poem:

by Ali Erkan Koprulu

In this piece of writing, I am going to invade a part of Eileen R. Tabios’ world. She was born in the Philippines, but she has lived in the United States for the last thirty years. The Philippines is a country marked by violence and conflicts which influenced Tabios’s writing. One of Tabios’s works, which may confirm such a statement, is the poem “Rapunzel’s Deaf Eyes.” In this poem, one can feel the dark side of war and its consequences for the people who are involved in it.

In a period of war, one cannot talk about the violence and death that surrounds him or her. The title “Rapunzel’s Deaf Eyes” is a reminder of such a situation. One can see and feel the horror of war, but one cannot express it. All the horrible things, such as people dying and starving can be seen, but have to be kept locked inside one’s eyes and one’s mind. As Tabios expresses, “I live in a turret now / No stairs, no hair.” One feels isolated, powerless and unreachable in the middle of a war zone.

Pain and suffering often make people think about the world in which they are living and make them think about what kind of world they want to be part of in the future, “ Reading yourself / into a stranger’s poem / for a “hidden track”/ lying.” The word “track” can be understood as one’s path into “yourself.” Such a reflection about the world makes people change as the words “stranger’s poem” suggest. One no longer sees life the same way it was before war. Living life in a society where violence and death is part of one’s day makes life sour as in “beneath lemonade days.” Life is no longer fun and happy.

In a period of war confusion and distress are everywhere. Violence comes from those who are fighting to protect and from those who want to dominate. Some countries, which are still under a regime of dominance, may envy a country that is fighting for freedom. But, on the other hand, those who are fighting to free them are also fighting for other personal interests too. “Envied by all / except their owner/ from looking elsewhere.” The word “owner” implies possession and dominance which are the primary reasons to take a country to war. The citizens of a country in war are usually the ones who pay the highest price of war. Sometimes, they pay it with their own lives as Tabios suggests in the following words, “bottles die/ in the cellar/ meat withers/ in the freezer”. People are nothing else but pieces of “meat,” human flesh, which due to the huge numbers of bodies are piled up as “bottles” one on top of the other, without respect for those who are gone.

A country at war will have scars, which will last forever. The consequences of war will be present in the lives of the citizens for generations to come. Tabios calls people’s attention to the consequences of war on children and parents, “children and spouses/ lose innocence.” The violence of war makes children and parents grow up faster and lose their natural happiness, which will be replaced with fear and uncertainties about life and the world. But, one can see that despite all the problems that war brings, Tabios sends a message of hope for a better future; “ me of something / the rumors profess / is called “light”; the word light implies that there is still hope and faith in mankind and in society, and that no matter what, one can still be happy.

“Rapunzel’s Deaf Eyes” is a poem which calls one’s attention to the horrors of war and its consequences for those people involved in it. It is a positive message to remind people of the importance of freedom and love in a world full of violence and conflicts.


Rapunzel’s Deaf Eyes

I live in a turret now
No stairs, no hair


Reading yourself
into a stranger’s poem

for a “hidden track”

beneath lemonade days
envied by all

except their owner
From looking elsewhere

bottles die
in the cellar

meat withers
in the freezer

children and spouses
lose innocence

Only the moon
remains to write

me of something
the rumors profess

is called “light”

Thursday, June 02, 2005


at this event below celebrating Van Gogh's Ear. Here are details for Harriet's reading:

Phillip Ward and VAN GOGH'S EAR
with CB's 313 Gallery presents

COME BE: A Happening

Monday ~ June 13, 2005 ~ 7 to 9 pm

313 Bowery (at Bleecker Street)
New York, New York 10003
Tel. (212) 677-0455
Subways: 6 to Bleecker Street,
and F to Second Avenue

Entry Fee: $5
(supports Van Gogh's Ear and CB's 313 Gallery)

Chris Lowe, guitar

Bruce Benderson
Holly Crawford
John Giorno
Richard Kostelanetz
Sharon Mesmer
Sylvia Miles
Bob Rosenthal
Phillip Ward
Harriet Zinnes

COME BE: A Happening

Celebrate poetry and prose with a dose of ecstatic debauchery and the release of VAN GOGH'S EAR 4!

COME HEAR the happening at CB'S 313 GALLERY on Monday, June 13, from 7pm to 9pm.


Come celebrate the internationally best-selling poetry journal VAN GOGH'S EAR (Best World Poetry & Prose). The journal includes writings by Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Bill Berkson, Neal Cassady, Andrei Codrescu, Leonard Cohen, Tony Curtis, James Dean, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tess Gallagher, John Gilmore, Galway Kinnell, J. T. LeRoy, Lyn Lifshin, Norman Mailer, Thom Nickels, Alice Notley, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ono, Diane di Prima, Barney Rosset, Sonia Sanchez, Aram Saroyan, John Updike, Karen Weiser, C. K. Williams, and many more great poets.

This special fourth edition of VAN GOGH'S EAR (a nonprofit annual anthology series based in Paris, published and edited by Ian Ayres, and brought out in conjunction with Allen Ginsberg's Committee on Poetry) combines the range and vitality of established poets with an innovative new generation: representing the evolution of Beat poetry into a cutting edge future.

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