Friday, April 30, 2010


The new issue of Otoliths is out, including a Special Feature on Poet-Editors curated by Eileen Tabios. Included in the issue are Burt Kimmelman, Sandy McIntosh, and Thomas Fink.

Concurrent with the issue's release, a special Shout Out about it is posted at the Poetry Foundation Blog by Barbara Jane Reyes--click HERE for her lovely SHOUT through the hallways of Harriet's house. And for convenience here's a Table of Contents:

Eileen R. Tabios: Introduction

Burt Kimmelman: Three Essays
Editing the Words of Poets beyond Their Poems
The William Bronk-Charles Olson Correspondence
“Art As a Way”: Absence and Presence, Aesthetics and Friendship in the William Bronk – Robert Meyer Correspondence

William Allegrezza | Ivy Alvarez | Anny Ballardini | Joi Barrios | John Bloomberg-Rissman | Ana Božičević | Garrett Caples | Brian Clements | Bruce Covey | Del Ray Cross | Patrick James Dunagan | Elaine Equi | Adam Fieled | Thomas Fink | Luis H. Francia | Geoffrey Gatza | Tim Gaze | Crg Hill | Aileen Ibardaloza | Vincent Katz | Jukka-Pekka Kervinen | Mark Lamoureux | Amanda Laughtland | Timothy Liu | Dana Teen Lomax | Joey Madia | Sandy McIntosh | Didi Menendez | Lars Palm Guillermo Parra | Ernesto Priego | Sam Rasnake | Barbara Jane Reyes | Christopher Rizzo | Patrick Rosal | Sarah Rosenthal | Susan M. Schultz | Logan Ryan Smith | Jill Stengel | Fiona Sze-Lorrain | Jean Vengua | Mark Young

Monday, April 19, 2010


Rigoberto Gonzalez reviews the latest winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, Almost Dorothy by Neil de la Flor, over at the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog. Click on the excerpt below for the whole review:

I like the naughtiness of de la Flor’s poetics: the speaker’s wordplay is double-speak and double-entendre, and no dust ever settles on a single meaning. Almost Dorothy is a challenging and unsettling reading experience, but there are plenty of cues and clues along the way to keep the reader constantly alert and sometimes startled: “At age 13, Frida Kahlo joined the Communist Party. Inspired by the Mexican Revolution, she fell in love with a cactus and a pig. Shortly after her death, the hieroglyphs in Egypt were decoded. They all read, Diego.”

Congratulations Neil!


is fresh! You are invited to peruse poems at:

Marsh Hawk Review, Spring 2010

edited by Sandy McIntosh and Thomas Fink

Crossover Poems: Lozada, Mackey, Matz, McIntosh, Moseley, Tabios

Edwin Agustin Lozada

Mary Mackey

Charles Matz

Sandy McIntosh

Annabelle Moseley

Eileen R. Tabios

Jane Augustine

Terry J. Cole

Thomas Fink

Edward Foster

John Harkey

Basil King

Sueyeun Juliette Lee

Peter Nickowitz

Geoffrey Olsen

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Norman Finkelstein has a new book, as described in the press release below from publisher Dos Madres:

On Mount Vision - New Book by Norman Finkelstein

Dos Madres Press, Inc. is proud to announce a new book of literary criticism by Norman Finkelstein - On Mount Vision, Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry (University of Iowa Press 2010.)

Plumbing what the poet Michael Palmer calls “the dimension of the Spirit, with that troublesome, rebarbative capital letter,” Norman Finkelstein’s On Mount Vision asks how and why the sacred has remained a basic concern of contemporary experimental poets in our secular age. By charting the wandering, together and apart, of poetry and belief, Finkelstein illustrates the rich tapestry formed by the warp and woof of poetry, and the play of Gnosticism, antinomianism, spiritualism, and shamanism, which have commonly been regarded as heretical and sometimes been outright suppressed.

This beautifully written work begins with an overview of the spiritual problematics found in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American poetry. Traveling slightly outside of the realm of the contemporary, Finkelstein’s discussions of Emerson, Whitman, and Eliot yield to close readings of the works of Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Ronald Johnson, Michael Palmer, Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, and Armand Schwerner. In restoring verse to its place alongside scripture, Finkelstein reminds us why the sacred remains crucial to our understanding of postmodern American poetry.

An Assembly (Dos madres Press 2004) -poetry
Scribe (Dos Madres Press 2009) -poetry
Passing Over (Marsh Hawk 2007) -poetry
Restless Messengers (Georgia, 1992) -poetry
Three volume serial poem Track: Track (Spuyten Duyvil, 1999); Columns: Track, Volume II (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002); and the final volume, Powers (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005)
Lyrical Interference: Essays on Poetics (Spuyten Duyvil, 2004) -literary critcism

Monday, April 12, 2010


Reminder: 2010 Contest Closing April 30th: Information available at http://www.marshhawkpress.org/uploadAPP/Form.aspx

If you're planning to enter this year's contest but haven't sent us your submission yet, there are now two ways to go:

1. Submit by mail: We'll accept submissions postmarked April 30th or before. We'll continue to process contest entries during the first week in May. After that, they'll be distributed to our editors and to our Contest Judge, Anne Waldman.

2. Submit electronically: The deadline is the same as the deadline for mail submissions, except that you may upload at the last minute. NB: If you've had
trouble uploading your manuscript it may be because either you've tried to submit a file type that we can't read, or, after paying the entry fee on the PayPal web site, you've clicked the Back arrow on your browser instead of RETURN TO MARSH HAWK PRESS (or similar language) on the PayPal page. In any case, if you have trouble please let us know. If you've paid your entrance fee you may upload your file as an attachment to this address after we diagnose the problem.
If you'd like to review the way we judge our contests you can read the step-by-step outline on our web site.

We'll be announcing the names of contest finalists and the contest winner in June. As soon as we know we'll let you know.

Sandy McIntosh, Marsh Hawk Press

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Congratulations to Burt Kimmelman who will have a poem from his new collection As If Free (Talisman House, 2009) featured on The Writer’s Almanac on April 20th. Garrison Keillor will read his poem “Taking Dinner to My Mother” on his National Public Radio show (in the New York City area the show will air at noon on WQXR-FM 105.9, and will air at various times during the day depending on where in the country one would be tuning in). If you can’t catch the reading “live” then you can pick it up at the NPR or Writer’s Almanac websites in the show’s archive; the poem will be posted there along with a podcast.

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