Photographing the Ninth Ward
Images of New Orleans After Katrina by John Rosenthal

Diane di Prima
A Retrospective Collection of Essays

Home Again, Home Again
A Memoir by Ron Loewinsohn

Perfiles de la Noche / Profiles of Night
Mujeres poetas de Venezuela/Women Poets of Venezuela

A Selection from the Bi-lingual Anthology
Original complete text selected and translated by Rowena Hill
Co-edited by Pen de Venezuela and bid & co.
Selection for online edition by Terri Carrion

Poetry and the Social Gospel,
The Captivity and Liberation of a Language

by Linda Rogers


Poetry by
María Auxiliadora Álvarez, Edda Armas, Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva,
María Calcaño, Laura Cracco, Ida Gramcko, Patricia Guzmán, Veronica Jaffe,
Maritza Jiménez, Martha Kornblith, Luz Machado, María Isabel Novillo,
Cecilia Ortiz, Hanni Ossott, Yolanda Pantin, Emira Rodríguez, Margara Russotto,
María Clara Salas, Elizabeth Schön, Blanca Strepponi, Ana Enriqueta Terán,
Alicia Torres, Elena Vera, Carmen Verde Arocha, Miyo Vestrin



New Orleans Sturm und Drang Anthology
edited by Dave Brinks and Bill Lavender
Introductory notes for work by 30 artists and 90 writers whose work will
double the size of this issue when it appears in the fall


Slow Poetry
Edited by Dale Smith
One of the most refreshing and promising developments is poetry in recent years,
Slow Poetry does not propose another sectarian or clique position, but rather methods
of reading and attitudes toward production which could apply to most genres in the
current scene or likely to emerge in the near future. The approach has a strong base
in concepts and needs made more apparent than ever by current ecological and
economic concerns

Beauty Came Groveling Forward:
Selected South African Poems and Stories

edited by Gary Cummiskey
This collection was meant to show the diversity and spirited character of current
South African writing. It contains work by some celebrated writers, and some whose
work has not received wide circulation even in its home country. Without the
problems caused by canon formation or trying to be totally comprehensive, this
group of poems and stories is free to work outside the stereotypes and preconceptions
of South Africa and allow the participants to show what they can do as individuals


All This Strangeness:
A Garland for George Oppen

Edited by Eric Hoffman
Commentary on Oppen has grown slowly, unobtrusively, and steadily, until it now forms
a major body in itself. This collection of essays evaluates that body of criticism in less partisan
terms than many of its predecessors, seeking to focus on individual poems and prosody in
a broad historical context, going beyond the dichotomies that dominated the 20th Century and
making room for further types of relevance in current literary and social dispensations


Sephardic Proverbs
Collected and translated by Michael Castro
Proverbs act on many of the same principles as other miniatures, such as haiku. Like stand-alone
couplets and quatrains used in everything from toasts to insults, they also include a strong element of
collaboration and evolution. As a look at a tradition or a type of poem, this collection can stay with a
reader a long time


Post-Beat Anthology
Reprint from the Chinese anthology, with brief intro
Edited by Vernon Frazer
How would you edit a collection of poems with that title for a Chinese audience? Probably not the
same way Frazer has. That's one of the things that makes it interesting and refreshing


as per Le Roman de la Rose, for example
Compiled and Edited by Arpine Konyalian Grenier
How does the cruel and unusual work for you through art, whether it comes from
direct experience or direct/indirect memory. Be Genet, for example; lemon to lemonade,
for example. How does one turn to Le Roman de la Rose (a Middle Ages Poem) when
one is mired in or sorting out or faced with what happened or what is happening that is
cruel and unusual due to human intolerance: racial religious cultural gender related and other


Charles Olson and the Nature of Destructive Humanism
by Craig Stormont


One Man Blues:
Remembering Thomas Chapin
Reminiscense by Vernon Frazer


Excerpt from
by David Bromige


The India Journals
by John Brandi


Genius and Heroin
by Michael Largo
In this essay, the author reviews his own book. The themes of psycho-chemistry may
stretch back to pristine civilizations in China, Egypt, and Mexico, but they seem inexhaustible.
Perhaps associate chemicals with genius is because our brains produce such sophisticated
bases to start with, and self-review also finds a base in that phenomenon


Poems and essays against war.
Sub-features by John Bradley, Joel Lewis, Philip Metres, Vincent Katz, Francesco Levato, and
Louise Landes Levi, plus reflections from around the world on the election of Barack Obama,
and, of course, Halvard Johnson's continuing anthology of anti-war poems


Continuing Retrospective of the Publication Work of Karl Young





ROCKPILE is a collaboration between David Meltzer — poet, musician, essayist,
and more — and Michael Rothenberg of Big Bridge Press. David and Michael will
journey through eight cities in the U.S. to perform poetry and prose, composed while on the
road, with local musicians and artists in each city. ROCKPILE will serve to educate and
preserve as well as to create a history of collaboration. It will help to reinforce the tradition of
the troubadour of all generations, central to the cultural upheaval and identity politics that
reawakened poets, artists, musicians, and songwriters in the mid-1960s through the 1970s.
The project will end with a final multimedia performance in San Francisco.
Check out the ROCKPILE Blog for calendar and discussion!