The Selected Poems of STEVE CAREY (1946 – 1989) came out from Subpress in 2009. Some of these poems first appeared in the books Smith Going Backward (Cranium Press, 1968) and the rare mimeograph 20 Poems (Unimprovised Editions Press, 1987) others have never before been published. . .AUTOPORTRAIT is my series of poems, lyrics, and found text(s) inspired by the unfinished work To The Heart Of The World by French poet BLAISE CENDRARS (1887 – 1961). The bilingual edition Blaise Cendrars Complete Poems (University Of California Press, 1992) remains an absolute must-read. . .CHRISTOPHER SORRENTINO‘s recent work has appeared in The Literary Review, Tin House, Open City, Bomb, and other publications. His fourth book, Death Wish, examining the film of the same name, was published by Soft Skull Press last fall. . .KIT ROBINSON is the author of Determination (Cuneiform, 2010), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009) and Train I Ride (BookThug, 2009). Also he is a co-author of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980 (Mode A, 2006-2010). He lives in Berkeley, California, and works as a marketing consultant and freelance writer. . .SIMON PETTET’s essential collection Hearth: Collected Poems is still available from Talisman House. He co-edited a book of the late James Schuyler’s uncollected poems with James Meetze last year, Other Flowers; that just came out in paperback from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. . .RENE DAUMAL (1908 – 1944) was a French Surrealist. He taught himself Sanskrit, studied Buddhism and translated the work of Japanese Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki. He also wrote the novels A Night Of Serious Drinking and Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing. The motion picture Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky is based on Mount Analogue. . .PIERRE JORIS’ most recent publications are his translation of The Meridian: Final Version—Drafts—Materials by Paul Celan. (Stanford U.P. 2011), Canto Diurno #4: The Tang Extending from the Blade (poems) as a 2010 Ahadada eBook, Justifying the Margins: Essays 1990-2006 and Aljibar I & II (poems). He is working with Habib Tengour on Diwan Iffrikya: An Anthology of North African Writings from Prehistory to Today, to be published in 2012 by University of California Press. Later this year Chax Press will bring out the complete Mediations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems). . .CHARLOTTE MANDELL is a literary translator who lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, the poet Robert Kelly. She has translated over thirty books, including works by Maurice Blanchot, Marcel Proust, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Jonathan Littell. Her most recent translation is Zone, a 517-page sentence by Mathias Énard. She is currently translating a memoir by François Bizot, the only Westerner to get out alive from a Khmer Rouge prison camp. Her website is www.charlottemandell.com. . .VALERIE SNOBECK. . .PETER INMAN. . .JEFFREY PERKINS. . .ROGER VAN VOORHEES remains, a can-opener by day, a razor-lipped Czarina by night.. . .. . .
Drawing by Viola Yesiltec
Special Thanks to Joseph Carey and Edmund Berrigan
We dedicate this issue to Poet, Teacher and ‘Counterman’ Paul Violi (1944 – 2011)