Thursday, November 20, 2008

Shearsman ##77 & 78

The latest double issue of Shearsman is ##77-78.

Christopher Middleton provides a string of poems about birds
the barn owl on his beam,
kestrel swivelling on a shaft of air
the ways their plummage
fits the planes
or tunnels in the air,
lonesome the loon calls back birds of Ur,
birds of Babylon,
for brilliant breeds have perished probably.
Gregory O'Brien gives us a set of poems based on the Spanish exploration of Doubtful Sound, New Zealand in 1793.
Punta de Espinosa

Together we played the wind-tossed
waters of Wet Jacket Arm.
Carrie Etter takes us along McLean County Highway 39
tar shrugs goes to dirt
gravel's slow crunch over
winter with no hill for
frost to the horizon
Astrid van Baalen writes of The saddest tree at Kew
There are words that twist the finger raw
like only once, and yet again once more.
Janice Fixter has been to Staffa
There's a wooden boat lurching against the storm tide
and for the first time violins are stringing out Hebridean notes

inside a stranger's head.
I know the feeling, ever since August 1984, just the name brings the music into my head and the cry of "green tarpaulins" but that's another story.

Also impressive in this issue, of which I've mentioned but a fraction, are George Messo's translations of Birhan Keskin.
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visit the website of Shearsman Books
Read an account of Issue ##75-76.

Read reviews of earlier issues on NHI Review.

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