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Issue #71, December 2017
- Darren Demaree, whose collection of political prose poems A Fire Without Light is due to be released this December from Nixes Mate Books
- to Joachim Frank on the publication of his story The Gap in his Heart, published online in WASAFIRI, and on receiving the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- To Philip Fried: Carol Rumens has chosen as the Guardian Poem of the Week "Yoga for Leaders and Others" from his new book Squaring the Circle (Salmon, 2017). To read the poem and Rumens's commentary, go to
- To Ed Schorb, on his book Dates and Dreams (Hill House New York 978-0-692-67740-7) which was selected as a Finalist in the Poetry category of the 2017 Best Book Awards and also won the 1st place poetry prize from "Writer's Digest" for a self-published collection,
and an honorable mention in poetry at the New York Book Festival.
- To Fred Skolnik, on the publication of Aerial Views, part of his science fiction series written as Fred Russell, appearing as Volume 23 of the Wapshott Press Storylandia series.
Issue #70, September 2017
- "How I've Always Been Close to my Parents" and "Altitude", poems by Gale Acuff
- "Nauseating News" and "Enough" by Janet Buck
- "Words for a Cenotaph for Words" and other
poems by Philip Fried
- "The Way it isn't Funny" and two more poems by Ian Ganassi
- Poems from The Tryst of Thetica Zorg, by Daniel Y. Harris
- "From the Greek Anthology" and "La Catrina", poems by Jack D. Harvey
- "Theory of Special Relativity" and two other prose poems by Gerry LaFemina
- Five Poems by Tom Montag
- "My Thirteenth Year",Part III of a memoir by Ricardo Nirenberg
- Poems by Simon Perchik
- "On Reading an Essay Entitled The Poem and Its Meaning in a Famous Poetry Magazine" and other poems by J.R. Solonche
- "Peasant," a story by Michael Tilley
- "Petite Suite des Congés," a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "Wall Street and the Arts" and other poems by Mark Young
- to one who bends my time, a new book of poems by Sarah White, reviewed by J.R. Solonche
- S. K. Johannesen, Three Tales, The Electric Ferry Press 2017, ISBN 978-0-9881098-3-4, reviewed by R. Nirenberg
- And Then We Laughed: Poems by Louis Phillips. Prologue Press 2017, reviewed by R. Nirenberg
Congratulations to contributors:
- Francis Blessington, on Poems from Underground, Deerbrook Editions 2017, ISBN: 978-0-9975051-9-1
- Nathan Leslie, on a new collection of novellas, Three Men, Texture Press
- Fred Skolnik, on Americans and other Stories, Fomite Press, 2017.
- Robert Wexelblatt, on Petites Suites, BlazeVOX Books.
- Sarah White, on to one who bends my time, Deerbrook Editions, reviewed here by J.R. Solonche
Issue #69, June 2017
- "Just to be sure" and other poems by Devon Balwit
- "A Muster of Storks" and two other poems by Francis Blessington
- New translations from the Russian poet Viacheslav Kupriyanov, by Alex Cigale
- "Theories", "Bank", and other poems by Stephen Cramer
- "Pretty to think so," an essay by Enrique Fernández
- "The Bed Sheet, or the Aesthetics of Deception
," an essay by Joachim Frank
- Seven Poems by Ute von Funcke translated from the German by Stuart Friebert
- "once in Ur" and other poems by Louis Gallo
- "Go Away" and other poems by John Grey
- "Poems From A Dark Season: A Mother's Alzheimer's Journey," by Robert Hirschfield
- "Knowledge", "Why?", and "Learning", poems by Nels Hanson
- "give me a bobwhite hidden in bushes rather than a terrorist perched in a tree any old time " and more by John Marvin
- "My Thirteenth Year", Part II of a memoir by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Another Shepherd's Calendar" and other poems by Louis Phillips
- "Rotarian Convention, Tlalpan, Mexico" and more by Robert Joe Stout
- "Paris often gets in a little" and other poems by Tim Suermondt
- Eight Poems by Don Thompson
- "A Game with Grandmother" and "The Good, the Bad, the Buttons" by Sarah White
- John Amen's "Illusion of an Overwhelm," NYQBooks 2017, reviewed by Ricardo Nirenberg
Congratulations to contributors J.R. Solonche on "Invisible", just published by Five Oaks Press, to Robert Earle on "She receives the night" ( http://www.vineleavespress.com/she-receives-the-night-by-robert-earle.html), to Louis Phillips, whose "The Pleasure of his Company: the off-beat Shakespeare Book" is now available on Amazon, and to Ian Ganassi whose translation of Book 7 of Virgil's Aeneid appeared in the New England Review, Issue #37, Vol. 2. (An interview with Ganassi appears in NER.)
We have updated the web page with Alex Cigale's translations of Russian Poetic Miniatures in Offcourse #41, correcting and improving the links to the Russian originals.
Issue #68, Spring 2017