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Issue #86, September 2021
- "Hunger Moon" and "Morning Walk", poems by Ruth Bavetta
- "PTSD Nights" and other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "The Occurrence in Tienzheng", a short story by Alzo David-West
- "The Many Uses of Soap", flash fiction by Salvatore Difalco
- "Undiscerned Causes" and other poems by Thomas Fink and Maya Mason
- "Lost and not Found" and other poems by Lou Gallo
- "What a Country" and "Movies and Life", poems by John Grey
- "Activate the Actuarial" and more poems by Heikki Huotari
- "Thursday, August 31" and more poems by Anita Lerek
- "A Field of Femininity" and other poems by Sheila Murphy
- "On the Seashore", a story by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "The Music of Light Regret" and other poems by Louis Phillips
- "Dream House", a story by Richard Risemberg
- "Exile's Pang" and other poems by Ian C. Smith
- "Notes on 'Description of a Struggle' ", a poem by R.L. Swihart
- "Citizen Rat" and more poems by Richard Weaver
- "Hsi-Wei and the Wood-Block Printer", a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "Song of Air, Earth and Rain", and other poems by Sarah White
- "Maison Cristina", a novel by Eugene K. Garber, ISBN: 978-0-9846994-8-3 Transformation Press 2021. Presented by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- Jonathan Bracken, on his new edition of Whitman's "Song of Myself", presented as 76 separate poems, now available at Amazon.
- Ute von Funcke, on her poetry collection "Schneisen schlagen", just out from scaneg Verlag, Munich, with illustrations by Claudia von Funcke. ISBN 978-3-89235-316-4. Several poems in this volume have appeared in Offcourse, with translations by Stuart Friebert, to whom the book is dedicated.
- Eugene K. Garber, on his novel "Maison Cristina", to appear in October 2021 from Transformation Press.
- Heikki Huotari, on the imminent publication of his
fifth collection, "When Correlation Was Causation", published by Better Than Starbucks Press.
- David Nirenberg and Ricardo Nirenberg, on their book "Uncountable: a Philosophical History of Number from Antiquity to the Present", to appear in October 2021 from U. Chicago Press.
- Fred Skolnik, on "Thoughts for a Rainy Day",
a collection of 16 poems (Kelsay Books/Alabaster Leaves, 35 pp)
available though Amazon or the website of Kelsay Books.
- J.R. Solonche, on his Selected Poems 2002-2021, which has been nominated for the National Book Award. It is available from Serving House Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. An excellent review appears in The Lake: http://www.thelakepoetry.co.uk/reviews/sept21/
Issue #85, June 2021
- “Ignis fatuus” and “On Hillbilly Heroin”, poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "Gentile Kaddish" and other poems by Lou Gallo
- "At Camp" and other poems by John Grey
- "Hydrogen", a poem by Daniel Y. Harris
- "NOV", a poem by Irene Koronas
- "Lenten", "Class Photo", and "Census", poems by Miriam Kotzin
- "The Pipe his Father Couldn't Fix", a story by John P. Kristofco
- "Presence" and other poems by Judy Kronenfeld
- "America the Dutiful" and "Musings", poems by Martin H. Levinson
- "Rise and Fall", a story by Alfred Marks
- "Life is Killing my Ass (named after Balaam's by the way)", and more by John Marvin
- "The Other Cheek", a story by Ricardo L. Nirenberg
- Poems by Simon Perchik
- "Zamyatin" and other poems by Fred Pollack
- "Language Police" and "Go, Cubs!", poems by Charles Rammelkamp
- Three Poems by William Rector
- "It is never so simple" and three other poems by Claire Scott
- "Indelible", "Another Easter", and "Ewes", poems by Don E. Thompson
- "The Nurses Call Me", and two other poems by Kelley White
- "Nook" and "The Sphinx", poems, and a painting by Sarah White
- "Oasis" and other poems by Mark Young
- R. Nirenberg reviews "A Portable Chaos", a novel by E.M. Schorb, and "The Thirteenth Studebaker", a collection of short stories by Robert Wexelblatt.
- Joel Chace, whose new book fata morgana has just appeared from Unlikely Books.
- Joachim Frank:
three of his annotated photographs have been published in Hole in the Head Review, and
"The Miracle" —short nonfiction— has been accepted by The Door is a Jar for their Sept 21, 2021 issue.
- Daniel Y. Harris for The Misprision of Agon Hack, Volume IV, The Posthuman Series, just published by BLAZEVox.
- Irene Koronas for lithic cornea, Volume V, The Grammaton Series, just out from BLAZEVox.
- Ellaraine Lockie: her poem "Pretense", published in Offcourse #84, won first prize in a poetry contest sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.
- Diane Louie, on her book Fractal Shores, winner of the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize.
Issue #84, March 2021
- "I Never Saw Horizons Until Now" and two other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "The Man Who Has Something To Say" and two more poems by Jonathan Bracker
- Three Poems by Sarah Carleton
- "The Notice", a short story by Joachim Frank
- "Flüchtgepäck" and "Ein Weißes Tuch aus Leinen", poems by Ute von Funcke with English translations
- "A Priori" and four other poems by Lou Gallo
- "Copperhead in Leaves" and "Wrong World", two poems by John Grey
- Two Poems by Ellaraine Lockie
- "The Broom" and "Knock on Wood", poems by Peter Mladinic
- "The Meatball Hero", a story by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Then I could sleep", an essay by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Candor", a poem by Andy Oram
- New Poems by Louis Phillips
- "Running for God" and other poems by Claire Scott
- "Muhammad Ali and Me" and "Senescence", prose poems by Ian C. Smith
- "Three Days Before Spring" and "Late Spring", two poems by J.R. Solonche
- "Strawberry Sorbet", a story by Michael Tilley
- "A Song for Helen Keller", an essay by Dennis Vannatta
- "Hsi-wei and the Great Wall", a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "On Copying a Rembrandt Drawing", a poem by Sarah White
- "A PLACE SO DEEP INSIDE AMERICA IT CAN’T BE SEEN". Poems by Kari Gunter-Seymour, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, Volume 5.Reviewed by Rose Mary Boehm.
- John P. Kristofco on the publication of his short story collection, The Alex Chronicles, The Orchard Street Press, OH, 2020, orchpress.com. Several of the stories have appeared in these pages.
- Robert Wexelblatt, on THE THIRTEENTH STUDEBAKER, ISBN: 978-1-60964-379-9, a collection of stories soon to appear from BlazeVox Books.
Issue #83, December 2020
- "Bartering your Soul for Salvation" and other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "Time's Wonders" and other poems by Philip Fried
- "Shrieking Girl", a poem by Lou Gallo
- "What's Left" and other poems by Ian Ganassi
- "Fog and Glare" and "After, and Before", poems by Judy Kronenfeld
- Four Poems by James Miller
- "Louis Nirenberg in a Dream", by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Old Flames", a story by Ricardo Nirenberg
- Poems by Simon Perchik
- "Some of the World is the World", a poem by Louis Phillips
- "Road Ends", a story by Richard Risemberg
- "Sipping Grief" and other poems by Claire Scott
- "Searching Away" and "Another Portrait", poems by Tim Suermondt
- "Triptych: Ninety Versts", poems by R.L. Swihart
- "Work Makes Freedom", a story by Dennis Vannatta
- Louis Phillips, whose 4: 4 stories, 4 plays, 4 poems, has been published by World Audience and is available at Amazon. com as a paperback or e-book. His new collection of poems, Sunlight Falling to the Lake, is also available from World Audience Inc.
- Richard Merelman, on his new poetry collection, A Door Opens, published from Fireweed Press, Madison, Wisconsin.
- Charles Rammelkamp, whose new chapbook, Mortal Coil, can be obtained from Claire Songbird Press, https://www.claresongbirdspub.com/featured-authors/charles-rammelkamp/
- E.M. Schorb, for Transit: Tales of Mystery, History, and Crime (Hill House, NY, 2020), with an introduction by Pat Mullan. Available from Amazon.
- J.R. Solonche, for Guide to the Perplexed (Serving House Books) and The Moon is the Capital of the World (David Robert Books/Word Tech Communications), both books coming out in 2020.
Issue #82, September 2020
We mourn the loss of Stuart Friebert, whose poems, stories, and translations have enriched these pages since 2014. Here is Ute von Funcke's memorial, "Meeting Stuart, a Personal Tribute to Stuart Friebert", and a list of Friebert's contributions to Offcourse.
- Three Poems from "Broken Glosa", by Stephen Bett
- "Vagrant Noon" and other poems by Mark DuCharme
- "Spiritual Pork Chops" and other poems by Lou Gallo
- "Is It Possible that It Doesn't End in Death" and other poems by John Grey
- "Superstar Haircut", a story by Aditya Johri
- "Marshall", a story by Steve Legomsky
- "The Great Flood Myths: from a School Play to the Pandemic", by Jiayi Liao
- "Paul Valéry and Some of His Contemptors", by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Kvelling", "Romance", and "Disapproval", poems by Charles Rammelkamp
- "The Urn", a poem by E.M. Schorb
- "Hammer and Nails" and "Missing", by Claire Scott
- "First Novels in Drawers" and other poems by Steven M. Smith
- "Dylan Blues" and other poems by Travis Stephens
- "Hsi-Wei and the Murders in Licheng", a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "A Beetle's Tale", a story by Fred D. White
- "Three Sonnets", by Sarah White
- A review of Joachim Frank's novel Aan Zee, by Suresh Somnath Raval.
More information about Aan Zee here.
- A review of Sarah White's Iridescent Guest, by J.R. Solonche
- Ute von Funcke on Shadows of Shadows, translated from the German by Stuart Friebert, just out from Black Mountain Press.
- Charles Rammelkamp on Ugler Lee, just out from Kelsay Books.
- E.M. Schorb, on Once Upon Each Time, Collected Poems, out in August 2020 from Hill House, NY, with an introduction by Ricardo Nirenberg. Several of the poems appeared first in this journal.
- Sarah White on Iridescent Guest, just out from Deerbrook Editions. Several poems in Iridescent Guest appeared first in this journal.
Issue #81, June 2020
Charles Rammelkamp whose Catastroika was published in May: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/catastroika-by-charles-rammelkamp-available-for-pre-order/, and to Sarah White whose Iridescent Guest appeared in April: https://issuu.com/deerbrookeditions/docs/iridescent_guest_preview
Issue #80, March 2020
"The Viking from Brooklyn": remembering Stan Johannesen.
- Six Prose Poems by John Amen
- "A Form of Destruction" and other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- "The Hapsburg Lip" and other poems by Stuart Friebert
- "The Planck Limit of Desire" and other work by Lou Gallo
- Poems from The Misprision of Agon Hack, by Daniel Y. Harris
- "Artocarpus" and "butea", poems by Irene Koronas
- "Four-Poster Bed" and other poems by Richard Merelman
- "The Sin Against the Human Spirit", an essay by Ricardo L. Nirenberg
- "Access", a poem by Fred Pollack
- Three Poems by Claire Scott
- "Instructor", a poem by Lois Greene Stone
- "Prime Mover", a poem by Daniel Sundahl
- "Baby on Board" and other poems by Richard Weaver
- "Hsi-wei in the Gardens of Shun", a story
by Robert Wexelblatt
- "I, Who Never Learned to Long" and "Once, the Troubadour", poems by Sarah White
Joachim Frank's novel Aan Zee is now available at The Book Loft, in Great Barrington, MA.
- E.M. Schorb on his illustrated collection of light verse, Muddling Through, Hillhouse, NY, 2019
- Fred Skolnik on his novel The Nightmare (written as Fred Russell) published by Moonshine Cove Publishing, 2019. The book is available from Amazon.
Issue #79, December 2019
- Joachim Frank on his novel Aan Zee being published by University Press of the South. Read the background story here.
- Daniel Gallick, whose Love on Blue Waves is now available from Amazon.
- Charles Rammelkamp, whose new chapbook, Mortal Coil, is forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing. A full-length collection, Catastroika,is also forthcoming from Apprentice House.
- E.M. Schorb, on winning the 8th Annual Beverly Hills Books Award with his novel R&R: a sex comedy, published by Hill House, NY.
- J. R. Solonche, who has The Porch Poems (Deerbrook Editions), Enjoy Yourself (Serving House Books), The Time of Your Life(Adelaide Books), and For All I Know (Kelsay Books) all coming out in 2020. To Say the Least (Dos Madres Press) appeared in 2019.
- Robert Wexelblatt, on Girl Asleep and other Poems, published by Cyberwit.net in 2019, and on Intuition of the News, his new collection of short stories, published by Adelaide Books in 2019.
Issue #78, September 2019
- "I am a Galaxy of One" and other poems by Ruth Bavetta
- "The Man who Sells Dreams" and "The Iron Chain", stories by Srinjay Chakravarti
- New Poems by Stuart Friebert
- "As I Stood There" and other poems by Lou Gallo
- "Ouch!" and other poems by John Grey
- "Over the Border" and "On the Other Side of the Road", poems by Steve Klepetar
- "An Old Man's Penumbra", an essay by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "I Think: Yes" and other poems by Louis Phillips
- "The Kindness of Strangers" and "Full Disclosure", poems by Charles Rammelkamp
- "Night Trains" and "Field Dressing", poems by Doug Ramspeck
- "A Season of Contraction" and "Kindness & Casseroles", poems by Claire Scott
- "Der Selbstkritische Friedrich", a story, and "Just Missed", an essay, both by Robert Wexelblatt
- Daniel Y. Harris on The Reincarnation of Anna Phylactic (Volume III, The Posthuman Series)
- Irene Koronas on holyrit (Volume IV, The Grammaton Series).
(Both books are available for purchase at BlazeVOX)
- Ed Schorb on the review of "Fiat Lux" in Light Poetry Magazine
Issue #77, June 2019
We mourn associate editor Robert W. Greene, who collaborated in the first 18 issues of Offcourse. He died in Worcester, MA, on March 28th, 2019.
- Joachim Frank, whose poems "Showdown, Sitges" and "Tanglewood," first published in Offcourse, have been translated into German and have now appeared in the online literary journal SIGNATUREN, based in Munich. Frank has also translated some of Michael Heller's poems that appeared in the "Beckmann Variations" collection into German and for the first time introduced his work to the German audience, through publication in SIGNATUREN.
- E.M. Schorb, on Fiat Lux, ISBN 978-1-949229-52-3, a book of light verse by, now available from Kelsay Books and in Amazon. His Collected Stories, ISBN 978-0-578-50478-0, has just been published by Hill House, NY.
- J.R.Solonche on two full-length collections and a chapbook forthcoming this summer: True Enough (Dos Madres Press), If You Should See Me Walking on the Road (Kelsay Books),
and The Jewish Dancing Master (chapbook from Ravenna Press).
- Sjrdan Srdic, whose second short story collection has just been published in England. His "Goodnight Captain" appeared in Offcourse #58, translated from the Serbian by
- Robert Joe Stout on ebook Kill the Teachers, Mexico's Bloody Repression of Human Rights, which appeared in 2018. Kill the Teachers is available from Amazon.
- Robert Wexelblatt, whose Fifty Poems, ISBN 978-93-89074-04-8, 2019, is now available from www.cyberwit.net.
Issue #76, March 2019
We are sad to announce the death of Enrique Fernández, whose "Pretty to think so" appeared in Issue #69.
- Poems by Günter Eich, translated from the German by Stuart Friebert
- Poems by Joseph Farley
- "The Perpetual Motion Machine", a short story by Joachim Frank
- "Why I do not sleep well", and two other poems by George Freek
- Poems by John Grey
- "American Tongues" and one more poem by Steve Klepetar
- "Sleeping Out", a story by John P. Kristofco
- "Dream Displacements" and other poems by Judy Kronenfeld
- Prose poems by Michelle Morouse
- "Roman Arena", a chapter from an abandoned novel by R. Nirenberg
- More Poems by Simon Perchik
- "Witness Protection" and other poems by Frederick Pollack
- "Contact High" and more poems by Charles Rammelkamp
- "Outside Wallace Stevens' House in Reading, Pennsylvania" and other poems by Michael Schiffman
- "A Stench of Chickens" and other work by Ian C. Smith
- "Soft Words at a Wall" and two more poems by Lois Greene Stone
- "Larry's Complete Plumbing Service, " a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "Concierto de Aranjuez" and other poems by Sarah White
- "Core Deal" and other poems by Mark Young
- Stephen Cramer: A Review of Tomorrow, Today, and Yesterday by J.R. Solonche (ISBN 978-0-9991062-9-7, Deerbrook Editions.)
How Wide the Meadow, the new book of poems by Louis Phillips, is now available from Amazon.
Stuart Friebert sent us his article on Tancred Dorst, recently in World Literature Today.
A second edition of Radiación de Fondo, by Carlos Barbarito, has been published by clinamen,
Buenos Aires, 2018.
Paul Bamberger has just published On The Badlands of New Times, Deerbrook Editions.
Issue #75, December 2018
We are sad to announce the death of Ken Denberg (1951-2018) whose poems last appeared in Offcourse #34, December 2008. Ken wrote, taught writing at UAlbany, taught rhetoric and composition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, ran The Snail's Pace Press and a winery in Washington County, where he lived and where he often went fly fishing with his friend Gene Garber.
- "All that Remains" and other poems by Rose Mary Boehm
- Viacheslav Kupriyanov, translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale
- "Aubade" and "Uno Más", poems by Joan Colby
- "Quillairaca" and "Sneaker Males", poems by Stuart Friebert
- Ute von Funcke translated from the German by Stuart Friebert
- "Time as Disease" and other poems by Lou Gallo
- "Fork in the Road" and other poems by Ricky Garni
- "The Briefest of Brief Encounters" and "Barbecue". Poems by John Grey
- "Huff and Puff" and two other poems by Philip Hammial
- "Cha-cha-cha", a story by Miriam Kotzin
- Prose Poems by Richard Krause
- "My Thirteenth Year", part 6 and last of a memoir by Ricardo Nirenberg
- New Poems by Simon Perchik
- "Covered", "Despair," and other poems by Louis Phillips
- "World's Strongest Man Called Upon to Lift Sleep," a short story by Ed Schorb
- "Ashes to Ashes" and other poems by J.R. Solonche
- Poems and a Fragment of a Memoir by Daniel J. Sundahl
- "Marche Militaire," a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- The Posthumous Papers of Sidney Fein, by Robert Wexelblatt, reviewed by R. Nirenberg
ISBN 978-1-938349-88-1 Pelekinesis (www.pelekinesis.com) 2018.
Between Question & Answer:Selected Poems of Ute von Funcke, Translated from the German by Stuart Friebert, is now available from Pinyon Publishingin Montrose, Colorado (6"x9" paperback, 152 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-52-6, $18.00).
See also: https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/blog/cultural-cross-sections/white-asparagus-remembering-tankred-dorst-stuart-friebert
Me and Sal Paradise, by Ch. Rammelkamp, is now available from Future Cycle Press.org
Basic Forms, by Fred Skolnik, is now available on Amazon or directly at Regal House Publishing.
Issue #74, September 2018
We mourn the death of Harry Staley. Some of his poems appeared in the Spring 2001 issue and his book "All in one Breath: Selected Poems", The Snail's Pace Press, was reviewed by Robert W. Greene in the Spring 2002 issue. Paul Grondahl's tribute to Staley appeared in the Albany Times Union in August 14, 2018.
Congratulations to Rachel King on on her new poetry chapbook, published through dancing girl press. The chapbook includes "Returning" and "Near the Solstice," which were first published in Offcourse in December 2016.
Issue #73, June 2018. 20 years of Offcourse.
- "Not Fake Poems" and more by Vincent M. Bell
- "Observations on Prince Rupert's Dogge called Boye (1643)," by Francis Blessington
- "Professional Middle-class Couple 1927" and "Skilled Tradesman and his Wife 1923", poems by Alan Catlin derived from photographs by August Sander
- "After Many Years," a short story by Alzo David-West
- "Carnivores," a short satirical story by Salvatore Difalco
- New Poems by Louis Gallo
- Poems by Robert King
- Two Poems by Steven Klepetar
- "Negative Capability in Glenwood Springs" and two other poems by Miriam Kotzin
- "Robert Hook Keeps a Diary (1672-1683)," poems by Louis Phillips
- "Curse of Late Birth" and more poems by Frederick Pollack
- New Poems by J.R. Solonche
- "Punk Monastery Poems" by Peter Waldor
- "To the Shadow of Aunt Louise", a story by Sarah White
- Reviews: Poems from Underground, by Francis Blessington, Deerbrook Ed. 2017,
and Life and Opinions of Doctor Bop the Burnt-Out Prof and Other Poems, by E. M. Schorb, Kelsay Books, 2018.
Congratulations to Frederick Pollack on his new book, Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, UK, 2018).
Issue #72, March 2018
- Poems by Patricia Phillips-Batoma
- "Thalweg" and other poems by Stuart Friebert
- Three poems by Louis Gallo
- Three poems by John Grey
- "My Father at the Window," and two other poems by Steven Klepetar
- "Neighbors," a story by Alf Marks
- "My Thirteenth Year", part V of a memoir by Ricardo Nirenberg
- Poems by Simon Perchik
- "The Lever" and other poems by Louis Phillips
- Three Poems by Charles Rammelkamp
- "April," a poem by J.R. Solonche
- "Airheads," a story by Harvey Sutlive
- "Help from the Goddess," and two other poems by Sarah White
- Matthew Phillips, The Island's Only Escape, Pleasure Boat Studio, 2018. Review by Ricardo Nirenberg
- Tim Suermondt, The World Doesn't Know You, Pinyon Publishing 2017, presented by Isabel Nirenberg
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:
- Nathan Leslie, on a new collection of novellas, Three Men, Texture Press
- Fred Skolnik, on Americans and other Stories, Fomite Press, 2017.
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
Congratulations to Offcourse authors on their recent publications:
Issue #67, December 2016.
- Alex Cigale, on Russian Absurd, his translations of selected writings of Daniil Kharms, 0-8101-3457-8, Northwestern World Classics, 2017. See also Cigale's translations in Offcourse #41.
- Louis Phillips on Phillips Quarterly #12,
- E.M. Schorb on Dates and Dreams winning the Writer's Digest Self-Published Award for Poetry,
- Fred Skolnik (writing as Fred Russell) on Short Takes II, a chapbook collection available in print at Amazon or as a free PDF file at http://scars.tv/pdf/2016/20161121SHORT_TAKES_II.pdf.
Benjamin Fondane's Cinepoems and Others, Leonard Schwartz ed., NYRB/POETS, ISBN 978-1-59017-900-0. This is the first selection of English translations of Fondane's poems written in French. Fondane was born Benjamin Wechsler in 1898, Ia?i, Romania, killed in 1944 in Auschwitz by the nazis.
Issue #66, September 2016.
- "Skunk Spray" and other poems by Janet Buck
- Three Poems by George Freek
- "Elevator Music" and other poems by Philip Hammial
- "You Could Build a House of Ice with Such Ideas," by Rich Ives
- "The Road Most Travelled By," a story by James Kincaid
- Three Poems by Molly Kirschner
- A story, "Force of Habit," and poems by John P. Kristofco
- Four Poems by Helen Mirkil
- Yves Bonnefoy: In Memory of a Great Poet, by Ricardo Nirenberg
- "Down and Up Cucha-Cucha Street," a story by Ricardo Nirenberg
- Poems by Louis Phillips
- Three Poems by G.B. Ryan
- Three Poems by J.R. Solonche
- Poems by Bob Stout
- "Almeria," a story by Harvey Sutlive
- "The Harrowing of Hell," by Sarah White
- A letter from Louis Armand, followed by R. Nirenberg's review of Armand's "The Combinations"(ISBN 978-0-9571213-6-2, Equus Press, London, UK 2016.)
- Janet Buck —her debut novel, Samantha Stone: A Novel of Mystery, Memoir & Romance, was released by Vine Leaves Press in September, 2016.
- Philip Fried, who was anthologized in Four American Poets, Anthony Costello, ed. The High Window, UK.
- Ian Ganassi —his first book of poems, Mean Numbers, has just been published and is available on Amazon.
Issue #65, June 2016.
Issue #64, March 2016
Issue #63, December 2015
Issue #62, September 2015
Medulla Review Publishing just published Chris Crittenden's newest poetry collection, Escape from the Orchard of Wheels.
Rebecca Foust's Paradise Drive has just been published by http://www.press53.com.
Issue #61, June 2015
Issue #60, March 2015.
- "The Case of Eldrich von N—", a story by Louis Armand
- "Autumn Thoughts by the River (After Su Tung Po)" and other poems by George Freek
- Poems by Karl Krolow translated by Stuart Friebert
- "Crescent Moon, November" and other poems by John P. Kristofco
- "Flea Market", a story by John P. Kristofco
- "On Nothing", an essay by Ricardo Nirenberg
- Four Poems by S.S. Prasad
- Two Poems by Oliver Rice
- "The Devil's Tavern", a story by E.M. Schorb
- "Climber, thought dead, walks into Katmandu" with more poems by J.R. Solonche
- "Revolution Street" and other poems by Tim Suermondt
- "Vignettes", four short stories by Alzo David-West
- "Kristyrmishl", a story by Robert Wexelblatt
- "The Duel" and "The Family Hero", poems and pictures by Sarah White.
- "A line from Tanizaki Jun'ichiro" and other poems by Mark Young
- Strange Theater, by John Amen, reviewed by Ricardo Nirenberg
Issue #59, December 2014.
Issue #58, September 2014
Art by Nicolás Sedano Acosta
Issue #57, June 2014
Philo, by Rubén Grau 2012.
Rubén Grau's images appeared in Offcourse #39, Fall 2009.
See more at his website "Poesía Visual Argentina"
Issue #56, Spring 2014
- To Stan Johannesen, Offcourser since Summer 2000, on the 2nd. edition of "Sister Patsy" (The Electric Ferry.)
- To Robert Wexelblatt, Offcourser since Summer 2008, on
"The Derangement of Jules Torquemal" just published by Black Scat Books.
- To Michael Fisher on "Libretto for The Exhausted World" (Spuyten Duyvil Press 2013,) which includes his poems in Offcourse #52.
Issue #55, December 2013. Happy Holidays!
Anna Akhmatova, by Sarah White.
(The spider is the wicked Andrei Zhdanov, who had Akhmatova expelled from the Writers' Union.)
- Poems by Carlos Barbarito, translated from the Spanish by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "Palimpsest" and Other Poems by Francis Blessington.
- "Cast-iron Fate" and "Booming Silence", by Janet I. Buck.
- New Poems by Chris Crittenden.
- "Warmth, Distance, Letters, Changes", a story set in North Korea, by Alzo David-West.
- "Mirror" and Other Poems by Dave Malone.
- "On Being Awake at Night", a Poem by Jac Nelson.
- "Voyage to Greece, 1992" by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "The Executioner Burned the Books" and Other Poems by Oliver Rice.
- "Controlled Hallucinations" by John Sibley Williams, reviewed by R. Nirenberg.
Issue #54, September 2013
- Two Poems by Jesse Back.
- "Peacock Plumes," a Poem in Memory of Elisha Porat, by Janet I. Buck.
- "Terminal Terminal" and other poems by Ian Ganassi.
- "How Bones are a Better Bet" and other poems by Mercedes Lawry.
- "On Horace's Ode I.28" by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- Five Poems by Simon Perchik.
- "Albeit, they say" and "Whatever", two poems by Oliver Rice.
- "Twenty-one Attempts at the Williams Matthews Challenge to Ruin, with the Least Possible Change, a Famous Line of Poetry" and other poems by J.R. Solonche.
- "Maundy Thursday" and other poems by Hilda Weaver.
- "Count Mactenburg" by Robert Wexelblatt.
- "Mallarmé's Advice to Smokers and Poets," by Sarah White.
- "Still Life with Adultery," a story by Meeah Cross-Williams.
- "The Journey from Omsk" and "Para trope" by Mark Young.
- John Amen reviews Hyperlinks of Anxiety, the new book of poems by Daniel Y. Harris (Cervena Barva Press 2013, ISBN: 978-09883713-4-7).
Issue #53, Summer 2013
- "Scars of Failure" and more poems by William Alton.
- New Poems by Christopher Barnes.
- "The Trade," a story by Joachim Frank.
- "She Ain't Done Yet" and other poems by John Grey.
- "Dinner Meeting on a Damp Night" and other poems by Jacqueline Jules.
- New Poems and Paintings from "TimeWave Zero" by Rebecca Lu Kiernan.
- "Transubstantiation," a story by John P. Kristofco.
- "The Obama Hater," a story by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "A Rabbi, a Chicken and a Marriage," a story by Louis Arthur Norton.
- "Illusion of Depth" and other poems by Jared Pearce.
- "The Streetlight," a story by Lea Peterson.
- "A Very Practical Nurse," a story by E.M. Schorb.
- "Wanda's Tunnel," a story by Corey Smith.
- "Moving On," a story by C.M. Vitali.
- "Barn Life" and other poems by Pui Ying Wong.
- "Mao's Little Red Guard," a story by Weihua Zhang.
- Contributor Miriam Kotzin published two books in 2012: The Real Deal, (BrickHouse Books/ Stonewall Press) and a book of poems, The Bodies' Bride (David Roberts Books). See a review of "The Real Deal" by R.Nirenberg.
We announce with great sadness the sudden death of our contributor, Israeli writer Elisha Porat, the 1996 winner of Israel's Prime Minister's Prize for Literature. He was buried on the eve of Passover at his kibbutz Ein Hahoresh.
Jorge Majfud's new book, CRISIS, was published in 2012 by Baile del Sol, Tenerife.
Issue #52, March 2013
Congratulations to David Nirenberg on the recent publication of "Anti-Judaism, The Western Tradition" (Norton 2013, ISBN 978-0-393-05824-6.) Nirenberg's
essay "From Nabuchadnezzar to Negroponte: Three Millennia of Millennialism" appeared in Issue #5, Fall 1999.
Issue #51, December 2012.
Issue #50, September 2012
- Two Self Portraits and other poems by John Amen.
- Spanish Poems by Carlos Barbarito with translations by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- Three New Poems by Christopher Barnes.
- "A Doe Waits for Death" and other poems by Joyce S. Brown.
- Poems by Billy Cancel.
- Poems on the Letter Ψ by Michael Fisher.
- "The Walk", a story by Stan Johannesen.
- A Selection from Timewave Zero by Rebecca Lu Kiernan.
- Poems by Jude Cowan Montague.
- "BFF", a story by Alexander Nirenberg.
- "Uncle Abraham", a reminiscence by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "Luciana da Parma", a story by Robert Wexelblatt.
- "Paris Notebook", poems and pictures by Sarah White.
- Two Poetry Books reviewed by Ricardo Nirenberg: "The Last Man" by R. L. Swihart, Kanev Books, 2012, and "The New Arcana" by John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris, NYQ Books, 2012.
Issue #49, June 2012
Issue #48, March 2012
Issue #47, November 2011
Issue #46, Summer 2011
Issue #45, March 2011
Congratulations to our contributor Tess Almendarez Lojacono! Her new novel, MILAGROS, has just appeared from Laughing Cactus Press, ISBN 978-0-9826243-4-0.
See the book at http://silverboomerbooks.com/draft/9780982624340-Perfect_Milagros.pdf
Issue #44, December 2010
- Three Poems by Geordie de Boer.
- Four Poems by Joyce S. Brown.
- Four Poems by Ricky Garni.
- "The Shed," a story by Jeremy Griffin.
- "Chips," a story by Connley Landers.
- "Tecnologia de la Barbarie", a story by Jorge Majfud, translated into English by Bruce Campbell.
- Three Poems by Nicholas Messenger.
- "The Trees Remember," a story by Michael Sauve.
- "You Mean You're Allowed To Do That?," an essay by Sarah White.
- "Alice Ages and Ages" by Sarah White, BlazeVox Books, Buffalo, NY 2010. Review by R. Nirenberg.
- "O Amazonas Escuro" by Eugene K. Garber, Swank Books, 2010. Review by R. Nirenberg.
Issue #43, Fall 2010
Issue #42, Summer 2010
Issue #41, Spring 2010
- Anthology of Russian Minimalist and Miniature Poems; Part I, The Silver Age: translations and an introduction by Alex Cigale (multiple web pages.)
- Five Short Pieces, by Charles Freeland.
- "The Silence of the Falls: Niagara, The End of Language, and Francis Abbott’s Final Plunge," by
R. Michael Gosselin.
- "The Twilight of the Humanities," an essay by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- "The Story," a story by Robert Wexelblatt.
- Four Poems by John Williams.
- "THE YELLOW ROOM," by S.K. Johannesen, (Blaurock Press 2009), reviewed by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- A New Book by Carlos Barbarito "Un fuego bajo un cielo que huye" is available at http://www.bailedelsol.org. It just won the French Prix du Chasseur Abstrait 2010, and will soon be issued in a bilingual (French-Spanish) edition.
Issue #40, December 2009
Issue #39, Fall 2009
Issue #38, Summer 2009
Issue #37, Spring 2009
- Four Poems by Christopher Barnes.
- Five Poems by Geordie de Boer.
- Two Poems by Janet I. Buck.
- Poems by T.A. Fink and Maya Diablo Mason.
- Five New Stories, by Charles Freeland.
- Two Stories by Don Fredd.
- "Those Jars of Blood", a story by Kevin Fuschich.
- "Jitter", a story by Dianne Rees.
- Three New Poems by Oliver Rice.
- Three Poems by Davide Trame.
- Poems by ChangMing Yuan.
- Words in Air: the Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton. Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2008., reviewed by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- MOM’S CANOE, by Rebecca Foust, Texas Review Press, Huntsville, Texas, 2008, reviewed by Ricardo Nirenberg.
Issue #36, January 2009
Issue #35, Fall 2008
The 2008 Elections
Issue #34, Summer 2008
Tenth Anniversary Issue
Issue #33, Spring 2008
Issue #32, December 2007
Happy holidays to all with new fiction from Offcourse authors:
Luggas Wood, by S.K. Johannesen (Offcourse #22, Brückenkopfstrasse and Offcourse #7, Old Photos)
Wave Mechanics: A love story, by Ricardo Nirenberg.
Both from Blaurock Press, Kitchener, Ontario (Canada)
Issue #31, September 2007
Issue #30, Spring 2007
Issue #29, Winter 2007
Issue #28, Fall 2006
Issue #27, July 2006
Issue #26, March 2006
Issue #25, December 2005
- "More of Me
Disappears", a new book of poems by John Amen, reviewed
by Ricardo Nirenberg.
Poems, by Christopher Barnes.
- "Movie Night",
a story by Murray Dunlap.
- "The Raid",
a story by Eugene Garber.
from "Berlin Zyklus", by Galit Hasan-Rokem, in Hebrew and in
- "Azalea Day",
a story by Harvey Sutlive.
- LETTERS: "Yves
Bonnefoy's Poetics of Obfuscation", by Miriam Melzar. A reply to "Arthur
Rimbaud and Yves Bonnefoy. Two Poetics of the Imagination", by Ricardo
Nirenberg, Offcourse 24, Fall 2005.
- Presenting "Matches",
a new novel by Alan Kaufman.
Issue #24, Fall 2005
Issue #23, Spring
Issue #22, Winter
Issue #21. Fall
Associate Editor William Katz died last September. Bill was a well-known
specialist in reference librarianship, a compiler of poetry anthologies
and a historian of the book. As a professor at the University at Albany
he had a widespread influence: if you ask at the reference desk of any
library in this country, chances are you'll find, right there, a student
and an admirer of Bill. Some of his students have sent their fond and
often awed memories of Bill to the following URL:
Bill Katz was the ideal reference librarian, interested in everything.
He was the most likely person from Albany to run into, by a happy chance,
at a museum or at a concert hall in New York. After his retirement from
the university, he spent with his wife Linda five months each year in
London; there he would attend as many conferences and concerts as possible
and see every play. Much of the remaining time he spent at the British
Library reading room, and for those occasions when he had to wait at a
dentist office or take public transportation, he would tear off twenty
or thirty pages from the Penguin translation of Don Quixote, or from some
cheap edition of Stendhal, and keep them in his pocket. That was his idea
of the good life, and I remember him saying how happy and grateful he
felt for having been able to have it. For he didn't come from wealth:
he had to work hard to get there. He had fought as a G.I. in Europe in
WWII, an experience about which he talked very rarely, had gone to school
on the G.I. Bill, and then worked as a journalist in the West Coast. I
will resist my inclination to say something even a touch sentimental about
Bill, for he would have sneered at it.
Founding Associate Editor
Robert W. Greene has left the journal. All of us at Offcourse
wish him great success in his future endeavors and thank him for his many
vital contributions during the past six years.
Issue #20. Summer
Issue #19. Winter 2004
Issue #18. Fall 2003
Issue #17. Summer 2003
Issue #16. March 2003
- Three Poems, by Janet Buck.
- Two Poems, by Catherine Daly.
- Two Poems, by Thomas Fink.
- Two Poems, by Apryl Fox.
- Three Poems, by John Horvath Jr.
- "Elsewhere", a poem by Ward
- Two Poems and Artwork, by Stephen Mead.
- Three Poems, by Martin Mitchell.
- Two Poems, by Sheila Murphy.
- "Strides We Make Sometimes,"
a story by Harvey Sutlive.
Have and to Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting,"
reviewed by Judy Kramer.
Issue #15. November
- Three Poems, by Janet Buck.
- Three Poems, by Joachim Frank.
- "Failing Words," a poem
by Philip Hyams.
- Three Poems, by Rebecca Lu Kiernan.
- Three Poems, by J. B. Mulligan.
- "Big Stick," a story by Ricardo
- "Ghost Town," a story
by S. Scott Simpson.
- "Watching from the Warehouse,"
a story by Harvey Sutlive.
- Two Poems, by Michael J. Vaughn.
through Russia's Cultural History," a review article by Margaret
Issue #14. Summer 2002
- "The Battle of the Falkland Islands," a poem by Stuart Airlie.
- "Yolki Blues," a poem by Janet Buck.
- Four Prose Poems, by Joel Chace.
- Two Poems, by Alison Daniel.
- "Manny the Cleaner," a short story by Timothy Kaiser.
- "Whispering along the Dead Sea," a short story by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan.
- "On the Eighteenth Anniversary of your Imminent Destruction," a poem by Michael Kinnaird.
- Two Poems, by Walter McDonald.
- "Dada in Albany, NY," by Ricardo Nirenberg.
- Book Reviews:
"Discovering Diane Schoemperlen," by Margaret Black.
"Love and Violence in a Gray Place," a poem by Stuart Airlie.
Three Poems, by Jeffrey C. Alfier.
"Love Should Play Fortissimo," a poem by Janet Buck.
Six Poems by Richard Fein.
"Infused by Mortal Eyes," a poem by
"Dying Man," a short story by Nasrullah
Three Poems by Alec Kowalczyk.
"November 19th Starting Out," a poem by Sheila Murphy.
"The High Glass Wall," a short story by
"The Eyre Affair: A Novel," by Jasper
Fforde and "Polar," by T. R.Pearson, reviewed by Margaret Black and
"Roscoe," by William Kennedy,
reviewed by I. L.Nirenberg.
Issue #9. April 2001
Contributors to this issue.
Issue #8. December 2000
by Offcourse contributors
to this issue
Issue #7. Summer 2000
Contributors to this issue
Issue #6. Winter/Spring 2000
This issue, guest-edited by Jenny Dowling,
whose work you have seen in previous issues, showcases The Writers Studio, a remarkably successful school of creative
writing located in Manhattan. As a part of their apprenticeship,
students at The Writers Studio do
the following exercise: given a text, either poetry or prose, by
an established writer; they must then produce their own text,
imitating certain (formal) features of the model. We present a number
of those exercises, and hope you will find,
as we did, that they afford a glimpse into the original act of writing,
as well as a pleasurable read.
You will also find a description of the Studio's activities and
methods, a presentation of The Writers Studio by Jenny and a recent
dialogue between the poet Philip Schultz, its founder and director, and
Issue #5. Fall 1999
to this issue
Issue #4. Summer 1999
Contributors to this issue
The editors recommend Eugene Mirabelli's most recent novel, "The Language Nobody Speaks" (Spring Harbor Press). Elegant, melancholy and salacious, it's the delicious fruit of a lifelong research into prose and sex.
Issue # 3. Spring 1999
Contributors to this
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Issue # 1. Summer 1998
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