296.2 Spring Issue 2011
We are, as always, proud to honor National Poetry Month (celebrated in April in the US as well as other countries) by announcing and publishing our James Hearst Poetry Prize winners, honorable mentions, and finalists.
We also celebrate the US’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with work by Sharon Hashimoto, Kawita Kandpal, Devi Sen Laskar, R. Zamora Linmark, Paisley Rekdal, and Barbara Jane Reyes. Bearing this in mind, our Synecdoche column reviews books by Asian American writers mentioned above (Kandpal and Rekdal) and Lynda Barry, David S. Cho, and C. Dale Young. Also reviewed is an anthology of South Asian American poets—first time this group of American poets has been brought together within one cover.
With regards to National Poetry Month, our Crosscuts showcases two films about the intersection of poetry and society. Howl focuses on questions of censorship and the right of the artist to express him- or herself. Me and Orson Welles updates the Bard’s Julius Caesar to the fascist goings-on in Europe. Fascinating.
Enjoy the issue! Write some poems for National Poetry Month.
What Her Father Cast • Jenifer Browne Lawrence
March • Benjamin Busch
Housekeeping • Terry Savoie
The Mummy Declines His Curse • Michael Derrick Hudson
Shaving • Susan Norris
Scop Wanted • Jeremiah Webster
Fire Escape • Jennifer Chapis
Mercy • Holly Virginia Clark
Charm School • Claire Millikin
Prom Night, 1954 • Marianne Patty
Soft • Sharon Hashimoto
Evening Augury of the Cedar Wax Wings • Mark Burke
The Near Rhyme Sonnet • William G. Ward
Nautilus pompilus • Kawita Kandpal
Spring 2009, Houston • D.F. Brown
Spirit Mound • Peter Ludwin
A Letter to the University of Hawaii’s Football Coach Regarding That Little Faggot Dance • R. Zamora Linmark
Class Trip • Michael Meyerhofer