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296.2 Spring Issue 2011

296.2 Spring Issue 2011

296.2 Spring Issue 2011 Cover

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.

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The Bard [pastel on paper] • Gary Kelley

Untitled [digital collage] • Marty Gotera

How Love Feels [brush and ink] • Joanna Barnum

Untitled [photoshop and ink wash] • Jess Fink

Untitled [pencil] • Carole Fishback

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What Her Father Cast • Jenifer Browne Lawrence

March • Benjamin Busch

The Way of All Flesh • Mark Wagenaar

Housekeeping • Terry Savoie

The Mummy Declines His Curse • Michael Derrick Hudson

Give Us This Day • Casey Thayer

Shaving • Susan Norris

Scop Wanted • Jeremiah Webster

Fire Escape • Jennifer Chapis

Mercy • Holly Virginia Clark

The All-Saints, Ga., Overeaters Support Group • Devi Sen Laskar

Charm School • Claire Millikin

Prom Night, 1954 • Marianne Patty

Soft • Sharon Hashimoto

Evening Augury of the Cedar Wax Wings • Mark Burke

Mae West: Advice • Paisley Rekdal

The Near Rhyme Sonnet • William G. Ward

Nautilus pompilus • Kawita Kandpal

Odds • Bernadette Geyer

Spring 2009, Houston • D.F. Brown

Elegy • Rachel Eliza Griffiths

The Expat Speaks of Memory • Barbara Jane Reyes

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

The Grief Industry • Chad Davidson

Boneless Nights • Terry Brix

Smithsonian Catalogue Love Poem 1 • Sean Thomas Dougherty

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Miscellany

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