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CONTENTS

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AUGUST
Evidence of Fetus Diversity edited by Eileen R. Tabios
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater

JULY
THINK TANK by Julie Carr
Reviewed by Kylan Rice (7/23)

Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries edited by Martha Collins & Kevin Prufer and PRESENCE OF LIFE by Eric Hoffman
Engaged by Eileen Tabios(7/22)

FEATURED POET: Eric Hoffman
(7/21)

Where Night and Day Become One: The French Poems by Steve Dalachinsky

Reviewed by Janet Hamill (7/20)

IF THEY HADN'T WORN WHITE HOODS,... by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Eileen R. Tabios

Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (7/19)

Poetry Comes Out of My Mouth: Selected Poems by Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, Translated by Arturo Mantecón
Reviewed by John M. Bennett (7/18)

THE CRITIC WRITES POEMS: Kylan Rice
(7/17)

Spokes of an Uneven Wheel by Colin Dodd
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (7/16)

INVISIBLE MARCHES by Tamas Panitz; Hexateuch by Joel Newberger; and BRONZE by Billie Chernicoff
Engaged by Robert Kelly (7/15)

Welcome Distractions: Accessible Poems for Time-Strapped Humans by Carol Wierzbicki
Reviewed by Steve Dalachinsky (7/14)

A Map and One Year by Karen L. George

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (7/13)

The Gnat's Window by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (7/12)



JUNE
Roseate, Points of Gold by Laynie Browne
Reviewed by Kylan Rice (6/22)

Dearest Annie, You Wanted a Report on Berkson's Class: Letters from Frances LeFevre to Anne Waldman edited by Lisa Birman

Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (6/21)

FEATURED ESSAY: "Visual Writing, Derrida and the Unreadable Being of the Dead Sea Scrolls" by Tom Hibbard 

(6/20)

Comprehending Mortality by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Eileen R. Tabios

Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (6/19)

Real Fire by Janet Hamill, with photographs by Richard Baron
Reviewed by Steve Dalachinsky (6/18)

"Polymer Codex" by Mark Young

Engaged by Jim Leftwich (6/17)

WORDS ON EDGE by Michael Leong

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/16)

Gathering Sparks by Paul Pines

Engaged by Michael Heller (6/15)

Orange by Christine Herzer

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/14)

INTERVIEW: Norman Fischer interviews Denise Newman 
(6/13)

Perverse, All Monstrous by Code-Rose Clevidence
Reviewed by Judy Roitman (6/12)

3 NEW YORK POETS: CHARLES NORTH, TONY TOWLE, PAUL VIOLI edited by Andrew McCarron

Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (6/11)

ELEGY FOR MY BEAT GENERATION by Neeli Cherkovski and AMOR FATI by Jack Mueller

Reviewed by Steve Dalachinsky (6/10)

CLOSE APART by Robert Cowan

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/9)

The World of Burning by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (6/8)

FEATURED ESSAY: "Silence" by Raymond de Borja

(6/7)

DOUBLED RADIANCE: POETRY & PROSE OF LI QINGZHAO, Translated by Karen An-Hwei Lee

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (6/6)

Olvidos by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (6/5)

"Flash Book Reviews" of The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu, Trans. by Jamal J. Elias; Sugar-Paper Blue by Ruth Fainlight; Owen Sheers by Skirrid Hill; Regarding Wave by Gary Snyder; The Nerve by Glyn Maxwell; The Painted Bed by Donald Hall; The Standing Wave by Gabriel Spera; O Harvest Poems 1910-1960 by Carl Sandburg; and POEMS: A Selection by Leonie Adams
Reviewed by Aloysiusi Polintan  (6/4)


MAY
FEATURED ESSAY: Martha King on Frank O'Hara
(5/7)

Is That the Sound of a Piano Coming From Several Houses Down? by Noah Eli Gordon
Reviewed by rob mclennan (5/6)

COMPENDIUM: a collection of thoughts on prosody by Donald Justice, edited by David Koehn and Alan Soldofsky
Reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan (5/5)

HOY / TODAY by Juan Gelman, Translated by Lisa Rose Bradford
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/4)

The Sweating Lake by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (5/3)

INVISIBLE FISH by Susan F. Glassmeyer
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (5/2)

Publications by Jim Leftwich, Thomas Lowe Taylor, Joseph Carries, McKenzie Wark and John Milton
Engaged by Scott MacLeod (5/1)


APRIL
succubus in my pocket by kari edwards
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/30)

Objects from a Borrowed Confession by Julie Carr
Reviewed by Kylan Rice (4/23)

A DOG LOST IN THE BRICK CITY OF OUTLAWED TREES by Geoffrey Gatza
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/22)

"The Curse of Akkad"
Engaged by Aileen Cassinetto and C. Sophia Ibardaloza (4/21)

Olas Cursis by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (4/20)

women: poetry: migration [an anthology], Editor Jane Joritz-Nakagawa
Reviewed by Judy Roitman (4/19)

Masterplan by Eric Greinke and Alison Stone
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/18)

UNMARK by Montreux Rotholtz
Reviewed by Brian Burmeister (4/17)

Swedish Poetry Nowadays: An Anthology of 6 Poets in the 21st Century, Editor Kristian Carlsson
Reviewed by William Allegrezza (4/16)

Long Day, Counting Tomorrow by Jim Feast
Engaged by Steve Dalachinsky (4/15)

Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties by Lev Rubinstein, Trans. by Philip Metres and Tatiana Tulchinsky; It's No Good: Poems / Essays / Actions by Kirill Medvedev, Trans. by Keith Gessen with Mark Krotov, Cory Merrill and Bela Shayevich; and I Live I See: Selected Poems by Vsevolod Nekrasov, Trans. by Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (4/14)

THE CRITIC WRITES POEMS: Aloysiusi Polintan
(4/13)

The Spirit of the Staircase, poems by Tiana Nobile & paintings by Brigid Conroy
Engaged by Cristina Querrer (4/12)

Dark Pastures: Selected Songs and Poems by John Lunar Richey, WORKS by Danny Shot, and Hope Cries for Justice by Patricia Nicholson and William Parker
Reviewed by Steve Dalachinsky (4/11)

FEATURE: "Lesser Lights: More Adventures From A Hamptons Apprenticeship" 
By Sandy McIntosh (4/10)

Mirrors Mascaras by John M. Bennett
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (4/9)

Publications by Clark Coolidge, Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennet, Michel Roly, Leslie Scalapino, Keith Shein, Scott MacLeod, Lyn Hejinian, Brandon Brown, and Ron Silliman
Engaged by Scott MacLeod (4/8)


MARCH
You Envelop Me by Laynie Browne
Reviewed by Kylan Rice (3/22)

Poems and Fragments by Elise Cowen, edited by Tony Trigilio
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (3/21)

Pantoums by Dennis Daly
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/20)

MEAT by Sophie Seita, Sublunar by Tom Jenks, and In Accident & Emergence by Rosa van Hensbergen
Reviewed (viz "revicules") by Colin Lee Marshall (3/19)

Old Ballerina Club by Sharon Olinka
Reviewed by Sheila Black (3/18)

Like a Fat Gold Watch: Meditations on Sylvia Plath and Living, edited by Christine Hamm
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/17)

Three Ariel Poems by Sylvia Plath
Engaged by Tasha Cotter (3/16)

Featured Essay: "Brief Notes on Thomas McEvilley"
By Peter Valente (3/15)

Phaneagrams by Jake Berry
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (3/15)

The Body Ghost by Joseph Lease
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (3/14)

The Critic Writes Poems: Abigail Licad
(3/13)

SELECT POEMS by John M Bennett
Engaged by Ivan Argüelles (3/12)

Answer To An Inquiry by Robert Walser
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (3/11)

Silence by Julie Unruh
Reviewed by Jim McCrary (3/10)

Featured Essay: "Hay(na)ku/Sci(na)ku--Six-Word Poetry"
By Lauren McBride (3/9)

Sound Rituals by Jim Leftwich and Billy Bob Beamer
Engaged by John M. Bennett (3/8)

Debths by Susan Howe
Engaged by Jim McCrary (3/7)

Publications by Cole Swensen, Jean Day, P. Inman, Scott MacLeod, Daniel Davidson and Rae Armentrout
Engaged by Scott MacLeod (3/6)

Editor's Recommendations From Review Copy List
By Eileen Tabios (3/5)


FEBRUARY
Featured Poet: Sheila E. Murphy
(2/20)

The Palace of Flowers by Gerry Grubbs
Reviewed by Joseph P. Tomain (2/19)

The Small Door of Your Death by Sheryl St. Germain
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (2/18)

Featured Essay: "Karl Kempton and 'The Enigma of the Other': The Originary Structures of Truth and Discovery of Visual Writing"
By Tom Hibbard (2/17)

Stubborn by Sheri Reda
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (2/16)

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/15)

some more strange meteorites by Mark Young
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (2/14)

Guitar Tech by Mark Sonnenfeld
Reviewed by Jim Leftwich (2/14)

ANNE WITH AN E & ME by Wesley St. Jo
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/13)

Girl Gang by Juliet Cook

Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (2/12)

ORPHIC CANTOS by Ivan Argüelles
Engaged by John M. Bennett (2/11)

PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE FERAL by Julia Rose Lewis
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (2/10)

Phaneagrams by Jake Berry
Engaged by Jim Leftwich (2/9)

The Critic Writes Poems: Paul Pines
(2/8)

Featured Essay: "The Nearness of Asemic Writing" 
By Jim Leftwich (2/8)

MARAWI by Albert E. Alejo and Eileen R. Tabios with translations by Aileen Cassinetto
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (2/7)

farnessity, wordslabs by Randee Silv
Reviewed by Jim Leftwich (2/6)

Interview: William Burroughs
Engaged by jim mccrary (2/5)

Tres tressstrisss trieesss tril trilssss: Transmutations of Cesar Vallejo by Jim Leftwich
Engaged by John M. Bennett (2/4)

From Here by Zoe Skoulding, with illustrations by Simonetta Moro
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (2/3)

Publications by Scott MacLeod, Michael Palmer, Thomas Lowe Taylor, Ann Lauterbach, Daniel Davidson and Laura Moriarty

Engaged by Scott MacLeod (2/2)

The Critic Writes Poems: Jim McCrary
(2/1)


JANUARY
POEMS & OTHER CREATIONS INSPIRED / INFORMED BY JOSE GARCIA VILLA
(1/23)
Ten Poems by Luis H. Francia
A Rendition of "Lyric 17" in RIGODONa film by Sari Lluch Dalena and Keith Sicat starring Joel Torre, Chin-Chin Gutierrez, and Art Acuna
"Dream" by Marton Koppany
"The Buzzard" and "The Giant in the Dirty Coat" by Jesse Glass
Tattoo by John Bloomberg-Rissman
Two Artworks by Cecilia Ibardaloza
Three Collages by Rupert Loydell
"[There, demons, demagogue]" by Nick Carbó
"The Secret Life of an Angel" by Eileen R. Tabios
Writing-Prompt responses by Rupert Loydell's students at Falmouth University

Transnational BattleField by Heriberto Yépez and Miximum Ca’ Canny: The Sabotage Manuals by Ida Börjel, Translated by Jennifer Hayashida
Reviewed by T.C. Marshall (1/22)

like a solid to a shadow by Janice Lobo Sapigao
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/21)

A Change of Climate edited by Sam Illingworth and Dan Simpson
Engaged by Helen Mort (1/20)

Albedo by Kathleen Jesme
Reviewed by Neil Leadbeater (1/19)

The End of Something by Kate Greenstreet
Reviewed by Judith Roitman (1/18)

upROUTE: The Language of Plates and NOTES ON THE SIGN OF POETRY: ADDENDUM & PRINTS, both by Sacha Archer
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/17)

LOSSES OF LIFE by Eric Hoffman
Reviewed by Paul Pines (1/16)

A WIFE IS A HOPE CHEST by Christine Brandel
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (1/15)

Publications by Scott MacLeod, Philip Whalen, Jim Leftwich, Olive Blackburn, Lyn Hejinian, Brandon Brown, and Anonymous
Engaged by Scott MacLeod (1/14)




EVIDENCE OF FETUS DIVERSITY edited by EILEEN R. TABIOS

NEIL LEADBEATER Reviews


Evidence of Fetus Diversity edited by Eileen R. Tabios
(Locofo Chaps, Chicago, 2018)

In mid-December 2017, media coverage revealed how, under the Trump Administration, officials at The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the nation’s top public health agency, were discouraged from using seven words or phrases: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based.

While reported as a “ban,” the matter was subsequently fleshed out to be one of gauging the political temper of the times and CDC staff concluding that these words would be best avoided in order to garner Adminstration support for its various (proposed) programs.

In an exploration to determine what it might mean to avoid using these words, this anthology was created within seven days after Eileen Tabios sent out a call for submissions. The response was swift and to the point and, given the strength of feeling exhibited here, just the tip of the iceberg.

Twenty-four poems by twenty-four poets (including the editor) make up this anthology. The contributors bring with them a wealth of experience and come from a variety of backgrounds: a folk musician, web-designer and cartographer; a Latinx public health professional; a student of somatic practices and writer on teaching and ecopoetics; a professor of Theatre and teacher of theatre history, research and directing; a librettist; an ESL instructor and visual artist; a math teacher and a graduate pursing a Masters in Asian American Studies and a Masters in Public Health.  In keeping with the spirit of the anthology, diversity is key.

What is so immediately striking about it is the freshness of the writing – you can sense the anger before the ink has dried on the page – and the variety of styles in which the contributors put across their views. There are long and short poems, the short ones being made up almost exclusively of the “banned” words. Each in their own way offer up a tightly-constructed argument.  In "[Fetus]" Barbara Jane Reyes gives us a prose poem consisting of a single paragraph on each “banned” word; in "banned mots," Mark Young offers us a piece of his unique brand of humour as a way of making a point:

Outside the verdant
    Meadows Funeral Home
         in Atlanta is a sign that
             says Go out in Style at a
                 budget price. &, slightly
            smaller: In Coffins, Caskets
       & Urns that have fallen
   out of favour because their
design is science-based.

In "Shoptalk," Aileen Cassinetto charts in footnotes the number of times these terms have been used in peer–reviewed journals and / or tweets by the President of the United States; Sacha Archer offers us a vispo – patterns of a fetus in the womb – made up entirely of the “banned” words; Janice Lobo Sapigao gives us a sestina, (evidence-based, of course!); and Eileen Tabios provides us with a poem whose text sits inside a Google Translate box: English to Filipino.

The anthology is neatly structured. The placing of each poem has been carefully selected to offer variety and contrast. Jose Padua’s contribution, "To My Father on What According to Evidence-Based Assumptions Would Have Been His 102 Birthday", makes for an excellent opening poem because it harks back to a previous age and helps to set the present time in its proper context or show just how much it is out of context. Its emphasis is first and foremost on language. It opens with these lines:

You’re not here to see this.
A president you would
have called a son of a gun,
not knowing the harsher, more
colourful, more beautifully
profane curses we have
in the English language.

This is one bookend of the anthology. The closing one is by Veronica Montes and is appropriately called "The Year in Review" – a term used to head up an essay frequently used in academic circles and peer-reviewed journals to sum up the year’s achievements…a title that is, in this case, a quiet irony in itself.

Behind these poems a number of themes are explored. Many are to do with vulnerability. The vulnerability that comes from having to deal with issues of discrimination in all its forms, of finding one’s place in an increasingly alien society, the push for social justice and positive change.

The fact that the “banned” words are the most frequently used words in the whole anthology, that they often appear in the titles of the poems for extra emphasis, that the title of the anthology itself manages to make use of three of the “banned” words is proof of the notion that, as any parent or teacher knows, attempts to ban something or discourage something often have the opposite effect.  These words, however, are vital to our humanity. What is the point of getting a handle on the truth if science and education is not science or evidence-based?  Diversity is everything, we have no right to deny anyone their life. To pretend that vulnerability does not exist is to be in deep denial. It is a very real fact of life and a part of being human.

The reverse alphabetical order in which the biographies of the contributors appear at the back has not escaped attention. In keeping with the rest of this book, even this small change in the way we do things is sending out a signal. Another take on the last shall be first and the first last.  Fully recommended.


*****

Neil Leadbeater is an author, essayist, poet and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His short stories, articles and poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His books include Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, 2011); The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, 2014) and Finding the River Horse (Littoral Press, 2017).