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Mar '03
Crusaders Enter Constantinople (Delacroix)

News on rebuilding
Lower Manhattan

Catskill Mtn Found'n

Nov '02:  Hunting&Predation

Aug '02:  Cuba

July Newsstand

Granted June 2002






The Turkish Siege of Vienna:  Rescue (detail / full view)
Frans Geffels (1635-99)
July 7-September 9, 1683 (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien)
The city was rescued by French and Polish forces on September 12.

Amerika, du hast es besser als unser Kontinent, der alte,
America, you're better off than our old continent,
hast keine verfallenen Schlösser und keine Basalte.
for no ruined castles and no marble quarries;
Dich stören nicht im Innern, zu lebendiger Zeit,
for a lifetime deeply undisturbed, unspent,
unnützes Erinnern und vergeblicher Streit.
by useless memories, on futile wars.

—Goethe/Schiller ("Xenien") (transl. MH)

That Arabs through the realms of space,
May wander on, light-hearted.
Great Allah hath, to all their race,
Four favors meet imparted.

—Goethe ("Mahomet's Song")

Live Performances/Recording Sessions/Radio Broadcasts

Watch for the print version release of
Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2002.

Sat. May 10 Catskill Mountain Foundation Bookfair (Hunter). Big City Lit and Headwaters Press return to the 2nd Annual with a wealth of new titles and with editors again ready to read and accept work on the spot.
May TBA Feature contributors read:  April (music) and May.
June TBA Big City Lit Auditions:  On-the-spot acceptance of open reader work at Bowery Poetry Club.
Sat. June 14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/20  Big City Lit and The Author's Watermark present a rural series on regional writing at historic Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville (Albany Co.). With Thom Ward on NY, Meredith Sue Willis on Appalachia, Rebecca Seiferle on the Southwest, George Wallace and Maureen Holm on San Francisco.

and, (date just confirmed)
Mon., March 22, 2004
 Lyric Recovery Festival™ 2004 at Carnegie's Weill Hall
Biannual event. Submissions to be postmarked September. 1, 2003 -January 15, 2004. Top prize:  $1000.
Semifinalists to be selected by a three-judge panel in public reading at Poets House in February. The 2002 anthology, Rain of One Ocean, is available from Headwaters Press.

Call for submissions:
(Note: List is not restrictive nor preclusive of other themes.)

Dramatic Monologue (poetry: e.g. "My Last Dutchess"); Epigrams; Self-Portrait; Moving/Motion; Dust;
Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Infanticide; Japan; Montreal/Quebec (surtout francophone); Surrealism; Monsters/Monstrosity (also images); Timepieces; Kites; Suicide; 'Lovesick';
Intermediating Surfaces:  the Sk(in) Between; Hands and Gloves; How the Other Half:  Rich vs. Poor
(Bolding indicates features which are scheduled to appear very soon.)

Consult Submissions for guidelines, Masthead for editorial policy, also Bridge City Lit and Big City, Little pages.
Please query first on articles over 750 words.

Spring 2003 Contest opens 3/21. See details.

In This Issue:  April 2003

Trade Publishers:
Bookshelf presents Chapter One of Stan Friedman's novel, God's Gift to Women.

This month's feature is "Music," guest-edited by Mark Nickels and supplemented by the editors, including an extensive Masters section and a composer portrait series by Paul Murphy. Our hand-picked Twelve 12 page features "Before Music," a multi-part poem by Martin Willitts, Jr., and two guitarists competing for the poem of Wallace Stevens.

Fiction/Short Prose:

In Paul Murphy's Short Prose piece, "The Pianist," Napoleon (or someone similarly imperalistic) reveals himself as Wagnerian…or vice versa—violence sans/avec opera-cavalrian phalluses.

 First Chapters
Stan Friedman's novel, God's Gift to Women (Chapter One)
A road is a clock laid over the land, a mechanism of ramps and lanes and accidents. Speed into Distance, our surest measure of Time. It is the day before Easter, 1976.

Composing Staggerlee: A Journal
by Paul Winston

If April is the Epic Month:  Petri Liukkonen on Finland's Kalevala

Seeing the Orchestra
by Leo Vanderpot

The Accomplished and the Insufficient:  What Readers Should Ask From a Poem
by Thom Ward

Composer Michael Torke and the Color of Musical Keys
by Patricia Lynne Duffy

The Winners and Losers of Fascism:  Class Warfare in Its Most Concentrated Form
by Pete Dolack
Fascism is dictatorship established through and maintained with terror on behalf of Big Business. Its quintessential elements:  militarism; extreme nationalism; enemies and scapegoats; fanatical propaganda.

The Fiddle & The Violin
by D.H. Tracy in Contemporary Poetry Review
If I let it slip that I played the violin in the Portland orchestra, no one would expect me to jump up and start fiddling bluegrass.

Series on Series:
The new Critic's Voice Series moderated by Lewis Lapham at the 92 St Y
(4/1) I:  "On Genius" with guest, Harold Bloom
(5/12) II:  "The Function of Criticism" with guests John Leonard, Claudia Roth Pierpont, John Simon.
by David Yezzi [pending]

Series/Event Reviews:

Alice Walker:  The 'Wandering Inspiration' Meanders (3/19, 92 St Y)

Dialogue Through Poetry/UNESCO's World Poetry Day

Small Press Fair:  Focused on Literary Publishing? (3/29-30)
(plus notes on ALTA's translation panel)

Harold Bloom:  Healing the Illness Metaphor; Hamlet as Playwright  (4/1, 92 St Y)

Free Expression:

NYCLU Halts NYPD Political Interrogation of Protesters

Anti-Hamill:  Wrong-Headed Poets Thwart the Victory of World Governance and Civilizing Values of Peace
by Frederick Glaysher

Poetry and Art in Chicago:  A Prosimetrical Complaint (Part Two)
by Robert Klein Engler

Rummy Poetry:  The Opaque Tropes of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

"The Loyal Opposition"
verse by Mike Silverstein, 'The Wall Street Poet'
[Reader-Revision Interactive]

Breaking the Fast Food Chain: Upper West Side Neighborhood United in Self-Determination

Legal Forum:

Alors, Sans Blague:  France Usurps U.S. Claim on Moral Leadership
by Maureen Holm, Senior Essayist
France has not forgotten. In his roundtable remarks following Colin Powell's 2/5 U.N. presentation, French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin threw down the kid glove.

British and US Forces' Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons Is Illegal
by Neil Mackay, Investigations Editor, Sunday Herald

Print Series:

With thanks for all of your orders by email query, we now offer a convenient listing and order form. You may still inquire about any Headwaters Print Series or monograph you don't see listed here by writing to us. Query Monographs of work appearing in the popular Jun '01 Vietnam issue are now available again.
We are preparing Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2002.

Degrees of Apprenticeship:
Sarah Lawrence mfa Collection
Poetry (56 pp) or Prose (64 pp) $10 each (full color)

Distance from the Tree
poems on fathers (64 pp $10) (full color)
Dana Gioia, Alice Notley, D. Nurkse, James Ragan, Ron Price et al.


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