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"Isn't It a Pity"
George Harrison
(Feb '43 Liverpool -
11.29.01 Los Angeles)

  PoProj discount for BCLit readers.
Features: New Year's Marathon Reading.



'Morning After'
Image: Blake Dawson

Photo: © 2001 George Kunze (

We stand on, firmly knowing this most solid fact:
Creeds of man are frail layers seismic force can crack.

(from "Nimrod Enigma," Patrick Henry)

We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.

(from "Journey of the Magi, " T.S. Eliot)

Live Performances/Recording Sessions

Watch for the print version release of
Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2001.

Fri, Dec 7, 7:30 p.m. $5 Daniela Gioseffi and Maureen Holm read/sing in Italian, German, French, 'Suvicnai,' joined by Vicki Hudspith, Jay Chollick, Sharon Olinka, and Elaine Schwager reading their work from "Taking the Vapors" (WTC, Nov'01), at the La Plume multilingual series at Center for Book Arts, 28 W 27th St, #7, 3rd Floor. Info: (917) 903-1177.

Thurs, Jan 24, 7:30 p.m. $10
Enid Dame and other contributors to the "Because They Did" feature (See Archive Jan'01) appear, with the anticipated release of that feature's Print Series monograph, in Makor's "Poetry & Mentorship Series." 35 W 67th St. Reservations recommended. Call: (212) 601-1030.

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

9/11 and related events; Confinement (deadline: 12/19); Erotica; Poems on Paintings;
Dramatic Monologues; Colors; Epigrams; Self-Portrait; Shoes (socks optional); Moving/Motion.
Consult submissions page for guidelines, masthead for policy, also Bridge City Lit and
Big City, Little pages. Query first on articles over 750 words.

In This Issue: December 2001

The Bookshelf is loaded and bids invited for
George Wallace's new novel, Down Dream Road.

Leading the way into the December Desert feature, magi Eliot, Frost, and Shelley draw a caravan of hardy recruits. (Compilation by the senior editors, with Sahara photos by Anne Spliedt.) This month's Twelve page features the down-to-desert inventiveness of Alice Notley. The cumulative Big City, Little page adds a piece on Tel Aviv by Lys Lynley.

Fiction/Short Prose:

Narouz, Lawrence Durrell's hare-lipped Alexandrian, breaks a white desert Arab in an excerpt from Balthazar. In Christopher Mulrooney's "Susan Rhodes," a Boston critic/interviewer meets the 'generative hands' of the only light on the 'dismal West Coast poetry scene,' and detours to the wastes of Las Vegas, there still brainy but, like Paul Espel's narrator in "Groovin' in Palm Springs," a fugitive from reason. "You Don't Bring a Dog to the Desert" is an on-location Broadway-insider story retold by Julia Rubin because Rick 'Lizard' Zimmer won't anymore. Chapter One of George Wallace's brand-new novel, Down Dream Road, begins with the bold at continent's end (See Bookshelf).


Saharan Caravan
by Anne Spliedt
(transl. M. Holm)
E.B. White's "Freedom" (1940) (excerpt)
[P]eople have recut their clothes to follow the fashion . . . remodeled their ideas too--taken in their convictions a little at the waist, shortened the sleeves of their resolve . . .
Billy Collins: The Heavy Hand of Slight Verse [publication deferred]


Getting Your Wadsworth: The Academy of American Poets Shoots Down its High-Flying Star
Grief Counseling the Families of WTC Victims
The Immediate Impact of Terror and Loss: Breakdown and Breakdown (Part 1 of 2)
by Elaine Schwager, Ph.D.
Ten Mile Meadow Project: A Conservatory of Land and Language (with photos).


V.S. Naipaul, Beacon of Light Against the Foolishness, Wins the Nobel
by Tim Scannell


Breaking into Words: A Conversation with
Rattapallax Editor-in-Chief, Martin Mitchell (Part 2 of 2)
by Nicholas Johnson, Senior Poetry Editor

Series on Series:

The 28th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading
at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church
by Director, Ed Friedman

Series/Event Reviews:

La Fête Internationale de la Poésie,
Trois Rivières, Québec (28.9-10.07)
by Bertha Rogers
Makor's "Poetry & Mentorship" Series: The 10/25 Session with Theodore Weiss, Frederick Feirstein, Wade Newman
Samuel Menashe at the Library of Congress (11/01)
by Michael Schaffner
Poets House Reopens (11/9-10)
. . . To Long Lines, No Buskers...Yet (--MH)
. . . With a Bang by Daniela Gioseffi
Alice Notley (Disobedience) and David Hess (Cage Dances) at Poetry Project (11/12)

Free Expression:

The Albatross Shot Across the Bow or Whose Puritan Legacy?
Radio: The Battle for Pacifica
by Steffie Brooks

Legal Forum:

Print Series:

Pending the load of a complete listing, please query regarding availability of monograph reprints of work appearing in June's Vietnam and other issues.
We are preparing Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2001.


Currently on the publisher bidding block is Down Dream Road, a brand-new novel by George Wallace, editor of The Long Island Quarterly and Chapter One appears here.


Robert Mezey has another word about Tim Scannell (reviewer)

Other Arts: Dance

Explosive Jumps and Free Swings: The Next Wave Festival at BAM
by Neal Jahren


Poetry Chapbook:
The magazine invites submissions of 16-24 pages of (primarily) unpublished poems, including title page, table of contents, acknowledgments, and bio note. Format: MSW 98 or 95 TNR 12 (14 for titles; initial caps only). Send hard copy (separate page for each title, but not section) with disc, SA postcard, and $15 check or money order to Big City Lit, Contest/Poetry, Box 1141, Cathedral Sta. NY 10025. MSS not returned; all work considered for magazine publication. Postmark deadline: May 31, 2002. Winner and honorable mentions announced in August. Publication by Headwaters Press, NY, cash award, plus magazine-sponsored reading and awards presentation in New York.

Relevant guidelines, as above, apply. Fee: Shorts (to 1000 wds) $10; standard (to 3500) $15; long (6000 max.) $20. Awards and magazine publication in each length category. Unpublished manuscripts only.

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indicate the month, e.g. Jun2001/contents/poetrydusk.html.


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