ISSN 1542-3123

Lyric Recovery 3/22 at
Carnegie's Weill Hall
Submissions due 2/2

the rivers of it, abridged
New York Edition
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Current Issue
Twelve - 12
Short Prose
Special: Longer
Series Reviews
Other Arts
Proprietary Notice

Enid Dame
(? - 12/25/03)
Copper Canyon Press

Robert Lowell Translation Prize
Deadline: 5/21/04

News on rebuilding
Lower Manhattan

Jan '04
'What We Have'

Nov '03
Intermediating Surfaces

Sep '03
Personal Faith,
Public Expression
Ottoman Strategic
Map of Vienna (1683)

Jul-Aug '03
Newsstand Issue

Monsters &
Cedar Chair by Romancing the Woods

Jun '03 'Strands
of the Hammock'
Cedar Bridge by Romancing the Woods

May '03 'A-Maying'
Lower Manhattan
(Patrick Henry)

Catskill Mountain
Foundation (Hunter)

Granted June 2002





One-lane covered bridge near Brattleboro, Vermont (constr. 1879). [More views.]

A brook to none but who remember long.
This as it will be seen is other far
Than with brooks taken otherwhere in song.
We love the things we love for what they are.

(—Robert Frost)

Caught for an instant in a round traffic mirror, there we are,
still, our punt's prow just gone under a bridge, the boatman's white
band tied about his forehead, and rented straw hats visiting that
village — ourselves a brief disturbance to reflection, then gone
between water and sky.

(—Peter Robinson)

Live Performances/Recording Sessions/Radio Broadcasts

Watch for the print version release of
Big City Lit's Brightest Lights collection for 2003.

Mon., March 22, 2004, 7:30 p.m.  Lyric Recovery Festival™, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Lucie Brock-Broido features at biannual event. Alfred Corn delivers the session essay and Glyn Maxwell judges the final round. Submissions to be postmarked by February 2, 2004. [Guidelines] Top prize:  $1000. [] Semifinalists selected by a judge panel in public reading at Poets House on February 21, 4-7. The LyR 2002 anthology, Rain of One Ocean, is available from Headwaters Press.

Summer: Big City Lit collaborates with The Author's Watermark (Medusa) to continue its writers series at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville (Rte. 85, rural Albany Co.). This season's focus is "Art in Revolution," a convention we intend to turn on its ear, with Robert Klein Engler and others.

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

Dramatic Monologue (poetry: e.g. "My Last Dutchess"); Epigrams; Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Infanticide; Montreal/Quebec (surtout francophone); Surrealism; Timepieces; Kites; Suicide; 'Lovesick'; Hands and Gloves; How the Other Half:  Rich vs. Poor; Wells; Windmills; and Small Town Wherewithal
(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.

In This Issue:  February 2004
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This month we focus on Japan, drawing on contributions guest-edited by Michael Bourdaghs and Tomer Inbar and on our own editorial finds. Originally slated for Oct '03, then deferred, its timeless elements are just that; we hope the other mag sections read as ripened prescience.

Fiction/Short Prose:

In "Tourist and Resident," Christine Allen-Yazzie renders benign discrimination as spare and halting desire. Suzanne Cole's "First Trip to Tokyo" records short prose with shorter haiku—or vice versa.

Special: Longer Draughts

Asakusa Park (Asakusa Kôen)
a new translation by Seiji M. Lippit of Akutagawa Ryûnosuke's 1927 scenario

Tokyo (Tong'gyông)
a new translation by Michael D. Shin of Yi Sang's 1937 essay

Highly Recommended:
"We're in the Army Now:  The G.O.P.'s Plan to Militarize Our Culture"
by Kevin Baker in the Oct '03 issue of Harper's
The destruction of the World Trade Cener towers enabled Bush and the Republicans finally, fully, to reclaim the mantle of national identity—to become the Party of Huah. Just what the Republicans' crowded hour portends has since become very clear, and it is disturbing for anyone who values our democratic institutions.

Building at Ground Zero:
Zero-Sum or The Practical in Service to the Spiritual
by Christopher A. Miller


Denver Butson's Illegible Address
by Maureen Holm
Butson's work doesn't deserve superlatives; his grammar is so progressive them seem quaint.

The Enchanted Loom reviewed by Paul Lake
in Contemporary Poetry Review
[F]or all of their revolutionary posturing, postmodern critical theories and the literary avant-garde are rooted in a paradigm established by Descartes; Jonathan Swift satirized the absurd conclusions to which this method led.

Series/Event Reviews:

Alfred Corn and Mary Jo Salter at the 92 St Y (01/12)
Ms. Salter admires Mr. Corn's "Self-Portrait with Refrigerator Magnets," wishing she could steal the title. Haunted, she writes about a single magnet. It is precious and cold.

Other Arts:  Theatre
Foreign Affairs
Paul Camillus reviews Lost in Translation
The mask of irony is not the mask of tragedy. We must either see you bleed or recognize the blood stains left behind.

Hatch and Noguere's The Stone House, The Blues Legend Adapted for the Stage

Free Expression:
Attorney General Ashcroft Under Fire for Ordering Surveillance of Anti-War Movement

Legal Forum:

New York Civil Liberties Union Sues New York Police Department for Conduct During February 15 Demonstration

No Chad Left Behind:  Touch Screen Voting Machines
Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey, who has introduced a bill requiring that digital voting machines leave a paper trail and that their software be available for public inspection, is occasionally told that systems lacking these safeguards haven't caused problems. "How do you know?" he asks. (NYTimes, Dec. 2, Krugman)

Big Government in Your Driveway:  A Honker Tax Write-Off for Hummers, A Bleep for Hybrids
The tax savings on that Range Rover? More than $25,000 in the top brackets. In contrast, those who buy ultra-efficient gas-electric hybrids for personal use get a tax deduction of $2,000, worth at most $700.

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 2003.


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

Rain of One Ocean
The LyR 2002 Carnegie Collection
Poetry (64 pp) $15 (7x8.5 full color cover)

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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