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Artist: Pico Reinoso


House of Corners
by LyR 2002 winner,
Bertha Rogers

Because They Did
Jan '01 Feature
Print Series Version
(Artist: C Yellowhawk)



Photo: M Berdeshevky


America's First Modernist: Arthur Dove (1880-1946)
"A poet of the abstract."—Robert Hughes
South Farm House (1935)

Watercolor and ink on paper, 5-1/2" x 3-1/2"
(Courtesy of Terry Dintenfass Gallery, Manhattan)


On May 2, the PSA's Robert H. Winner Award was presented to
Big City Litcontributing editor, Margo Berdeshevsky.

Title/Author List of Lyric Recovery Festival's 50 Honorees
~ . ~ Top 20 Poems ~ . ~
A 48-page anthology, Rain of One Ocean, is scheduled to appear
this summer from Headwaters/Hudson Press, NY.

Live Performances/Recording Sessions

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

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00 $6 We record our June feature, "Distance from the Tree," father poems from contributors Bill Wadsworth, Ron Price, Luisa Igloria, D. Nurkse, et al. Downstairs at Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St (W 4th/Bleecker) (212) 989-9319. Web Info: (212) 864-2823.

Mid-July "Big City Lit Goes Country!" Watch for announcements of our retreats, workshops and forums in North Greene and SW Albany Counties. Poetry feature: "Shoes (socks optional)".

Sun, Aug 18, 6:00 $6 Recording session for the magazine's August feature on Cuba at Cornelia Street Café.

Sat, Sep 11+3, 2:00-5:00 "By Degree 365: Change and Reclamation" The magazine and friends sponsor a major 9/11 event in the auditorium of the Museum of the City of New York, preceded and followed by special outdoor aspects in the Conservancy Gardens in Central Park and along the north lake known as the Harlem Mirror. 1220 Fifth Ave (104thSt). Free with museum admission (suggested don. $7). Info: (212) 864-2823.

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

9/11 (esp. anniversary/commemorative); Colors; Flags; Erotica; Dramatic Monologue (poetry: e.g. "My Last Dutchess"); Epigrams; Self-Portrait; Shoes (socks optional); Moving/Motion; Dust; Corridors; Insects; Cemeteries; Smoking; Cuba; Infanticide; Music; Japan; Montreal/Quebec (surtout francophone).
Consult Submissions for guidelines,Masthead for editorial policy, also Bridge City Lit and Big City, Little pages. Query first on articles over 750 words.
Deadline extended to 6/21

In This Issue: May 2002

This month's feature, "Getting the Picture," presents poems on paintings, photographs, sculpture. With a preface on ecphrasis by Sr. Poetry Ed., Nicholas Johnson. Our hand-picked Twelve page features the unusual turn on theme of Tom McCarthy.

Fiction/Short Prose:

We present the second half of the 6000-word, "The People Downstairs" by Terry Stokes, whose narrator acknowledges that his "karmic wheel seems to be off its rim."
Man returns to the well-charted, matriarchal universe of tender youth in David Ritchie's short prose piece, "The Last Frontier."


Open Review
by Randy Cunningham
The staff will read out the applicant's number and the reviewers will assign a numeric rating. The sum will have to be over three. Those who survive will go on to the second round, where their submissions will be critiqued. That is where I want to be.

by Tim Scannell
For me, the "clean, well-lighted place" is no room or café, nor is it well-lit. It is an hour before dawn in the 120-degree circular third from my NE windowMt. Baker to Mt. Rainier.

What was 'lyric'?
Huddled since mid-century as "global village" around a dominant source of imagery, sound, even meaning, we must make uncommon use of language to ferry us beyond its perimeter to the essential, shared harmonics. Many of this year's honorees achieved just that.
Ten Mile Meadow Project: A Conservatory of Land and Language (with photos).
Watch for announcements of summer writers retreats and forums.
A NYSCA Decentralization Program funding award was presented to chief organizer, The Author's Watermark, at the State Assembly in Albany on February 12.

Reviews by Tim Scannell:

Be Laroe's Cypress Knees and Palms
A childhood idyll set in an orange grove in central Florida. In fifteen poems and fifteen pieces of short prose, the author dons her own 3- to 8-year-old persona and its wide-eyed tone.


David Tunick, Exclusive Dealer for MoMA's Deaccession of 1000 Photos by Eugène Atget

Witness From Bethlehem:
Non-Violent Kentucky Activists Hit a War Zone
by Paul McDonald

On March 27, Carla Wallace and four other peace activists left Louisville with the express intention of joining other Internationals, Israelis, and Palestinians in demonstrating for a non-violent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their agenda included the planting of olive trees in Palestinian orchards, but actual events were strikingly different.

Series on Series:
The Hudson Clearwater Festival (June 15)

Series/Event Reviews:

On Translation: Rika Lesser at Poets House (04/16)

"Seismic Stanzas: Fractures and Factions in the Contemporary Poetry World"
Panel of editors at the New York Public Library (04/24)

Other Arts: Dance
Francis Patrelle's full-length Pop! : "3 Couples, 3 New Years, 3 Decades, and the Search for Joy." Music from the 30's, 40's, and 50's. The audience found it at the April 13 performance at the Kaye Playhouse.

Free Expression:

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

Legal Forum:

John Walker Lyndh: The Indictment

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.


(The editors invite for publication well-written letters or speakeasy pieces on any topic of concern or interest to the magazine's readers. See Letters Page for length, language, and other details.)


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 extended to June 21, 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.

Individual Poem:
Relevant guidelines, as above, apply. Fee: $5/poem.

Relevant guidelines, as above, apply. Fee: Shorts (to 1500 wds) $10; standard (to 3500) $15; long (6000 max.) $20. Awards and magazine publication in each length category. Unpublished manuscripts only.

~ . ~ The magazine is intended to be read in Palatino, and preferably in Netscape. ~ . ~
Note to contributors: To cite your work in the Archive,
indicate the month, e.g. Jun2001/contents/poetrydusk.html.


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