An Online Journal of Voice

BlazeVOX13 Fall 2013


Hello and welcome to the Fall issue of BlazeVOX 13. Presented here is a world-class issue featuring poetry, art, fiction, and an arresting work of creative non-fiction, written by authors from around globe.
Fall Matters: We are pleased to present our regular journal issue and we are pleased to announce our new BXtraordinary section to the BlazeVOX web site. Our journal features 34 poets and 15 prose writers presenting some spectacular work. Our BXtraordinary section has sixteen Video Poems and eight interviews. The video poems consist of two full-length poetry readings from around the Buffalo poetry scene and our Wednesday's Poem series. In these short video readings, poets read from their BlazeVOX book. We have also gathered up our Friday series, 15 Questions into this issue. In this issue we have eight interviews consisting of fifteen questions with BlazeVOX writers. This is a wonderful way to bridge readers and writers and hopefully open a connection. Tune in each Friday and Wednesday for new installments of our interviews and video poems. We plan to keep on adding in new and interesting content on a weekly basis, so hurray!
Bryant Park Poetry Reading
I am very excited to make an announcement for a big BlazeVOX [books] poetry reading in NYC. The Word for Word programs takes place under a canopy of London Plane trees in Bryant Park.  Bryant Park is located at Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) and 42nd Street.  The visual landmark at the east end of the park is the New York Public Library.  The poetry readings take place on Tuesdays at 7pm.  We will feature five poets, Michael Kelleher, Amy King, Kristina Marie Darling, Leah Umansky and Geoffrey Gatza. Each poet will read for 15 to 20 minutes. 
In case of heavy rain we will move to their rain venue, the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street. It’s a couple of blocks away from the park but we move together as a group so no one gets lost.  After the reading we move the group to the Bryant Park Café for refreshments and a post mortem of the reading. 
We have an exciting event coming up in a few days. BlazeVOX is having a reading at the Word for Word series held at Bryant Park. This is the park that is right behind the New York Public Library, the one with those two glorious lion sculptures facing out to 5th Avenue right near 42nd street. The idea of being a poet and a book publisher blossomed right here in Bryant Park when I was a young chef. I was working furious hours for very little, or often, no money. I learned a great many things about life during that time. I also learned many things that have nothing to do with life, items like frittatas or fish sauces that are not in fashion anymore. But when I wanted to find peace and quite by loosing myself in literature, I went to Bryant Park and the library. It was the only place in the whole city where I felt I could think clearly. Rather than hiding in my book on the train, my closet that was listed as an apartment, or mingling in overly crowded coffee shops, which were very much in vogue in those days. When I left NYC to go to back home to Buffalo eighteen years ago I had every intention of returning. As things work out, Buffalo treated me all right. So this reading is a nice way to come back and show the land, the trees and the old guys playing chess the seeds that Bryant Park planted within me and grew. With that in mind, if you are in NYC please come out and play a game of chess, listen to fine poetry and have a drink with us :-) If not, no worries, I will be recording all the performances and broadcasting them in our BXtraordinary page in the coming weeks. Hurray!
7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Featuring the Poets of: BlazeVOX Books
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Bryant Park
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Michael Kelleher 
To Be Sung | Human Scale
Leah Umansky  
Domestic Uncertainties
Amy King  
Slaves to Do These Things  |  I’m the Man Who Loves You  | Antidotes for an Alibi
Kristina Marie Darling
Petrarchan | THE MOON & OTHER INVENTIONS: Poems After Joseph Cornell
Geoffrey Gatza 
House of Forgetting  | Apollo (Forthcoming)
Table of Contents
Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction

Clarissa Grunwald | Elysium

Benjamin Rader | An Evening Special | Lucid Phrases

Allison Talucci | Apology

Elizabeth Alexander | Transpositions

Kailyn McCord | Transcript #2951

Sheikh Saaliq | The ‘Hanging’

Tariq Shah | Felix and Pauly

Joan Fiset | White Streak

M. E. McMullen | Desperate Horseflies

Megan Schikora | The Paris Problem

Jennifer Lesh | The Vineyard

Rudy Ravindra | Pandora’s Box

Sonia Saraiya | West Indies

Derek J. Douglas | Anchors Aweigh

Danielle Brawand | The Toe Sucker

15 Questions | Interviews with BlazeVOX Authors
An interview with Larry Sawyer
An interview with Krystal Languell
An interview with Burt Kimmelman
An Interview with Paul Sutton
An interview with Barbara Henning
An interview with Alexis Ivy
An Interview with Wade Stevenson
An interview with Nava Fader
Wednesday's Poem: Video Poetry Readings
Nate Pritts
Matt Hart
Roger Craik
Paul Hogan
Geoffrey Gatza
Wade Stevenson
Morani Kornberg
David Hadbawnik
Kristina Marie Darling
Leah Umansky
Michael Kelleher
Nava Fader
Michael Boughn
Celia Gilbert
Peter Ramos
Goro Takano



BlazeVOX13 FALL 2013 an Online Journal of Voice  

Book Previews


MORPHEUS: A Bildungsroman by John Kinsella


"A lyrical tour de force.  Literate, impassioned and often downright gorgeous, the prose sings with wit and vigor.  Add a little Dr. Benway to Stephen Dedalus, with a touch of Genet's Divine, and you have a glimpse of Kinsella's Thomas Icarus Napoleon, the hero of this literary drama.  Awesome." 


—Jeffrey Deshell, author of Arthouse (FC2) and The Trouble with Being Born (FC2)




Oops! Environmental Poetics by James Sherry


What poetry can change is the will to change. James Sherry finds “real correspondence” between poetry’s conditional truths and the great out there, and he definitively places poetry at the center of our being-in-ecology. For a beautifully detailed understanding of poetry’s possibilities in apprehending the deep bonds, niches and connections of us-we-there-them-where-here, read Oops!. 


–Marcella Durand, author of Traffic & Weather




BRUSHES WITH by Kristina Marie Darling


Some facts: there is "white residue" on a windowsill. In a novel on the brink of being written, someone walks out the door then reappears on the edge of a lake. To "recollect." To "glide." To "wake up." In a work that is reminiscent of Jenny Boully's The Body -- a blankness accompanied by footnotes -- Darling's Brushes with performs a narrative of sexual betrayal and peculiar [excruciating] loss with a delicate and pressing hand. In the appendix that closes the collection, the "interior of a burned house" is transposed with the figure of a sky filled with "dead stars." Is the heart a burial ground for domestic desires? Darling has written a work of caked trace in which the longing for a shared world is already a part of the counterfeit, damaged and "circling" past. Trace, in other words, does not function in the usual way. It is not light. It is not something you can look through, like holding an ice shard up to the sun. On the contrary, it is "unsightly." It is a dark weight in a little book that felt, at times, like an act of beautiful revenge.


Bhanu Kapil, author of Humanimal


The Unfinished by Mark DuCharme


Mark DuCharme's beautiful poems teach us to read all over again: mystery, the situation of person, the texture of dream and the texture of awareness: The Unfinished is a tough book, a necessary book.


—Joseph Lease



Truth Game by Tom Clark


On Tom Clark's poetry:


"Very exciting... The poems have the 'now' sound of current experience; they enable one to see a little further into life as it's presently being lived." — John Ashbery



for Holding Silence by Nura Yingling


Yingling’s poems in for Holding Silence map the direction out of Lost up each scouring step to Found, or at least to the essential human truth that “the woman who could be you, is.” Rigorously raw and personal, they yet show us ourselves —in spite of all the wily ways we try to avoid such mirrors—with music, vision, and great compassion. “No need anymore for efforting,” she discovers in Eleven, “Here in weightless stillness is what/ you've always wanted.” Human poems opening out and up.


— Sheryl Robbins

Does the Moon Ever Shine in Heaven? by Chuck Richardson


In Does the Moon Ever Shine in Heaven? Chuck Richardson sends Dostoekvsky's Notes From Underground into the information age: angst goes surreal, beyond identity, meets pop culture in the form of Captain Beefheart, Diane Sawyer, Ayn Ran, Michael Corleone and the beat goes on. A rampaging rip of a book that throws all expectation out the window—including normality itself. If you can handle the raucousness Richardson throws your way, you will laugh out loud. I did. —Jefferson Hansen is the author of a book of poetry, Jazz Forms (Blue Lion), plus a novel ...and beefheart saved craig (BlazeVOX). He edits

Flux by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa


In Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's FLUX, we encounter a poetic temperament equally at home in the openness of the personal lyric and the laser-sharp probe of social commentary. In her dexterous handling of lineation and compression, the poems oscillate— challenging us to reconsider just about everything we hold dear. Some things, as she says, cannot be translated; yet, with the help of these poems, we are better prepared for what the strange world offers us.



Transversales by Michael Gessner


The poems in Michael Gessner’s new collection, Transversales, are formally dazzling—incisive, witty, and smart—but compassion tempers linguistic brilliance. In a series set in Paris, for instance, a visit (against advice) to the “labyrinth of tented markets,” the now-dangerous Market of Seine-Saint-Denis, is punctuated dramatically by fragmented quotations from Victor Hugo’s diary kept during the siege of Paris (1871). Quite simply, I am hooked on this book. Gessner’s poems are glory.


—Cynthia Hogue, author of Or Consequence



Robert Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin, A Child’s Story


This facsimile of Robert Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin, A Child’s Story is beautifully illustrated and colored by T. W. Craik and W. A. Craik. BlazeVOX presents for the first time this wonderful edition, originally created in 1959 as a gift by the illustrators to their young son. Robert Browning's poem captures the mysterious nature of the Piper legend and the resplendent, rich time period in which the tale took place, which has inspired many great illustrators such as Kate Greenaway, Arthur Rackham, Margaret Tarant, and Maxfield Parrish. The dramatic events that Browning recorded in 1842 marvelously unfold in the Craiks' illustrations. The pages have bold, imaginative drawings, deep lines, rich colors and fine (often idiosyncratic) details. From the pillaging rats to the gluttonous council members, every pen and brush stroke brings Browning's moral home. This work contains over 40 illustrated pages with hand lettering and includes a foreword by Roger Craik detailing this book’s creation by his parents. This unique book is intended for all ages.