blackbirdonline journalSpring 2011  Vol. 10  No. 1
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Here is the order in which the editors suggest you read, view, and listen to the current issue of Blackbird.

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Tomas Tranströmer
   English translation by Patty Crane
   Sorrow Gondola, a book-length collection

David Wojahn
   Good Evening, Beautiful Deep
   on Tranströmer’s Sorrow Gondola

Jean Valentine
   Letter to Tomas Tranströmer

Introductions Reading Loop

Brittany Cavallaro
   Magician’s Girl
   White-Armed Persephone Walks Into His Van

Julie Hensley

Jenny Johnson

Eve Jones
   The Edge of the Sea
   In the Afternoon Men Are Dreaming of the Dark

Chris Leo

Yu Shibuya
   Counting Things
   Japanese Ghosts Don’t Have Feet
   Some Things You Know Exactly

Cabell First Novelist Reading Loop

Victor Lodato
   from Mathilda Savitch
   a novel excerpt

Victor Lodato
   from “Dear Sara Jane”
   a play excerpt

A Reading by Victor Lodato  audio

Kathleen Graber: An Audio Suite audio
   three audio pieces featuring Kathleen Graber with Kate Greenstreet,
   Jake Adam York, and Jean Valentine

Norman Dubie
   At the Tomb of Naiads
   The Hat Called Sky:
   The Quotations of Bone
   The Quotations of Meat
   Sif Mons & the Messenger Birth Star

Jeff Porter
   Mother of Invention audio
   Lost and Found Radio

Robyn Schiff & Nick Twemlow
   Radon video

U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration
   Duck and Cover

Jehanne Dubrow
   Iron Curtain
   Purged History Of
   In the Grand Theater
   Three Generations

Rick Hilles
   From Three Words of a Magnetic Poetry Set Found Caked
   in Dirt beneath James Merrill’s Last Refrigerator

David Keplinger
   At Hald Hovedgaard Estate
   a five-poem sequence

Darrin Doyle

John Allman
   Ceci N’est Pas . . .
   “I Reject All Likeness . . .”
   La Moustache

Donald Morrill

Paul Nemser
   Introducing Poems from Taurus

Lucinda Roy
   Diamonds in the Rough

K.C. Trommer
   Black Ice

Kelly Cherry
   On Familiar Terms

Dave Smith
   Skating Waitress at the Circle Drive-in
   Allen Whicher’s Love Tale
   Ruffed Grouse Feeding on Moonseed Berries
   Woman, Snake, Percy Sledge
   Bourbon in a Cup
   Early Bird Dog Training

Jennifer Chang
   Myself—be Noon to Him
   Why I Am Not a Funny Poet: An Elegy
   The Lovely Theresa
   Pastoral with Dog and Frank O’Hara

Catherine Pierce
   The Delinquent Girls
   The Quiet Girls
   The Drama Girls
   The Geek Girls
   She Gets Drunk and Talks Too Much at Her 20th Reunion

Maggie Schwed
   Body Double
   Nights with Almanzo, Days
   Passing Through

Janet Sylvester
   Sea Smoke

Derrick Harriell
   Letters to Jack Johnson from Joe Frazier

Pamela Garvey
   Eve’s Fall Through Technology
   Brochure for Exile

Lilah Hegnauer
   The city was burning—or it wasn’t.
   The world is my
   I am the city and you are my work of great mischief.
   What They Tell You

Cynthia Hogue
   At the Lawrence Ranch

Steve Yarbrough
   Mister Sel

Chad Davidson
   Portrait of a One-Legged Hero

Adam Houle
   Cook Takes Stock after the Ice Road Fails

Randy Marshall
   Review | Reliquary Fever: New and Selected Poems, by Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Abraham Burickson
   if an inner landscape
   but for us they

Yasmine Rana
   from The Fallen: Kalinovik

Susan Elbe
   The Dressmaker’s Daughter

Aurelie Sheehan

Victoria Chang
   Elegy as a Shopping List
   Dear P. XXII

John Casteen
   My Time Among the Swells

Adrian Dorris
   Dumb Noise

Kristi Garboushian
   Canon of Disassembling an Iceberg

Dana Roeser
   That Was All I Ever Knew of Nepal

Keith Montesano
   Finding Ray’s Sausage in East Cleveland on Google Earth

Emilia Phillips
   Review | Ghost Lights, by Keith Montesano

Simeon Berry
from Ampersand Revisited

Austin Segrest
   Phenix City
   On the Road to Damascus

Jeremy Spohr
   Tagore Variations
   a six-poem sequence

Mathias Svalina & Allison Titus
   A Reading by Mathias Svalina & Allison Titus audio

Gregory Kimbrell
   Review | Illustrating the Machine that Makes the World, by Joshua Poteat

Laura Van Prooyen
   Review | I Was the Jukebox, by Sandra Beasley

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