blackbird online journal Spring 2008  Vol. 7  No. 1


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Below is the order in which the editors suggest you read, view, and listen to the current issue of Blackbird. This list only reflects content published with the issue May 2008. For additional content added over the life of the issue, see Features.

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Sandra Beasley
   Making History
   The Minotaur Speaks
   The Parade

Jehanne Dubrow
   Fragments from a Nonexistent Yiddish Poet

Terry Gibson

Sami Ben Larbi
   Three Parts make a Hole  video icon

James Thomas Miller
   The Rough Guide to Romantic Comedy

Miroslav Penkov
   Tobacco Wedding

Lynda Hull Remembered  audio icon  video icon
   Essays by Aizenberg, Wojahn, Alexander, Doty, Jauss, and Shaughnessy.
   Two previously unpublished poems and a reading by Hull of “The Window.”

Peter Taylor Remembered
   Essays by Casey, Flinn, and Lynn; a story by Peter Taylor         

Eleanor Ross Taylor
   Homesick in Paradise
   Lawrence at the Etruscan Tombs
   Three Days in Flower
   When to Stop

Joshua Poteat
   Selections from Replica of the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue, Fall 1900

Claudia Emerson
   Esto Absoluta
   Practice Rooms
   Synchronized Swimming
   The Well: Egg and Tongue

Norman Dubie
   Behind the Old Soldiers’ Hospital
   Cantor, Frege, & Gödel:
   Herman Melville’s Book of Four Sentences
   Not the Bathing Tank at Madras: A Romance
   South Boston Morning, ’53:

Tomaž Šalamun
translations by Brian Henry

George Garrett

Kelly Cherry
   The Achievement of George Garrett

Fritz Ward
   Slipknot: Starlight

Rishma Dunlop

Peter Campion
   The Lions

Agatha Beins
    What Was Left

Wyn Cooper
   Like My Friend

Molly Giles
   Ghost Dog

John Ravenal
    Monumental Sculpture by Sol LeWitt

David Keplinger

Ryo Yamaguchi
   Audio: Oral
   Audio: The Philosopher

Jaimee Hills
   Lesson on the Letter S

Mary Gordon
   A Conversation with Mary Gordon

Judith Cofer
   Homework: Define Caliente
   How Do You Say?

Ash Bowen
   All My Vendettas I’ve Given Your Name

Liam Callanan
   When the Lights Go Down

Abraham Burickson

Elizabeth Scanlon
   This New City

Bruce Bond

Jeffrey Bahr
   Mountain Standard Time

Catherine MacDonald
   Book Review | Fire Baton by Elizabeth Hadaway

Craig Beaven
   Book Review | Dismal Rock by Davis McCombs

Sandra Beasley
   Book Review | City of Regret by Andrew Kozma

Susan Settlemyre Williams
   Book Review | Michelangelo’s Seizure by Steve Gehrke