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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 2009. For additional content added over the life of the issue, see Features.

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Nicky Beer
   Dreamy Willie and the Trinity of Cows  audio icon
   Catalog Note: Article of Venusian Handicraft  audio icon
   Restoration Portrait  audio icon
   Rimbaud's Kraken  audio icon

Kara Candito
   Self-Portrait with an Ice Pick  audio icon
   La Bufera: Our Last Trip to Sicily  audio icon
   Taste of Cherry  audio icon
   Polarity  audio icon

Thomas Cooper
   Controlled Burn

Anna Journey
   Clockwork Erotica: Why He Takes Off His Glasses When Telekinesis Fails  audio icon
   Elegy: I Pass by the Erotic Bakery  audio icon
   He Has Given His Face to the Waters of the Lake  audio icon
   Letter to the City Bayou by Its Sign: Beware Alligators  audio icon
   Night with Eros in the Story of Leather (2)  audio icon
   The Mirror’s Lake Is Forever  audio icon

Taylur Thu Hien Ngo
   I Am My Rooster

Claudia Emerson
   A Reading by Claudia Emerson  audio icon

Randy Marshall
   Platform: An Introduction to Claudia Emerson

Philip Levine
   Night Ship to Ceuta
   The Privilege of Power, 1965

Jean Valentine
   If a Person Visits Someone in a Dream, in Some Cultures the Dreamer Thanks Them  

Catherine MacDonald
   Leda at Work in the World  audio icon
   Sweet Box  audio icon
   Rousing the Machinery  audio icon
   Transitions for Dancers When Dance Is No Longer an Option  audio icon

Jehanne Dubrow
Two selections from A Thousand Penelopes | Jehanne Dubrow
        New Old-Girl
        Where the Navy Sends You

Myron Helfgott
   Tyranny of the Theoretical

Christine Schutt
   The Girl Needs to Be Kissed

Victoria Chang
   Elegy with a Chinese Checkerboard
   Dear P. XXI
   Dear P. XXIII
   Dear P. XXIV
   Dear P. XXVI

Wyatt Prunty
   Spencerian Hand

G. K. Wuori
   Wendy’s Friend

Rita Mae Reese
   Meaning To Milk
   Within Five Miles of Home
   The Whore’s Guide to Etymology

Metta Sáma
   Patina: A Triptych

Michael Croley

Julie Funderburk
   Planetarium (One Adult Admission)

Erika Meitner
   The Upstairs Notebook
   Treatise on Travel

Marina Antropow Cramer

Heather June Gibbons
   My City

Nick Admussen
   Police Report, November 25, 2007

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
   Suburban Pastoral
   View from the Headlands

Joshua Rivkin
   New Direction
   Harold Street Eclogue

Claire Bateman
   Selections from Otherwhere

Ann Fisher-Wirth
   Tales from the Dark Hotel

Mary Petrosky
   Domestic Economics

Jessica Ratigan
   March 19, 2003

Alexis Apfelbaum
   We’re at a Party

Maureen Alsop
   Moth, Horse, Accident, Skin

Diane Seuss
   spring’s confessional poem
   what is it darling, that draws you to me? it’s probably insipid,

Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Emily Smith
   Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #541

Mary Lee Allen
   Book Review | Hardscrabble, by Kevin McFadden

Sandra Beasley
   Book Review | The History of Anonymity, by Jennifer Chang

Craig Beaven
   Book Review | The Boatloads, by Dan Albergotti

Catherine MacDonald
   Book Review | Making a Map of the River, by Thorpe Moeckel,
                        and In the Truth Room, by Dana Roeser

Matthew Myers
   Book Review | Mission Work, by Aaron Baker

Patty Paine
   Book Review | The View from Zero Bridge, by Lynn Aarti Chandhok

Jesse Ulmer
   Book Review | Undiscovered Country, by Lin Enger

Grant White
   Book Review | The Learners, by Chip Kidd

Susan Settlemyre Williams
   Book Review | Flight: New and Selected Poems, by Linda Bierds

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