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“The Seminal Transmission of Orphic Ghosts: Garry Thomas Morse’s ‘After Jack‘ Reviewed” – Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman

Adopting Spicer’s philosophy and techniques, and with its own nod to Spicer’s After Lorca, Morse weaves narrative assemblages and textual mirroring as the primary jumping off point. Clever wit and pundits intermingle with riddles, fragmented insinuations and dervishes spun like juggernauts at the ball…

“Commonline Interview: Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn” – Staff
A few years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the work of New Jersey based poet Stephen Dunn, handing me a book, telling me “…this is one of the greatest living poets.” I first ventured into Dunn’s work through his 1996 work,Loosestrife, one of his fifteen poetry collections. I then went on to read 1994’s New and Selected Poems, 2006’s Everything Else in the World, and of course, Different Hours, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize…

The Sky is a Beautiful Wound: Liz Waldner’s Trust Reviewed” – Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman
A metaphysical journey is never complete without it’s quest for beauty and truth and the relationship of the individual in pursuit of those ideals. Trust, the award-winning collection of poems from Liz Waldner, is an ethereal collection of phantasmagoric conclusions and questions that both enfold and envelop the reader into a shared relationship of rich, textual symbiosis. Naturally, completely up my alley as anything even remotely suggestive of mythos often is…

Quick Fiction: Snapshots in a Spoonful of Time” – Julie M. Tate
One of my favorite flash journals out today is a bi-annual publication aptly titled Quick Fiction, distributed by The Parlor, North Shore’s Independent Writing Studio and edited by Jennifer Pieroni, since 2001. The Boston Globe recently ranked Quick Fiction #4 among 100 New England literary magazines. Boston’s Weekly Dig has called it “a journal filled with great work from writers who respect the rigid, potentially gorgeous contours of micro-fiction and have a great deal to say in very little time.”…

“Commonline Interview: Carl Miller Daniels” – Staff
Somewhere around 1970 a then teenage Carl Miller Daniels was plotting his own death. That is, until his mother found the detailed plan laid out in his journal and quickly sent him off to a mental hospital. Forty years later Daniels is still writing, but now he’s turned to poetry…

David LaBounty’s Affluenza Reviewed” – David L. Martinez
With Affluenza, David LaBounty continues his examination of the darker aspects of American society. Previously tackling complacency and collaboration in the face of an overwhelming government (The Perfect Revolution, Silverthought press, 2006), LaBounty this time turns his pen to conspicuous consumption and usury and the role of business in promoting both…


“Love and Revolution in Tehran” – Natylie Baldwin
As the title suggests, nearly all of the transformational events occur or have their genesis on a rooftop, usually that of Pasha’s home. This is where Pasha spends his summer nights in 1978 stargazing, watching the goings-on in the neighborhood, and joking and sharing hopes of the future with his best friend, Ahmed. It is also the perch from where he nurses his surreptitious love for Zari. And it is the place from which Pasha unwittingly gives away Doctor’s hiding place as he is pursued one night by the dreaded SAVAK…


“Commonline Interview: Def Poet George Watsky” – Staff
I’ve stumbled on an exception. His name is George Watskyand he’s smart. Watsky’s spoken performances are disarming, even for a semi-cynical onlooker like myself. His delivery is sincere, humorous, message oriented but not preachy, and display just the right amount of shine…

“Commonline Interview: Author and Word Riot Editor Jackie Corley” – Staff
Most of us small press junkies know Jackie Corley as the editor of Word Riot Magazinebut there is more to Corley than you might have thought. Jackie has written a remarkable book; a small but intrepid collection of short stories entitled The Suburban Swindle…

“Commonline Interview: Hip Hop Artist & Activist Immortal Technique” – Stephen C. Webster
America is in a state of revolution. There’s a whiff of change in the air, subtly affecting every institution, every industry, and every ideology. Ours is a revolution of ideas and technology. Ours is a further human evolution, strengthening by the moment. It’s as though we’re all just waiting for the ball to drop…

“Commonline Interview: Spoken-Word Poet Anis Mojgani” – Staff
Anis is the current (2007) World Cup Poetry Slam Champion and the
2005 & 2006 National Poetry Slam Individual Champion (a back-to-back honor shared only by fellow artist Buddy Wakefield). He is also the 2006 Seattle Grand Slam Champion. Anis has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, National Public Radio’s ‘The Beat’, and in the documentary ‘Slam Planet: War of the Words’. You can also find his work in Spoken Word Revolution Redux and in the literary journal ‘Rattle’…

“Commonline Interview: Author Tony O’Neill” – Jesper Sydhagen
t’s easy to imagine the sick Hollywood motel mornings; crusted vomit on your pants, everything around you is a mess. You look at your arms, dried blood and not a fresh vein in sight. Right as you get a vague idea of your situation- IT hits you… the first physical cramps that tell you to score for another fix. And you know that the pain will grow and it won’t cease until you have heroin in your blood stream…

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