Sunday May 26

FGE - Poetry November 2009

Featured Guest Editor - Jim Harms: November 2009

James-Harms.jpg What I love about American poetry these days isn’t that anything goes; rather, I find myself grateful that so very much is possible. I’ve always been frustrated with aesthetic intolerance, impatient with stylistic chauvinism. There isn’t just one way to write a poem, and there isn’t just one way to arrive at meaning. I didn’t set out to prove these arguments when putting together this feature; in fact, I didn’t set out to do much of anything, other than gather up a terrific group of poems and poets. So here they are.


Tomaž Šalamun - Poetry Translated by Brian Henry

TomazSalamun Tomaž Šalamun was born in 1941 in Zagreb, but grew up in Koper, a coastal town in Slovenia south of Trieste. In 1966 he graduated in Art History from Ljubljana University. Šalamun, who won the Prešeren Prize in 2000, was the leading figure of the Slovenian poetic avant-garde in the 1960s and in the 1970s.

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Mark Brazaitis - Poetry

MarkBrazaitis.jpg Mark Brazaitis is the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and Steal My Heart, a novel published in 2000 by Van Neste Books. His latest book of fiction, An American Affair: Stories, won the 2004 George Garrett Fiction Prize from Texas Review Press.

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Ben Doller - Poetry

BenDollar.gif Ben Doller (previously Doyle) was born in Warsaw, New York, in 1973. He completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Oswego and West Virginia University.

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Brian Henry - Poetry

BrianHenry.jpg Brian Henry is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Stripping Point (Counterpath). His translation of the Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices (Harcourt) appeared in 2008, and his translation of Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things is forthcoming from BOA Editions.

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Maggie Glover - Poetry

MaggieGlover.jpg Maggie Glover earned a BA from Denison University and an MFA from West Virginia University, where she was awarded the James Paul Brawner Poetry Award in 2007.

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Paula McLain - Poetry

PaulaMcClain.jpg Paula McLain has published two collections of poetry Less of Her and Stumble, Gorgeous, both from New Issues Poetry Press, as well as a memoir about growing up in foster care, Like Family: Growing Up In Other People’s Houses, and the novel, A Ticket to Ride, which was published by Ecco in 2008 and named a “top read” by the Today Show.

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Alan Michael Parker - Poetry

AlanMichaelParker.jpg Alan Michael Parker is the author of five collections of poems, Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, and Elephants & Butterflies, as well as a novel, Cry Uncle; he is also Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two scholarly works.

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Eleni Sikelianos - Poetry

EleniSikelianos.jpg Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Body Clock and The California Poem, as well as a hybrid memoir, The Book of Jon.  Her translation of Jacques Roubaud’s Exchanges on Light appeared in 2009.

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