blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


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Larry Levis
   In the City of Light
   Some Grass along a Ditch Bank  audio icon
   My Story in a Late Style of Fire

Ron Slate
   General Sweeney Dies at 84
   From The Incentive of the Maggot
      Granite City  audio icon
      Apparition of the Virgin  audio icon
      The Incentive of the Maggot
  audio icon

Stephen Dunn
   Larry Levis in Syracuse

David Baker
   Levis Here and There

Sylvia Plath
   Ennui  (introduction and text)

Peter Orner
   From The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

Michaux Dempster
   Book Review | The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, by Peter Orner

Laura Lark
   Artist Statement
   10 Really Short Videos  video icon
   Aura  video icon

Paisley Rekdal
   Song with Dog and Cemetery
   Edward Curtis’ “Good Lance: Oglala”

Robert Lopez
   Somewhere Other Than Florida  audio icon

Tomás Q. Morín
   The Life of the Party

Carolyn Guinzio

Shigeo Kawashima

Robert Richardson
   Prologue from William James:
   In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

Josip Novakovich
   Remote Love

Terese Svoboda
   Motion Makes Us Cough
   Love Light (Schadenfreude)
   Selected Imagery Based on Physical Gesture
   Control C

David Dodd Lee

Leonard Gontarek

Rachel Richardson
   Children Born After the War  audio icon
   Louisiana’s Swamps  audio icon

Alan Shapiro
   From the sequence “The Book of Last Thoughts”

Mark Yakich
   Funeral Direction

Valerie Nieman
   Adam and Eve as Fire and Water  audio icon

Liliana V. Blum
   A New Faith

Liza Lentini

Robin Ekiss
   Meanwhile Under the Shade Palms  audio icon
   The Lady Vanishes
  audio icon

Laura Van Prooyen
   Males Often Have Brilliant Colors  audio icon
   An Uncertain Sky Makes Her Wary of Stillness
  audio icon

Rebecca Black
   Wakulla Springs  audio icon
   Studies from Life  audio icon
   Sweet Transmigrations  audio icon
   Tolberton County, 1923
  audio icon

Caitlin Horrocks
   It Looks Like This

Jake Adam York
   At Liberty
   For Reverend James Reeb
   For Lamar Smith

Jeff Baker
   Three Fluid Graces

Elizabeth Bradfield
   Snow Goggles: Whalebone and Sinew
   Polar Explorer #2

John Ravenal
   Farhad Moshiri's S4M53

Ahmad Saidullah
   The Guest

Sandy Longhorn
   Dispatch From the Outpost
   Winter Psalm

Sam Pereira
   On a Day When Rocks Can Think

Susan Elbe
   With a Leaf in Her Fist  audio icon
   Eden in the Rearview Mirror  audio icon

Becky Bradway
   Fine Stationery

Douglas S. Jones
   A Gathering of Transits
   Three Days after the Storm

Sally Rosen Kindred
   Prayer For Mrs. Snead

Bryan Penberthy
   The End of Free Love
   Noah Studies

Genanne Walsh
   Some Girl

Anne Haines
   Opening the Hive

Craig Beaven
   Book Review | Lie Awake Lake, by Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Jesse Ulmer
   Book Review | Love in an Expanding Universe, by Ron Rindo

Ann Glenn
   Book Review | Ornithologies, by Joshua Poteat

Tina Barr
   Book Review | My Hand Upon Your Name, by Jeannine Savard

Susan Settlemyre Williams
   So What’s With All These Chapbook Reviews?
   Chapbook Reviews I:
   Stuart Greenhouse, Mark Yakich, Dan Albergotti, Sima Rabinowitz, and Sally Rosen Kindred

Anna Journey
   Chapbook Reviews II:
   Patty Paine, Cecily Parks, Barbara Tran, Catherine Pierce, and John Allman

Jennfier Merrifield
   Chapbook Reviews III:   
   Kate Greenstreet, G.C. Waldrep, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Idra Novey, Benjamin Scott Grossberg