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88 pp
6 x 8
June 2005

Emerging Voices

Misery Islands,
by January Gill O’Neil

Spooky Action at a Distance,
by Howard Levy

My Painted Warriors,
by Peggy Penn

Red Canoe: Love In Its Making, by Joan Cusack Handler

door of thin skins,
by Shira Dentz

The One Fifteen to Penn Station, by Kevin Carey

Where the Dead Are,
by Wanda S. Praisner

Darkening the Grass, by Michael Miller

Neighborhood Register,
by Marcus Jackson

Night Sessions,
by David S. Cho

by January Gill O'Neil

The Second Night of the Spirit, by Bhisham Bherwani

by Joseph O. Legaspi

WE AREN'T WHO WE ARE and this world isn't either,
by Christine Korfhage

Through a Gate of Trees,
by Susan Jackson

Against Which,
by Ross Gay

The Silence of Men,
by Richard Jeffrey Newman

The Dishelved Bed,
by Andrea Carter Brown

The Singers I Prefer,
by Christian Barter

The Fork Without Hunger,
by Laurie Lamon

An Imperfect Lover,
Poems and watercolors by Georgianna Orsini

Soft Box,
by Celia Bland

by Eloise Bruce

by Catherine Doty

Silk Elegy,
by Sondra Gash

The Palace of Ashes,
by Sherry Fairchok

Eyelevel: Fifty Histories,
by Christopher Matthews

by Joan Cusack Handler

So Close, by Peggy Penn

Snakeskin Stilettos,
by Moyra Donaldson

Grub, by Martin Mooney

Kazimierz Square,
by Karen Chase

A Day This Lit,
by Howard Levy

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The Singers I Prefer

by Christian Barter

Foreword by Sydney Lea

The Singers I PreferI've been listening to Christian Barter's strong and subtle voice for some years now, and to read his first full volume is to recall, among other things, that this poet is also a first-rate musician. His are the capacities of the best jazz improvisers: an awareness of and respect for his predecessors; an instinct for just the right "change"; and that indefinable gift to howl in pain at the moon even as the virtuosity and beauty of the howling indicate the player's love of life. One of the most impressive debuts I know. —Sydney Lea

The ability to draw an honest bead on one’s personal history and on history in general is uncommon. Christian Barter is an uncommon poet, one who in poem after poem goes beyond the anecdotal and into the domain of the searched soul. His talent is at the service of an inquisitive urge that won’t quit but that recognizes how limitation assails us at each turn. In his best poems he makes a reader feel both the awe and the pity of time. —Baron Wormser


Christian BarterCHRISTIAN BARTER was born and raised in rural Maine. He received a B.A. from Bates College, in music composition, and an M.F.A in Writing from Vermont College. He supervises a trail crew in Bar Harbor, Maine, doing dry stone masonry, tree work, and wild-land firefighting. Christian’s poems have appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Georgia Review, North American Review, American Scholar and Notre Dame Review. He has received residency fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Foundation and the Espy Foundation.



Another Burning

I lit a fire for the first time since last winter
and it smelled like being in love with you.

I half expected—no, that word is a lie—
I imagined, in the old way, the way

I had of imagining you when you drove up
my driveway with your books on tape

blasting away calmly about Lincoln's assassination,
that you would come charging up my driveway

in the old way, last winter's way, your tears still lingering
for Abe, you'd somehow forgotten had been shot,

and let me comfort you for some long-gone thing.
It smelled like you would, and kept right on smelling
             that way.