Vanitas

Jane McKinley is a professional oboist and the artistic director of the Dryden Ensemble, a Baroque chamber music group based in Princeton, New Jersey. Her poetry manuscript Vanitas recently won the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize and will be published in early 2011 by Texas Tech University Press; the title poem appeared in our Fall 2009 issue.

Starting Out from Ted Hughes’s Letters & My Face and My Voice

Coleman Barks, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, has since 1977 collaborated with various scholars of the Persian language (most notably, John Moyne) to bring over into American free verse the poetry of the thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi. This work has resulted in twenty-one volumes, including the bestselling Essential Rumi in 1995. He has also published eight volumes of his own poetry, including Hummingbird Sleep: Poems 2009–2011 (2012) and Winter Sky: Poems 1968–2008 (2008), both from the University of Georgia Press. 

The Book of the Dead Man (The Sun)

Marvin Bell’s recent books include Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013 )and Whiteout (Lodima Press, 2011), a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons. The selections from “If & When” in this issue continue Bell’s poetic correspondence with Christopher Merrill, earlier exchanges from which were collected in After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts (White Pine Press, 2016).

Watchful

Bob Hicok’s ninth book, Hold, is just out from Copper Canyon Press.

American Primitives

John Bensko’s four books of poetry are Visitations (University of Tampa Press, 2014), The Iron City (2000), The Waterman’s Children (1994), and Green Soldiers (1981), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He is also the author of a story collection, Sea Dogs (2004), and coordinator of the University of Memphis MFA program.

The Black Humvee and the Blue Tangs & Ghost Gear

Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen poetry collections, most recently Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965–2005 (2005), a finalist for the National Book Award; Ocean Effects (2007); and Whirl Is King (2008)—all from Louisiana State University Press. His translation of Sophocles’ Women of Trachis appeared in the Penn Greek Drama Series (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).

Taoism: A Primer

The You of the Mottoes

Sydney Lea’s thirteenth collection of poems, Here, is forthcoming from Four Way Books next year. Also due in 2018, from Vermont’s Green Writers Press, are Lea’s collected newspaper columns from his years as Vermont poet laureate, News That Stay News: Lyric and Everyday Life, his, and a re-issue of his collaborative book of essays with former Delaware poet laureate Fleda Brown, Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives.

Feeling Sorry for Myself after the Collapse of Civilization

Michael Derrick Hudson’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Boulevard, Columbia, Gulf Coast, New Welch Review, West Branch, and other journals. He was named co-winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize.