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POETRY: Oppenheimer, Saskia Hamilton, Gerard Malanga, Anand Thakore, James Reidel, Daniel Evans Pritchard, William Logan, U.S. Dhuga, Todd Swift, Adam Fitzgerald, Charles Bern
stein, Rilke's Russian Poems translated into English for the first time by Philip Nikolayev, Peter Behrman-de Sinéty, Petya Ivanova, Mario Murgia translated by Ben Mazer, David Ward; CRITICISM: Marjorie Perloff; Josephine Weinberger on Lynette Roberts, Robert Archambeau on W.B. Yeats, Geoffrey O'Brien on Fritz Lang, David Meltzer on Wallace Berman, Adam Kirsch's Cultural Diaries, Bill Berkson's Memoirs, D.M. Stewart on Ben Mazer, Authority and the Nature of Poetry by Ben Mazer, The Irreducible Author by Philip Nikolayev, Ruin and Desire by Brendan Lorber.

Publisher and Managing Editor: U.S. Dhuga
Editor: Ben Mazer
Contributing Editors: Philip Nikolayev, Todd Swift (U.K.), Jeet Thayil (India), Peter Behrman-de Sinéty (France), Mario Murgia (Mexico)
Art Director: Drew VanderVeen
Editorial Assistant: Allison Vanouse


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