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THE CARPENTER ANT It was when or because she became two kinds of mad, both a feral nail biting into a plank and a deranged screw cranking into a wood beam, the aunt—I shouldn’t say her name, went at the fullest hour of the night, the moon there like an unflowered bulb in a darkness like mud, or covered in darkness as a bulb or skull is covered in mud, the small brown aunt who, before she went mad, taught herself to carpenter and unhinged, in her madness, the walls she claimed were bugged with a tiny red-eyed device planted by the State or Satan’s agents, ghosts of atheists, her foes, or worse, the walls were full of the bugs she believed crawled from her former son-in-law’s crooked mouth, the aunt, who knows as all creatures know, you have to be rooted in something tangible as wood if you wish to dream in peace, took her hammer with its claw like a mandible

Guest Review: Hirschhorn on North African Literature

Norbert Hirschhorn reviews Poems for the Millennium [Volume 4] The University of California Book of North African Literature, edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour , 2012 This is the fourth volume in the series, Poems for the Millennium, begun by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris under the imprint of the University of California. The first published in 1995 is titled Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry from Fin-de-Siécle to Negritude; the second (1998), subtitled From Postwar to Millennium ; the third (with Jeffrey C. Robinson as co-editor, 2009) presented Romantic & Postromantic Poetry. The series gives prominence to writers both within and outside the western canon, with emphases on political engagement and experimental forms, including poetic prose. Each omnium-gatherum is 700-900 pages long. In the introduction to the first volume the editors describe their project ambitiously as a “global anthology of twentieth-century modernism with an emphasis on those internat


Wow - Paddington Bear would have loved to get his paws on this shop's books on the fabled Portobello road he so loved to visit... COME BY AND ENJOY SOME WINE, SOME POETRY, SOME POETRY BOOK BROWSING/ BUYING. 201 PORTOBELLO ROAD, NOTTING HILL, LONDON, JULY 1-7 2013.... HERE ARE THE COOL EVENTS (POP UP TEN MINUTE READINGS)... Monday  1st July Evening : 7 pm-8 pm: Eyewear party, with reading by Mark Ford Tuesday 2nd July    Day readers : 2.30 pm, Leah Fritz ; 3.30 pm, Kimberly Campanello ; 4 pm, Christopher Reid ;  4.30 pm, Astrid Alben Wednesday 3rd July Day readers : 1.30 pm, Tim Dooley ; 2.30 Tim Wells ; 3 pm, Fiona Curran ; 3 pm Andrew Motion ; 4 pm, Sandeep Parmar & James Byrne   Evening : Flipped Eye event: 6 pm: Sarah Westcott – runner up in the first Venture Award, reading from her new pamphlet Inklings for followed by Q&A/signing. 6.45pm Introducing The mouthmark Book of Poetry –

Qu’importe maintenant?

Aufgabe 12 Featuring poetry in translation from Quebec guest edited by Oana Avasilichioaei What does it matter now? What matters now? What is the matter now? What is now’s matter? All possible transversions of Jean-Marc Desgent’s questioning title  Qu’importe maintenant ? Works by the following fourteen writers, presented in American and Canadian English translations from the Quebecois French by twelve translators, are possible responses:         Geneviève Desrosiers      Benoit Jutras      Nicole Brossard      Chantal Neveu      Franz Schürch      Suzanne Leblanc      Steve Savage      Philippe Charron      Renée Gagnon      Daniel Canty      François Turcot      Martine Audet      Kim Doré      Jean-Marc Desgent To check out the issue or purchase a copy go to: or


Conscience The meaning is there, if that's what you want. (Merce Cunningham ) Shades of silence, and the ear asks questions the mind can't answer. Taking a turn filling a temporal frame, something anonymous that now has a name is reading the mirror, a face returning once again to a place where truth could have been shared out when curating gardens a child was planted in. Circumstance removed the born centre, took out the fixed point to enter other rooms, now sensing conscience in this space, in its absence. Seán Street Seán Street has produced eight collections, the latest of which, Cello , was published in 2013 by Rockingham Press. His latest prose work is The Poetry of Radio – The Colour of Sound .   Previous writings include books on Gerard Manley Hopkins and The Dymock Poets. He is currently working on a book exploring the relationship between sound and memory, to be pub


The Way In After M. R. James’s ghost story, “The Mezzotint,” the picture of the mansion watched for change becomes the camera view on internet, where anyone may go and view the entrance to a home. They’ll not stop there but scroll along the edges of the scene, to follow curves of driveways, walks or, now emboldened, cut across the lawn, find entry through a window to our private lives.   Morgan Harlow is the author of Midwest Ritual Burning (Eyewear Publishing, 2012). She is at work on a novel, An Interview with Joey Lobos , and a second collection of poems.