T H E H A M I L T O N S T O N E R E V I E W
Winter 2011 Issue No. 23
Table of Contents
Taking Off, Landing
On Getting Home Early for a Change
On Not Getting to Second Base
The Red House, Indiana
The Born Again
My Father's Wife
Taps, 5pm Sharp, Monterey Presidio
Tam Lin Neville
I Study the Sky
Suppose Death Came
Landscape with Mower and Roses
The Oyster Hills
Feminist Christmas Tree Farm
Soo Na Pak
THIS SPACE IS OPEN: PAGES FROM A MEMOIR WORKSHOP
Butterfly: "Just a Girl from Camberwell"
Ralph Burns has published recent poems in FIELD, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, IRON HORSE LITERARY REVIEW, and THE CIMARRON REVIEW. He's recently completed a new manuscript titled FREE WILL SONNETS.
Curt Eriksen was born in Kansas, but now lives with his family in the Sierra de Gredos. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in the U.S., U.K., India and Spain, in numerous print and online journals, including Orbis, Blackbird, Rosebud, New Madrid, 34th Parallel, Contrary, 42opus and Alba. Excerpts from Curt's first, experimental/literary novel, Ergo We Are Not, have also appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in Anemone Sidecar, Mad Hatters' Review and LiteraryMary. More short fiction and poetry are forthcoming soon in Criminal Class Poetry and Right Hand Pointing. All of Curt's published work is accessible at www.clerik.weebly.com.
Hugh Fox is dying from prostate cancer that is moving everywhere now. 79 on February 12th of 2011. 110 books published, his latest the DEPTHS AND DRAGONS out from Skylight Press in England, next another novel called IN THE BEGINNING, out from Muse It Up in Canada. Grey Sparrow Press published a poetry volume a few months back, APPROACHING/ACERCANDO, poems Fox wrote originally in Portuguese in Brazil and then translated into English once he was back in the U.S. He has some 20 unpublished novels still on the shelves and would like to see some of his novels like DEPTHS AND DRAGONS made into films.
Matthew Haughton has published one chapbook, "Bee-coursing Box" (Accents Publishing). His poetry has appeared or is set to appear in many journals including: Appalachian Journal, Now & Then, Still, and New Southerner. Haughton lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.
Lori Horvitz' short stories, poetry, and personal essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies including The Southeast Review, The Salt River Review, Hotel Amerika, Thirteenth Moon, Dos Passos Review and Quarter After Eight. Most recently, her essays have been included in two Seal Press anthologies: P.S.: What I Didn't Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends and Dear John, I'm in Love With Jane. She is the editor of Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students Tell Their Classroom Stories, published by the Peter Lang Group. She is an Associate Professor of Literature and Language at University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she teaches courses in Creative Writing, Literature, and Women's Studies.
Anna Jaquiery was born in France 39 years ago and is of French-Indian descent. She has lived in many places, from Russia to New Zealand, due to personal and professional circumstances. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Her stories and poems have appeared in places like Magma, Flashquake, Freefall and the Asia Literary Review. She has one poetry collection called Sailing Across Hemispheres (Flutter Press, June 2010) and is currently trying to complete a novel set in Malaysia.
Halvard Johnson was Poetry Editor of HSR for many years. His latest publications include Mainly Black and Obras Publicas, available online.
Neal Kreitzer teaches English at Rockland Community College, SUNY. He is working on memory sketches of people once significant in his life. This is his first published work.
Liya Li is Professor of English. She teaches English Composition, World Literature, and Mandarin Chinese courses at SUNY Rockland Community College. She won the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003. She has also been awarded fellowships at the Expanding East Asian Studies Program at Columbia University and the Asian Studies Development Program of the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii. Liya Li grew up during the havoc of the Cultural Revolution. At a young age, she witnessed the cruel political persecutions to which her parents were subjected. She greatly appreciates the opportunities she has been given in the United States and makes it her commitment in giving back to the community. This short account is a part of the memoir she is working on in memory of father.
Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published four novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010) and Following Richard Brautigan (2010), a full length poetry collection, Some Identity Problems (2008), and a book of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009). He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. He also claims to have written, "The Martian Hop." With his wife, he runs Burke's Book Store, one of the country's oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.
Renee K. Nelson lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two cats. A recent graduate from San Francisco State University's MFA program, she currently teaches at Hartnell College in Salinas. Her poems have appeared in Transfer, Porter Gulch Review, and Gone Lawn.
Tam Lin Neville is the author of Journey Cake (BkMk Press, l998). Her second collection of poems, Triage, is just out from Cervena Barva Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Harvard Review, Mademoiselle, American Poetry Review, Ironwood, and Threepenny Review. With her husband she co-edits Off The Grid Press, a press for poets over sixty. She also works for Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.
Oden Oak's one year of military service (1969-70) was spent in Vietnam. Four months into the tour, the school where he taught was bombed by the "Viet Cong." His essay is an account of that attack. It is part of a series in progress.
Soo Na Pak's work appears in Digital Artifact Magazine, Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and other publications. Her video documentary screened at UC Santa Cruz's Regenerations: The 13th Annual Women of Color Film and Video Festival. Soo Na is currently writing a memoir. She may be contacted at email@example.com
Keith Ratzlaff's books of poetry are Then, A Thousand Crows; Dubious Angels: Poems after Paul Klee; Man Under A Pear Tree; and Across The Known World. His poems and reviews have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, The Georgia Review, The Journal, New England Review, The Threepenny Review, Arts and Letters, Colorado Review, and The North American Review. His recent poems and essays also appear in The Best American Poetry 2009 (Scribner, 2009); Poets of the New Century (David R. Godine, 2001); A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2003); In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland (Indiana University Press, 2003); and in Snakebird: Thirty Years of Anhinga Poets (Anhinga Press, 2004). His awards include the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Award and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches writing and literature at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Tom Sheehan's books are Epic Cures and Brief Cases, Short Spans, Press 53; A Collection of Friends and From the Quickening, Pocol Press. His work appears in Home of the Brave, Stories in Uniform and Milspeak Anthology, Warriors, Veterans, Family and Friends Writing the Military Experience. He has 14 Pushcart nominations, is included in Dzanc Best of the Web Anthology for 2009 and nominated for Best of the Web 2010 and 2011. He has 181 short stories on Rope and Wire Magazine. Print issues include Rosebud (3), Ocean Magazine (7) among others. He has published 3 novels (An Accountable Death, Vigilantes East, and Death for the Phantom Receiver) and the poetry collections This Rare Earth and Other Flights; Ah, Devon Unbowed; The Saugus Book; and Reflections from Vinegar Hill. He served with the 31st Infantry Regiment, Korea, 1951.
Judith Skillman is the author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently The Never (Dream Horse Press, 2010.) She is the recipient of awards from many organizations, including the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in Midwest Quarterly, The Iowa Review, New Poets of the American West, and many other journals and anthologies. Skillman has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, & teaches on occasion for the Richard Hugo House. She lives in Kennydale, Washington. A collection about the seven deadly sins titled "The White Cypress" will be published by Cervéna Barva Press in March, 2011.
Delia Tramontina is originally from Flushing, NY. In 2001, she received her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University's The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, in Boulder, CO. Her poetry has been published in Ur-Vox, Bombay Gin, Spore and Tinfish. More recently, her review has appeared inGalatea Resurrects. She has poetry forthcoming in Sugar Mule. She lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
Joan White, at 17, tried writing a romance novel. She says, "I was recovering from TB, so I needed visits from friends. Each week I'd read an installment…they kept coming back…at that time my favorite author was Frank Yerby. I've written quite a few journals, which include the entries here. They stay in my wardrobe. Last fall, Reamy brought together a group interested in memoir writing. He created an atmosphere of equality that gave me the confidence to read my wartime, London stories."