At First

For Kristin

While many loves apparently can strike
as lightning does, without providing warning,
and skip the phase when two would simply like
and leap to instant passion ever-warming,

and while such love commences at first sight
and blossoms swiftly from a field of view
as grounded feelings suddenly take flight,
I first was struck another way by you:

While loves at first sight strike, not taking long,
instead mine struck me soundly—at first song.

The depths that are invisible to seeing,
a universe beginning with a bang,
the enigmatic essence of your being,
poured from the music that you wrote and sang.

While loves at first sight strike, not taking long,
instead mine struck me soundly—at first song.

Mario A. Pita

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Quantum Feline

There may be no such thing as unicorns,
no centaurs, partly human, partly horses,
no creatures with a mix of wings and horns,
but there’s one we learn of in physics courses

who shows our world is magical no less:
a cat that’s in a box, alive and dead,
a mix of both or anybody’s guess,
until the box is open and we shed

all possibilities but what we see
as waves of probabilities collapse
to one observable reality:
a corpse or living feline on our laps.

Who needs a unicorn? A cat could purr
and yet be dead: the cat of Schrödinger.

Reality may split in two or more
where possibilities are all unfurled:
as waves collapse around each cosmic shore,
the cat in different states in every world.

Who needs a unicorn? A cat could purr
and yet be dead: the cat of Schrödinger.

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Mario A. Pita

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“Sphereans” of Eratosphere

Eratosphere, which I regard as my Alma Mater in the writing of formal verse, is a free-to-join workshop for formal poetry. Additionally, it is a forum for free verse, for poetry and prose translation, fiction, art, literary criticism, and critical discussions on writing. It was founded in 1999 by Alexander Pepple as a workshop complement to Able Muse. Eratosphere moderators have included some of the best known formal poets, with the Poet Laureate of Wisconsin Marilyn Taylor, A. M. Juster, A. E. Stallings, and R. S. Gwynn among them.”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosphere). Below is a list of some Sphereans, books they have published, links to their websites and online samples of their work. (Please note, author’s name links to their website, if available).

Brian Allgar
●  The Ayterzedd (Kelsay Books, 2018).
●  An Answer from the Past (Kelsay Books, 2020).
@  Brian Allgar at Hypertexts



Mark Allinson



●  Blue Glass Cities (Modern Metric Press, 2006)
@ Mark Allinson @ Hypertexts




Jesse Anger



●  Far Too Close (The Blasted Tree Art Collective and Publishing Co., 2014)
@ Jesse Anger @ Hypertexts


David Gwilym Anthony



●  Passing Through the Woods (Matador, 2012)
@ David Gwilyn Anthony @ Hypertext




Damian Balassone
 


●  Daniel Yammacoona (Ginninderra Press, 2013)x
●  Strange Game in a Strange Land (Wilkinson Publishing, 2020)



Ned Balbo
 


●  Something Must Happen (Finishing Line Press, 2009)
●  Galileo’s Banquet (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 1998)
●  Lives of the Sleepers (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)
●  The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press, 2010)
●  Upcycling Paumanok (Measure Press, 2016)
●  3 Nights of the Perseids (University of Evansville Press, 2019)
●  The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots (Criterion Books, 2019)

@ Ned Balbo @BandCamp



Norman Ball

 

●  Serpentrope (White Violet Press, 2013)



Melissa Balmain 



●  Walking in on People (Able Muse Press, 2014)
●  Just Us: Adventures and Travels of a Mother and Daughter (Faber and Faber, 1998)
@ Melissa Bailman @ Poetry Foundation



Lisa Barnett

 

●  Love Recidivus (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
@ Lisa Barnett @ Poetry Foundation



Tony Barnstone


●  Pulp Sonnets, illustrated by Amin Mansouri (Tupelo Press, 2015). (Teaching guide at https://www.tupelopress.org/rc/Pulp_…Teaching_Guide). Poetry.
●  Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014). Poetry.
●  Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BKMK Press, 2009). Poetry.
●  The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008). Poetry.
●  Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005). Poetry.
●  Impure (University Press of Florida, 1999). Poetry.
●  Mother is a Bird: Sonnets by a Yi Poet. Poems and Illustrations by Jidi Majia. Co-translated into English by Tony Barnstone and Ming Di. Translated into Yi by Heire Zihan. (Beijing: China’s Youth and Children Literature Publishing House, 2017). Translation.
●  River Merchant’s Wife by Ming Di, translated from the Chinese by Tony Barnstone, Neil Aitken, Afaa Weaver, Katie Farris & Sylvia Burn with the author (Marick Press, 2013). Translation.
●  Erotic Chinese Poems. Co-edited with Chou Ping. (Everyman Press, 2007). Translation.
●  The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry, Co-edited with Chou Ping, (Anchor Books, 2005). Translation/Anthology.
●  The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters. Translated and Co-edited with Chou Ping. (Shambhala, 1996). Translation/Anthology.
●  Out of the Howling Storm. Edited by Tony Barnstone. (Wesleyan University Press, 1993). Translation/Anthology.
●  Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei. Co-translated with Willis Barnstone and Xu Haixin.(University Press of New England, 1991). Translation.
●  Republic of Apples, Democracy of Oranges: New Eco-Poetry from China and the United States. Co-edited with Frank Stewart and Ming Di. (University of Hawaii Press, 2019). Anthology.
●  Human and Inhuman Monster Poems. Edited by Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust. (Everyman Pocket Library, 2015). Anthology.
●  Poems Dead and Undead. Edited by Tony Barnstone and Michelle Mitchell-Foust. (Everyman Pocket Library, 2014). Anthology.
●  The Literature of Asia. Edited by Tony Barnstone (Prentice Hall Publishers, 2002). Textbook.
●  The Literatures of the Middle East. Co-edited with Willis Barnstone (Prentice Hall Publishers, 2002). Textbook.
●  Literatures of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Co-edited with Willis Barnstone. ( Prentice Hall Publishers, 1999). Textbook.
@ Tony Barnstone @ Poetry Foundation



John Beaton


●  Leaving Camustianavaig (Word Galaxy Press, 2021).
@ John Beaton@ The Hypertexts

Kate Bernadette Benedict
 
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●  Here from Away (CustomWords, 2003)
● In Company (CW Books, 2011)
● Earthly Use (Umbrella Editions, 2015
@ Kate Bernadette Benedict @ The Hypertexts



Mark Blaeuer



●  Fragments of a Nocturne (White Violet Press, 2014)



Michael Cantor



●  Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012)
●  The Performer (Puddinghouse Publications, 2007)
●  Furusato (Kelsay Books, 2019)
@ Michael Cantor @ The Hypertexts



William G. Carpenter

 

●  Eþandun: Epic Poem (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2021)


Catherine Chandler

 

●  The Frangible Hour. (University of Evansville Press, 2016)
●  Lines of Flight. (Able Muse Press, 2011).
●  This Sweet Order. (Kelsay Books – White Violet Press, 2012).
●  Glad and Sorry Seasons. (Biblioasis Press, 2014).
●  For No Good Reason (The Olive Press, 2008). Chapbook.
●  All or Nothing (The Olive Press, 2010). Chapbook.
●  Pointing Home (Kelsay Books, 2019)
@ Catherine Chandler @ The Hypertexts



Wiley Clements
●  Yesterday, or Long Ago (Clock and Rose Press, 2004)


Terese Coe



●  The Everyday Uncommon (2005, out of print)
●  Shot Silk (2015, Kelsay Books)
●  Why You Can’t Go Home Again (Kelsay Books, 2018)
@ Terese Coe @ The Hypertexts



Edmund Conti



●  The Runaway Spoon Press. Eddies, 1995 The Ed C. Scrolls (Publisher claims to have only a few copies left that he is keeping for himself)
●  O Fractal Day! (poems and fractals by me), Desktop Graphics, 1995
●  Greatest Hits (Pudding House Productions, 2000)
●  Hic Haiku Hoc (The Poet Tree, 1994)
●  Little Books Press (That would be Wayne Hogan, 1996)
●  Eb & Flo (With Wayne Hogan) Words and Music by Edmund Conti
●  Quiblets Drawings by Jim Siergey (Doggerel Daze, 2007)
●  Just So You Know (Kelsay Books, 2018).
@ Edmund Conti @ The Hypertexts



Maryann Corbett



●  Breath Control (David Robert Books, 2012)
●  Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter (Able Muse Press, 2013)
●  Mid Evil (University of Evansville Press, copyright 2014, appeared 2015)
●  Street View (Able Muse, 2017)
●  In Code (Able Muse, 2020)
@ Maryann Corbett @ The Hypertexts



Kevin Cutrer



●  Lord’s Own Annointed (Dos Madres, 2015)



Paul Dickey

 

● What Wisconsin Took (Parallel Press, 2006)
● They Say This is How Death Came into the World, Mayapple Press, 2011)
Wires Over the Homeplace (Pinyon Publishing, 2013)



Gregory Dowling



● Ascension (Polygon, 2015). Novel.
●  A Nice Steady Job (St. Martin’s Press, 1994). Novel.
●  Every Picture Tells a Story (St. Martin’s Press, 1991). Novel.
●  See Naples and Kill (U.S. edition: St. Martin’s Press; UK edition, Grafton [under the title Neapolitan Reel], 1988). Novel.
●  Double Take (UK edition: Severn House; U.S. edition: St. Martin’s Press, 1985). Novel.
●  David Mason: A Critical Introduction (Story Line Press, June 2013).
●  In Venice and in the Veneto with Lord Byron (Supernova, 2008).
●  Someone’s Road Home: Questions of Home and Exile in American Narrative Poetry (Campanotto Editore, 2003).
●  A Study of the English Verb (Supernova, 1994).
●  Gondola signore gondola. Venice in 20th Century American Poetry. Co-edited with Rosella Mamoli Zorzi (Supernova, 2007). Anthology.
●  Giovane poesia inglese. Co-edited with Alessandro Scarsella (Edizioni del Leone, 1996). Anthology.
●  Veritas, by Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti (Polygon, 2013). Translation.
●  Francesco’s Italy, by Francesco Da Mosto (BBC Books, 2006). Translation.
●  Francesco’s Venice, by Francesco Da Mosto (BBC Books, 2004). Translation (co-translated with David Graham).
●  Giambattista Tiepolo by Massimo Gemin & Filippo Pedrocco (Arsenale Editrice, 1995). Translation (co-translated with Holly Snapp).
●  Letter to a Jewish Friend (Lettera ad un amico ebreo) by Gian Franco Svidercoschi (Hodder & Stoughton, 1994). Translation.
●  Enigma by the Sea (Enigma in luogo di mare), by Carlo Fruttero & Franco Lucentini (Chatto & Windus, 1994). Translation.
●  The D Case (La verità sul caso D), by Carlo Fruttero & Franco Lucentini (U.S. edition: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992; UK edition: Chatto & Windus, 1993). Translation.
●  The Missing Pages (Le pagine strappate) by Cristina Comencini (Chatto & Windus, 1993). Translation.


John Philip Drury

 

●  Sea Level Rising (Able Muse Press, 2015)
@ John Phillip Drury @ The Poetry Foundation



Ann Drysdale



●  The Turn of the Cucumber (Peterloo Poets, 1995)
●  Gay Science (Peterloo Poets, 1999)
●  Backwork (Peterloo Poets, 2002)
●  Between Dryden and Duffy: Another Collection (Peterloo Poets, 2005)
●  Real Newport (Seren 2006)
●  Three-three, two-two, five-six (Cinnamon Press, 2007)
●  Discussing Wittgenstein (Cinnamon Press, 2009)
●  Quaintness and Other Offences (Cinnamon Press, 2009)
●  Turn (Exot Books, 2013)
●  Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots (Shoestring Press, 2015)
●  Vanitas (Shoestring Press, 2019)
@ Ann Drysdale @ The Hypertexts


Adam Elgar
 
●  The Little World of Don Camillo, by Giovanni Guareschi, trans. Adam Elgar (Pilot Productions, 2013)
● Truth and Flies, by Alessandra Lavagnino, trans. Adam Elgar (Troubador, 2010


Martin Elster



●  There’s a Dog in the Heavens! A Universe of Canine Verse (Hats off Books, 2003; Second Edition 2005, out of print)
●   Celestial Euphony (Plum White Press, 2019)



Rhina P. Espaillat



●  Algo Hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn’t Love a Wall: Forty Poems by Robert Frost, Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia, Mexico, DF, 2014
●  Oscura Fruta: Cuarenta y dos Poemas/Dark Berries: Forty-two Poems by Richard Wilbur, Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia, Mexico, DF, 2013
●  Her Place in These Designs, Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO, 2008
●  El olor de la memoria: cuentos/The Scent of Memory: Short Stories, Ediciones CEDIBIL, Santo Domingo, D.R., 2007
●  Agua de dos rios/Water from Two Rivers, Editora Nacional, Santo Domingo, D.R., 2006
●  Playing at Stillness, Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO, 2005
●  The Shadow I Dress In, David Robert Books, Cincinnati, OH, 2004
●  Rehearsing Absence, University of Evansville Press, Evansville, IN 2001
●  Where Horizons Go, Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO 1998
●  Lapsing to Grace, Bennett & Kitchel, East Lansing, MI, 1992
●  And After All (Able Muse Books, 2018)
●  “The Story-Teller’s Hour,” Scienter Press, Louisville, KY, 2004 (Chapbook)
●  “Rhina P. Espaillat: Greatest Hits 1942-2001,” GH Series #169, Pudding House Publications, Columbus, OH, 2003 (Chapbook)
●  “Mundo y Palabra/ The World & The Word,” Oyster River Press, Durham, NH, 2001 (Chapbook)
@ Rhina P. Espaillat @ The Hypertexts



Anna Evans



●  Saint-Pol-Roux & Other Poems from the French (Barefoot Muse Press, 2012)
●  Selected Sonnets (Maverick Duck Press, 2008)
●  Sisters and Courtesans (White Violet Press, 2014)
@ Anna Evans @ The Hypertexts



Sylvia Fairley

●  Word Play (Lulu.com, 2019)



Andrew Frisardi



●  Death of a Dissembler (White Violet Press, 2014). Poems.
●  Dante, Convivio (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  The Quest for Knowledge in Dante’s Convivio (Temenos Academy, 2015). Essays.
●  Brian Keeble, Daily Bread: Art and Work in the Reign of Quantity (Angelico Press, 2015). Edited and introduced.
●  The Young Dante and the One Love (Temenos Academy, 2013). Essays.
●  Dante, Vita Nova (Northwestern University Press, 2012). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  Franco Loi, Air and Memory, (Counterpath Press, 2007). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  Giuseppe Ungaretti, Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002, and Carcanet Press, 2004). Translation, notes, and introduction.
●  The Harvest and the Lamp (Franciscan University Press, 2020). Poetry.
●  Love’s Scribe: Reading Dante in the Book of Creation (Angelico Press, 2020). Prose.



Claudia Gary



●  Bikini Buyer’s Remorse (Loudon Scribe, 2013)
●  Humor Me (David Roberts Books, 2006)
@ Claudia Gary @ The Hypertexts



M. A. Griffiths



●  Grasshopper (Arrowhead Press, 2011)


Max Gutmann



●  There Was a Young Girl from Verona (Doggerel Daze, 2003)
@ Max Gutmann @ The Hypertexts

Poems in online journals

https://www.maxgutmann.com/other-scribblings/some-competition-winners
https://www.maxgutmann.com/other-scribblings/some-parodies
https://www.maxgutmann.com/other-scribblings/of-vienna
https://www.maxgutmann.com/other-scribblings/marriage-is-a-painful-matter
https://www.maxgutmann.com/other-scribblings/kindling
https://www.maxgutmann.com/other-scribblings/why-you-shouldnt-read-this-poem



R.S. Gwynn



●  Dogwatch (Measure Press, 2014)
●  -No Word of Farewell (Story Line Press, 2001)
●  Bearing & Distance (Cedar Rock Press 1977
●  The Narcissiad (Cedar Rock Press, 1981)
●  The Drive-in (University of Missouri Press, 1986)
●   Editor. The Advocates of Poetry: A Reader of American Poet-Critics of the Modernist Era. (University of Arkansas Press)
●   Editor. Contemporary American Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (Pearson/Longman, 2005)
@ R.S. Gwynn @ The Poetry Foundation



Charlotte Innes



●  Reading Ruskin in Los Angeles (Finishing Line Press, 2009) (Chapbook)
●  Licking the Serpent (Finishing Line Press, 2011) (Chapbook)
●  Descanso Drive (Kelsay Books, 2017)



Peleg Held

●  Virgula Divina, Peleg Held (Dyad Press, 2015)


Anthony Harrington

●  From the Attic: Selected Verse 1965-2015 (Kudzu Editions, 2015)



R. Nemo Hill

 

●  The Strange Music of Erich Zann (Hippocampus Press, 2005)
●  Prolegomena to an Essay on Satire (Modern Metrics, 2006)
●  When Men Bow Down (Dos Madres Press, 2012)
●  Pilgrim’s Feather, (Quantuck Lane Press, 2002)
●  In No Man’s Ear (fDos Madres, 2016)
●  Magellan’s Reveries (Dos Madres Press, 2019)
@ R. Nemo Hill @ The Hypertexts



Jan D. Hodge 



●  The Bard & Scheherazade Keep Company (Able Muse, 2017).
●  . Taking Shape (Able Muse, 2015).
●[chapbook] Poems to be Traded for Baklava (Onionhead Annual 1997)



Katherine Hoerth



●  Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots
●  The Garden Uprooted.
@ Katherine Hoerth @ Mezzocamin



Jeff Holt

 

●  The Harvest (White Violet Press, 2012)
@ Jeff Holt @ The Hypertexts



Adam Hughes

●  Uttering the Holy (NQY Books, 2012)



Simon Hunt
 
●  Lesser Magi (Hummingbird Press, 2018)
●  and Patricia Fumerton, eds. Renaissance Culture and the Everyday (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999)



A.M. Juster

 

●  Longing for Laura (Birch Brook Press 2001)
●  The Secret Language of Women (University of Evansville Press 2003)
●  The Satires of Horace (University of Pennsylvania Press 2008)
●  Tibullus’ Elegies (Oxford University Press 2012)
●  Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles (University of Toronto Press 2015)
●  Sleaze & Slander: New and Selected Comic Verse 1995-2015 (Measure Press March 2016)
●  The Billy Collins Experience (White Violet Press July 2016)
●  The Elegies of Maximianus (University of Pennsylvania Press mid 2017)
●  John Milton’s The Book of Elegies (University of Oklahoma Press late 2017)



Julie Kane



●  The Bartender Poems (Greville Press, 1991)
●  Body and Soul (Pirogue Pub, 1987)
●  Jazz Funeral (Story Line Press, 2009)
●  Paper Bullets (White Violet Press, 2012?)
●  Rhythm and Booze (U. of Illinois Press, 2003)
●  Mothers of Ireland (Louisiana State University Press, 2020)
@ Julie Kane @ The Hypertexts



Karami, Siham



●  To Love the River (Kelsay Books, 2018)
@ Siham Karimi @ The Hypterexts



Rose Kelleher



●  Bundle o’ Tinder (Waywiser Press, 2008)
● Native Species (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)
@ Rose Kelleher @ The Hypertexts

Janet Kenny


●  This Way to the Exit (White Violet Press, 2012)
●  Whistling in the Dark (2016)
@ Janet Kenny @ The Hypertexts



Jean L. Kreiling



●  The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books, 2014)
@ Jean L. Kreiling @ The Hypertexts



Paul Lake



●  The Republic of Virtue (University of of Evansville Press: 2013). Poetry.
●  Walking Backward (Story Line Press: 1999). Poetry.
●  Another Kind of Travel (University of Chicago Press: 1988). Poetry.
●  Bull Dancing (The New Poets Series: 1977). Poetry.
●  Cry Wolf: A Political Fable (BenBella:2008). Fiction.
●  Among the Immortals (Story Line Press: 1994). Fiction.
@ Paul Lake @ The Hypertexts



Mike Lane

●  They Can Keep the Cinderblock (Exot Books, 2012)


W.F. Lantry



●  The Language of Birds (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
●  The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2012)




Ralph La Rosa



●  Sonnet Stanzas (White Violet 2013).
●  Ghost Trees (Kelsay Books 2016)
●  My Miscellaneous Muse: Pastiches & Whimsical Words (The Poetry Box 2020)



Quincy R. Lehr



●  Across the Grid of Streets (Seven Towers, 2008)
●  Obscure Classics of English Progressive Rock (Seven Towers, 2012)
●  Heimat (Barefoot Muse Press, 2014)
●  The Dark Lord of the Tiki Bar (Measure Press, 2015)
●  Shadows and Gifts: Three Poems (Barefoot Muse Press, 2013)
●  William Montgomery (Modern Metrics/Exot Books 2006)
●  William Montgomery’s Guide to New York City (Seven Towers, 2008 and DYAD Press, 2016). (Chapbook).
●  Near Hits and Lost Classics (Kelsay, 2021)
@ Quincy R. Lehr @ The Hypertexts



J. Patrick Lewis



●  God Made the Skunk (Doggerel Daze, 2005 ●  A Hippopotamusn’t
●  The La-Di-Da Hare ●  The Bookworm’s Feast
●  Good Mousekeeping ●  Swan Song
●  At the Wish of the Fish ●  The Little Buggers: Insect and Spider Poems
●  July is a Mad Mosquito ●  Black Swan, White Crow
●  The Tsar and the Amazing Cow ●  Two Legged, Four Legged, No Legged Rhymes
●  The Frog Princess ●  One Dog Day
●  Boshblobberbosh ●  Please Bury Me in the Library
●  Heroes & Sheroes ●  Earth & Us
many more
@ J. Patrick Lewis @The Hypertexts



Barbara Loots



●  Windshift (Kelsay Books, 2018)
●  The Beekeeper and other Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2020)



Nigel Mace

●  The Three Estates: A Pleasant Satire in Commendation of Virtue and in Vituperation of Vice, Sir David Lindsay & Nigel Mace (trans. & ed.) Ashgate, 1998



Duncan Gillies MacLaurin



●  Red Moon (Merlin, 1987)
●  Fra Ordets Palet/From the Palette of Words (Attika, 1999) translation of Hans Tyrrestrup
●  I Sing the Sonnet (Snakeskin, 2011)
●  From Moonrise till Dawn: A Cycle of Poetry and Songs (NordOsten Books, 2013)
@Duncan Gilles @ The Hypertexts



Susan McLean



●  The Best Disguise. (University of Evansville Press, 2009).
● The Whetstone Misses the Knife. (Story Line Press, 2014).
● Selected Epigrams. (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014). Verse translations and notes for Martial’s Epigrammata.
@ Susan McLean @ Light



Austin MacRae



●  Graceways (Modern Metrics, 2008)
●  The Organ Builder (Dos Madres, 2012)
@ Austin McRae @ The Hypertexts



David Mason


 
●  Arrivals (Story Line Press, 2004)
●  Davey McGravy (Paul Dry Books, 2015)
●  Ludlow (Red Hen Press, 2007)
●  Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade (Red Hen Press, 2014)
●  The Country I Remember (Story Line Press, 1999)
●  Arrivals ( Story Line Press, 2004)
●  The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry (Story Line Press, 2000)
●  The Scarlet Libretto (Red Hen Press, 2012)
●  Essays by David Mason: Two Minds of a Western Poet (University of Michigan Press, 2011)
●  News from the Village (Red Hen Press, 2010)
@ David Mason @ The Poetry Foundation


Joshua Mehigan



●  The Optimist (Ohio University Press, 2004)
●  Accepting the Disaster (FSG, 2014)
@ Joshua Mehigan @ The Poetry Foundation



Mary Meriam



●  The Countess of Flatbroke (Modern Metrics, 2006)
●  The Poet’s Zodiac (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011)
●  Irresistible Sonnets (Headmistress Press, 2014) Editor.
●  Lady of the Moon (Headmistress Press, 2015) With Amy Lowell and Lillian Faderman.
●  The Lillian Trilogy (Headmistress Press, 2016) Word Hot, Conjuring My Leafy Muse, and Girlie Calendar.
●  My Girl’s Green Jacket (Headmistress Press, 2018)
@ Mary Meriam @ The Poetry Foundation



Richard Meyer



●  Orbital Paths (ScienceThrillers Media, 2015)



Sharon Fish Mooney

●  Bending Toward Heaven – Poems After the Art of Vincent van Gogh (Wipf and Stock/Resource Publications, 2016)




Annabelle Moseley



●  The Clock of the Long Now (David Robert Books, 2012)
●  A Ship to Hold the World and The Marionette’s Ascent (Wiseblood Books, 2014)
●  The Moon is a Lemon (Birnham Wood Graphics, 2005). (Chapbook)
●  Artifacts of Sound (Street Press, 2007). (Chapbook)
●  Still Life (Street Press, 2008). (Chapbook)
●  A Field Guide to the Muses (Finishing Line Press, 2009). (Chapbook)
●  The Divine Tour (Finishing Line Press, 2012). (Chapbook)
●  The Fish Has Swallowed Earth (Aldrich Press, 2012). (Chapbook)



Rick Mullin



●  Huncke (Seven Towers, 2010)
●  Soutine (Dos Madres, 2012)
●  Coelacanth (Dos Madres, 2013)
●  Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle (Dos Madres, 2014)
●  Stignatz & the User of Vicenza (Dos Madres, 2016)
●  Aquinas Flinched (Chapbook, Exot Books, 2008)
●  The Stones Jones Canzones (Chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2013)
●  Lullaby and Wheel (Kelsay Books, 2019)
●  Transom (Dos Madres Press, 2017)
●  Huncke (second edition, Exot Books, 2021)
@ Rick Mullin @ The Hypertexts



Timothy Murphy



●  Hunter’s Log (The Dakota Institute, 2011)
●  The Deed of Gift (Story Line Press, 1998)
●  Set the Ploughshare Deep (Ohio University Press 2000)
●  Very Far North (Waywiser 2002)
●  Mortal Stakes/Faint Thunder (Dakota Institute, 2011)
●  Devotions (NDSU Press, 2017)
●  Hunter’s Log, Volumes II & III (NDSU Press, 2019)
@ Timothy Murphy @ The Poetry Foundation



Esther Greenleaf Murer



●  Unglobed Fruit (2010)



Cynthia Neely



●  Flight Path (Aldrich Press, 2014)


Alfred Nicol


 
●  Winter Light (University of Evansville Press, 2004)
●  Elegy for Everyone (Prospero’s World Press, 2009)
●  Animal Psalms (Able Muse Press, 2013)
@ Alfred Nicol @ The Hypertexts



Chris O’Carroll



●  Take These Rhymes… Please (Antic Disposition Press, 2000)
●  The Joke’s on Me (White Violet Press, 2019)
@ Chris O’Carroll at Light



Uche Ogbuji



●  Ndewo, Colorado (Alrich Press, 2013)


Alexandra Oliver



●  Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis, 2013)
●  Let the Empire Down (Biblioasis, 2016)


Jayne Osborn



●  A Little of What You Fancy (HAB Publications, 1997)
●  Only Joking (HAB Publications, 2001)
●  Only Joking (Lulu 2011) (Chapbook)



David Phillips (aka Holly Martins)

●  Man in the Long Grass (Iron Press, 2001)


Mario A. Pita



●  Lyrical Emissary
●  Rhyming Memoir
●  Dear Arlington
●  Pianina
●  Mind Odyssey
●  Sonnet Haven
●  Reverence Forest
●  Image Marriages



Pedro Poitevin



●  Perplejidades, Cooperativa La Joplin, México, 2015.



Aaron Poochigian



●  Sappho (Penguin Classics, 2009)
●Aaratus’ Phaenomena (Johns Hopkins, 2010)
●Aeschylus (Johns Hopkins, 2011)
●The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse, 2012)
●Appolonius of Rhodes’ Jason and the Argonauts (Penguin Classics, 2014)
@ Aaron Poochigan @ The Hypertexts



Ray Pospisil



●  The Bell (Seven Towers, 2009)
●  Some Time Before the Bell (Modern Metrics/Exot, 2006)



Jennifer Reeser



●  An Alabaster Flask (Word Press, 2003)
●Sonnets from the Dark Lady (Saint James Infirmary Press, 2012)
●Winterproof (Word Press, 2005)
●  The Lalaurie Horror
●  Fleur-de-Lis (Saint James Infirmary Books, 2016)
●  INDIGENOUS (Saint James Infirmary Books, 2016)
@ Jennifer Reeser @ The Hypertexts




John Ridland



●  A Brahms Card Ballad (Dowitcher Press, 2007)
●  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Able Muse Press, 2016) translation into modern English
●  John the Valiant (translator)
●  Fires of Home
●  Ode on Violence
●  In the Shadowless Light
●  Elegy for My Aunt
●  Life with Unkie
●  (Un)Extinguished Lamp/Lampara Anapagada
@ John Ridland @ The Poetry Foundation



Michale D. Riley

●  Players (Turning Point, 2008)



David Rosenthal



●   The Wild Geography of Misplaced Things (White Violet Press, 2013)


Marybeth Rua-Larsen



●  Nothing In-Between (Barefoot Muse Press, 2014)

Ed Shacklee



●   The Blind Loon – A Bestiary

Marion Shore

●   For Love of Laura: Poetry of Petrarch (English and Italian Edition) ●   Sand Castle

@ Marion Shore @ The Hypertexts



George Simmers

●  Light (Snakeskin, 2008)



Wendy Sloan



●   Sunday Mornings at the Caffe Mediterraneum (Kelsay Books, 2016)
@ Wendy Sloan @ The Hypertexts



J.D. Smith



●  Notes of a Tourist on Planet Earth (Cassowary Press, 2012)
●   Settling for Beauty (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005)
●  Labor Day at Venice Beach (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012)
●  The Killing Tree (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming)



A.E. Stallings



●  Archaic Smile. (University of Evansville Press, 1999).
●  Hapax. (TriQuarterly, 2006).
●  The Nature of Things. (Penguin, 2007). Verse translation of Lucretius, De Rerum Natura.
●  Olives. (TriQuarterly, 2012).
●  Like (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018).
●  Hesiod, Works and Days (Penguin, 2018). Translation.
●  The Battle between the Frogs and the Mice: A Tiny Homeric Epic (Paul Dry Books, 2020). Translation.
@ A.E. Stallings @ The Poetry Foundation


Andrew Szilvasy



●  Witness Marks



Alan Sullilvan

●  Psalms of David (The Dakota Institute Press of Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, 2011)



Jean Syed



●  Sonnets (Dos Madres Press 2009)
●  My Portfolio (Kelsay Books 2014)


Wendy Videlock



●  The Dark Gnu (Able Muse Press, 2013)
●  Nevertheless (Able Muse Press, 2011).
●  Ghost Buffalo, Dyad Press, 2015
●  What’s That Supposed To Mean, Exot Books, 2011
@ Wendy Videlock @ The Hypertexts


Rory Waterman



●  Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013)



Clive Watkins



●  Jigsaw (Waywiser Press, UK: 2003)
●  Little Blue Man (Seabiscuit Press: 2013) with photographs by Susan de Sola
●  Already the Flames (Waywiser Press, UK: 2014)



Gail White



●  The Accidental Cynic (Prospero’s World Press, 2009) ●  Asperity Street (Able Muse Press, 2015) ●  Sonnets in a Hostile World (White Violet Press, 2011)
●  Easy Marks (David Robert Books, 2008) ●  ed. Kiss and Part: Laughing at the End of Romance and Other Entanglements (Doggerel Daze, 2005). Featuring Spherians Julie Kane, Rose Kelleher, Jan D. Hodge, Edmund Conti, Melissa Balmain, Michael Cantor, and J.D. Smith ●  and Katherine McAlpine, eds. The Muse Strikes Back (Story Line Press, 1997)
@ Gail White @ The Hypertexts



John Whitworth



●  Being the Bad Guy (Peterloo Poets, 2007) ●  The Complete Poetical Works of Phoebe Flood (Hodder Children’s Books, 1997) ●  From the Sonnet History of Modern Poetry (Peterloo Poets, 1998) ●  Girlie Gangs (Enitharmon Press, 2012)
●  Landscape with Small Humans (Peterloo Poets, 1993) ●  Lovely Day for a Wedding (Secker & Warburg, 1985) ●  Poor Butterflies (Secker & Warburg, 1982)
●  Tennis and Sex and Death (Peterloo Poets, 1989) ●  Unhistorical Fragments (Secker & Warburg, 1980) ●  The Whitworth Gun (Peterloo Poets, 2002)
@ John Whitworth @ The Hypertexts



Marly Youmans



●  Glimmerglass (Mercer University Press, 2014)
●  Little Jordan (David R. Godine, 1995) novella
●  Catherwood (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996) novel
●  The Wolf Pit (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001) novel
●  The Curse of the Raven Mocker (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003) y.a. fantasy
●  Claire (Louisiana State University Poetry Series, 2003) poetry collection
●  Ingledove (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005) y.a. fantasy
●  Val/Orson (UK: P. S. Publishing, 2009) novel
●  The Throne of Psyche (Mercer University Press, 2011) poetry collection
●  A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage (Mercer University Press, 2012) novel
●  Thaliad (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing, 2012) post-apocalyptic epic poem
●  The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza Press, 2012) poetry collection
●  Glimmerglass (Mercer University Press, 2014) novel
●  Maze of Blood (Mercer University Press, 2015) novel
●  The Book of the Red King (Montreal: Phoenicia Publishing, 2019) poetry collection
●  Charis in the World of Wonders (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020) novel
@ Marly Youmans @ Hyptertexts

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Musical Mentor


for Nate Shaffer

Before you taught me how, I couldn’t play
and sing along with music from the keys.
A lack of confidence I couldn’t slay
prevented me from doing so with ease.

We shattered lack of confidence like glass.
May many music students take your class.


Your patience and your skill as teacher made
possible what long was out of reach,
a treasure that’s worth more than can be paid
for me as well as others whom you teach.

We shattered lack of confidence like glass.
May many music students take your class.


But you have taught much more than just a skill:
as life and music intertwine so much,
both grow from understanding you instill,
like melodies that bloom from keys we touch.

We shattered lack of confidence like glass.
May many music students take your class.

Muical Mentor

Inspired by Nate Shaffer: Inner and Outer Music

Mario A. Pita

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Player Library

For years, I’ve been collecting stacks of books
and made a library in my home rooms
on shelves or in the crannies and the nooks,
as treasured as some family heirlooms.

The books arranged by subject on each shelf,
for easy access anytime I’d want,
I mostly would enjoy all by myself
as nourishment within each printed font.

But now I’ve made a library whose aim
is getting us to play some fun-filled game.

The library that I’m amassing now,
unlike the one that I amassed before,
may not be scholarly, profound, highbrow,
as there’s a different purpose that it’s for:

We may or may not have an ever after
when we have slipped from life as from a tether,
but through some play we may bring fun and laughter
to now, whatever time we have together.

Not knowing where we’ll go, from where we came,
let’s share enjoyment through a fun-filled game.

Unlike book authors reaching heights of fame,
game-makers might not be as known by name,
but what they’ve given isn’t less or lame,
although it’s very different, not the same:

I found some food in fiction and in fact,
but meals in books are mostly solitary,
while games are grand for us to interact,
lightheartedly, which helps with loads we carry.

I’ve games of every kind, a smorgasbord,
like books with different kinds of paragraphs,
the online kinds or those that have a board,
with many ways for us to get some laughs.

Not knowing where we’ll go, from where we came,
let’s share enjoyment through a fun-filled game.

(𝒜𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓉𝒾𝓂ℯ, ℴ𝓃𝓁𝒾𝓃ℯ ℊ𝒶𝓂ℯ 𝓃𝒾ℊ𝒽𝓉𝓈 𝒽ℴ𝓈𝓉ℯ𝒹 𝒷𝓎 ℒ.𝒜.ℳ.𝒫. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LAMP.LIGHT.1 𝒶𝓇ℯ 𝒮𝓊𝓃𝒹𝒶𝓎 𝓃𝒾ℊ𝒽𝓉𝓈 𝒶𝓉 7 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽ℯ 𝒫𝒾𝒶𝓃ℴ ℳ𝒶𝓃𝓉𝓇𝒶 𝓇ℴℴ𝓂 𝒶𝓉 https://www.kumospace.com/songster 𝒟𝓇ℴ𝓅-𝒾𝓃𝓈 𝓌ℯ𝓁𝒸ℴ𝓂ℯ!)

Mario A. Pita

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𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻

When we were kids, we spent our time in play
with license to act crazy for our fun,
pretending we were heroes who would slay
an enemy with fingers as a gun.
Imagination was our nation, hilly,
like snow-filled slopes ideal for any sleigh,
with pinnacles of being deeply silly,
our highest purpose that of merry play.
Adulthood then snuck up, and we forsook
our playfulness, adopting in its stead
a sternness for the duties that we took,
as silliness for solemnness was shed.
We’ve lost a lot that we enjoyed before.
Let’s play as we could do when we were four.

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(Some of my playing is on this page: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJbJt9pf/ )

Mario A. Pita

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Question Songs

Surrounded by uncertainties, it seems
so many people claim to have the answers
for shedding light on our unknowns, like beams
that shine, disclosing darkness-hidden dancers.

But when I’m lost, I don’t just want directions:
I seek some songs that overflow with questions
.

The answers that I filled in all life’s blanks,
as though for some philosophy exam,
in which our souls were saved like loot in banks,
aren’t helpful in the darkness where I am.

But when I’m lost, I don’t just want directions:
I seek some songs that overflow with questions.

Like lots, I thought I had life figured out
and had a license to pontificate,
yet now unsure of what it’s all about,
I feel I’m far from some enlightened state.

But when I’m lost, I don’t just want directions:
I seek some songs that overflow with questions.

Technology has stunningly afforded
the gadgetry equipping us to hear
some songs across a century recorded,
even when the singers aren’t still here.

But when I’m lost, I don’t just want directions:
I seek some songs that overflow with questions.

The questions may be sung in any style,
historic or what hasn’t yet been guessed,
the songs a tall, eclectic, growing pile,
with singing, questioning, a living quest.

So when I’m lost, I don’t just want directions:
I seek some songs that overflow with questions.

The questions that begin with “why” or “who,”
or possibly with “where” or “when” or “how,”
or questions popped by lovers when they woo,
I long for songs with questions like these now.

Yes, when I’m lost, I don’t just want directions:
I seek some songs that overflow with questions.

Mario A. Pita

A playlist of “Question Songs”:

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Living Improv

As when musicians improvise a piece,
and one arrives long after it began
and tries to fit before the music’s cease
a contribution played the best they can,
or waits with silence as their chosen part,
since for improvisation there’s no plan,
with no instruction telling when to start
or what to play for what specific span,
so we arrive at life that’s under way
and try to figure out what we can add
or just observe till what we feel’s the day
we may contribute lots or just a tad.
In life, by lots of people we’re advised,
but there’s no script: the piece is improvised.

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Mario A. Pita

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Cellular Farewell

In memory of Sara Garment

When I erased your number from my cell phone,
because you’d left this cellular domain,
sadness punctured through me since no bell tone
can make you answer calls, though you remain
in other realms, unreachable by cell.
There – freed from ailing cells – I pray you’re well.

*
Though you’re no longer where you can be called,
you still can be recalled – remembered –
and though by thoughts of death I am appalled,
the body’s destiny to be dismembered,
you’re remade whole again in recollections
till Love, I pray, calls us to resurrections.

*
Your voice no longer can excite the air
to vibrate out as sonic waves that foam
within another’s hearing – far from there
through mechanistic magic of a phone.
Your soul can’t use a phone sold at a store
but sends dream ripples from another shore.

*
Apparently my childhood form is gone,
most cells replaced since youth with frequency:
they daily die in billions, daily spawn,
yet somehow after cell swaps I’m still me,
feeling there’s more to us than cells, replaced:
though all your cells be gone, you’re not erased.

*
Cells are prison rooms and phones as well.
Connected cells can form a human being.
Confined to mortal cells, we’re apt to dwell
on them as jails. A certain thought is freeing:
we can connect without a cellular plan,
and even without cell phones we still can.

*
I’ve wondered at the root of all despair
and felt that it most stems from disconnection:
although there’s much in life that we can share,
we’re each a separate cellular collection.
Cells connect souls yet confine them too,
and now that yours are gone I’m missing you.

*
Your birthday was the last time that we spoke.
I didn’t know that talk would be the last
before your cellular connections broke
as to another realm your spirit passed.
I wished you then a happy birthday. Now
I hope you’re happy somewhere else, somehow.

*
In ancient times, when I turned twenty three
and found myself immersed a year in hell,
I sat and cried beside a fenced-in tree,
before a telephone was called a cell.
You were a stranger then, out for a run,
and stopped to try to help – angelic one.

*
In cells, a voice or picture can be saved,
to be displayed or heard another time,
and in my memory is still engraved
especially one image that’s sublime:
the first I saw of you, the look you gave me,
of care when I was sure no one could save me.

*
Since cellular connections can be poor
and cells are rigged to sicken and expire,
we suffer limitations, needing more
for contacting without a cell or wire:
our cell connections, destined to be ended,
can be, as you evinced, in love transcended.

*
A cellular nostalgia wouldn’t be
a fitting way of paying tribute to
the precious and tenacious memory
of such a special friend. Recalling you,
I want to try and pay a fitting tribute
with beauty to the world I may contribute.

*
Your sweetness, wisdom, humor, courage, care,
ineffable and much-missed qualities,
aren’t cell-tied any more: they’re everywhere
that we who love you harbor memories,
till we in turn transcend our finite cells
and greet you – hopefully – beyond farewells.

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Mario A. Pita

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Galactic Solace

For Abuela, Rosa Padron

My daughter’s expression before her first breath
recalled my grandmother’s before her last:
their grimaces of traumas – birth and death –
haunt me still from in the dimming past.

But then my daughter found her mother’s breast
where throes of womb-expulsion swiftly passed,
and hopefully my grandmother found rest
in the cosmic mother’s Milky Way, as fast.

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Mario A. Pita

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