Thursday, May 18, 2023

“substitute meat”

As the Save the Whales campaigns gradually reduced the number of nations committed to continued whaling, those that refused to sign on became more and more noticeable — and obviously intransigent. The standouts seemed to be the Soviet Union, Norway, and Japan. Although Russia remains pro-whaling, it has not returned to the hunt after the Soviet Union mothballed its whaling fleet in the late 80s. Whaling was not economic. The Soviet Union could subsidize money-sucks, until it couldn’t. Japan still can. Whaling does not pay its way in Japan; there is not much of an internal market and there is no international market. According to Rebecca Griggs in her book Fathoms: the world in the whale, great quantities of surplus whale meat is sitting in gigantic freezers in Japan. Yet every year Japan sends its whaling fleet to drag more bodies out of the drink. 

I was always curious about what made Japan so adamant about continuing to hunt whales. I remember some sort of vague story about how whaling was traditional in Japan and the Japanese were not about to let outsiders dictate what traditions they could maintain. Griggs visits an expert on Japan who tells the author the “tradition” doesn’t really go back very far:

Toward the tail end of World War II and into the 1960s, Japan experienced a food crisis born of the wartime decimation of supply chains and the Japanese agricultural sector. … US overseer general Douglas MacArthur urged recommencing Antarctic whaling, not only for nutritional reasons but also to retrofit and repurpose Japanese naval vessels, decommissioned as per terms of surrender. The Japanese people were starving and crippled by vitamin deficiencies, whale meat served in elementary and middle schools helped bring young people back to health. Though, in time, the Japanese turned away from this substitute meat, its association with the ideals of self-reliance, and restored pride, have never entirely been dropped.

Whale meat may still bring a warm feeling to those born in the middle of the 20th century — “Why, I remember when I was fed whale meat in my school lunch; boy, did that keep me from starving!” — but few people actually buy it when it shows up in the market. 

Norway’s whaling “traditions” may go back to the Vikings, but so what? All sorts of bad things can be justified by saying we’ve been doing them for a long time. Is the whaling industry paying for itself? Considering that whale meat is increasingly contaminated with heavy metals and other poisons, human made pollution which accumulates in the animals at the top of the food chain, fewer and fewer people want to risk eating it. For some reason ending the hunt is politically toxic in Norway. So it likely doesn’t matter whether there’s a market. 


Fathoms: the world in the whale

by Rebecca Giggs

2020. Simon & Schuster, New York

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

word of the day: swink

word of the day: swink


Swink how we may, evenings or early morn, 

Our garden crops bring only a bare return.

— lines from a poem by Fan Ch’eng-ta, translated by Gerald Bullett

definition (Collins): labor; toil

While one unfamiliar with the word can figure out a working definition from the context, I do wonder about translators who use such unfamiliar terms in the destination language. 


Anthology of Chinese Literature: from early times to the fourteenth century

edited by Cyril Birch

1965. Grove Press, New York

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

word of the day: floccinaucinihilipilification

word of the day: floccinaucinihilipilification


Ferdinand and Isabela [ruled that Columbus] could not be allowed to retain the monopoly of transatlantic navigation. Apparently, though not explicitly in any surviving document, they decided that he had broken his contract by failing to deliver his promises. They added a dextrous piece of floccinaucinihilipilification. Columbus had forfeited his right of monopoly on the coast discovered on his third voyage because ill health had prevented him from landing and taking possession in person.

definition (Cambridge Dictionary): the act of considering something to be not at all important or useful. It's an 18th-century coinage that combines four Latin prefixes meaning "nothing."

While it’s a fun word — one I’ve never seen used before — I don’t quite see how its meaning is appropriate in the context of the quote. It seems to me the Spanish crown decided Columbus failed to do something important. Presumably the crown was looking for an excuse to undo Columbus’ rights-by-discovery, and they found one. Perhaps it is Felipe Fernandez-Armesto  (the author I’m quoting) who considers the technicality to be elevated from its prior floccinaucinihilipilification. 

source: Amerigo: the man who gave his name to America

by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

2007. Random House, New York

Monday, April 17, 2023

Reading Dorothy in Tehran

“How did it start, this relationship with America?” Azar Nefisi asks herself in an essay in The New Yorker.  “When I was a young girl, in Tehran, my English tutor told me the story of the Wizard of Oz. It was the first time I had heard of America, of Kansas, and of cyclones.” 

Nefisi doesn’t say whether she read The Wizard of Oz later on her own, or if she at some point saw the MGM movie. But, of course, The Wizard of Oz is only one of the American books that moved her — and we’re talking rather literally here. Nefisi left Iran for the United States.

“America somehow encourages [the] vagabond self,” the author reflects, “and that is why so many people who migrate feel at home here: they can be outsiders yet still belong. Years before I became an American, I had already made my home in the imaginary America. …”

Unlike Dorothy in Wizard Nefisi’s journey was intentionally chosen. Dorothy came around on that front, though. In The Road to Oz, for instance, Dorothy finds herself standing at a crossroads, paths branching off in several directions. She thought she knew the way, but now finds herself confronting choices she hadn’t imagined. But she doesn't panic. This isn’t her first time wandering lost through a strange and magical countryside. Dorothy accepts that she has a ways to go before she finds home again; she chooses a path and moves on. 

Nefisi says she has given other answers when people have asked her why she decided to become a citizen. But this one could be true, too.“Could I have said I became a citizen,” Nefisi wonders, “because of Dorothy and Oz?”

Azar Nefisi is best known for Reading Lolita in Tehran

source: “Vagabond Nation” by Azar Nafisi

The New Yorker, April 18, 2011, v. LXXXVII n.9

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

when you go looking for a happy story

In 2015 the son of an Ivory Coast celebrity got legally married to another man in the United States. I am sure there were Ivorians who quietly congratulated the happy couple, but, you know how it is in this homophobic world, the voices the media found to comment said mean things. 

Roger Fulgence Kassy was “a television personality credited with launching the careers of a number of famous Ivorian performers,” according to Robbie Corey-Boulet. Thierry Kassy was the son. I googled him to see if I could find any positive coverage, maybe a wedding announcement naming his husband. 

Unfortunately what I found was an article reporting Thierry Kassy’s death. According to Presse Cote d’Ivoire, “Thierry Kassy, the only son of the famous Ivorian TV host the late Roger Fulgence Kassy died in the United States of America as a result of Covid 19. The information was made public on Saturday, April 11 [2020] by reggae artist Serge Kassy on his Facebook profile.” (Thanks, Google Translate)

My condolences to Thierry Kassy's husband, family and friends. 


Love Falls on Us: a story of American ideas and African LGBT lives

by Robbie Corey-Boulet

2019. Zed Books, London UK

Sunday, February 19, 2023

“human beings who can do what they like”

As I said in my Feb 16 post, LGBT news out of Africa is usually bad. The author Robbie Corey-Boulet offers a quote from a Ugandan politician that manages to be both bad news and good news. 

In 2011 the Obama administration made supporting LGBT rights a priority worldwide. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said gay rights are human rights. 

John Nagenda, who Robbie Corey-Boulet identifies as “a senior adviser to President Yoweri Museveni,” was quoted in the international press calling “homosexuality … taboo, it’s something anathema to Africans.”

I remember hearing something like this. Nagenda even calls the Obama/Clinton position “abhorrent.”

Along with the murder of gay activist David Kato that same year, Nagenda’s unequivocal denunciation of justice for gay people makes Uganda seem a hellhole for sexual minorities. 

But Robbie Corey-Boulet says Nagenda’s full statement, not disseminated as widely, sounds more hopeful:

A very, very slowly increasing number of Ugandans, and I am one of them, see homosexuals as full human beings who can do what they like in private, between consenting adults. But people look at me like I am a very funny fish when I say these things, even in my own household.

The path to the revocation of legal sanctions against LGBT people was a long and slow process, even where our rights are fully recognized. The US, sadly, has not yet gotten all the way to full recognition. But we’ve come a long way. As for Africa, it is a big place, a land of many cultures and nations. There will be change for the better in some places, for the worse in others. But I do hope “very, very slowly” can speed up. 


Love Falls on Us: a story of American ideas and African LGBT lives

by Robbie Corey-Boulet

2019. Zed Books, London UK

Friday, February 17, 2023

Notes toward an autobiography by others

“I am still someone who absent-mindedly reads aloud from any sign I see, as if it is some way of learning where I am.” 

I sometimes read aloud random words we pass as we’re driving along. I rarely do it when I’m driving, I note, but when I am in the passenger seat, my attention is a little loose and catches on things. Kent will say, “What?” And I will say, “Oh. Sorry. I was just reading a random sign.”

Alexander Chee in the quote above says, “it is some way of learning where I am.” For me I think it’s just reading, which I do a lot. There I am going over the landscape, reading it, and sometimes the landscape features words; the words go into my eyes and fall out of my mouth. It’s not really talking to myself. It’s more reflexive than that, like saying Mm when you run your fingers over a silky surface.


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: essays

by Alexander Chee

Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Tecumsay Roberts, pop star, martyr?

The LGBT news out of Africa is typically bad. Homophobes, hate crimes, terrible laws. How bad it really is there is hard to gauge from outside. Africa is a big place. There are a lot of people in it, a lot of very different cultures/languages/ethnic groups in quite a range of environments. One can’t really say something about “Africa” and be right. European colonialism left many legacies, anti-gay laws, especially in former British territories, being one of the bad. 

In his book on three African countries, Liberia, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Robbie Corey-Boulet tries to give his readers some perspective. These countries are on the continent’s western coast. Liberia and Ivory Coast share a border, Cameroon roughly a two day drive from Ivory Coast. Not that far, considering African distances — and roads. 

Tecumsay Roberts was a Liberian pop star. His “hits would be familiar to anyone who so much as set foot in a nightclub in Monrovia [Liberia’s capital] in the 1980s,” says Corey-Boulet. The author compares Roberts to Michael Jackson. “The cover photo for his single ‘Comin’ Home’ is a mirror image of Jackson’s iconic ‘Thriller’ album cover. It shows Roberts in a white blazer, lying diagonally across the frame, staring into the camera, his face less severe than Jackson’s but similarly captivating.”

Roberts “was trailed by whisperings that he was gay.” So was Jackson, of course. But the rumors derailed neither career. 

Sadly, Liberia was plunged into civil war in 1989. Queer people are often scapegoats in times of trouble. One of the rebel armies “arrested Roberts … in 1990. [Roberts and his brother] had gone out looking for food when they were stopped … After complimenting Tecumsay on his music, [the rebel military leader] told him to get in the car and go with the convoy to a rebel base to sing for his fighters.”

Testimony to the post-war truth and reconciliation commission revealed that Tecumsay Roberts was suspected of being gay by this leader, so was murdered. His body was never recovered. 

Anti-gay rhetoric has continued to this day. Robbie Corey-Boulet doesn’t quite call Tecumsay Roberts a martyr to the LGBT cause, but that’s not hard to figure. 

Liberia was founded as an African American African colony, and the people there still look across the Atlantic as to a motherland, Corey-Boulet says. The changes in the status of gay people in the US has not gone unnoticed. Just as here, change has been difficult. Many in the gay community have not welcomed public discussion — and exposure, even when (as with human rights groups and, at times, the US State Department) the attention has been benevolent. When no one really notices you’re there, no one attacks you. At least, not as a group. But change has come, some of it good. In Liberia, as in most of Africa, the laws remain hostile, but Corey-Boulet sees signs of hope. Explicitly anti-gay political campaigns seem to sputter out. Although gay sex remains illegal, proposed additional penalties have failed to be enacted. 


Love Falls on Us: a story of American ideas and African LGBT lives

by Robbie Corey-Boulet

2019. Zed Books, London UK

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Bad Weather

In an essay exploring possible turning points in the life of philosopher William James, Louis Menand defines Depression the way I do:

Commentators prefer to assume that [William] James was despondent in the years after his graduation from medical school because of some problem — a family problem, a sexual problem, a career problem, an identity problem, a philosophical problem. But depression is not a problem; it’s a weather pattern. Under its cloud, everything else is a problem. When the weather changes, these problems disappear or become ‘opportunities’ or ‘challenges’ — until dark skies return.

Depression can certainly be triggered by events in one’s life. You may be able to pinpoint the thing that “made” you sad. But if you can’t, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. There might not be a concrete causal factor. Even if you find something you think must have brought it on, addressing it directly often does not blow the Depression away. Sometimes all you can do is endure until the bad weather passes. 


American Studies

by Louis Menand

2002. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Think how?

Alexander Chee took a writing class at Wesleyan from Annie Dillard. In an essay describing his experience Chee lays out a lot of Dillard’s precepts on how to write well. 

In this passage Dillard is pushing her students to go back over their writing with one particular feature in mind:

Have you used the right verbs? Is that the precise verb for that precise thing? Remember that adverbs are a sign that you’ve used the wrong verb. Verbs control when something is happening in the mind of the reader. Think carefully.

Wait. What just happened? 

The last two words in the original text are a bit hidden. The whole written out goes: “Think carefully — when did this happen in relation to that? And is that how you’ve described it?”

You’d think, if the adverb was meant as a joke, it would stand on its own, not be tidied behind two concluding questions. But, hey, I laughed.


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: essays

by Alexander Chee

2018. Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York

Monday, January 02, 2023

Best Poems of 2022

Sherwin Bitsui   …..   “Coyote howls canyons into windows …”

Sherwin Bitsui   …..   “The vowels of the starved”

Yosu Buson   …..   three haiku

Kaga no Chiyo (Chiyo-ni)   …..   three haiku

Lydia Davis   …..   Bloomington

Kobayashi Issa   …..   five haiku

Kajetan Kovic   …..   Black Prayer

Jeanne Lupton   …..   four tanka

Jeanne Lupton   …..   four tanka from Numbered Breaths

Jeanne Lupton   …..   three more tanka

Michael Martin   …..   My  Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader Is My Therapy

Meeraji   …..   Call of the Sea

Brane Mozetic   …..   “I fell into a depressing reverie …”

Sheila E. Murphy   …..   “Least amount of air along the walk”

Sheila E. Murphy   …..   “I’m writing this to fathom pleasure”

Milorad Pavic   …..   Seventh Song from Holy Mass for Relja Krilatica

Susan Polizotto   …..   haiku: “She isn’t seeking”

Sandi Pray   …..   haiku: “River clean-up”

Hattori Ransetsu   …..   haiku: “one blossom of plum”

Minal Sarosh   …..   haiku: “Frying kebabs”

Antoinette Scudder   …..   Tea Making

Senryu by anonymous poets   …..   eight sentry

Kelly Shaw   …..   haiku: “Trickling roof leak”

Shiki   …..   three haiku

Masaoka Shiki   ….. haiku: “poppies bloom”

Kim Shuck   …..   The Overseers of Complexity

Dubravko Skurla   …..   Two Shores

Milivoj Slavicek   …..   Once More We Talked a Long Time I and the River

Clark Strand   …..   haiku: “The bathtub spider”

Dietmer Tauchner   …..   haiku: “thaw”

Peter Tchouhov   …..   haiku: “candlelit church”

Paul Violi   …..   Melodrama

Yokoi Yayu   …..   two haiku


I started my own personal anthology of other people’s poems back in 1989. I wanted a source of poems I really loved. When I come across a poem that strikes me just right I tuck a placemark in next to it. I go back to that poem and reread it and reread it. Usually I’ve read a poem five or more times before I decide I can’t leave it behind and have to go to the hassle of copying it out by hand. 

On the first day of the year I read aloud all the poems I collected in the previous year. Yes, I read them aloud to myself. 

If you are curious about previous years, follow the “Best Poems of the Year” link. 

Sunday, January 01, 2023

Titles Read in 2022



v.27 n.3, Fall 2021

Without Words and Without Kneeling: a serialized zine novella

1st installment

Tomas Moniz

The World Is One Place: Native American poets visit the Middle East

Diane Glancy, Linda Rodriguez, editors

And Then They Were Gone: teenagers of People’s Temple from high school to Jonestown

Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral

Usagi Yojimbo, v.26: Traitors of the Earth

Stan Sakai

Mother Tongue Apologize

Preeti Vangani

Play It As It Lays

Joan Didion

26 Compliments

Marvin K. Hiemstra

The Indelible Occasion

Sheila E. Murphy

A Tale of Two Omars

Omar Sharif Jr

Usagi Yojimbo, v.27: A Town Called Hell

Stan Sakai

Through the Habitrails

Jeff Nicholson

Redwood Burl

Marvin K. Hiemstra

Sky Island: a Trot & Cap’n Bill adventure

Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee


Britta Austin

Chalcedony’s First Ten Songs

Clive Matson


Inner East: illuminated poems and blessings

Marcia Falk

Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: my life doing dumb stuff with animals

Richard Conniff

Letters for Lucardo

Noora Heikkila

Usagi Yojimbo, v.28: Red Scorpion

Stan Sakai

Mississippi in Africa: the saga of the slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and their legacy in Liberia today

Alan Huffman

Modern Poetry of Pakistan

edited by Iftikhar Arif and Waqas Khwaja

Beyond the Chain Link

Rusty Morrison

Child of War

Genny Lim

How to Kill a City: gentrification, inequality, and the fight for the neighborhood

Peter Moskowitz

Living Quarters

Adrienne Su

The Blithedale Romance

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ticket That Exploded: the restored text

William S. Burroughs; edited by Oliver Harris

The Castafiore Emerald


Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire

Michelle Penaloza


Love Is a Tanka

Jeanne Lupton

Usagi Yojimbo, v.29: Two Hundred Jizo

Stan Sakai

Flarf: an anthology of flare

edited by Drew Gardner, Nada Gordon, Sharon Mesmer, et al.


James Barr


December 2021, v.219 n.3

Gay Bar: why we went out

Jeremy Atherton Lin

Coolidge and Cherkovski in Conversation

edited by Kyle Harvey

Doom Patrol, book three

Grant Morrison, writer; artists: Richard Case, Ken Steacy, et al.

Nocturnes for the King of Naples

Edmund White

Walking the Tightrope: poetry and prose by LGBTQ writers from Africa

edited by Timothy Kimutai, Tatenda Muranda, Spectra, et al.

Akitsu Quarterly

spring 2022

Time Magazine

May 13, 2019 - Pete Buttigieg cover story

The Snow Goose and the Small Miracle

Paul Gallico


Deep Hanging Out: wanderings and wonderment in Native California

Malcolm Margolin

Usagi Yojimbo, v.30: Thieves and Spies

Stan Sakai

Sing: poetry from the indigenous Americas

edited by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Conscious: a brief guide to the fundamental mystery of the mind

Annaka Harris

Haiku: a poet’s guide

Lee Gurga with Charles Trumbull

Usagi Yojimbo, v.31: The Hell Screen

Stan Sakai

100 Parades: California Poets in the Schools statewide anthology 2000

edited by Molly Fisk


Sherwin Bitsui

No Pity: people with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement

Joseph P. Shapiro


A Vast Sky: an anthology of contemporary world haiku

editors: Bruce Ross, Koko Kto, et al.

Own Face

Clark Coolidge

Flood Song

Sherwin Bitsui


Sherwin Bitsui

Usagi Yojimbo, v.32: Mysteries

Stan Sakai


sp 2022, issue #55

George J. Searles, editor

Beauty Is a Verb: the new poetry of disability

edited by Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, and Michael Northen

The Best American Poetry 2021

Tracy K. Smith, editor; David Lehman, series editor

Shang-Chi, v.1: Brothers and Sisters

Gene Luen Yang, writer; Dike Ruan, et al., artists

Some Kind of Hero

James Kirkwood

Sky Sea Birds Trees Earth House Beasts Flowers

Kenneth Rexroth

Shang-Chi, v.2: Shang-Chi vs. The Marvel Universe

Gene Luen Yang, writer; Dike Ruan, artist

Usagi Yojimbo, v.33: The Hidden

Stan Sakai

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, v.1

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer; Brian Stelfreeze, artist

No Time to Spare: thinking about what matters

Ursula K. Le Guin

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, v.2:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer; Chris Sprouse, artist


Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, v.3:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer; Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, et al., artists

How the South Won the Civil War: oligarchy, democracy, and the continuing fight for the soul of America

Heather Cox Richardson

Bayou Magazine

issue 64, 2015

Statics #1

a comic book by Jeffrey Lewis

Usagi Yojimbo, v.34: Bunraku & other stories

Stan Sakai

Masquerade: queer poetry in America to the end of World War II

edited by Jim Elledge

Third Wave: the new Russian poetry

edited by Kent Johnson and Stephen M. Ashby

Usagi Yojimbo, v.35: Homecoming

Stan Sakai


sp 2022, v.28 n.1, whole n.75

Zarafa: a giraffe’s true story, from deep in Africa to the heart of Paris

Michael Allin

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

James Kirkwood

Burning the Empty Nests

Gregory Orr

Life’s Edge: the search for what it means to be alive

Carl Zimmer

Sudden Windows

Richard Loranger

Akitsu Quarterly

sum 2022

Flight 714



Usagi Yojimbo, v.36: Tengu War

Stan Sakai

Tintin and the Picaros


Tintin and the Lake of Sharks

based on the cartoon film by Raymond LeBlanc

The Red House

Gregory Orr

The Anarchivist: history, memory, and archives

Geof Huth

Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? confessions of a gay dad

Dan Bucatinsky

Kiss My Gay Ass: my trip down the Yellow Brick Road through activism, stand-up, and politics

Tom Ammiano

The Grand Piano: an experiment in collective autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980, part one

Bob Perelman, Barrett Watten, Steven Benson, Carla Harryman, et al.

We Must Make a Kingdom of It

Gregory Orr

Sassy Planet: a queer guide to 40 cities

Harish Bhandari, David Dodge, Nick Schiarizzi

World War 3 Illustrated #50: Shameless Feminists, a comics anthology


Jim Powell


Bill Peet

New and Selected Poems

1988. Gregory Orr

[having recently read Orr’s earlier books, I just the “new” section]

City of Salt

Gregory Orr

Out of This World: an anthology of the St. Mark’s poetry project, 1966-1991

edited by Anne Waldman

Locke & Key: The Golden Age

Joe Hill, writer; Gabriel Rodriguez, artist


The Grand Piano: an experiment in collective autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980, part two

Bob Perelman, Ted Pearson, Rae Armentrout, Barrett Watten, Steven Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, et al.

Gay Sunrise: writing gay liberation in San Francisco, 1968-1974

edited by James Mitchell

Digging to Wonderland: memory pieces

David Trinidad

Embers in the House of Night

Edvard Kocbek; translated by Sonja Kravanja

Unit of Agency

Richard Loranger

Innocents Aboard: new fantasy stories

Gene Wolfe

Colorado Review

v. 48 n.1 sp 2021

Nothing Is Lost: selected poems

Edvard Kockbek; translated by Michael Scammell & Veno Taufer

The Art of Haiku: its history through poems and paintings by Japanese masters

Stephen Addiss

Where I’m Reading From: the changing world of books

Tim Parks

Oziana 1971 

as an ebook 

Oziana 1972

as an ebook

Oziana 1973

as an ebook

Suicide by Language

Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino




issue #1, edited by Raymond Luczak


Why I Moved to San Francisco

Dale Jensen


What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: the history and future of reading

Leah Price

Extended Remark: poems from a Moravian parking lot

Michael Martin

Akitsu Quarterly

fall 2022


Seth Abramson

Smuggling Cherokee

Kim Shuck


A Mouthful of Breath Mints and No One to Kiss: a Cathy collection

Cathy Guisewite

The Checklist Manifesto: how to get things right

Atul Gawande

Contemporary Yugoslav Poetry

edited by Vasa D. Mihailovich

Voyagers: the settlement of the Pacific

Nicholas Thomas

Where the Wild Coffee Grows: the untold story of coffee from the cloud forests of Ethiopia to your cup

Jeff Koehler

Denver Quarterly

v. 55 n. 2, sum 2022


#76; v. 28 n. 2; sum 2022

Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, my father, and me

Ada Calhoun

Trash Panda

v. 3, sum 2022

Lisa Anne Johnson, editor

[includes haiku by me]


Madness, Rack, and Honey: collected lectures

Mary Ruefle

The Best American Poetry 2022

Matthew Zapruder, guest ed., David Lehman, series ed.

Forum: City College of San Francisco literary magazine

v. 14 n. 1; sp 2022

[includes my poems “What Must Be Used Is Readily Available” and “This Tunnel”]

Know Me Here: an anthology of poetry by women

edited by Katherine Hastings

A House By Itself: selected haiku by Masuoka Shiki

translated by John Brandi, Noriko Kawasaki Martinez

Horizontal Vertigo: a city called Mexico

Juan Villoro, tr. Alfred MacAdam

Who Ate the First Oyster? the extraordinary people behind the greatest firsts in history

Cody Cassidy

Postcards from the Edge

Carrie Fisher

Unfinished Sketches of a Revolution

Brane Mozetic

Blue Colonial

David Roderick

The Half-Finished Heaven: the best poems of Tomas Transtromer

translated by Robert Bly

Cerasus Magazine

issue #4, 2022, London

[includes two chapters from Autobiography of a Book]

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

Chen Chen


Tintin: the Complete Companion

Michael Farr

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and me

Bill Hayes

Lucien’s Story: a memoir of Lucien Duckstein

Aleksandra Kroh, translated by Austryn Wainhouse

Orpheus and Eurydice: a lyric sequence

Gregory Orr


Brane Mozetic, translated by Elizabeth Zargi and Timothy Liu

Holiday in the Islands of Grief

Jeffrey McDaniel

The Grand Piano: an experiment in collective autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980, part three

Bob Perelman, Ted Pearson, Rae Armentrout, Barrett Watten, Steven Benson, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Tom Mandel, Ron Silliman, Kit Robinson

The World Between Two Covers: reading the globe

Ann Morgan

You Suck at Art and Bad Friend

two self-published mini comics by Sappho Bushtit

Four Letter Words

Truong Tran


#77, v. 23 n. 3; fall 2022

A Dynamic Range of Various Designs for Quiet

Josh Bettinger


Brane Mozetic, tr. Ana Jelnikar

Weird Book

Kyle Harter

Bury It

Sam Sax