Contributions by: Robert Beveridge, Karen Bourque, Carol Casey, Matthew Feeney, Mike
Emmert, Susan Entsminger, Gary Hotham, Diane Marquart Moore, James B. Nicola, Simon
Perchik, Luci Shaw, Chuck Taylor, Robert B. Shaw, and Paul Willis
Poems and refrains punctuated along a moving sidewalk space-time mural of New York
City. Rhythmic clamor embedded in the strokes and colors of the accompanying artwork.
The engaging English translation complete with rhyme and alliteration. With a downbeat
of “Earthy sewer fumes” the dance begins, to lace together earth and sky, solid and
vapor. Enter the metro of mysticisms, opening to tender human truths. Writers and
musicians; dreams and imagination; a collective creative force harnesses survival.
Mirrors progresses seamlessly along explorations of the physics and concepts of perspective;
the sensual and visual; sound and words; motion and rest. Clouds enter; creeks enter;
streams swell, the force of water grows—to an epistemological crescendo. Observing
from far space and then easing to earth—following rivers of experience and then diving
into the individual. Concise meditations to challenge and liberate.
“Schmitz invests her restless poetic searching with a dedication to truth-seeking
that is unwavering, and with an ethical passion that lends both gravity and intellectual
resonance to her poems …” Read the Review
Barbara Schmitz offers Heart Medicine which “drops the pain body”—an invitation to
let go to the rhythms of her love songs to life. Death and childhood; memory and
forgetting; family cacophonies and inventions. Acceptance, like ‘the indifference
cloak,’ creates a liberating energy. “The wings to the heart the Sufis say / are
independence / and indifference,’ and the sense of humor at our failings becomes
the success. Laced with “beauty, the lyrical pain,” we drink an elixir of laughter
Contributions by: Adnan Adnan, Sonia Alland, Roy Bentley, Rebekah Bloyd, Lawrence
Bridges, Stephen Campiglio, Andrew K. Clark, Kamil Czyz, Sarah Dunphy-Lelii, John
Grey, Salah Al Hamdani, Miho Kinnas, Isabelle Lagny, Tina Lear, Peter Mladinic, John
Nicholson, Paulo Oliveira Ramos, Russell Rowland, Luci Shaw, Travis Stephens, and
Intricately sculpted poems of modern life from New York City to Southern California—propelled
with a sense of urgency bordering on a vein of chaos that flashes with crystalline
precision of language.
Reading Off Topic is like the expanding moment of stillness in our perception of
time as a rollercoaster free-falls: embedded in the carnival is a mature and lasting
exploration of self, poetry, art, and relationship.