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Alice Notley

Alice Notley was born in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1945 and grew up in Needles, California in the Mohave Desert. She was educated at Barnard and at The Writers Workshop, University of Iowa. She lived a peripatetic, rather outlawish poet's life before settling on New York's Lower East Side. For twenty years there she was an important force in the eclectic second generation of the New York School of poetry. She now lives in Paris with Douglas Oliver, where they edit Gare du Nord together. She has published some twenty-five books, most recently Mysteries of Small Houses and The Descent of Alette, both from Viking Penguin. Peter Riley published her Byzantine Parables in 1998 in his Poetical History series. She was featured in Nicholas Johnson's etruscan reader vii in 1997 (with Wendy Mulford and Brian Coffey). The Selected Poems of Alice Notley was published by Talisman House in 1994.

9. Poems. from `The Descent of Alette'

Douglas Oliver

Douglas Oliver's latest volumes are Penguin Modern Poets 10 and his Selected Poems, Talisman House, both in 1996. A Salvo for Africa (poems/prose) is forthcoming in May, 1999, from Bloodaxe: it points to the dangers of ignoring Africa in the rush towards supposed world-wide prosperity. Bloodaxe republished his New York satire, Penniless Politics, in 1994 -- a companion to his British satire, The Infant and the Pearl, which dates from the Thatcher era. A sampling from his project Arrondissements, a series of books about modern Paris, is in an etruscan reader volume shared with Randolph Healey and Tina Darragh. Among his other books are two novels and a technical book on prosody and narrative. His current project, also part of Arrondissements, is Whisper Louise, a dual historical memoir in prose and poetry; it is part 19th century, part 20th century. He and Alice Notley edit Gare du Nord magazine from their Paris home.

He died after a long illness on Friday, April 21, 2000 in Paris as his new book A Salvo for Africa was being published by Bloodaxe.

9. Poems. Three poems

Laurence Overmire

Laurence Overmire is an American actor/director/writer who has worked on stage, film and television. His work has been widely published in the U.S. and abroad, including many magazines on the Web: "Kimera," "Niederngasse," "Apples and Oranges, Oranges and Apples," "Wings," "L'Intrigue," "Some Words: A Place for Poetry," "Shadyvale Magazine," "Art Villa," "Bonfire," "Ygdrasil," "Aileron," "Webstatic," "Seeker Magazine," "Ixion," "Pigs 'N Poets," "Unlikely Stories," "Poetry in the Light," "Horsethief's Journal," "It's All Mulch," "Avalon," "Mind Fire Poetry Journal," "Burn," "ArtsFusion," "Mocha Memoirs," "Manx Fiction," "Eclectica," "Carved in Sand," "Bardo Burner" and others.

14. Poems. Three poems

William Oxley

William Oxley was born in Manchester. A poet and philosopher, he has also worked as accountant, part-time gardener, and actor. At present he divides his time between London and South Devon. His poems have been widely published throughout the world, in magazines and journals as diverse as Sparrow and The Formalist (USA), The Scotsman, Agenda, Stand, The Independent, The Spectator, and The Observer. He has also read his work on UK and European radio. His most recent books of poetry have been In The Drift Of Words (Rockingham Press, 1992); Cardboard Troy (Stride, 1993); and Collected Longer Poems (Salzburg University Press, 1994). In 1981 the Menard Press published his translations of the poetry of L.S.Senghor (Poems of a Black Orpheus), and in 1996 a volume of his plays was published by the University of Salzburg. A former member of the General Council of the Poetry Society and ex-assistant editor of Acumen, he has recently edited the anthology Completing The Picture for Stride (1995). The founder of the Long Poem Group, he co-edits its newsletter. His latest book of poems is The Green Crayon Man (Rockingham Press, 1997). His autobiography No Accounting for Paradise came from Rockingham in 1999. His selected poems are Reclaiming the Lyre: New & Selected Poems 1967-2000 from Rockingham Press in 2001.

William Oxley's poems and The Long Poem Group Newletter are available in this Webspace.

1. Prose. Oxley's Credo
3. Article. Feyyaz Fergar's English Poetry
3. Poem. Letter to Elizabeth
3. Article. The Decay of Relativism
4. Poems. Three poems
6. Article. The Shoulder of Pelops
7. Article. Poetry as Documentary of the Imagination
8. Poems. Cascade
10. Article. LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR - An African Whitman
11. Article. The Imminent Imagination
14. Poems. Four poems
14. Article. The Human Imagination

Alan Papprill

Teacher of English at Otahuhu College in South Auckland, New Zealand.

I've written poetry and short stories for some years with occasional publishing success. My poetry has appeared on Snakeskin, The Alien Flower, Recursive Angel Webzines with some of my short stories published in The Southern Ocean Review.

I've reviewed books for The PPTA Journal, Daily Post and New Zealand Herald.

Recent travel through Europe and the USA has sharpened my desire to explore the world as much as explore memories and desires in writing and reading.

15. Article. Words and Witness
15. Poem. On Empire's Edge

Mary Herrington-Perry

Mary Herrington-Perry is a doctoral student In English Literature at the Unversity of Indiana.

1. Article. "Tintern Abbey" and "Spiritual Presence of Absent Things"
2. Poem. On Lakeview Point
4. Poem. Rediscovering the Natural World

Michael Peverett

Michael Peverett is a poet and naturalist who lives in Somerset, England. He is Anglo-Swedish. He has published essays on poetry in Bonfire and Lynx: Poetry from Bath. He is currently working on a sequence of poems called FOTO, some of which have appeared in Aabye's Baby, Limestone and The Melic Review.

12. Prose. At the station cafe
12. Article. Joseph Stamper and Idris Davies
13. Article. From the Charity Shops..Two British Anthologies
14. Poems. Six poems from "FOTO"

Elisha Porat

Elisha Porat, a 1996 winner of Israel's Prime Minister's Prize for Literature has published more than a dozen volumes of fiction and poetry, in Hebrew, since 1973 his works have appeared in translation in Israel, the United States, Canada and England. Mr Porat was born in 1938 to a "pioneer" family in Petah Tikva, Israel. In the 1930's his parents were among the founders of Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh, where Mr Porat was raised and still makes his home. Mr Porat was drafted into the Israeli Army seving in a frontline reconnaissance unit and fought in the Six Day War in 1967, and in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. As a lifelong member of his Kibbutz, Mr Porat has worked as a farmer and as a writer. He currently performs editorial duties for several literary publications. His work may be found at Ariga and you can email him at

10. Poems. Four poems
10. Prose. The Bearded Man
12. Prose. The Resurrected
13. Prose. A Dozen Baskets of Sand
14. Prose. In Vain Pursuit

John D.Porter

Jack Porter is a scientist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a boy, he visited his great aunt Vera in Bath. She was a cook at a boy's boarding school and the boys all loved her dearly. Little Jack had never seen so much yellow custard in his life.

5. Poem. Valentine for Sylvia


J.H.Prynne (1936- ) was born in England and is a university lecturer in English at Cambridge. His name has become synonymous, for some, with all that is most rebarbative in the work of the contemporary English avant-garde. Yet of all the writers who might fit that description he has attracted the most widespread notice and approval. His originality and ambition are evident, and the fact that these are conveyed in pungent phrasing and a free verse of evident craft has commanded a fascination and a willingness to work at his meaning. He is the subject of respectful discussion in Donald Davie's "Thomas Hardy and British Poetry" (1973), and his collected works, "Poems" (Edinburgh and London, 1983), were well received.

3. Poem. On the Matter of Thermal Packing

Ramez Qureshi

Ramez Qureshi, who lives in Scarsdale, New York, completed his M.A. in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University College.

15. Article. Musical Objects

Peter Robinson

PETER ROBINSON was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1953. In the 1970s he edited the poetry magazine Perfect Bound and helped organize several Cambridge International Poetry Festivals. In the following decade he co-edited Numbers and was advisor to the 1988 Poetry International at the South Bank Centre, London. After teaching precariously for the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and at Cambridge, he has held posts in Japan, at present in Tohoku University, Sendai, where he is a visiting professor of English literature. He is married and has two daughters.

Peter Robinson's four books of poetry are Overdrawn Account (Many Press: 1980), This Other Life (Carcanet: 1988), Entertaining Fates (Carcanet: 1992) and Lost and Found (Carcanet: 1997). He has edited the poems of Adrian Stokes, a collection of essays on Geoffrey Hill, and an anthology, Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City (Liverpool University Press: 1996). His translations of contemporary Italian poetry include Selected Poems of Vittorio Sereni (Anvil: 1990). A volume of his own critical writings, In the Circumstances: about Poems and Poets, was published by Oxford University Press in 1992. He is at present co-editing with John Kerrigan The Thing About Roy Fisher: Critical Studies (Liverpool University Press: 1999).