Gargoyle 59 cover

"Not Your Bitch," cover photo by Ren Garczynski. Photography by random eye candy photography:





Mary Carpenter
• Transformations

Deborah Gold
• Cody, age 14 (or 15, if you ask him)

Mark Spitzer
• Polemic: The History of Pirated English-Language Translations of Jean Genet’s Poetry (with Chronology)

Mark Terrill • Here to Learn: Remembering Paul Bowles


Karren Alenier • A College Boy Finds His Way
• Paris in the Twenties: 1929
• Bupple’s Cat

Kelli Allen • Beginning with a Wager

R. A. Allen • Not So Easy

Elaine Bander • Angouléme

Kacee Belcher • No Ass Licking

Jocko Benoit • Freud’s Lesser-Known Cousin
• Why Atlas Shrugs
• The Nagging of the Surreal

Jill Bergkamp • Conjuring Angels in Davao City

Vanessa Blakeslee
• The Swamp Goddess

Chris Bullard • The Boy Stood on the Burning Babe

Mary Lou Buschi • Maybe I Wanted to Give You More Than Ruin
• Cloud I

Katie Cappello • Scorpion Hunting

Emily Carr • Queen for a Day
• Lateral Gene Exchange

Christopher Citro • A Marriage Made on the Dining Room Floor

Robert Cole • Saffron

Brandon Courtney • The Startle of the Sleeping World

James Davis • Charity

Nicelle Davis • A Girl named June Says about the Desert

Mark DeCarteret • Another Beatrice Chesterton Diary Entry
• A Being Seen as a Decoy

Brian Komei Dempster • The Mother Dreams Her Daughter Away from Benjamin

Matt Dennison • El Sabor

Michelle Disler • Solutions

Aschala Edwards • Black Widows

Lori Ellison • In the Mouth of the Evening

Sylva Fischerova • Old Worlds (tr. by Stuart Friebert)

Piotr Florczyk • Fairway Falls

Theophile Gautier • The Fellah (tr. by Len Krisak)

Jean Genet • Rediscovered Poems (tr. by Mark Spitzer)

Corey Ginsberg • The Illusion of Sturdy

Maryanne Hannan
Desiderium: Ardent Longing, as for Something Lost

M. Michael Hanner • Almost Extinction

Toni Hanner • the dim radiance of HE 1523

Myronn Hardy • The Desert Unrequited • Gigou

Daniel A. Harris • To a Friend at 65, Getting a Divorce and a New Hip

Gayle Elen Harvey
• Flagellation

Chris Haven • The Cake Girl

Stephen Haynie • Thirty Bodies in Houston

Jasper Haze • A Jar of Baby Teeth

Nancy Hechinger • Never Was the Heart
• Star Wars

Allison Hedge Coke
• Breathing
• The Last House Creeley Left

Travis Hedge Coke • God and Pony Show

Robert Herschbach
• Scottish Play

Elizabyth A. Hiscox
• Vanguard Aria for Minor Organs

Gretchen Hodgin • Acme Co.

• To You: (On Behalf of My Words . . .)”

David Hubbard • The Last Swimming Pool in Managua (1979)

Amorak Huey • Love Letter During the Opening Scenes of Law & Order

Bethany Schultz Hurst • The Unlikely Event of a Water Landing

Rich Ives • Scottish Ancestors

Ted Jean • Flower Child

Douglas A. Jones • [Already day three . . .]

Rob Kenagy • Air No. 7
• Air No. 16

Sandra Kolankiewicz
• Claudia, 19 East, Bed A
• Tipping the Ferryman

Gerry LaFemina • Clown Baby, the Yogini and Me
• The Cruelty of the Third Hand
• Story Problem
• Role Players

Deanna Larson • The Flexibility of X

Nikia Leopold • The Constant
• Fragile

Joseph E. Lerner • Sci-Fi

Lyn Lifshin • For the Roses
• Out of the City and Down to the Sea Side
• Michael from Mountains
• Hitchcock and the Hunks
• The More I Think of Janet Leigh
• Hitchcock’s Circles

James Magorian
• Salamanca at Sunset

Mary Claire Mahaney
• Knitting

Richard Martin • Stoic Surrender

Susan H. Maurer • Rain Taxi

Jennifer A. McGowan • Commute to Kutnåe Hora

Dora E. McQuaid • Alchemy
• Avatar

Dan Memmolo
• Bombardment

Leslie F. Miller • the brouhaha after the traveling carnival pulled out of town
• psalm of the shoe
• requiem for a vacation

Dawn Montefusco • A Good Bluff
• A Private Conversation

Keith Montesano • Blood

Adam Moorad • this handicapped stall is paducah

Christina Olson • On Turning Thirty

Joanna Pearson • The Ice Sculptor
• Mermaids

Kate Pendlebury • from “Baby Poems” XI

Carly Physioc • Learning Things with My Mother

• Elephant and Castle, North Line

Jean Prokott • The High School Teacher’s Old Spring Fling

Dean Rader • Five Rooms

Jade Ramsey • She Lives in a Pat of Butter

Billy Reynolds • Dusk at Rocket Park

Susie Reynolds • My Neighbour the Revolutionary

Rainer Maria Rilke • The Rose Interior (tr. by Len Krisak)

Liz Robbins • Before the Cut

Stephen R. Roberts • Roy and Dale Memorabilia

David Romanda • drought

Daniel Romo • Pancho as Protagonist in the 9th Grade Grammar Book

Eric W. Schramm • Five Landscapes with Shopping Cart

Emily Severance • Espousal

Gregory Sherl • Once Upon a Time

Gary J. Shipley • Waiting on Ectoplasm

Brian Simoneau • I Hold a Grudge Against a Well-Known Poet

Noel Sloboda • Trim Fit

Erin Elizabeth Smith • The Plastic Triceratops Questions Behavioral Integrity

Jay Snodgrass • My Ghost Made an Art Movie: 27.2

Kurt Steinwand • Gettysburg

Dariel Suarez • Signs

K.M.A Sullivan • River’s Bend

Terese Svoboda • Bring Home the Groceries
• Banduri or Mandari or Merle
• The Disappearing Hippo

Adam Tavel • Letter to Hathaway Writ on Water

Eleanor Ross Taylor • Three Witches • Tony's Mother Left Him 7 Umbrellas • Writing in the Dark

Parker Tettleton • Mad Snickerlish

Meg Thompson • 13 Affordable Ways to Become a Famous Poet …

Padma Thornlyre • Mavka #35

Michelle Tooker
• Motorcyclist on 206

Sandee Gertz Umbach
• Cures for Epilepsy

James Valvis • For the Headless Mannequins

Thomas Vaultonburg • A Poem I also title “The Donner Party” after a Night of Reading Richard Brautigan’s Poetry • Beaten

Jaime Warburton • From a Young Girl

Theresa Williams • Reading Winesburg

Mark Wisniewski • Maturity

Nicholas YB Wong
• Tasteless Desserts: Thoughts on Teachers in Hong Kong: An Alien Encounter

Stefanie Wortman • Careless Simile

Kirby Wright • Kowloon Tong at 3 O’Clock in the Morning

Theodora Ziolkowski
• Shakespeare’s Children


Bonnie Arning • Bodies of Water

A.A. Balaskovits • The Ibex Girl of Qumran

Ned Balbo • Rollo and Apollo

Jill Birdsall • Loafers

Rachel Brill • Poet's Guild

John L. Campbell--Courageous Little Philomena’s Wondrous Bait

Julie A. Corwin • My First Husband

Barbara Westwood Diehl • Mermaids

Chris Dungey • The Enforcer on the Road

Jaclyn Dwyer • Lost in the Red City

Gloria Dyc • The New Age

Ian Golding • Electric Light Orchestra single “Mr. Blue Sky” as heard in a White Castle dining area

Matthew Harrison • The Making of Creatures

Allison Hedge Coke • Flutter (from “Veldt”)

Charles Holdefer • The Plans

Nik Houser • Under Hindsight’s Knife

Trevor J. Houser--Malta

Robert Kloss • Our Calm was Born from Your Burning

Franz Knupfer • The Informants of Kengtung

Beth Konkoski • Desert Horse

Len Kruger • Marianas Trench

Kimberly Lojewski • Swamp Food at the Rapture Café

Deepak Maini • The Brother

Mark McBride • Lacy

Delaney Nolan • Shotgun Style

Yarrow Paisley • The Revised Minutes

Pete Pazmino • Lyle-O

Lorine Kritzer Pergament
• Lost

Bridget Plekavic • Lillian's Closet

Marie Potoczny • If Not Now, When?

Sean Quinn • Asuncion

Karin Rosman • Blue Dress Day

Andrew Shelden • SeaTac Rain

Michael Spann • Maroc Con

Jenniey Tallman • Gertrude is Gay

Rene Georg Vasicek • The City of Machines

Ann Wahlman • Six-Shooter

Tim Wendel • Gallows Poll

Paul West • Oxford

Nin Andrews • Shakespeare
• Uncouth Mister
• Glamour Shot
• This Is Just to Say – I
• This Is Just to Say – II