Gargoyle 57
“Button Typewriter” cover art by Marilyn Stablein
Published 9/23/2011

Table of Contents


Claire Blechman
• Derrida, Interrupted

Carolyn Cooke
• The Rape Parade

Carmen Delzell
• Moving Away

Brandel France de Bravo
• I’ll Make Room

Simki Ghebremichael
• The Wedding Season


Albert Abonado
• The Secret History of Joy Division
• Monkeys on the Hood

Clayton Adams
• This Nickel and Dime War
• Bar-le-Duc

Heather Anastasiu
• The Body Dynamic

Nin Andrews
• How to Write an MFA Poem
• How to Write an Artistic Statement for a Grant Application
• How to Become a Famous Poet
• How I Became Our Lady of the Orgasm

Saadia Ali Aschemann
• Below Zero

JoAnn Balingit
• My Life as the Fugitive, Tijuana

Mary Bargteil
• An Elegy in Word Problems
• The Authorized Artifacts of Lilith

Laurel Bastian
• Callipygian
• Appetites

Jeffrey Bean
• The Dead Arrive

Jill Beauchesne
• A Tale of the Makara

Maria Bennett
• four metaphors for the body

Clifford Bernier
• Congo Square

Linda Blaskey
• World Atlas

Claire Blotter
– Elegy for 
an Electric Angel

Dan Brady
• From “Sonnets to E—”

Elissa Braff
• Synthology

Steven Breyak
• What I Learned in Bill Knott’s Poetry Workshop

Phillip Calderwood
• H

Michael Casey
• diction, 
a detriment to the working class

Alex Chertok
• Being Liquid

Katharine Coles
• Pancake Batfish

Antoinette Constable
• Reading His Letter

Robert Cooperman
• The Museum of Lost Causes

Claudia Cortese
• Places to Hide

Nina Corwin
• Chameleon Man Flips History While Penning a Switch

Bill Costley
• BYRD fiddles in purgatory

Kelly Coveny
• The Orkin Man

Barbara Crooker
• Very Long Afternoons
• All Saints

Jim Daniels
• Spinning Donuts in the Universal City Mall Parking Lot …

Kristina Marie Darling
• Footnotes to a History of the Victorian Novel

John Davis
• Dear John Letters

Barbara DeCesare
• Accidents Grotesque

Liz Dolan
• The Russian Émigré’s Book Store

Philip Dozal
• Garcia Lorca’s Coffee Lounge

Doug Draime
• Zoot Sims Crying Softly

Gabe Durham
• Craft Hut

Moira Egan
• Wisteria sinensis

Kristina England
• When I Die

Blair Ewing
• For My Father
• Borderau

Sarene Friedman
• Cupcake

Molly Gaudry
• Bug, Car, Man: A Triptych
• Velveteen
• Is to love an imperative infinitive?
• A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings

Megan Giller
• Someday, When I Meet You in a Foreign City

Kimberly Grey
• Mnemonic of the Invented Man
• Mnemonic for the Reconstruction of Memory

Michael Gushue
• The Subprime Mortgage Crisis Explained
• Thirteen Ways of Looking at Bling Teeth

Jeff Hardin
• Compelled

David M. Harris
• Ever After

Nowan Hasm
• Stickingjagged Edgers

Chris Haven
• How Nuclear Fusion Works

Kathleen Hellen
• You’re Nothing If I Don’t Believe

David Hernandez
• The Pompous Man

Alison Hicks
• Tu Me Manques

Le Hinton
• God’s Immaculate Memory
• Fire in the Night

Jean C. Howard
• The Visit

Colette Inez
• Windlust

Fred Joiner
• half note
• Solidarity

Don Judson
• the secret of the world is the beautiful room you die in

Anne Keefe
• Neruda’s Things

Stephen Kessler
• Sonny Rollins at Zellerbach

Danil Kharms
• Trunk (A Hard Case) [tr. by Alex Cigale]

Alan King
• My Barber Will’s Case Study of the Flintstones

Benjamin C. Krause
• Jasper Owen Interview

Sarah Layden
• Monkeys Ponder What Could Have Been

A. Loudermilk
• Lisp

Adrian C. Louis
• Horse Academy
• Professional Development Plan

K.E. MacMillan
• Periodicals of Grief

Anthony Madrid
• We Find the Boom Is Too High

Stephen Malin
• Forecast: Dry

Aoife Mannix
• The Last Show: A No Beginning
• Nicobar Scare Devil

Joyce Mansour
• Four Poems (intro + tr. by Bill Wolak)
• Fever (tr. by Bill Wolak)
• Invite Me
• The Blind Intrigues
• The Amazon

Peter Marcus
• Crabs in Recife

Hugh Martin
• Home from Iraq, Eating Dinner

Frank Matagrano
• Self-Portrait with Facebook

Steve McClain
• The Colombian Prayers: Poemstories Assembled from the Green Year City

Sjohnna Bruce McCray
• Burning Down Suburbia, An Ode to Bob Ross
• Night Sweats

Alex McRae
• The Kiss

Mark Melnicove
• Four Blessings

Michael Monroe
• Blown Cover

Nancy Carol Moody
• The Negative Space of Cows

Stephen Moran
• Annie

Mary Morris
• Have You Ever Been Experienced?
• The Wind Whispers Mary, a Namesake

Kristine Ong Muslim
• Abandoned Dwellings

Tim Myers
• Trilobite

James Norcliffe
• The flying saucer is a breast

Jay Pabarue
• trip, We take a desperate

Shelley Puhak
• The Death Quartet

Kim Roberts
• Not-So-Super Heroes

Ronald Simon Rubin
• The Spanish Lesson

Tomaz Salamun
• Zinacantan (tr. Michael Thomas Taren)

Sarah Sarai
• The Quiet Softness

Sami Schalk
• Promiscuous Promnesia

Eric Paul Shaffer
• The Godzilla Delusion

Michael Shorb
• Elegy for the Aral Sea

Barry Silesky
• A Line

Edgar Gabriel Silex
• Letter to Calliope
• Nothing

Joan Stepp Smith
• Sparrow Meat

Patricia Smith
• Dear Jimmy Connoll
• Because
• One Way to Run from It

Rob Spiegel
• Supergirl’s Poem

Carlie St. George
• Why Princess Leia Never Became a Jedi …

Marilyn Stablein
• Helium Event
• Dry Humping on Stage

Kurt Steinwand
• Physics

D. E. Steward
• Syndetic
• Oneiros

Marc Swan
• Mexico DF

Adam Tessier
• It’s a Shame about Ray Eames

Samantha Erin Tetangco
• Upon Viewing Man Ray’s “Noir et Blanche”

Meg Thompson
• Question for My Nurse Practitioner

Jim Tolan
• Corpus Poetae

Billie Travelini
• Upon Reading Rene Descartes …
• Everything I Know About Religion I Learned From My Breasts
• Anatomy of a Frog

Meredith Trede
• Still the Noises

James Valvis
• The Pause

Mimi Vaquer
• On the Discovery of the Wild through the Drawings of Small Children

Dan Vera
• Nabokov Visits the Smithsonian
• Lago de mil ojos

Kim Vollmer-Lawson w/Jenny Badman
• Ways to Appear a Reliable Source

Avni Vyas
• Dear Floozy

Ronald Wallace
• In the Winter Kitchen

Pamela Murray Winters
• Guitarslinger

Bill Wolak
• Impossible Tenses
• You Who Taught Me Tenderness



Forrest Aguirre
• Gepetto

Roberta Allen
• Signs
• Secrets

Stephanie Allen
• Life and Times

Alexander V. Bach
• Ye Ol’fashioned Olfactory

Jill Birdsall
• Sea Monkeys

Jamie Brown
• How do you Get to the Sixties?

Rae Bryant
• A Pop-Modern Genesis

Tom Carson
• from Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter

Kim Chinquee
• I Got Shot
• Doodle
• Chasers
• Wildcat Mountain
• She Had Legs
• Stillbirth

Susann Cokal
• Perfect, for You

Charles Conley
• Data

Beth Couture
• The Disappearing Children

Ramola D
• Adulthood

JenMarie Davis
• from The Science Concerned

Katrina Denza
• The View Is Like Something from Seurat

Glenn Deutsch
• The Closing

Meghan Dombrink-Green
• Bog

Janice Eidus
• There Is a War

Saskia Fischer
• The Ship of Sheep

Thaisa Frank
• Enchantment

Scott Garson
• Certain Things I Might Have Done in 1998

Alessandra Gelmi
• Diary Entry
• Twigs

James Grady
• Demolition Derby

Myronn Hardy
• Pluto

Jessica Hollander
• Ultimate Makeover: Zombie Edition

Suzanne Marie Hopcroft
• March

Julie Innis
• Metallurgy

Robert Kloss
• How the Old Man Trained His Assassins

Bettina Lanyi
• Chocolate Bust

Nathan Leslie
• In Different Rooms

Peter Tieryas Liu
• The Buddha of Many Parts

Ben Loory
• The Swimming Pool

Jonathan Mack
• The Extinction of Stories

Cynthia Newberry Martin
• Mackenzie

Susan McCarty
• Corridors

Lindsay Merbaum
• Solitude

Corey Mesler
• Monster

Janet Mitchell
• Scenes From a Funeral

David Mohrmann
• Monster

Teresa Burns Murphy
• Mr. Bra

Clare Marie Myers
• The Scene

Susan Smith Nash
• I, Vampire

M. E. Parker
• The Man Inside Her

Meg Pokrass
• The Party
• So Much to Tell

Zena Polin
• Warm Ice, 
Cold Eggs

Meredith Pond
• On a Dark Desert Highway

Wena Poon
• Extract from The Biophilia Omnibus

Pilar Quintana
• from “Collectors of Weird Screws” [tr. by Joel Streicker]

Michelle Reale
• Timbal

Doug Rice
• A Prayer for One Sentence

Ethel Rohan
• Sorry

Gabriela Romeri
• HYPNOS 101

Ann K. Ryles
• How My Heart Spoke and I Heard the Voice of Pain …

Kris Saknussemm
• Letters from Old Girlfriends

Robert Scotellaro
• Beep-Ball

Lynda Sexson
• Eye of a White Rabbit

Elisabeth Sheffield
• i live in a hole

Marcia Slatkin
• Gifts

Curtis Smith
• Silent

Katherine Smith
• Phantom

Amber Sparks
• The Woman Across the Water Wore the Shape of Love

Dawn Sperber
• Wind in a Ring Box

Daniel Stolar
• Twenty Years Later

Lee A. Tonouchi
• Sex and the Holy City

Roz Kuehn Unruh
• Suburban Window (from “Various States of Undress”)

Judy Viertel
• Becoming Steadily Denser

Elizabeth Warren
• Last Year’s Model

Paula Whyman
• Another Story

Bess Winter
• Four Minutes Thirty-Three Seconds

Sally Wilde
• Top Ten from the Bottom

Matthew Kirkpatrick
• Frontispiece: Light without

C. Albert
• 2 collages: Offering, Over the Town

Bill Wolak
• 2 collages