Poems by Poetry Flash
Editors and Contributors
John Oliver Simon
Flash, A Poetry Review & Literary Calendar for the West
provides open access to the vibrant West Coast literary scene in
Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, and points
between. It has served as an independent voice on behalf of poets
and writers since 1972—as Allen Ginsberg once said, "Poetry Flash
keeps us up to date with the muse." Poetry Flash publishes an
eclectic, wide ranging editorial mix of book reviews, poems,
literary essays, interviews, photographs, and calls for submissions
and contest information for creative writers, with the most
comprehensive listings of literary events in the West. The all-genre
creative writing event Calendar offers an in-depth portrait of
California literary events, and events in the Pacific Northwest, and
the Southwest, with a representative sampling of national
conferences and festivals.
Richard Silberg, Joyce Jenkins
Recent issues have included remembrances of
Robert Creeley, Barbara Guest, Edith Jenkins, Kenneth Rexroth, Thom
Gunn, and Philip Lamantia. Feature interviews with Kay Ryan and Lynn
Emanuel, a talk on spirituality and a new poem by Robert Hass, an
essay on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, poems by Kate Gale, Chad
Sweeney, fiction reviews on Kate Braverman's short stories, poet
Gail Wronsky's novel, and fiction by Robert Glück, poetry reviews on
books by Dennis Phillips, Jack Grapes, Matthew Rohrer, Naomi Shihab
Nye, Mark Turpin, Martha Ronk, and many brief "New & Noted" reviews
including Brian Teare, Ilya Kaminsky, Catherine Barnett, Ben Lerner,
Eleni Sikelianos, Srikanth Reddy, Donald Revell, Matthea Harvey,
Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and many, many others. Upcoming issues include
an interview with Black Mountain poet/painter Basil King by Steve
Dickison, Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State
University, a review on Maureen Owen's poetry, poems by winners of
the National Writers Union competition, an interview with Santa Cruz
poet Robert Sward, and an essay by Clayton Eshleman.
Poetry Flash is printed in a newspaper
format in editions of 22,000, and follows the "free paper" model.
Complementing our quarterly print schedule is an active, frequently
updated calendar. The site receives an average of 13,000 visits a
month; there were 17,000 visits to the site in March 2006. Please
see the website to request
a free sample copy of Poetry Flash. Event listings can be
sent to the editor or
1450 Fourth Street, #4
Berkeley, CA 94710.
Other Poetry Flash projects include
sponsoring the Northern California Book Reviewers and producing the
Northern California Book Awards, co-sponsored by the Northern
California Independent Booksellers Association, San Francisco Public
Library and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library,
Northern California Book Reviewers, and Poetry Flash.
Robert Hass, Joyce Jenkins, Jack Foley
Poetry Flash also sponsors and presents
the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, which has been held in
both San Francisco and Berkeley. A collaboration with former U.S.
Poet Laureate and U.C. Berkeley professor Robert Hass, Berkeley
Farmers' Market/Ecology Center, and EcoCity Builders, the tenth
annual Watershed was held in September, 2005. Kamau Daa'ood (with
jazz bassist Marcus Shelby), Kay Ryan, Joanne Kyger, Alison
Hawthorne Deming, Brenda Hillman, child-poets from River of Words,
California Poets in the Schools, and Poetry Inside Out, and the
award-winning Berkeley Slam Team headlined the event.
Since the early eighties, Poetry Flash
has also curated one of the West Coast's best and longest running
reading series at Cody's Books in Berkeley, one of the largest and
most historically influential independent bookstores in the nation.
Over one-hundred writers—mostly poets—have been presented each year
by our host, Associate Editor Richard Silberg. Our series is open to
every style; our readers are diverse; our audiences come back for
more. We are grateful to Cody's Books for their dedication to this
partnership and their long-standing commitment to supporting poetry
and literature. Unfortunately, Cody's Books on Telegraph Avenue,
site of the reading series, will close for good on July 10, 2006, a
casualty of Amazon.com and the chain stores. The last Poetry Flash
at Cody's reading will take place on June 4, 2006. The June 11
reading will move to Moe's Books, right next door, and the Flash
series will soon move to another venue. See the
website for updates.
The poems in this issue are by editors,
contributing editors, advisors, and contributors to Poetry Flash.
Some are well published, some are less well-known as poets
themselves, such as Editor/Publisher Joyce Jenkins. So here is a
glimpse into the back story of Poetry Flash, and into the
work of those who are sometimes "Speechless" when they write and
edit the work of others.