Letter from the Editor
Finally, some children of Santa Fe Springs, students of a
Brentwood private school, a San Francisco boxer-in-training and a
literary figure of the 19th century Decadent movement have something
in common—besides, that is, their basic humanity. They have
Speechless, Fall 2005. And—of course—they have poetry. For proof
turn to “Early Bloomers,” “Poets in Progress,” “Poetry Goes to the
Fights,” and “Re-Discovered,” reprising the wafting, lovelorn verse
of Ernest Dowson.
Also in this issue Cheryl Klein of Poets & Writers, Inc., takes
over the “Guest Star” page to introduce, or—for those already well
aware of this marvelous organization—deepen our knowledge of, one of
the West’s most important funders for individual writers. And Cheryl
presents a selection of poetry and fiction from the P&W staff
members, a reminder that these people who’ve helped so many writers
are writers themselves.
“In Memoriam” commemorates a clever and vivacious poet known to
nearly everyone who attends readings and workshops here in L.A.:
Anne Silver, 1951–2005.
Because Steve Kowit’s smart and sparking essay on trends, debates,
and skirmishes in and around contemporary poetry seemed too good to
dole out in one chunk, we’re serializing “On the Mystique of the
Difficult Poem,” published in Poetry International a while
back but still quite fresh.
Speaking of fresh—and we are—turn to liz gonzález’ “In Review”
for more breezy brain storms. ariel robello discusses Kamau Daáood’s
The Language of Saxaphones.
There’s almost too much to read nowadays, and so much to do,
therefore we offer “Small Festival
of Short Books”. Two, that’s small. Chapbooks, they’re
short. Tyler Williams and Carolyn Howard-Johnson are featured here.
Those who prefer cheap tabloid sensationalism should go straight
to “The Paparazzi File”. It’s the best we can do—please, try to act
And there’s more, so much more. But, in fact, I lie. That’s all