Monday, January 13, 2014

Wonderful Review

North Carolina poet Jeffery Beam edits a superb journal called Oyster Boy Review, and the new winter 2014 issue is out. It has wonderful reviews of my book The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram, and the Throne of Psyche, a volume of poems by my friend Marly Youmans. Here is Jeffery's email blast announcing it along with a link to the current issue:


Oyster Boy Review No. 21 Jan 2014 (online and print) is now available. 

It’s the “Poetry Annual” and looks wonderful with art by French artist Ivan de Monbrison.

There’s poetry by North Carolina poets David Need and Kit Wienert, and by Kathleen Hellen, Elizabeth Kirwin, Lyn Lifshin, and David Musgrove.

Reviews written by North Carolinians Jeff Davis, Sue Farlow, Don Hendershot, Josh Hockensmith, Janet Lembke, Marly Youmans; as well as reviews by Ricks Carson, Patrick James Dunagan, Michael Ferguson, Brian Gilmore, Reginald Harris, Kathleen Hellen, Luisa A. Igloria, Gina Marie LoBianco, John Martone, Christopher Rizzo, and Mark Spitzer on North Carolina writers Thomas Rain Crowe, Fred Moten, Evie Shockley, and Marly Youmans; and works by Stephen Addiss, Ed Baker, Wendell Berry, Roberto Bolaño, Charles Bukowski, Bei Dao, Cherryl Floyd-Miller, Edward Foster, Richard Gilbert, Andrew Hughes, Christina Mengert, Jess Mynes,  Junzaburō Nishiwaki, Richard Owens, John Phillips, Gil Scott-Heron, Nathaniel Tarn, Rosmarie Waldrop, Kevin Young, and an anthology of poems on William Carlos Williams (Sheila Coghill & Thom Tammaro, editors).

I’ve been not only busy editing the issue (along with publisher Damon Sauve) but also contributed reviews of work by North Carolinians Jeremy Halinen, Michael Rumaker (one fiction, one memoir, and two critical works including one by NC’s Leverette T. Smith), and Robert West; poetry by Bob Arnold, Robert Bly, Cid Corman, John Martone, Taneda Santōka (trans. Scott Watson), Gustaf Sobin, and Philip Lee Williams; a play on Alexander the Great by Stanley Barber; critical works by Paul Ebenkamp with Jim Harrison and others (on Gary Snyder), Ross Hair (Ronald Johnson), Thomas R. Smith and James P. Lenfestey (Robert Bly), Helen Vendler (Dickinson); Vaughn Sills’ study of southern African-American gardens; and Scott Watson’s amazing memoir of surviving the earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan where he has lived for many years.

As you can see the issue is chock-full!  Enjoy.  We always love to hear from our readers.  Although the online issue is complete and free, we hope, in order to help us promote our new and established writers that you will subscribe to the magazine.  Check out our website at:

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