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Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett is the author of two chapbooks, Dissonance (Scienter Press, forthcoming) and Gardening in a Time of War (Pudding House, 2007) and co-winner of the 2009 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in River Styx, Atlanta Review, The Evansville Review, The Dark Horse, and many other journals in print and online. She lives in St. Paul and works for the Minnesota Legislature.

Lyn Lifshin

Lyn Lifshin latest book Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness (Texas Review Press, 2009).

Lark Beltran

Lark Beltran, originally from California, has lived in Peru for over half her life, along with her Peruvian husband, as an ESL teacher.  Over the last several years her poems have appeared in a number of online and print journals including Penwood Review, Rose & Thorn, Ascent Aspirations , Bolts of Silk and Ancient Paths.

Keith O’Shaughnessy

Keith O’Shaughnessy teaches English at Camden County College in southern New Jersey.  His poems have recently appeared, or will soon be appearing, in Columbia Magazine, Measure, and Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies.  This summer he also had a chapbook, Carnaval, published by Pudding House Press.  He lives in Princeton.

Keith O’Shaughnessy

Keith O’Shaughnessy teaches English at Camden County College in southern New Jersey.  His poems have recently appeared, or will soon be appearing, in Columbia Magazine, Measure, and Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies.  This summer he also had a chapbook, Carnaval, published by Pudding House Press.  He lives in Princeton.

Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis is a freelance writer and editor living in Richmond, VA. She is the author of the chapbook Holding for the Farrier (Finishing Line Press 2007) and her work has appeared in Blackbird, The Louisville Review, North American Review and other journals. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net, and recently was a Weinstein Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

John Milbury-Steen

John Milbury-Steen has published or will publish work in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Blue Unicorn, Bumbershoot, The Centrifugal Eye, Chimaera, Christianity and Literature, Contemporary Sonnet, Dark Horse, The Deronda Review (Neovictorian/Cochlea), Kayak, Hellas, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Listening Eye, Lucid Rhythms, The Piedmont Literary Review, Scholia Satyrica, Shenandoah, Shattercolors, the Shit Creek Review and Umbrella

J.D. Smith

J.D. Smith has published two collections, The Hypothetical Landscape (1999) and Settling for Beauty (2005), and in 2007 he was awarded a Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. His first children's book, The Best Mariachi in the World, was published in bilingual, Spanish and English editions in 2008.

Smith lives near the Southwest Waterfront of Washington, DC with his wife Paula Van Lare and their rescue dog, Roo.

Howie Good

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of nine poetry chapbooks, including Police and Questions from Right Hand Pointing (2008), Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks, and Visiting the Dead (2009) from Flutter Press. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology. His first full-length book of poetry, Lovesick, is forthcoming from The Poetry Press of Press Americana.

On Cruelty

On Cruelty

Shall I be cruel to you, dear?
Shall I be ruthless and austere?
Shall I be blatantly sincere
and tell you that I hurt what I hold dear?

Shall I be gruesomely severe?
Reduce your essence to a tear?
Shall I be everything you fear:
a nine-tailed cat with boots that trample, dear?

My thorny arms will hold you near.
Elicit screams I meet with cheer.
Can I be painfully sincere?
I hunger to be cruel to you, my dear.

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