Fall 2005

Maureen Andary preempts a couple of questions in her editor’s note:

As school nurses slip Ritalins into children’s mouths, frazzled anesthesiologists dump oxycontin surrepititiously into lab coat pockets, and the occasional soccer mom looks on at the Starbucks menu dazed and confused from the overabundance of orange bottles lining her shelves, we must be aware of the presence of prescription drugs in our society

But what does this have to do with poetry? And why are we presenting pill graphics alongside the literature in this issue? It is not so much the medicines themselves that relate to poetry but what we attempt to do when we take them—to engage and rearrange perspective, sensitive to all the biochemistry coursing through our precious minds. Literature manifests the psyche—a doorway into neurotic behavior with twists of psychotic vision, gallant romps of manic energy, cold bursts of depression. In a composition of words we can experience the chemistry of other people.

In this issue we present seven drugs which are commonly used but which (I’ve found) are not always well known. It is important to be aware of drugs and how they work when we, ourselves, and so many of our friends, family, and acquaintances are taking them.

She wrote up information on Klonopin, Xanax, Depakote, Lexapro, Zyprexa, Ritalin, and OxyContin with assistance from The Complete Pill Guide. New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 2005. Josh Borja happened to be working on this section of the WordPress in his mother’s ICU staff room, and so he made sure to include here Maureen’s entire note, lest he dishonor the cosmic significance. This is more a tidbit than anything else.

Featured Writing
“Church In A Year” Lisa Locascio
“aperture hymn for jim #1” Gordon Faylor
“Victor Jara Died Singing” Joe Ketner
“VISIT” Paul Rome
“Autumn of the Matriarch” Kareem Estefan
“cuttings of winter, yet to come” Claire Donato
“A Writ of Distance” Jonathan Fedors
“letter to bill cosby” Gordon Faylor
“History Lesson” Amalea Smirniotopoulos
“Questionable Hygiene” Diana Hamilton
“Bermuda Grass” Brad Reina
“This bed, like your flag, is not on fire” Claire Donato
“Salmon” M. Rebekah Otto
“ODES TO AN OLD MAN” Raphaela Weissman
“On Inertia” Diana Hamilton
“Hydroplaning” Amalea Smirniotopoulos
“The Ambassador” Raphaela Weissman
“DE-FINE” Candace Lunn
“It’s Okay to Lose It” Maureen Andary
“Boy’s got a sad sad song” Claire Donato
“The Pretty Horses” Brad Reina
“What Nine Years Can Teach Us” Alex Engel
“3/12/05” M. Rebekah Otto
“Translations” Sarah Bridgins
“Washington Square in Black” Diana Hamilton
“All I Wanted Was to Lie” Maureen Andary
“Any Given Sunday” Amalea Smirniotopoulos
“postscript to the bar issue” Jonathan Fedors

The Fall 2005 Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Maureen Andary
Submissions Editor: Jonathan Fedors
Copy Editor, Layout: Brad Reina
Treasurer: Lisa Locascio

Publication Staff: Anna Katterjohn, M. Rebekah Otto, Kareem Estefan, Diana Hamilton, Axel Wilhite, Meghan Redding, Frederick M. Limson, Kristin Skrabut, Alexander Engel, Megan Merritt, Sharon Bruce

The succeeding editor Jonathan Fedors is an

English and American Literature major in the College of Arts and Science at New York University whose primary areas of interest are 20th century poetry in English, Romanticism, and canonicity. He still thinks that postmodernity was invented by a syndicate of associate professors bent on tenure. He would be a Humean skeptic but loves the sunrise far too much ever to suppose that it might not occur. [Moreover,] he dedicates the poems in this issue to the memory of Robert Creeley.


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