Friday, October 30, 2009

nominations to the Best of the Web 2010 anthology...

I'm pleased to nominate these poets and their works to the Best of the Web 2010 anthology (Dzanc Books):

George Moore, “Survivor Tactics” (Fall 2009)

Eileen Tabios, “Alchemy at the Maykadeh: Dinner with Philip Lamantia” (Spring 2009)

Yun Wang, “Meditation on Hair” (Broadside #12, Fall 2008 - December)


All three are gifted writers, and their works have made Blue Fifth Review a stronger venue.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

fall 2009 issue now online

The Fall 2009 issue is now live, online:

Featured Poet: George Moore
Art: Ira Joel Haber

Also, new work by

Paul Hostovsky, Alan Britt, Marge Piercy, Allan Peterson, Naomi Buck Palagi, Peter Kenneally, J. B. Mulligan, Joanne Lowery


Changming Yuan, Oliver Rice, Bryan C. Murray, marcia arrieta, Elizabeth Kate Switaj, Ben Nardolilli, Donal Mahoney, Christina Murphy


Alan Catlin, Jessie Carty, Alison Eastley, Charles Freeland, Helen Losse, Maggie Hess, Philip Byron Oakes, Joan Payne Kincaid

Friday, September 11, 2009

Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years...

Thanks to the gifted poet - Arlene Ang - and her poem “In the Woods — A Shot — Fraught with Barking Dogs” (Winter 2007 issue), Blue Fifth Review is represented in the new anthology Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years (Snowvigate Press - this November) Ed. by Doug Martin & Kim Chinquee.

Sam Rasnake, ed.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

looking ahead...

I’m pleased to announce that the poet Barbara Jane Reyes will be guest-editing the Spring Supplement 2010 issue of Blue Fifth Review.

This special issue, appearing in May, will be thematic in design – Code-switching: Poets working in multiple languages – and will be divided into two sections: poetry and essay.

Since all the work for this issue will be solicited, no unsolicited submissions will be considered.


Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005), which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (forthcoming from BOA Editions, 2010). She has released two chapbooks as well - Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press) and Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs).

Looking forward to this exciting work.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

broadside #15

Now online at Blue Fifth Review – Broadside #15… “Blue Mexico” – a suite of poems, focused on the life and works of Frida Kahlo, by Robert E. Wood

Monday, July 27, 2009

broadside #14...

Now online at Blue Fifth Review

Broadside #14 – “Therese Berard, Oil on Canvas: A Still-life Speaks,”
a poem by Jill Crammond Wickham


Broadside #15 – a poem by Robert E. Wood – will be online in late August


The Fall 2009 issue will be online in October

Monday, July 20, 2009

best of the net nominations for 2009...

I've nominated the following poets & poems to the Best of the Net 2009 anthology from Sundress Publications - for their appearance in Blue Fifth Review:

The Linking Verbs
by Elizabeth H. Barbato (Fall 2008)

Always One Direction
by Melissa Buckheit (Fall 2008)

Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra"
by Amy Lemmon (Broadside #13, Spring 2009)

Acts Become Memory
by J. Alan Nelson (Fall 2008)

Alchemy at the Maykadeh: Dinner with Philip Lamantia
by Eileen Tabios (Spring 2009)

Meditation on Hair
by Yun Wang (Broadside #12, Fall 2008)

Congratulations to these poets, and my thanks for their sending their work to BFR.

Monday, July 13, 2009

more poetry & art news...

Later this summer:

Late July: Broadside #14: “Therese Berard, Oil on Canvas: A Still-life Speaks” - poetry by Jill Crammond Wickham

August: Broadside #15: “Blue Mexico” - poetry by Robert E. Wood

The Fall 2009 issue will be online in October.


Call for submissions: Winter 2010
This issue will have a special theme: the body

Monday, June 15, 2009

new format for bfr...

With the Fall 09 issue, I will be altering the format of Blue Fifth Review. This change will only affect the general unthemed issue, and will in no way change themed issues or supplements. I will accept material from 25 poets - and one of the poets will be the feature.

I will continue to accept artwork - as in past issues - in various forms and will use a minimum of two or more pieces in the general issue.

Of course, I won't say that this change is permanent - but it is for the Fall 09 issue.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

spring 09 issue, now online...

The Spring 09 issue is devoted to collaborative works of poetry and art, and features works by Eileen Tabios, Dana Guthrie Martin, Askhold Skalsky, Bob Bradshaw, Jill Wickham, Martin Willitts, Jessy Randall, Li Chevalier, Orly Orbach, Scott Owens, Rachel Lehrman, Moira Richards, Pris Campbell, Erena Rae, Daniel Shaprio, Carolee Sherwood, Jo Hemmant, Leslie Marcus, Barbara Taylor, and Diana Woodcock


Broadside #14, a poem by Jill Wickham, will be released in July


I am now reading submissions for the Fall 09 issue, an unthemed issue that is due online in October.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

the fantasy, too, quickly peels apart...

New from Blue Fifth Review ...

Broadside #12, “Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra,” a poem by Amy Lemmon, now online.

Lemmon is the author of two poetry collections: Fine Motor (Sow's Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press, 2009). Her poems and essays have appeared in Rolling Stone, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Verse, Court Green, Marginalia, and many other magazines and anthologies. She is Associate Professor of English at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and lives in Astoria, New York.


Coming in late May, the Spring 2009 Issue - Collaborations in Poetry and Art.

This issue will feature new work by by Eileen Tabios, Dana Guthrie Martin, Jo Hemmant, Erena Rae, Orly Orbach, Rachel Lehrman, Jessy Randall, Daniel Shapiro, Scott Owens, Pris Campbell, Diana Woodcock, Li Chevalier, Barbara Taylor, and Moira Richards.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

a loss...

Nichole Shields



Good poet, good friend.


American Hunger

American hunger
would not occur
if not every
but most untruths,
malicious acts,
and un-kept promises
could be consumed

each falsetto
an appetizing morsel
fattening the nation

tipping the scale

          - Shield's work was featured in Blue Fifth Review, Winter 2001

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

wating & waiting & waiting...

Coming this Spring... April, Broadside #13 from Amy Lemmon

The Spring 2009 issue of Blue Fifth Review - a special collaborative issue (May)