Welcome to the 12th issue of Muddy River Poetry Review. I am extremely sad to report that Muddy River Poetry Review’s Special Feature in the last issue, Janice Rebibo has died. Janice was a special person who liked everyone she met. She was a world class poet with an indefatigable outlook on life and a wonderful sense of humor. Please take time to read her poems in the last issue of MRPR which you can access through the Archives. Also, there is a special In Memoriam at the end of this edition with a photo of Janice that she personally selected for her Special Feature in the previous issue. Her poem in this issue is the title of her chapbook How Many Edens I Have Known. In addition, her close friend Deborah Leipziger’s poem “Radiation on Valentine’s Day” is included as part of the memorial. Needless to say, Janice and I were friends. I admired her poetry and will greatly miss her poetic and personal presence.
Our Special Feature for this issue is the city of Boston’s First Poet Laureate Sam Cornish, one of America’s poetic treasures. Sam has published eleven volumes of poetry, the two most recent An Apron Full Of Beans and Dead Beats. His play, An Apron Full Of Beans, based on his book, was staged at Boston’s historic Strand Theater. For many years, Sam taught English and Poetry at Emerson College.
Dennis Daly, one of the two features, has published three books of poetry as well as a translation of Sophocles’ Ajax from the Greek. He edited the 2014 Bagel Bard Anthology and currently hard at work on the 2015 edition.
Elisabeth Weiss, our other feature poet in this issue, teaches writing and literature at Salem State University and North Shore Community College. Her commitment to poetry includes teaching in prisons, nursing homes and other venues. Her MFA is from The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and she is widely published in leading poetry magazines.
In this issue, as in previous ones, we have poets who have not had their work previously published. The two are Frank Bonacorso and Paige Roberts. Both are talented, different in style and content, with poetic futures ahead of them.
Finally, there are twenty-two poets in this issue who have not been previously published in Muddy River Poetry Review and sixteen who have been in this journal before and are welcomed back.
Sit back, click on the name, enjoy the poetry and be inspired to send in your poetic offerings. The next reading period is June 1, 2015 to September 1, 2015.
Zvi A. Sesling
Special Feature – Sam Cornish
Feature - Dennis Daly
Feature - Elisabeth Weiss