Welcome to the 11th issue of Muddy River Poetry Review. Our Special Feature for this issue is American/Israeli poet Janice Silverman Rebibo whose two most recent books in English I reviewed and described her poetry as “a sexy, sweaty, serious set of poems that once you start…you will not stop until you are finished.” The poems in this issue of Muddy River Poetry Review are from a volume of poetry about girlfriends, which portend an extremely interesting book. In 2012 I nominated Janice for a Pushcart Prize. A Massachusetts native, she received a 2007 President of Israel award and others for her collected Hebrew poems, Zara Betzion [a stranger-woman in Zion].
Our two Features, Krikor Der Hohannesian and Deborah Leipziger, are individually special as you will see in their poetry. Krikor can be ironic, humorous, tender invoking a host of other emotions which emanate from his life experiences. Deborah’s life experiences are quite different as you will see in her poetic offerings. She is co-founder of Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry. In addition to her poetry she is recognized internationally for her books on human rights and the environment.
Once again we are honored to have renown, award winning poet and author Marge Piercy contribute her wonderful poetry. Other poets in this issue create a diverse group with varied backgrounds and unique views of life and the world. I am particularly impressed by Deirdre Fagan’s poem and also by Beth Kurland’s work. Though not my traditional kind of “previously unpublished” poet, Kurland has not published since her teen years, and is now, years later, publishing again – a welcome return for poetry. She is the final poet in this issue, the spot reserved for those not previously published.
Finally, there are fourteen poets in this issue who have not been previously published in Muddy River Poetry Review and ten more who have been in this journal before and who are welcomed back.
Sit back, click on the name, and enjoy the poetry and be inspired to send in your poetic offerings. The next reading period is December 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015.
Zvi A. Sesling
Krikor Der Hohanessian