after reading Anna Swir 1. 1939 and my mother is not the town beauty my mother is an orange flower the wind can move only so much. Iron in hand she curls the butcher’s wife’s hair. Powerful gypsies come in and out whispering secrets their eyes like bats their skirts sweeping the floor of the […]
Helen Degen Cohen
HELEN DEGEN COHEN’s (Halina Degenfisz’s) awards include a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowship in poetry, First Prize in British Stand Magazine‘s fiction competition, and three Illinois Arts Council Literary awards. Once an Artist-in-Education and instructor for Roosevelt University, she co-edits Rhino Magazine and coordinates its Poetry Forum workshop. Widely published in periodicals, she was twice “featured poet” in The Spoon River Poetry Review, and her work has been the subject of essays such as “Rootlessness and Alienation in the Poetry of Helen Degen Cohen” (Shofar) and “This Dark Poland” (Something of My Very Own to Say, Columbia University, Press). In 2009 she had two poetry collections published—Habry and On A Good Day One Discovers Another Poet—as well as an excerpt from her novel, The Edge of the Field (in Where We Find Ourselves—SUNY). A new chapbook, Neruda Nights, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.
Issue 5 Spring 2012 ALYSE BENSEL is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Penn State. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, The Summerset Review, and Foothill Poetry, among others. When not engaged in her teaching and studies, she volunteers for a cat rescue and participates in a work-share program at a local CSA farm. […]
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