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The Summer 2012 Edition is coming in June

Coming in June…. The Summer 2012 edition of The Fox Chase Review featuring poetry by: A.D. Winans, Le Hinton, Stevie Edwards, Mel Brake, Stephen Page, James D. Quinton, Frank Wilson, Anthony Buccino, John Dorsey, Melanie Lynn Huber, Jim Mancinelli, James Arthur, Christine Klocek-Lim,  Nicholas Balsirow, Jane Lewty, Elijah Pringle and prose by Russell Reece.

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Recommended Reading for National Poetry Month

An eclectic list of 20 poetry collections you may want to have a look at during National Poetry Month compiled by g emil reutter

What Space This Body by J.C. Todd

Marginalia: Poems from the Old Irish by Louis McKee

Images of Being by Diane Sahms Guarnieri

Crawlers by Nathalie Anderson

The Holy Grail: Charles Bukowski & the Second Coming Revolution by A.D. Winans

Dhaka Dust: Poems by Dilruba Ahmed

Street Psalms by James D. Quinton

The Alphabet (Modern & Contemporary Poetics) by Ron Silliman

The Accidental Cage by Michelle Cahill

Good Grief by Stevie Edwards

Love & Lust by The Hong Kong Writers’ Circle

Pointing at the Moon by Bill Wunder

jambandbootleg by Paul Siegell

The 3 Faces of Brahman by Christine O’Leary-Rockey

Chianti in Connecticut by  Gil Fagiani

Mosquito Operas by Philip Dacey

A Series of Small Boxes by Thomas Devaney

Spring Apples Silver Birch by B.E. Kahn

I Want to Make You Safe by Amy King

Identity Papers by Jeffrey Ethan Lee




This is the second in a series of looking back at poets and writers published in past editions of The Fox Chase Review

From the Winter/Spring 2009 Edition:

A.D. Winans: Poem for D.A. Levy; 40th Birthday Poem; City Cowboys; Going Back in Time

J.J. Campbell: imagining the death of my father; nothing but disappointment; my cynical soul; poem written while the president orders me to go

Michele Belloumini : Haiku 1 through 15

Open Wide 25

The 10th Anniversary Edition of Open Wide Magazine. This edition of Open Wide is ninety four pages with forty three contributors. To check out how to obtain the magazine  please visit: http://www.openwidemagazine.co.uk/owmissues.htm

Featuring poetry from: Rebecca  Schumejda, William Taylor Jr, John Dorsey, F.N. Wright, J.J. Campbell, Adrian  Manning, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, Dan Provost, John Sweet, Nathan Graziano,  Idris Caffery, G. Emil Reutter, Bradley Mason Hamlin, A.D. Winans, Iris Berry,  Jayne Lyn Stahl, Graham Nunn, D.B. Cox, R.C. Edrington, Lyn Lifshin, Jack  Phillips Lowe, K.M. Dersley, S.A. Griffin, Jason Mashak, Arlene Ang, Debbie  Kirk, justin.barrett, Heidi James, James D. Quinton, Owen Roberts, Peter  Finch, Steve Urwin, Ben Barton, John G. Hall, Jessica Stilling and Glenn  W. Cooper.

And fiction from: Ben Myers, Drew Gummerson, James D. Quinton, Marc  Barber, Angela Morkos, Jo Mortimer, Natalia Cherjovsky and Danny Rhodes.

10 Questions for A.D. Winans

A.D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet whose work has appeared internationally. In 2002, a song poem of his was performed at Alice Tully Hall. In 2005 he was awarded a PEN National Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature. In 2009 he was presented with a PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest book, Drowning Like Li Po in a River of Red Wine was recently published by BOS Press.  www.bospress.net


The Interview:

 FCR:  You have written two collections of prose and numerous essays standing in  contrast to over fifty collections of poetry. Why are you a poet?

ADW: That’s like asking me why I breathe.  It’s in my blood!  Like the late William Wantling said, “I’d carry a lunchbox just like the rest of them, if only these strange voices would leave me alone.”   I write because I’m at the mercy of the demons inside me.  I’m just a caretaker for their voices.

FCR: For seventeen years you edited Second Coming Magazine. Can you highlight events and those published, is Second Coming Magazine archived?  

ADW:  I published well known poets alongside relatively unknown poets.  S.C. was not a Beat publication, although I published many Beat poets like Kaufman, Micheline, William Everson, Ferlinghetti, Harold Norse, Ruth Weiss, Charles Plymell, and countless others.  I began publishing in 1972, during the post-Beat seventies, and Charles Bukowski was a regular contributor to the magazine. I published many of the so called “Meat” poets, and poets of the post-beat era; poets like Wayne Miller, Kell Roberton, George Tsongas, Gene Ruggles, Kaye McDonough, Neeli Cherkovski, and Dan Propper. I also published a few academic poets like Philip Levine and Josephine Miles.  The only criteria I had was the poem had to make me feel something inside that made me want to publish it.

Some of the highlights included the special issue on Charles Bukowski, the 1976 California Bi-centennial Poets Anthology, and the 1980 Poets and Music Festival honoring poet Josephine Miles and the legendary blues musician John Lee Hooker.  The festival took in three Bay Area counties and lasted for seven days.

In 1987, two years before I ceased publishing, Brown University bought the Second Coming archives along with my own archives.

FCR: Bottle of Smoke Press recently released Drowning like Li Po in a River of Red Wine. This collection spans the years 1970 to 2010. How did the project come about? 

ADW:  I was the first poet Bill Roberts published.  Over the years he has published two additional chapbooks of mine, a booklet, and has included me in broadside projects.  In late 2009 he approached me about doing a book of my poems, which would include poems from all fifty-plus books and chapbooks of mine that I have published from 1970 to the present.   I agreed and the rest is history.  The hardback sold out before the book was officially released, but paperback copies are still available.  I deeply appreciate the loving care Bill Roberts put into this book, as he does with every book he publishes.

FCR: Some poets starting out seem enthralled with the history of The Beat Poets. Many shoot across the sky and burn out quickly; do you have any advice for new poets?

ADW:   I’m not much on giving out advice.  I’d say just be yourself and don’t be afraid of taking chances, and for Christ Sake, quit trying to imitate Bukowski.  Ezra Pound offered some good advise when he said, “CHOP.  CHOP.  CHOP.”  Some poets today just don’t know when to stop, just like some oral poets don’t know when to get off the stage.

FCR: What effect has the Internet had on poetry?

ADW:  It has made it much easier to get your work published, although I’m not sure that is always a good thing.  There seems to be thousands of literary web sites in existence, with a good number publishing their friends. However, there are also many very good ones; web Zines like Pedestal and Big Bridge, where being a friend won’t get you published.  I’d prefer print publications use the internet as a compliment to their print magazine, and not have web Zines replace print publications.

FCR: You will soon be seventy-five years old. You continue to create, what is your motivation?

ADW:  A driving need to write, nothing more or less.  If you expect to make a living out of poetry you’re panning for fool’s gold.   If you don’t have a gnawing hunger inside you then you’re better off working a nine-to-five job and stowing away some money in the bank.

FCR: Who was a major influence on you as a writer?

ADW:  Early on, I wanted to be a Novelist, and was moved by the writings of Jack London, Hemingway and Steinbeck.  And music has always been an influence on me.  My political poetry came about from listening to folk singers like Woody Guthrie and early Bob Dylan, and that one moving song on what this country has done to the American Indian, by Buffy Saint Marie.  Poetry wise, Jack Micheline, Bob Kaufman, William Wantling, and Bukowski were early influences on me.

FCR: You have been published in over 1,500 magazines. Does it mean anything?

ADW:  In retrospect, there are some magazines I wish I had never been published in.  I don’t know what if anything it means.  I mean if I had only been published in a handful of magazines, I’d still be writing.  I don’t write per-see for publication although my publication record might make this seem hard to believe.  A good number of my publications came as a result of an editor or publisher writing and asking me to send them work. This is particularly true of published books of mine.

FCR: If you had it to over again, would anything be different?

ADW:  I can’t imagine it would be. I sometimes reflect on what it would have been like to have a wife and children, but we all look back on life and wonder, what if?  I am satisfied with the direction my life took.

FCR: When it is all said and done, what will A.D. Winans be remembered for?

ADW: I suppose some people will remember me as an editor and publisher, others will remember me as a poet and writer, and still others will remember me for both. 

I’d like to be remembered as well for the literary and political battles I fought and as a poet of the people, a poet who cared for the downtrodden and dispossessed who get the shit end of the stick.  I’d like to be remembered as some one who never compromised or sold out.  I’d like to be remembered as a man who valued integrity over a lottery chance at fame.


For all things A.D. Winans please visit: http://www.adwinans.mysite.com/

You can read the poetry of A.D. Winans in The Fox Chase Review at these links: 2009 WS; 2010 SU

This interview was conducted on December 28, 2010 via email by g emil reutter .

The Fox Chase Review June 2010 Edition is now on line

The Fox Chase Review June 2010 Edition is now on line


Teresa Leo, Charles Ries, Grace Andreacchi,  Allen Hoey, Lisa Alexander Baron, J.P. Dancing Bear, Carlos Soto Roman, Patrick Lucy, A.D. Winans, D.B. Cox, John Dorsey, David Blaine, Jane Lewty, Vincent John Anacona, Ocean Vuong, Vihang A.Naik, Orel Whitten


Noah D. Cutler

Experimental Non-Fiction

Joe Roarty

June Edition of The Fox Chase Review Coming Soon

Coming up in the June 2010 edition of The Fox Chase Review


Teresa Leo, Charles Ries, Grace Andreacchi,  Allen Hoey, Lisa Alexander Baron, J.P. Dancing Bear, Carlos Soto Roman, Patrick Lucy, A.D. Winans, D.B. Cox, John Dorsey, David Blaine, Jane Lewty, Vincent John Anacona, Ocean Vuong, Vihang A.Naik, Orel Whitten


Noah D. Cutler

Experimental Non-Fiction

Joe Roarty  

Keep an eye out for the release! You can visit past issues of The Fox Chase Review at www.foxhasereview.org

Fox Chase Review Nominees for the Pushcart Prize

The Fox Chase Review is pleased to announce the following nominations for the Pushcart Prize. 

Sin by Louis McKee – http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/05-LMcKee.html

Urban Frost by Mike Cohen – http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/13-MCohen.html

The She-Bat by Lynn Levin – http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/01-LLevin.html

40th Birthday Poem by A.D. Winans – http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/11-ADWinans.html

For Etheridge Knight (1931- March, 1991) by Jeffrey Ethan Lee – http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/06-JELee.html

Empty Chairs by Maria Lisella – http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/27-MLisella.html


Winter/Spring 2009 Fox Chase Review now live!

Fox Chase Review