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Archive January 2009


January 31, 2009 by · No comments

Kenneth Pobo Photo: djsubotage Death is my paper boy. I better remember to tip him. Over.

“Crosshatching the Loom”: A Review of Hilda Raz’s All Odd and Splendid

January 30, 2009 by · 1 comment

Jessie Janeshek Photo: hansvink I’ve been lingering over Hilda Raz’s new book because of the breadth and depth of her voice; she’s confident in her wisdom yet open to learn, objective yet welcomingly warm, serious yet light. No matter where her poetry takes us—and it takes us great distances—Raz’s speaker returns to the comfort of […]


January 30, 2009 by · 1 comment

Joy Ladin Photo: katietegtmeyer You wipe the woman off your face. She comes away In ochre smears. Traces cling To your lids and lips. You wipe


January 29, 2009 by · 1 comment

Christopher Woods In both a literal and metaphorical way, our houses are our second skin. They exist to protect us from the elements, and from others who might do us harm. Houses are no different than the nests and shells and even burrowed holes in dark earth for the other creatures in the world. Houses […]

Consciousness and Encounter in Two Poems by Tomas Transtromer

January 29, 2009 by · No comments

Carol Berg Photo: lenny_montana Tomas Transtromer writes in the opening poem “Prelude” of his Selected Poems, “consciousness can own the world” and this philosophy informs much of his poetry. Transtromer’s own consciousness deeply engages his world, sometimes with dread as his consciousness reflects Nature’s cold aloofness, as in his poem “Face to Face,” and sometime […]

Bracing for the Wind

January 29, 2009 by · No comments

Aksinia Mihailova Photo: ganmed64 I have been learning how to kite like I have been learning how to be a mother since yesterday, since ever, thirteen years have passed. I can’t do it – neither books, nor people’s advice do help.

Conceiving Infinity

January 29, 2009 by · No comments

Suzanne Nielsen Photo: gregloby Willow whimpers at the bon mot feeder while holding a dip stick that confirms the results: a fertilized copper egg rests in the blue jean seams while Tull is at the trough with snot running down his nose.

Heads or Tails, Part II

January 28, 2009 by · 3 comments

Linda Cruise Photo: tanakawho Read Part I The following week, both women—having surrendered control—arrive at the hospital, just as their appointment cards foretold. They’re processed through registration, one form after another, until they reach pre-op and are handed an obligatory gown. Their IVs are started, their wedding bands removed, and they’re obliged to sign the […]

Happy Birthday, Natalie!

January 28, 2009 by · 1 comment

Photo: audreyjm529 We, the editors of the international multimedia journal Public Republic, would like to congratulate our Editor-in-chief on her Birthday. Dear Natalie, May every day increase the happiness in your life the positive energy in your work the optimism that lights up your relationships the tenacity that pulls us forward and the love that […]

Love, Abandonment and Art as Transcendent Symbol: An Informal Review of Jenny Boully’s “The Book of Beginnings and Endings”

January 27, 2009 by · 2 comments

“I too will slice open the belly of a great heaving.” Jenny Boully

2009 – Year of the Ox

January 27, 2009 by · No comments

Katia Delavequia According to the Chinese horoscope, 2009 is ruled by the ox and will be a prosperous year; but getting through it will require hard work, as the ox is a beast of labor. Photo: steev_o Aries: This year will be quite positive for strategic planning and the fulfillment of objectives. Aries people will […]


January 27, 2009 by · 1 comment

Renee Rigdon Photo: computerhotline My grandmother always told me I should sing not to the pretty girls but to the heavens. The heavens, she said, would always be there for me, but the girls would just flit in and out until I got some God in my life. She was full of these bits of […]

New Life Begins

January 27, 2009 by · No comments

Donal Mahoney Photo: arwen-abendstern white hips a soft fist for the wrist of your waist black hair in a spill on your shoulders small whirlpools your ankles

Svetlan Stefanov – Artist of the Week

January 26, 2009 by · No comments

Vanya Nikolaeva When images speak louder than words…   Svetlan Stefanov is the winner of the “Modern times” photo contest, which took place in August 2008 in Sofia (Bulgaria). Svetlan works as a web designer and freelance photographer.   “In the process of creating my artworks, my aim is to follow the thin borderline between […]

Fashion Quotations II

January 25, 2009 by · No comments

Photo: dunikowski The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in. Paris Hilton Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets. Anthony Burgess

Heads or Tails, Part I

January 25, 2009 by · 1 comment

Linda Cruise Photo: Fabien F “There’s the culprit,” says Doctor Wong. “It’s a rather large tumor on your left ovary, measuring ten centimeters in diameter—about the size of an orange.”

The Important Part Is The Part That Comes Out Of The Mystery

January 24, 2009 by · 4 comments

Interview with Matt Urmy by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer Matt Urmy is a Storyteller, a Poet, and a Musician. He has recorded and released four independent records. He has also published one collection of poems,Ghosts In A House, with Finishing Line Press. This collection was published in his first term of graduate study at Spalding University in […]

Handling it

January 24, 2009 by · No comments

Joy Ladin Photo: vincepal Put that life down. Life is not a knife. No one Eats with a life and a fork. That isn’t blood On its edge. Life has No edge. Life is too dull. Is neither serrated

In Defense of Flannery O’Connor’s Point of View in A Good Man is Hard to Find

January 23, 2009 by · No comments

Joan Gumbs Photo: Flannery O’Connor, responding to a letter from an English Professor, once said, “The meaning of a story … cannot be captured in an interpretation.… If teachers are in the habit of approaching a story as if it were a research problem … then I think student will never learn to enjoy […]

Cross Road on Your Road – Dedication to Heath Ledger

January 22, 2009 by · 1 comment

Yassen Vassilev Photo: popelegantiarum O crazy royal jester O crippled circus clown O sad harlequin without company O fool of funerary carnivals O crumpled joker without deck