The International Literary Quarterly

February 2010


Rose Ausländer
Charles Bernstein
Amy Bloom
Jean Boase-Beier
Carmen Bugan
Moira Burgess
Larry Butler
James Byrne
Jim Carruth
Neil Charleton
Ronald Christ
A.C. Clarke
David Dawnay
Patricia Delmar
Des Dillon
Anne Donovan
Gerrie Fellows
Cheryl Follon
Ronald Frame
Hazel Frew
Rodge Glass
David Goldie
Jane Goldman
Martin Goodman
Siobhan Harvey
Beatriz Hausner
Kusay Hussein
A.B. Jackson
Kapka Kassabova
Velimir Khlebnikov
David Kinloch
Micaela Lewitt
Zhimin Li
Gerry Loose
James McGonigal
Gerry McGrath
Donal McLaughlin
Kate McLoughlin
Andrea McNicoll
Willy Maley
Peter Manson
Laura Marney
Ernst Meister
Lina Meruane
Edwin Morgan
Ewan Morrison
Laura Muetzelfeldt
Hom Paribag
Mario Petrucci
Clare Pollard
Sheila Puri
Claire Quigley
Elizabeth Reeder
Alan Riach
Dilys Rose
Suhayl Saadi
Sue Reid Sexton
Bina Shah
Yasir Shah
Jim Stewart
Zoë Strachan
Chiew-Siah Tei
Valerie Thornton
Anthony Vivis
Marshall Walker
Zoë Wicomb
Xu Xi

40 Glasgow Voices

Volta: A Multilingual Anthology
(One poem: 82 languages)

Issue 10 Guest Artist:
John Hoyland RA

Founding Editor: Peter Robertson
Deputy Editor: Jill Dawson
Art Editor: Calum Colvin

Consulting Editors
Marjorie Agosín
Daniel Albright
Meena Alexander
Maria Teresa Andruetto
Frank Ankersmit
Rosemary Ashton
Reza Aslan
Leonard Barkan
Michael Barry
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Thomas Bartscherer
Susan Bassnett
Gillian Beer
David Bellos
Richard Berengarten
Charles Bernstein
Sujata Bhatt
Mario Biagioli
Jean Boase-Beier
Elleke Boehmer
Eavan Boland
Stephen Booth
Alain de Botton
Carmen Boulossa
Rachel Bowlby
Svetlana Boym
Peter Brooks
Marina Brownlee
Roberto Brodsky
Carmen Bugan
Jenni Calder
Stanley Cavell
Hollis Clayson
Sarah Churchwell
Kristina Cordero
Drucilla Cornell
Junot Díaz
André Dombrowski
Denis Donoghue
Ariel Dorfman
Rita Dove
Denise Duhamel
Klaus Ebner
Robert Elsie
Stefano Evangelista
Orlando Figes
Tibor Fischer
Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Peter France
Nancy Fraser
Maureen Freely
Michael Fried
Marjorie Garber
Anne Garréta
Marilyn Gaull
Zulfikar Ghose
Paul Giles
Lydia Goehr
Vasco Graça Moura
A. C. Grayling
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Lawrence Grossberg
Edith Grossman
Elizabeth Grosz
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François Hartog
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Aamer Hussein
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John Kelly
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Joseph Koerner
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Julia Kristeva
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Mabel Lee
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Lydia Liu
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Sari Nusseibeh
Tim Parks
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Caryl Phillips
Robert Pinsky
Elena Poniatowska
Elizabeth Powers
Elizabeth Prettejohn
Martin Puchner
Kate Pullinger
Paula Rabinowitz
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
James Richardson
François Rigolot
Geoffrey Robertson
Ritchie Robertson
Avital Ronell
Carla Sassi
Michael Scammell
Celeste Schenck
Sudeep Sen
Hadaa Sendoo
Miranda Seymour
Mimi Sheller
Elaine Showalter
Penelope Shuttle
Werner Sollors
Frances Spalding
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Julian Stallabrass
Susan Stewart
Rebecca Stott
Mark Strand
Kathryn Sutherland
John Whittier Treat
David Treuer
David Trinidad
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Lidia Vianu
Victor Vitanza
Marina Warner
David Wellbery
Edwin Williamson
Michael Wood
Theodore Zeldin

Associate Editor: Jeff Barry
Associate Editor: Neil Langdon Inglis
Assistant Editor: Ana de Biase
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Click to enlarge picture Click to enlarge picture. Poems by Hazel Frew  



Projecting a dusty beam
at the earth’s cinema;
a falling snowball
waiting to be caught.

You open your bright eye
at us but never wink.

A hole in the sky
spraying an iridescence
of question about you.

Your two tails sail
on the tide of felicity
around the cosmic pancake
which is your heart.

A dropped scone
in the night sky.



In the hospital
in the final
counting of days

You saw ballerinas
hand in hand

Their little
numbered bibs
pinned to skin
Ambulancing home
you settled down

Never quite making
it to the kitchen

To die suddenly
in your pyjamas

The indignity
of jelly

A set of teeth
rolling on the floor

Medical hands
exposing smooth,
ageless breasts.


Spike Versus Paw

The ladybird and the rabbit
both giants of their trade

line up, begin to race
beetling, hopping
scratching, loping
spike versus paw.

Driven by a toddler
egging each position

and me
trying to save
them from extinction

in the process
getting bitten,
better get your mitts on.

Time to stand clear
not interfere
in things spoken
when it’s best to listen.



Smooth and round
cold warming

Veined black
masculine marble


A bite
of ocean

A nugget
of green


pink pink pink
future magnet

karmic rake
layered sand



I have allowed you
close enough

Only this far
and stop

This is precision

What have I done?
where are all
the grains?

Gone, sieved

Shard, shingle
into stain

This is our lot
this is not a lot
the tally is fail

We live
to give space

A line so fine
it’s stretching

Be my nurse
tend my skin
my mind agonised

For pity’s sake
this thing on paper,
this half moon calf
on the ground
is spaghetti

This mess
is only appetite

Yet combining
each string would
summon the swing
of an acrobat.


Wasp Blanket

The heat when it hits
starts at the rib
radiant solar plexus
lava on neck.

Next come spitfires
shoals made of insect
a squadron of stingers
netting the dark.

Yellow-tail landing
wasps bang on target
face, body, hands
a blur.

Peel and examine
trap in a blanket
the serve of a light bulb
batted above.

The mind is a furnace
electrical synapse
fuse and confusion
blown right apart.