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

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Marjorie Agosín
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Meena Alexander
Maria Teresa Andruetto
Frank Ankersmit
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Reza Aslan
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Gillian Beer
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Richard Berengarten
Charles Bernstein
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Mario Biagioli
Jean Boase-Beier
Elleke Boehmer
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Stephen Booth
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Svetlana Boym
Peter Brooks
Marina Brownlee
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Carmen Bugan
Jenni Calder
Stanley Cavell
Hollis Clayson
Sarah Churchwell
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Drucilla Cornell
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Michael Fried
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Michael Wood
Theodore Zeldin

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Click to enlarge picture Click to enlarge picture. Poems by Peter Manson  



Can I be sure time will stop for me
     in the blaring release from a root
killed by oxygen?  Obviously, yes:
     one hand claps the asymptote to death
and the echo tunnels to a complex place

     Adam fingered God in the ceiling rose
taking the whole for what it will be: brain
     in anal lysis feeding the backed-up flux
at the storm drain to imaginary time

     I shot my biopic to biofilm:
the p-brane sweeps a volume out; the worst
     stain you can leave is still machine-washable
— o dry word work take up my reference
and go, this close to being the life.


from the French of Stéphane Mallarmé

The little boat without oars
sleeps by the post that shackles it —
on the water we are not as yet
reflected to raise the keepnet

the river with no other emotion
than blue daybreak idly
flows from Valvins to Samois
frigid beneath the caress

this sudden movement similar
to shaking off with a shoulder
the dark cargo of sleep
that all alone might test the willow

is Paul Nadar upright and green
casting the net wide open.


from Sourdough Mutation

a code

go blooded

go lily


beer dung

in a moment
for life

no flight


immortal toil

tibetan jet
light black

heart sick


oregon wood


off drystone

days are froth
stirred by frog

legs come
inside love

my scum
is setting

a thread in drum stakes
cased the joint account

token encrypted diptych
in kit form owes

a camphor incus
inclusive sieve for fits

do something

to me

emissary Kong-tone
not gemlike

kill image agents
negative I’ve

the widow Hogan

on film

till death erase all ties
shallow me

me allowed to wail
hello meal

wedded to mallow
etherised all desire

rake-like father hands
write with a feather

featureless theft rites
the battle half

of the alphabet
to the fabled

bleeding birch

fallible alibi
fall loyal yellow owl

flutter lies bleeding linseed oil
allied to dealing speed

deep sorrow maniac worries
can I amass

more of these

jelly tot


germolene animals
slammed in a kennel

mechanical molar sheen
needs you to die

lacking one chemical
o comedic tic

my kit-form
germ line

marred epaulettes
telescopic dream sex

smeared kapok mark
the karmic pokemon

o no my key

stage one
ageist ghosting

bitten off less
phoney self

fleshy shellfish
shy on a shelf

I feel


spiral putt
breath token

acetone dough
deflate us

subtly fed
fly bottles


let ketosis
be my


machine elves

delivered adrenal cortex shots
to evident shaved xerox Scots

you blot the rocks
we’re buying

yang furniture you rang

out an intended line

deadline for one in ten

it used to being
emptied gripes

there is nothing
to think but of it

aphorist fog hat


a fat forest hog

codebase bebop
an epoch defaced mark

tactile pocket kettle
elected trick

skirt rickets to go
stowaway yaws

sway hams this way
as this may


whispering pismire
ribs in grass

ingress of resolve
you shun

you know