Off the Coast, Maine's International Poetry Journal

Winter 2015                     VOLUME XXI              NUMBER 1                   ISSN 1945-0559

Welcome to Off the Coast, now in its 21st year!

WINTER 2015: "Get You Some Wings"

Cover, Winter 2015 issue

The Winter 2015 issue, "Get You Some Wings," is in production now.

With poems by Clint Smith, Brad Bennett, Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat, Leonore Hildebrandt, Penelope Scambly Schott, Ruth Moon Kempher, Simon Perchik, Larry Thomas, and others.

Front Cover image: Indigo Meditation by Iryna Lialko. Back Cover image: Carnival of Emotions on Crossing of Times also by Iryna Lialko.

Photos by Michael Peterson, Andres Badillo, Christopher Woods, Dr. Ernest Williamson III, Peter Ingrasselino, Timothy Gerken, Allen Forrest, and Meredith Abenaim.

Books reviewed:

David Rachlin: Later The House Stood Empty by Melina Draper

Richard Aston: For the Living Dead: New and Selected Poems by Eric Greinke

Ellen Jane Powers: Tea in Heliopolis by Hedy Habra

Valerie Lawson: The Next Unknown by Leonore Hildebrandt

Carl Little: The Lost Child—Ozark Poems by Wesley McNair

David Rachlin: The Wall & Beyond by Joanna Kurowska


Meredith Abenaim has a traveler's soul and fantasies of living in a Woody Allen film.

Ayobami Adebayo's first novel, Stay With Me, will be published by Kwani in 2015.

Amanda Allen has a degree in Photographic Technology and is now studying Language, Literature, and Writing at Oxford.

Arunima O.P. Kannur has a Master's in English literature.

Jody Azzouni exhibits her published work at

Andres Badillo has a collection of 66 portraits of poets.

Brad Bennett's haiku have been in numerous publications.

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Off the Coast in Best IndieLit New England anthology

We learned this week that two poems from Off the Coast, "The White Camels of Somalia" by Danny Earle Simmons and "Ntarama, Rwanda" by Inga Schmidt were selected for inclusion in the Best Indie Lit New England, Volume Two anthology from Black Key Press.

Danny Earl Simmons is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and an active member of Albany Civic Theater. "White Camels" appeared in the Fall 2013 issue, This Metonymic Chain. Inga Schmidt was a 2013 winner of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs' Intro Journals Project. "Ntarama, Rwanda" appeared in the Spring 2014 issue, Tunneling Toward the Sun.

FALL 2014: "Charged With Anticipation"

Cover, Summer 2014 issue

The Fall 2014 issue, "Charged With Anticipation," is available now. To order your copy, click here.

With poems by Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Lois Marie Harrod, Richard Kostelanetz, Milla van der Have, Brad Bennett, Teresa Sutton, Derek Via, Doug McGlothlin, and others.

Front Cover image: Longing by Malinda Fillingim. Back Cover image: Blue Koi by Rachel Avenia.

Photos by Bonnie Thompson Enes, and Karen Greenbaum Maya.

Books reviewed:

Midge Goldberg: I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust, by Melissa Balmain

Richard Aston: Alternative Medicine, by Rafael Campo

Moira Richards: Mend & Hone, by Elizabeth Howort, Dawn Gorman, Leslie LaChance, Janlori Goldman

Moira Richards: Migrations, by Phyllia Beck Katz

Carl Little: Graffiti Calculus, A Poem by Mary-Sherman Willis


Emma Suárez-Báez holds a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education and works with children and teachers at P.S. 340 in Bronx, New York....

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Off the Coast has teamed up with Mood Indigo IIT to help promote their Just About Write literary contests for this year's Mood Indigo Festival, to be held December 26-29 in Bombay, India.

Mood Indigo IIT, Bombay

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Off the Coast was at the Belfast Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 18, where we presented a retrospective of 20 years of Off the Coast at the Visual Arts Night at the The Hutchinson Center.

Also at the festival, editor Valerie Lawson was on the panel Building the Poetry Community: Inviting Collaboration with moderator Joel Lipman.

We published the winning poem from the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest, "Mill," by Kristin Lindquist, in the Fall 2014 issue of Off the Coast. The contest is associated with the festival.


I can only mine
the landscape for so much:
oak's gnarled branches
blocking a mountain view,
roar of mill's waterfall
filling my ears,

SUMMER 2014: "Everything to Purpose"

Cover, Summer 2014 issue

The Summer 2014 issue, "Everything to Purpose," is available now. Order your copy here.

With poems by Ace Boggess, Jennifer Campbell, Duane Caylor, Lillian Kwok, Mercedes Lawry, Brad Rose, Lee Sharkey, Noel Sloboda, Karin Spitfire, Brendan Walsh, and others.

Front Cover image: High Key by Paul Bonneau. Back Cover image: The Fog by Judy Taylor.

Photos by Chrystal Berche, Susanna Case, Peter Ingrasselino, Peter MacQuarrie, Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Rose Swartz, and Kathy Weinberg.

Books reviewed:

David A. Rachlin: I Can Almost See the Clouds of Dust by Yu Xiang

Carl Little: Same Old Story by Dawn Potter

Gerald George: In Someone Else's House
by Christian Barter

Ellen Jane Powers: Tracing the Lines by Susanna Lang

Michael Brown: A Little Patch of Shepherd's-Thyme: Prose Passages of Thomas Hardy Arranged as Verse by Jonathan Bracker

Carl Little: What You Should Know: A Field Guide to Three Sisters Farm by Russell Libby

George Magoon: The Lobsterman's Dream by Larry D. Thomas with woodcuts by Clarence Wolfshobl


Alexis Beale won third place in the 2014 MCPL Teen Advisory Group Poetry Competition and will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.

Chrystal Berche often pairs three-minute gesture drawings with still life photography and creates a final image in Photoshop.

Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003).

Paul Bonneau in 2011 was awarded first place in the Impressionism Landscape category by the jurors of the American Art Award.

Barbara Caceres completed a nonfiction writing program... More...

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Cover image, Spring 2014 issue, Ride Journal: Joe Waldron

Spring 2014: "Tunneling Toward the Sun," is available now. Order your copy here.

With poems by Linda Aldrich, Brad Garber, Paul Hostovsky, Len Krisak, Ruth Moon Kempher, Jill Khoury, Inga Schmidt, and others.

Front Cover image: Ride Journal and Back Cover image: Plan Sponsor by Joe Waldron.

Photos by Barbara Bald, Fabio Sassi, Janet Favor, Kathleen Gunton, Kathy Weinberg, Kimberly Callas, Mimi Shapiro, t. kilgore splake, and Nicole Zuckerman.

Books reviewed:

Ellen Jane Powers: In the Spirit of T'ao Ch'ien, Edited by Charles Rossiter

Ellen Jane Powers: Dream-Shuttle by Carolyn Gelland

Moira Richards: Tales of the François Vase by Julia Older

Michele Leavitt: Bedding Vows: Love Poems from Outback Maine by Patricia Smith Ranzoni


Christopher Beard is a Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Texas, and the Assistant Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.

Onnyx Bei is a student at University of St. Thomas in Houston. Literary accomplishments include the Susan T. Scanlon Scholarship in Creative Writing and the Danny Lee Lawrence Writing Award for Poetry.

John C. Bennett was a finalist for the 2013 Academy of American Poets University Prize. He has worked for Ploughshares and was the Fall 2011 writer-in-residence at the Inn At The Oaks in Eastham, MA... More...

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Cover image, Winter 2014 issue, Mechanics of Love: Debra Arter

Winter 2014: "Ice Fishing"

With poems by Tara Ballard, Ace Boggess, Ruth Foley, Toni Hanner, Lynn Hoffman, Stephen Malin, Sharon Olson, Joanie Stangeland, Bradley Strahan, C.S. Vincent (youth poet), Sandy Weisman, Harold Whit Williams, and others.

Front Cover image: Mechanics of Love and Back Cover image: Holes in Communication by Debra Arter.

Photos by Tina Garvin, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Kathleen Gunton, Peter Ingrasselino, Steve Lautermilch, Sierra Schepmann and Sherman Poultney.

Books reviewed:

Richard Aston: All That Remains by Brian Fanelli

Sheila Mullen Twyman: Calendars of Fire by Lee Sharkey

Carl Little: Familiar Ghosts by Henry Hart

Gerald George: Brightness Falls by Ellen Steinbaum

Ellen Jane Powers: Memory Won't Save Me: a haibun by Mimi White

George Magoon: Itching for Combat by Gary Hicks
The Dirt of Despair / Herrumbre de la Desesperanza by Mark Lipman, translated by Antonieta Villamil


Debra Arter teaches printmaking at the Midcoast Printmakers studio. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2008.

Tara Ballard lived in the West Bank for two years, now resides in the Gulf, and returns home to Alaska each summer.

Ace Boggess is the author of The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003)...More Contributor Notes

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Cover image, Fall 2013 issue, Mindscape 3, watercolor: Prabhu Joshi

The Fall 2013 issue, "This Metonymic Chain," is available now.

With poems by Diana Der-Hovanessian, Victoria Givotovsky, Lynn Hoffman, Romi Jain, Joanne Lowery, Arthur Plotnik, Penelope Schott, Nbada Sibanda, Danny Earle Simmons, and others.

Cover image: Mindscape 3, by Prabhu Joshi.

Photos by Janet Barry, Pete Madzelan, Sammy Saladino, Jr., Fabio Sassi, Emily Strauss, Alan Whiteside and Gina Williams.

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Off the Coast Seeks Submissions of Poetry and Art/Graphics/Photos

Our next deadline for submissions is March 15 for an open theme issue.

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