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Here Is A Pen
an anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets
cover art by Monica Ong Reed

2009 signaled many changes for Kundiman, an organization dedicated to providing a nurturing space for Asian American poets. Like other arts organizations, Kundiman experienced cuts in funding in the economic downturn. In particular, organizations that foster marginalized communities and in the arts, no less, are often the first castoffs for a pool of limited resources. With this knowledge, current and alumni Kundiman fellows nationally began to organize...

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The Most Wild, Kindly Green
by Erin M. Bertram
cover art by Alison Shepard

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"A leveling of breaths between greeting
& what's left when greeting
Dissolves beyond recognition."

from "Across, Wildly, the Room"

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U
by Johnny Hernandez
handmade and numbered

"U" is a collection of twenty-three loose-leaf poems, hand-cut, numbered and "bound" in sleeves of translucent vellum. The poems themselves range from the structurally traditional to works nearly unrecognizable as "poems" on the page. The work draws upon a stunning breadth of source material, including genetics, Greek mythology, subparticle physics, music, and everyday conversation. Blasts of language fill these pages, ranging from the lyrical ("there are trees of death standing/to lighten the burden/of blood. there sways the grid/dragged inward constellations/Hold stern against silent boards") to the stark ("he didn't have to make me feel like shit") - often on the same page.

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Urracá
by Roberto Harrison
cover art by Aubrey Rhodes

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"white stone outside a harvest
of flesh nubs, a secretive
and silent family, without reward"

from "symbol table"

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Ballast
by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
cover art by Ketzia Schoneberg

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"The ships that sank never really stood
a chance; the captured in the holds, less."

from
"Ballast IV: Flung Out Like A Fag-End"

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The Moon Ain't Nothing
But a Broken Dish

by Luis Felipe Fabre
translated by Jason Stumpf
cover art by Sally Ann Rodriguez

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"Dijo: Traigo una piedra lejana.

Dijo: Pesan las manos,
no la piedra."

from "Piedra y otros palabras"

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The Plague Doctor
by Garrett Burrell
cover art by Elisa Carozza

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"because the whole time we had no idea of
the ways we were never really apart."

from "The Plague Doctor"

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Achiote Seeds, Fall 2008
with poems by Hugo García Manríquez, François Luong, Evie Shockley,
and Roberto Harrison

cover art by Mary V. Marsh

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"it was a dark and nightly
storm. every whisker predictable,
predicted. the thunder drumming
against the usual lips and eyes,
the blood and bruises splitting
all the old familiar hairs."

from "bop for presidential politics, c. 2008"
by Evie Shockley

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From "Dreams of Departure"
excerpts from Jennifer Reimer's poetry collection "Dreams of Departure."

illustrations by Jason Buchholz
handmade and numbered

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Achiote Seeds, Summer 2008
with poems by Robert Sullivan, Tiare Picard, Sage U'ilani Takehiro, Michael Lujan Bevacqua, and Dan Taulapapa McMullin

cover art by Pati Hays

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"It gives at the shoulders, just enough
to keep arms from asking too much of air
because questions lead to stray paths, menacing
corners on beaches, and such."

from "Burkha"
by Tiare Picard

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Saramé
an excerpt from the novel "Saramé"
by Maria Tuttle

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"She liked going to bed without washing her neck. She liked sitting alone in her room, looking at herself in the mirror. She liked arranging Marmar's brooches on her night table, expensive infantries of baubles. She liked untying her blouse and studying her long neck. With her fingertip, she traced the tip of her chin and followed her neck to the hollow. This is where her voice lived, she thought."

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Achiote Seeds, Spring 2008
with poems by Brenda Cárdenas,
Cristina García, Emmy Pérez,
and Gabriela Erandi Rico

cover art by Celia Herrera Rodríguez

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"What do we compose with our hands
that we have no conceived with our feet?

See with our eyes
that we have not imagined with our breath?

What news is not remembered?
What memory not news?"

from "La Cuentista"
by Brenda Cárdenas

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The Lone Mountain Anthology
featuring the work of poets from the
University of San Francisco's MFA program

cover art by Jason Buchholz

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"a conjurer and a maid, this word is moving
sand swept and redeposited in dunes, a jar
of hemp oil buried, an escarpment slowly,
an escarpment slowly rising"

from "hymn 3"
by Val Witte

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The Naturalist
by Hillary Gravendyk
cover photograph by Benjamin Burrill

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"foot falls a leaf
in the shadowless
pathway

of no ground
white as a pressure
of snow"

from "Blue Hole"

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Achiote Seeds, Winter 2008
with poems by Javier Huerta, Gerardo Diego (translated by Francisco Aragón), Veronica Montes, and Mónica de la Torre

cover art by Steven Robert Barich

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"Leave it to the Lord
to pluck constellations
and let's fall asleep
without reading the stars."

from "LOOKOUT"
by Gerardo Diego
translated by Francisco Aragón

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Objective Practice
by Mia You
cover art by Mia You and Floris Tilanus

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"In last night's stale dream
the shadows of light from the koi fish
fell onto the ground
scattering the dirt."

from "parenthesis"

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Achiote Seeds, Fall 2007
with poems by Truong Tran, Francisco X. Alarcón, Victoria-Lola M. Leon Guerrero, and Theresa Sotto

cover art by Carol Aust

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"Clotilde, the woman with two apple blossom white orchids, violet at their tips, pinned to her curly black hair; her cheeks blushed cherry pink in anticipation for love. All day, all week, all month, all her life Clotilde has waited for this, her radiant moment."

from
"Embodiment of Thoughts and Dreams"
by Victoria-Lola M. Leon Guerrero

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Across & Between the Void
with writings by Padcha Tuntha-obas
and Alysha Wood

cover photo by David Buchholz

"Across & Between the Void" features poems by Thai poet Padcha Tuntha-obas and an essay by Alysha Wood entitled: "Translation as strategy within the work of Padcha Tuntha-obas and other poly-lingual texts."

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Novaless · I-XXVI
by Nicholas Manning
cover art by Sam Lopes
interior art by Olga Kobenko

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"a doubtful light
fastidious vague disquietude
deserted *
and without a fire
winter tree-cutting and proceeding :
a certain wrong * in being born..."

from "XIII"

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Achiote Seeds, Summer 2007
with poems by Alfred Arteaga, Marina Garcia-Vasquez, Oscar Bermeo, and Dolores Dorantes, and translations by Jen Hofer

cover art by Jason Buchholz

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"marks a morning light
one cool red and liquid star
one luminous skin
grates against sea-green, leaves
love's body cold"

from "Cochneal, Liquid, Change"
by Alfred Arteaga

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Speaking Truths: The Poetics of Defining Human Slavery
produced in association with Students & Artists Fighting to End Human Slavery

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"Because you have no names
We put the flowers all over,
And prayed:
Please borrow our names, my name.
You could use it."

from "Upon the Unmarked Graves"
by Aida F. Santos

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The Immaculate Autopsy
by Todd Melicker
cover art by Jason Buchholz

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"mary quiets the apart-
ment. beetles take to
their places on the
ribcage : a long while"

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Achiote Seeds, Spring 2007
with poems by Barbara Jane Reyes, Rich Villar, and Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor

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"Resisting shatter,
glass furiously pushing
against its own weight,

She calls me eager,
smiles, brushes my hair away
from my sweaty brow."

from "Witness"
by Rich Villar

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