Harp & Altar
Roberta Allen is the author of eight books. Her fiction appears in the current issue of New Ohio Review. She teaches at the New School and in private workshops. A visual/conceptual artist as well, she has work in the collection of the Met. She can be found at www.robertaallen.com.


Kate Greenstreet’s second book, The Last 4 Things, will be out from Ahsahta Press in September. Her first, case sensitive, was published by Ahsahta in 2006. She is also the author of three chapbooks, most recently This is why I hurt you (Lame House Press, 2008). Her new work is in current or forthcoming issues of jubilat, Court Green, VOLT, Fence, and Denver Quarterly.


Poet and translator Jennifer Hayashida was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and San Francisco. She is the translator of Fredrik Nyberg’s A Different Practice (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007) and Eva Sjödin’s Inner China (Litmus Press, 2005). Additional poems and translations have appeared in literary journals and art exhibitions domestically and abroad. She lives in Brooklyn and is director of the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College.


Lisa Jarnot’s books of poems include Some Other Kind of Mission (Burning Deck Press, 1996), Ring of Fire (Zoland Books, 2001), Black Dog Songs (Flood Editions, 2003), and Night Scenes (Flood Editions, 2008). Her biography of Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus, is forthcoming from University of California Press in 2011. She lives in Sunnyside, Queens, and is the owner of Catskills Organics Farm.


Karla Kelsey is author of two full-length books: Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary (Ahsahta Press, 2006) and Iteration Nets (forthcoming from Ahsahta). In addition, she has published three chapbook-length books: Little Dividing Doors in the Mind (Noemi Press, 2005), Three Movements (Pilot Press, 2009), and Into the eyes of lost storms (Cannibal Books, 2009).


Justin Marks’s first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues Press, 2009). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including Voir Dire (Rope-a-Dope Press, 2009). New work can be found in the Raleigh Quarterly and Tusculum Review. He is the founder and editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks and lives in New York with his wife and their infant son and daughter.


Stephen-Paul Martin has published many books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. His most recent collection is The Possibility of Music (FC2, 2007). He is a professor in San Diego State University’s MFA program.


Patrick Morrissey’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, New American Writing, and other journals, and his chapbook Transparency is forthcoming from Cannibal Books in fall 2009. His essay on John Taggart appeared in the previous issue of Harp & Altar. He lives in New York.


Eileen Myles is a poet (Sorry,Tree) who writes fiction (Chelsea Girls, Cool for You). The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art, for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant, will be out in July from Semiotext(e)/MIT. She is professor emeritus of writing and literature at University of California, San Diego. She lives in New York.


Michael Newton’s gallery reviews have appeared in previous issues of Harp & Altar.


Linnea Ogden’s writing has appeared in Coconut, Boston Review, and Ploughshares. She lives and works in San Francisco.


Joanna Ruocco lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where she co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal. She has published stories in Marginalia, Quick Fiction, Tarpaulin Sky, No Colony, Web Conjunctions, Caketrain, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Baker's Daughters, is forthcoming from mudluscious press; her short story collection, Man’s Companions, is forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky Press; and her novel The Mothering Coven is forthcoming from Ellipsis Press.


Rob Schlegel’s The Lesser Fields was selected for the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry and will appear this November from the Center for Literary Publishing. With Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel, he is publisher of the Catenary Press. His collaborations with Allison Titus appear in Diode and Make, and he occasionally posts at woodandwhat.blogspot.com.


Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007) and Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009). His translations from the Russian have appeared in Jacket, Circumference, Mantis, and The Agriculture Reader. He co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Andrei Sen-Senkov is a Russian poet born in Tajikistan in 1968. He is now living as a medical doctor in Moscow. He is the author of eight books of poems, the latest of which is Slash (2008).


Jared White grew up in Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn. A chapbook of his poems entitled Yellowcake was included in the recent anthology Narwhal from Cannibal Books. Other poems have appeared in journals such as Barrow Street, Coconut, Fulcrum, Horse Less Review,The Modern Review, Verse, and Word For/Word. He has written essays for the Poets Off Poetry series and Open Letters, and his last poetry review for Harp & Altar was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. From time to time, he blogs at jaredswhite.blogspot.com and plays the piano and the vibraphone.


David Wirthlin is the author of Houndstooth (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and Your Disappearance (forthcoming from BlazeVOX Books). His work has also appeared in Denver Quarterly, elimae, and Sleepingfish. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently at work on a PhD from the University of Denver. He is editor of the smallHABITS chap-journal of innovative fiction.


Michael Zeiss’s writing has appeared in previous issues of Harp & Altar. He lives in Woodside, Queens.
Edward Wilson
Linnea Ogden

My concern is my work. Under that my love for you. That becomes a face

if I wear snow goggles. What are you doing there in England.

Thank you for the gloves. The suspenders. The letters by dogsled.

By horse and ski. This is where I press against things.


I should be sleeping more. I sleep a little. Get up early. Remember the woods

where we courted. Want to kiss the penguin eggs. Want to find a wren’s nest

in all this white. Even white beauty. When we won each other for ever. The green

shapes through my mask are too even. I try to sleep more. Put cocaine in my eyes.


There is life for a time. We leave depots along the trail. To come back.

And our trail-breakers leave us things. We trade equipment. I gave up my watch

since none of theirs work. Our two are off by 26 minutes. A grave difference.

We shoot the ponies one by one. Even mine will go tomorrow. We pull from there.