August 31-September 6, 2009: Phillip A Ellis and Angela Consolo Mankiewicz


week of August 31-September 6, 2009: 

Phillip A Ellis and Angela Consolo Mankiewicz

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Phillip A Ellis
phillip.a.ellis@gmail.com

Bio (auto)

Phillip A Ellis is currently working on an Honours thesis on Christopher Brennan’s XXI Poems He lives in South Tweed Heads, in rural New South Wales, and he has two books currently in print, The Flayed Man: and Other Poems, from Gothic Press, and a concordance to the poetry of Donald Wandrei, from Hippocampus Press He is currently working on a concordance to the poetry of H P Lovecraft; his website can be found at http://www.geocities.com/phillipellis01/

The following work is Copyright © 2009, and owned by Phillip A Ellis and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.


Thinking of Christopher Brennan

Returning to rooms, through westerlies
tugging at our soiled, distended coats,
one of us pauses thought a moment,
and invokes thought of the other man.

One of us, or both of us, will cough
halfway up the stairs to the small room;
there, the beds and our books await us
as in silent reproach of the past.

And the wood of the stairs will speak low
of our passage back to rooms, will say
that we have paused here, and proceeded on,
and that all acts are just mere echoes.

That we practised poetry, echo;
that we are barely alive, echo.

Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
acmank@earthlink.net

Bio (auto)

I have 4 chapbooks out, the most recent are AN EYE, published by Pecan Grove Press (2006) and AS IF, just released from Little Red Books-Lummox Publications include: PRESA, Montserrat, Re)Verb, Sketchbook, Seldom Nocturne, Istanbul Literary Review, Arsenic Lobster, Temple/Tsunami, Butcher Block, Slipstream, Chiron Review, Hawaii Review, Cerberus, Karamu, Lynx Eye, Pemmican, Blind Man’s Rainbow, ArtWord; a Grand Prize sestina in Trellis Magazine and 2 award winning poems in JerseyWorks, among others My childrens’ stories, THE GRUMMEL BOOK, are being reissued on CD this year by SHOOFLY; LAURA HANSON, a novella was serialized by ESC! Magazine last year I’ve also been the Contributing Editor and Regional Editor, respectively, for the small (now defunct) journals Mushroom Dreams and New Press Quarterly Combining poetry and my love of music, am currently collaborating with composers on a chamber opera and a song cycle.

The following work is Copyright © 2009, and owned by Angela Consolo Mankiewicz and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Concerning Place

Either the Brooklyn I was torn from at 14
or the downtown L.A of my 20s;

Either BoroPark-Bensonhurst streets
where I discovered I existed
or 8th and Hill between May Co and Bullocks
where I stole Isolde’s potion.

Except where you are, there is no other place.

I have no other ties, no other roots, no other metaphors;
no landscapes, no roomscapes , no smells or tastes
to inflame longing and desire.

Only Brooklyn, downtown L.A , and you.