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The Houston Literary Review
Fall 2007 Poetry Section

THLR is proud to present in this issue poetry and prose creations from writers living in Africa, China, Europe, India, the Philippines, Singapore, South America, the Middle East, the United States, and of course Texas.
In this issue, THLR staff agreed to redesign the poetry and fiction pages to offer readers an enhanced presentation format. Simply, to conserve energies and promote quality of the visual experience, THLR staff decided on individual links to our contributors' works alongside their photographs and biographies.
Another benefit is directed to THLR contributors. We believe the new design and use of colors enhances the readibility and overall quality of the work submitted. The links allow each page to appear as a glossy magazine ready for printing or saving as a clip.
Please let THLR staff hear your opinions as to the new format.(publisher@thehoustonliteraryreview.com) . 
We hope you enjoy THLR contributors' works as much as we did bringing them to you.


THLR is happy to offer our readers additional work from returning poet

L. Ward Abel.


The poetry of L. Ward Abel


Poet, composer of music (Max Able / Abel, Rawls & Hayes) and spoken-word performer (Scapeweavel), L. Ward Abel lives in rural Georgia.
His work appears in White Pelican Review, The Pedestal, Versal (Netherlands), Juked, Angel Face, OpenWide (UK) , Ink Pot, Texas Poetry Journal, Kritya (India), Ducts.org, Words-Myth, others.
His chapbook, Peach Box and Verge, was recently published by Little Poem Press (Virginia, USA).
Twenty of his poems are featured, along with an interview, in a  recent print issue of erbacce (UK). His new full book of poems, Jonesing For Byzantium, has just been published at UK Authors Press (London).

THLR presents the contributions of poet Bob Bradshaw.
Bob Bradshaw is a programmer living in Redwood City, CA. He is a big fan of the Rolling Stones. His son is a drummer in a punk band, a fact unappreciated by his neighbors.
Recent work can be found at Eclectica, Slow Trains, Blue Fifth Review, Apple Valley Review, Boston Literary Magazine, SN Review and Tattoo Highway.

 THLR welcomes the work of Becci Goodall of Megan's Closet.
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Becci Noblit Goodall lives on the top of a ridge in Central PA with her son and two dogs. She is published in numerous poetry magazines and freelance venues.
Goodall is the editor of the workshop forum Megan's Closet and the upcoming Misfit Literati, a reader's guide to indie publishers, writers, and artists.
Goodall's Debut novel Chaise was published in 07 by Offense Mechanisms and can be purchased at amazon.com or megans-closet.com.
Her next novel Megan's Closet, will be published in '08 by Silverthought Press.

 THLR offers our readers the poetry of Kenneth P. Gurney.

Kenneth P. Gurney, a geographical gypsy if there ever was one, currently resides in Albuquerque, NM, where he participates in the city's poetry events, eats their good food, enjoys the Isotopes AAA baseball games.


The poetry of Kenneth P. Gurney


Kenneth has traveled to 49 of the 50 states (still needs to pick up Alaska to finish the list) and lived in nine of them. He was raised in Chicago, went to college in Rockford, IL (degree in Art) and to college again in Pueblo, CO (degree in computer science).


After many years of producing artwork, Kenneth switched to writing poetry in 1993.

In 1995 he started Hodge Podge Poetry (a print quarterly). In 1998, Hodge Podge Poetry evolved into Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry with his move to Taos, NM and adopted an "irregular" publishing deadline (when an issue fills up with good poetry, print it). In 2000 TMP moved to the web where it flourished until May 2006, ending due to a bad case of editor burnout. After a year and a half editorial layoff, Kenneth is back to internet poetry publishing with Origami Condom (www.orgiamicondom.org).


THLR is happy to have returning poet Byron D. Howell in this issue. Read on to learn some interesting facts about Byron's writing career.

Bryon D. Howell writes profusely and there are only a handful of publications in which he owns up to the fact he also writes and submits under the names Levon DeBranch and Bob Boston to overcome publications that reject a poet simply because his or her name appears in what editors feel are too many publications simultaneously.
Bryon's work can be found in Flashquake, The Written Word, Susurrus Magazine, Blotter Magazine, Conceit Magazine, Silenced Press, Telegraf, Sinister Tales, The Verse Marauder, and others. Just Google one of his three names but keep in mind, there may soon be a fourth and fifth.

THLR is happy to offer our readers the work of Michael Lee Johnson.
Michael lives in Chicago after spending 10 years in Edmonton, Alberta Canada during the Viet Nam era. He is a freelance writer and poet and heavy influenced by the works of Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, and Leonard Cohen.
Michael has published more than 250 poems and is a member of Poets & Writers, Inc; Directory of American Poets & Fictions Writers: pw.org/directory.
The poetry of Michael Lee Johnson  
Recent publications: The Orange Room Review, Bolts of Silk, Chantarelle's Notebook, The Foliate Oak Online Literary Magazine, Poetry Cemetery, Official Site of Laura Hird, The Centrifugal Eye, Adagio Verse Quarterly, Scorched Earth Publishing, Café Del Soul (The Cynic Online Magazine) and many others. Michael has a paperback pending publication with iUniverse Publishers.

Deepak Kapur is a lecturer in English at S.M.D.R.S.D. College, Pathankot, Punjab, India, and has published in 971 Menu, Ducts.org, Identity Theory (Editor’s Choice), Barnwood Poetry Magazine, Underground Voices, And Chronogram.
 Deepak's work is forthcoming in Hudson View and Spinnings.

Jay-Pee G. Sayson, a 23 year-old lad living in Davao City (world's largest city), in the southern part of the Philippines.
I was inclined to write from my secondary education through my university years (University of Mindanao, Davao City, Philippines).
I was the Editor-in-Chief of our student publication. At present, I am working as a Travel Specialist at Expedia.com.



THLR is happy to offer our readers the collaborative work of Jeanette Marie Sayers and J. Michael Wahlgren.



The poetry of Sayers and Wahlgren






J Michael Wahlgren is the editor of The Flask Review in Boston, Ma, where he plays guitar for his grey and white feline. His poems can be found in Beauty/Truth, Snow Monkey & elimae. His first chapbook entitled Chariots of Flame will be out around December on Maverick Duck Press.


THLR presents the first published poetry of Oklahoma resident Ronnie Lohr.

 Ronnie is a 25 year old student at the University of Central Oklahoma, and writes that he has only just now begun submitting work for publication, as I am both insecure and lazy. Ronnie plans to graduate with a B.A. in English in May 2008 and continue to study creative writing at Oklahoma State University.

Ronnie is married and lives with his wife and two dogs in Oklahoma City.

THLR is happy to present the continued contributions of Englishman Chris Major, a prolific poet and psychiatric nurse. Chris lives in Stoke On Trent, England.
   For the past 20 years, Chris has placed poetry in Outposts, Poetry Bradford, Poetry Nottingham, Sepia, Weyfarers, Remark, Underground Voices, Raw Edge, Iota, Breakfast All Day, Lexicon, The Third Half, Konfluence, Fire, Poetry Monthly, Psychopoetica, First Time, Never Bury Poetry, Inclement, Inbetween Hangovers and Pennine Platform.

Online at, amongst others, Snakeskin, Zygote, A little Poetry, Poetrykit, High Horse, Haggard and Halloo, Indite Circle, Gypsy, Blue House, Undergroundvoices, Thieves Jargon, Lily, Orange Room Review and earlier with The Literary Review and Poetry Chap www.whiteleafpress.co.uk.

THLR offers our readers the poetry of D.L. Martinez, an occasional writer, part-time poker player, and full-time engineer living in Aurora, CO.

His writing has previously (or soon will be) published in The Flask Review, Poet’s Ink Review, and the Boston Literary Magazine. He maintains a website that is perpetually under construction at www.dlmartinez.com.

 THLR presents the poetry of Sid Miller.
Sid’s poetry has appeared or will in Poetry Southeast, Margie, Goodfoot, Istanbul Literature Review and Rattle. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize nomine and the author of two chapbooks, Quietly Waiting (White Heron Press, 2004) and Sunbathing in the Ukraine (Finishing Line Press, 2007). His full length collection Nixon on the Piano will be published in 2009 by David Robert Books. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Burnside Review.  


After almost a decade of working as a freelance photographer in Europe,
Maurice Oliver returned to America in 1990. Then, in 1995, he made a
life-long dream into reality by traveling around the world for eight months.


Maurice's poetry has appeared in Potomac Journal, Pebble Lake Review, Taj Mahal Review (India), Dandelion Magazine (Canada), Stride Magazine (UK), and online at www.thievesjargon.com. , www.interpoetry.com (UK), www.kritya.com (India), and www.blueprintreview.de (Germany).
His forth chapbook, One Remedy Is Travel was published in July 2007 at Origami Condom. He is the editor of Concelebratory Shoehorn Review (www.concelebratory.blogspot.com.).
 Maurice lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a private tutor.

I try to include a sprinkling of political and sexual overtones in my work. Instead of approaching the theme of my dog died, I'd rather say it's fascinating how my dog's tail can lie still so long. 

 THLR is proud to present the poetry of  Jonathan Penton. Jonathan was born in Dallas, resides in Albuquerque, and talks in his sleep in El Paso. He, along with several other people, edits www.UnlikelyStories.org .

 His favorite scotch is Mescal.

THLR offers our readers a translation of Rosalía de Castro’s Passion from the Tomb by Peter Robertson.
Rosalía de Castro was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1837. A poet, she wrote in Galician, and is best known for her “Cantares Gallegos” (Galician Songs) published in 1863. She died in 1885.
Peter Robertson is a Scottish writer currently based in Madrid and Buenos Aires.


Peter has contributed to many literary reviews including The Oregon Review and The Salt River Review and forthcoming work in Turnrow. He was  chosen as Emerging Writer by the Emerging Writers' Network earlier this year, and is currently an associate editor of the Mad Hatter's Review.

THLR presents the works of Joseph Varvara.


The poetry of Joseph Varvara 




 Joseph is entering his third year at Fordham University where he studies English, Economics, and HBO Original Series.
Joseph writes to relax. He also enjoys the ocean, good times with good friends, and acting like a child.
Joseph resides in New Jersey, but aspires to live somewhere much more interesting.
Previous publications include other magazines that think he's gnarly.





THLR is happy to publish the work of Singaporean Cyril Wong.



The poetry of Cyril Wong 




Cyril Wong is the author of six collections of poetry in Singapore, including like a seed with its singular purpose (Firstfruits 2006). He is currently pursuing his Masters at the National University of Singapore, with a focus on contemporary American poetry.

Trained as a classical countertenor, all genres of music have influenced his poetry and his life. He has even avoided singing traditionally at all and has performed concerts reconstructing 80's love songs using a semi-classical style in Hong Kong and during the Seoul Fringe Festival.












Jeanette Marie Sayers is a proofreader for JBJS and a poetry editor for The Furnace Review.

Her works have appeared in California Quarterly and Red Owl Magazine. She obtained her M.A. in Editorial Studies from Boston University.