Stephen F. Austin State University

Spring 2012


Benjamin Vogt


Afterimage moves from the southern to northern Plains and the eastern Midwest, where the natural world calls out through deep lakes and dark woods, and finally through transient moments framed by gardens: a butterfly nectaring on a coneflower, planting lavender with his future wife, or autumn leaves crashing against a morning window. In a rich array of forms and evocative imagery, the poems in Afterimage reach through prairie history until grass becomes skin, and light becomes shadow.

BENJAMIN VOGT was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Minnesota. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.F.A from The Ohio State University. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Life in Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, ISLE, Sou'wester, Subtropics, and Verse Daily. Benjamin is also the author of two poetry chapbooks: Indelible Marks (Pudding House) and Without Such Absence (Finishing Line Press).

Dragonfly, Walking Stick

Judy R. Smith


Dragonfly, Walking Stick examines the difficult and inspiring introduction of Algonquin Indian tribes to the English Colonists. Weaving the spiritual worlds of Native Americans and English Christians, the novel celebrates the creation of fertile hybridity as it confronts the difficulty of such rich mixtures finding acceptance in the seventeenth-century Colonial world.

Sounds the Living Make

D. James Smith


Sounds The Living Make is a deeply satisfying collection of poems. D. James Smith combines the narrator's art with a lyric poet's intense and highly charged sense of setting and language. Whether exploring the labyrinth of memory or the mystery of 'the other,' here are poems that have the edge and authority of fiercely honed truths. --Peter Everwine

D. James Smith's poems derive, or rather arrive, from the physical world-breaths and glimmers that we will recognize, but with images and language that will transport the reader elsewhere. These poems are intensely felt and beautifully written with surprising layers of complexity that are incantatory and in touch with the sacred. --Gary Short

D. JAMES SMITH, a recipient of an National Endowment for the Arts fellowhip grant in poetry and had his first book of poems, Prayers for the Dead Ventriloquist, published by Ahsahta. His novel, My Brother's Passion was published Permanent Press. His novels for adolescents have appeared with Atheneum. He lives in California where he studied with Philip Levine.

Thin Slice of Life

Miles Arceneaux