Volume 10:2, Spring 2009

by Kim Roberts

This special issue highlights recent book publications by five authors with strong ties to Washington, DC. Although these authors range widely in age, backgrounds, and styles, all share singular, distinctive voices that have made their first full-length, single-author books notable: they are cohesive collections that are fascinating to read.

Although two of the authors have appeared previously on the site, none has been a featured author in Beltway Poetry. Their books have been published by five different presses; we thank Coffee House Press, Gival Press, New Issues, Washington Writers Publishing House, and The Word Works for their permission to reprint selections here. If you enjoy what you read, please support these authors and buy their books! Links to each press is provided at the bottom of each web page.

Although I highlight five notable authors in this issue, I can highly recommend many other recent full-length first books by authors with DC ties as well. Please also look for these terrific titles:

Andrea Carter Brown, The Disheveled Bed, CavanKerry, 2006
Sarah Browning, Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, The Word Works, 2007
Heather Davis, The Lost Tribe of Us, Main Street Rag Books, 2007
Thomas Sayers Ellis, The Maverick Room, Graywolf Press, 2005
Patricia Gray, Rupture, Ren Hen Press, 2004
Chungmi Kim, Glacier Lily, Red Hen Press, 2004
Hiram Larew, More Than Anything, Vrzhu Press, 2007
Gary Copeland Lilley, The Subsequent Blues, Four Way Books, 2004
Dwaine Rieves, When the Eye Forms, Tupelo Press, 2006
Ken Rumble, Key Bridge, Carolina Wren Press, 2007
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, The Insatiable Psalm: Poems, Wind River Press, 2005
Dan Vera, The Space Between Our Danger and Delight, Beothuk Books, 2008
Rosemary Winslow, Green Bodies, The Word Works, 2007


Table of Contents

A.B. Spellman

Hellfighters on Parade
On Hearing Sonny ("Newk") Rollins
After Vallejo
The City Poet on the Stroll

Sandra Beasley

Theories of Falling
Small Kingdom
The Flood
The Angels

Kathi Morrison-Taylor

Hula Hoop
Diagram of the Female Reproductive System, Translated
Sea Monkeys
Playing Our Birthdays
On Heritage Night at My Children's Elementary School

Brandel France de Bravo


Gregg Shapiro

Color Blind in the Emerald City
The Men Want to Be with the Men
Roosevelt Island
My Next Boyfriend