Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-four
Spring 2014
Harvey J. Baine
Harvey was born in the Mississippi Delta, attended 5 different colleges before settling down to finish his B.A. in English at University of North Florida. As an undergraduate he studied acting as well as writing. He moved to D.C. in 2000 to work and study at American University. While there he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and as his thesis, published a collection of short stories entitled Cat Histories. He has published poetry in many journals, including; Big Muddy, Skidrow Penthouse, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Café Review, and ten or twelve others. He has been dividing his time the last few years between St. Augustine, FL, and Appomattox, VA.

Abigail Bautista
Abigail is a 21-yr. old. full-time legal assistant who also works as a writer/editor of mainstream and literary fiction for Vibal Publishing House. She holds a BA in Print Journalism from St. Scholastica’s College. She’s a wandering wordsmith fascinated with her fellow journeyers. She loves big cities, sad songs and the sea. She drinks a lot of rum and red wine.

Andrew Cantrell
Andrew thinks a lot about glaciers, the neolithic, the Cumberland Plateau, migration, class struggle, the transition to late antiquity, and abstraction. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many fine publications. He lives in Chicago where he works as a union organizer, does things with words, and co-curates an itinerant, experimental screening series, PSA Projects. He was recently awarded a residency in Literary Arts at the Banff Centre.

Rachelle Cruz
Rachelle is obsessed with the Philippine witch, the aswang, who is known for her self-segmentation and appetite for human fetuses. Cruz wrote about her in the chapbook, Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood (Dancing Girl Press). She currently lives in Southern California.

Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton
The poems are collaborations by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton who live by the sea. Seaton teaches at University of Miami and Duhamel at Florida International University. These poems are from their book of collected collaborations forthcoming in the fall of 2015 from Sibling Rivalry Press.

George Kalamaras
George, Poet Laureate of Indiana, is the author of seven books of poetry and seven chapbooks, including Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize (2011). He is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990.

Mary Kasimor
Mary grew up in Minnesota and lives between Minnesota and Washington (State). She has most recently been published in the following journals: Yew Journal, Big Bridge, Reconfigurations, Moria, Otoliths, Certain Circuits, MadHat, The Bakery, Altered Scale, Word For/Word and Posit. She received a Fellowship from US Poets in Mexico for the 2010 Conference, which inspired her to make changes in her life. She was once a college professor, but she quit teaching and is now living her life as she wants to live it. She has had several books of poetry published, most recently a chapbook, The Windows Hallucinate (LRL Textile Series, 2013). She will have a new collection of poetry published in 2014, entitled The Landfill Dancers (BlazeVox Books).

Amanda Kimmerly
Amanda thrives on Americanos. She hungers for them like a pregnant woman does pickles, and dreads the day she, too, craves pickles, as it will suppress her maddening love affair with espresso. With cafes in general. Poetry and coffee—what a cliché, but it makes Amanda feel European again. Her favorite word in French is one she learned from an online dictionary: crépuscule; “the period of partial darkness at the beginning or end of the day.” Her whole life is one flick of twilight. Facing it. Wading through. One stretch of light to another.

Ted Lardner
The tree that crashes on the house, the car that roars like the wind through a red light, concussion, like the waxing moon, keeps coming. In a letter to his deceased father, Ted recently wrote, “Of all the things you didn’t get to see—a hurricane blew out the lights in Manhattan.” When he opened the back door later that week, he caught a whiff of salt marsh from the creek, and wanted to step off—a hundred stories of air!

sarah merkle
Sarah regularly examines human bodies in motion as they interface with other people’s organs, mechanical monsters, and the inquisitive flora and fauna of Oakland, California. Her work attempts to dissect the biological from the ephemeral while intently watching how these things ripple into the social / political spaces around her. When she is not writing, she is recklessly bicycling in urban environments, compulsively turning compost, and arguing loudly about the beauty of lampreys.

Laura E. Miller
Laura received her Bachelor’s in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago in May 2013. She was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and currently lives and writes in Chicago with all of her cats. Her work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Split Rock Review, and Arcadia Magazine.

Daniela Olszewska
Daniela was born in Poland and attended school in Alabama, but self-identifies as a Chicagoan. She enjoys riot grrl and show tunes. A poetry-related tumblr exists here:

Julie T. Standig
Julie, born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, now splits her time between the Upper West Side, Long Island and Doylestown. She is currently working on a poetry memoir about her years in Pakistan. She writes best while in transit.

Jeanine Stevens
Who would have thought that from a permissive childhood roaming the inner city, woodlands, alleys, junk shops, museums, and art cinemas, Jeanine could write poems such as Prufrock on the Coast, Darien the Movie, Leech, In the Cave of Ice, and Shucking—as in Corn. Asked in a recent Q and A session why she conveyed her “creative mind” into poetry rather than other forms of expression her response: Compared to batik, painting, sculpting for example, which requires special materials and equipment and also drips, it is easier for me to pick up a pen, pencil, scrap of paper, and there, maybe—you have a poem.

Jeff Tatay
Jeff was born and raised in Mishawaka, Indiana where he earned a B.A. in English literature from Indiana University South Bend. He has spent much of his life exploring the “in between” spaces—small forgotten ponds, lakes and marginalized forests and farmland—in an increasingly commercialized, yet still rural and post-industrial region of America’s Rust Belt. His work is inspired by environment and place and his exploration of the “in between” spaces—the biological and natural world of the Midwest—and his experiences working as a groundskeeper at The Point at North Shore, a condominium complex situated in a forest on the banks of the Saint Joseph River in South Bend, Indiana. His poetry has appeared in Clare Literary Journal, Indigo Rising Magazine, Obsession Literary Magazine, and other publications.

Sebastian Münster
Taken from the vignettes on Olaus Magnus’s Carta marina by Sebastian Münster (1488 – 1552). He was a German cartographer, cosmographer, and a Christian Hebraist scholar. His work, the Cosmographia from 1544, was the earliest German description of the world.

He was born in Ingelheim, near Mainz, as the son of Andreas Münster. His parents and other ancestors were farmers. In 1505, he entered the Franciscan order. Four years later, he entered a monastery where he became a student of Konrad Pelikan for five years. Münster completed his studies at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in 1518. His graduate adviser was Johannes Stöffler.

He died at Basel of the plague in 1552. His tombstone described him as the Ezra and the Strabo of the Germans.