Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Twenty
Summer 2009
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Louis Daniel Brodsky
Louis was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended St. Louis Country Day School. He has an M.A. from both Washington University and San Francisco State University. He is the author of fifty-eight volumes of poetry and twenty-three volumes of prose, including short fictions. His poems and essays have appeared in Harper's, The Faulkner Journal, Southern Review, Texas Quarterly, National Forum, American Scholar, Studies in Bibliography, Kansas Quarterly, Ball State University's Forum, Cimarron Review, and Literary Review, as well as in Ariel, Acumen, Orbis, New Welsh Review, Dalhousie Review, and other journals. His work has also been printed in five editions of the Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry. His latest books of poetry include Still Wandering in the Wilderness: Poems of the Jewish Diaspora and The World Waiting to Be: Poems About the Creative Process. In 2004, his You Can't Go Back, Exactly won the award for best book of poetry, presented by the Center for Great Lakes Culture, at Michigan State University.

Michael Flatt
Michael lives unfortunately in the fortunate town of Boulder, CO. He's a poet acting as a TA for a business class. (Don't ask.) He's been gearing up to try his stand-up material at an open-mic for about a year, and is almost ready. His reviews and poetry have appeared in Cutbank Reviews, Octopus Magazine and Left-Facing Bird.

Glenn R. Frantz
Brigadier General Glenn R. Frantz was noted for his bold temperament and his distinguished service in the American Revolutionary War. Under George Washington, Frantz helped lead the American forces in the Battle of Monmouth (1778). Congress awarded Frantz a medal commemorating his successful surprise attack on the British at Stony Point, New York (1779). Numerous counties, towns, villages, and schools throughout the United States are named after Frantz. His poems have appeared in several online publications, including Great Works, Sawbuck, Otoliths, 21 Stars Review, and Lynx.

Hafizah Geter
Hafizah is from Columbia, South Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in English and Economics from Clemson University. She is an avid reader of Susan Sontag and enjoys libraries and bookstores.

Matthew Keuter
Matthew Keuter can glue a horse together in 12 minutes.

Rachel Mallino
When Rachel is not popping prescription medication to overcome her fear of everyone, you might find her playing Wii bowling, scraping algae off her nano-reef aquarium, attending her daughter’s soccer games in which she yells louder than the coaches or ranting on her blog. Sometimes, she writes a poem worth reading. For the record, Rachel does not miss Pittsburgh at all. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and various lovable animals. Her first chapbook, Inside Bone There’s Always Marrow, is available through Maverick Duck Press.

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Michael Opperman
Michael is a relentless self-improver, obsessed with Dixon Ticonderogas and Ural sidecars. Sometimes he is the point where digital and analog meet, pulling the edges of his days in technology together with his nights of McCoy Tyner on vinyl. His work has luckily appeared in a number of places, including Coe Review, Maverick Magazine, New Hampshire Review, Dislocate and MARGIE Review. Michael is currently at work on a novel about dentistry, family and Americana; as well as on a second collection of poetry working the edges of the Silk Road, Scarry's ideas on pain, and what that has to do with a reformed farm boy from the middle of the United States.

Shenandoah Sowash
Shenandoah is a stout Midwesterner trapped in the desperately thin body of the East Coast. In addition to poems, she writes creative nonfiction and some of the best e-mail subject lines of all time. She is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Maryland and lives in DC with her husband, Jason, and her cat, Beyonce.

Davide Trame
Davide found himself, by chance, writing a poem in English to his students in an Italian school where he was teaching and still teaches. It was a poem celebrating a successful students' strike against the crazy Italian school institutions. From that day onward Davide never stopped writing poetry in his second language. He still remembers his first acceptance by Books Ireland in 1999. He has framed the check of Irish Punts he received as payment.

Elizabeth Weber
Elizabeth’s first stuffed animal was a sock-monkey named Stumpy (who was really a sock-bear). Her superhero name is LizLiz the Human GPS Device. When she’s not giving directions and CTA advice to complete strangers (and close friends), she pursues an MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and looks for a full-time job near Chicago. She lives near a corn field in a town with no stoplights, twelve miles from the nearest McDonald’s. She drives a Chevy Malibu named Orson (and occasionally a Farmall 300 named Rosinante).

Nick White
Nick hails from the small town of Kosciusko, MS, whose only claim to fame so far is being the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey. He was the first person in his family to attend college and disappointed them greatly when he decided to become a writer. He now lives in Starkville, a few hours from Kosciusko, and teaches freshman composition at Mississippi State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pinch, Permafrost, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume II: Mississippi.

Sarah Madsen
Sarah attended Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in London, England. Her interest in 3D Design was quite different from her first love of Fine Art, and has been a constant theme throughout her life as an artist. She has exhibited at various locations such as the Mall Galleries in London, Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut and Steven Whyte Figurative Sculpture Studio in Carmel, California. Her Gallery Representation is 2008-2009 “Le Beau Soleil Gallery”. "I tend to work quickly with concentration to put the essence onto paper. Portrait drawing from life for me is an absolute challenge. The amount of expressions, gestures, moods, habits and interaction that people show is incredibly complex. The direction I take is organic and figurative in nature. Always to create a "living feeling." Whether it is a Gold forged wire curling around the nape of the neck, through to a few chosen marks onto canvas or paper."

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