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Donna Fleischer

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STATEMENT: To write poems is to enter into the duende, "like bits of broken glass in the blood ..." (Lorca), more primal, more vital than ideas, rather, the experience of, in Wallace Stevens’ words, ‘things themselves’, ‘the plain sense of things’; that the experience is one of freeing words, language itself and how thinly we use it, from mere meaning into bursts of being, imagination-swerves in and out of: muddy bells, mystery, Theodore Roethke’s Woodlawn, Lorine Niedecker’s lifepoetry waterflow by condensing, Cid Corman’s silence(s), Adrienne Rich, john martone’s skull harmonies, Clayton Eshleman’s cavedepth being(s), John Bloomberg-Rissman’s Zeitgeist Spam, CAConrad’s necessary Frank, Jonathan Skinner’s ecopoetics, Trace Peterson’s “Violet Speech”, Brenda Iijima’s economies, Scott Watson’s version-ings, Amy King’s bluntforcetraumen “Opera of Peace”, Jared Stanley’s weeds, Noelle Kocot’s bigger world, Bhanu Kapil’s immanent monster, Lew Welch’s turkey buzzard, Tyrone McDonald's haiku confluence, Charlie Mehrhoff’s elkfrost inhabitations of our human animal comminglings through oneanothersothers, Blakean, Bhaktian, poetry – compass, test tube, cup, water droplet, cancer, salts, stem, claw, fruits, volcano, song, fricative, diphthong, and so much more than lists can do; and of the many younger poets urging it on. / / / This open form of writing poems supplanted most all other forms, so I surprised myself with a need to dig into Japanese-derived forms, mostly haiku and haibun, almost exclusively, for many years. Language and poetry being core elements in this life we liveindiein is so much more than any binary-like pass / fail. My poetry practice includes the haibun, which in turn, involves the haiku, sometimes struck-thru or semicolonized by eco-, geo-, and bio-poetics spawn. Like Chaucer, I trust authority less because it interferes with experience; trust more the inherent capacity of the poetry mammal to adapt new technologies and methodologies. One book I do return to again and again is French philosopher and semiologist Roland Barthes’s “A Lover’s Discourse, Fragments” because my interrelations feel to be pilgrimages, set out for in the dark, cold rain of Spring begun, near to Barthes’s figuration: “To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.” ~ Donna Fleischer ||||| FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS: Anthologies include: Poets for Living Waters: An International Response to the 2010 BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (BlazeVox, 2014); A Vast Sky (Bruce Ross, editor, 2014); Contemporary Haibun, volume 15 (Jim Kacian, editor, Red Moon Press, 2014); and Haiku 21 (Lee Gurga, Scott Metz, editors, Modern Haiku Press, 2014). Also up and coming work to appear in: A Thousand Gourds, EOAGH, Kō (Japan), the Journal of Renga and Renku, Volume 3, Jupiter 88, Naugatuck River Review, Solitary Plover, South by Southeast, The Marsh Hawk Press Review, and TRUCK. The Useful Knowledge Press (New Haven, CT) will bring out a limited edition of Donna’s haiku with wood block engravings by Allan Greenier in 2014, entitled 9 HaiKube. / / / indra’s net, a 44pp poetry chapbook of selected haibun, bottle rockets press, Wethersfield, CT 2003, and out of print is now free to read at Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/132231015/indra-s-net / / / “DONE DIARY”, a book-length manuscript is seeking publication. JOURNAL and ANTHOLOGY Publications to Date: Artis magazine, Asahi Shimbun, Back Room Live !, Bones, bottle rockets, cattails, contemporary haibun online, Cornell University Mann Library's Daily Haiku, Dreams Wander On , Esque, Exit Strata, Fiera Lingue, Frogpond, Hummingbird, Issaʼs Untidy Hut, Kō, Lilliput Review, Modern Haiku, Naugatuck River Review, On Barcelona, Otoliths, Peace Is a Haiku Song (City of Philadelphia 2013, Sonia Sanchez, Yolanda Wisher, editors), Poets Corner, Presence, roadrunner, Salamander Cove, Solitary Plover, South by Southeast, Spiral Orb, The Mainichi Daily News, and Wang Pingʼs Kinship of Rivers ||||| FIRST CHAPBOOK: Intimate Boundaries (self- produced and published, 1991) / OTHER: Donna’s poetry appears regularly in literary periodicals in Japan, England, and the U. S., anthologies, and monthly on the CT Environmental Headlines website (Christopher Zurcher, editor). Her blog word pond, begun in March 2010, is a curatorial content blog of contemporary poetry, photography, music, visual arts, depth ecology, ecopoetics, news stories, and permaculture. / FEATURE READINGS: 2014: Infinite Well, New Haven, CT; Hartford Public Library, downtown Hartford, CT; and Forbes Library, Northampton, MA; 2013: Capital Community College, Hartford CT; New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; Forbes Library, Northampton, MA; cell39 gallery, Ludlow, MA; Pegasus Gallery of Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT; WordForge Reading Series, Hartford, CT; and Wintonbury Public Library, Bloomfield, CT. She was assistant editor of bottle rockets journal, anthologies, and serial volumes from 2007–2013. / / EDUCATION: Poetry and Communication Theory, Semiotics, Pragmatics, American and English Literature and History, Botany, and Ecology. University of Connecticut and University of Hartford. BA degree 1988. Completed independent study in ecology at the Talcott Mountain Science Center, Avon, CT. / / LIVELIHOOD: A pre-press master journeyman in four-color process stripping for thirty years, Donna transitioned to digital technologies in the textbook publishing industry as a Mac operator and proofreader. She now copy-edits and proofreads on a freelance basis. Fleischer is listed with The Haiku Foundation, that seeks to establish the importance of haiku "as a literary vehicle in the present and future": http://bit.ly/165V29f and The Living Haiku Anthology, published by the journal Under The Basho (Don Baird, editor).

Publications and Prizes

Twinkle, Twinkle (Longhouse, 2010), indra's net (bottle rockets press, 2003)
Dreams Wander On: Contemporary Poems of Death Awareness (Modern English Tanka Press, 2011), seed packets an anthology of flower haiku (bottle rockets press, 2010), lanterns: a firefly anthology (bottle rockets press, 2007), Contemporary Haibun Volume 4 (Red Moon Press, 2003)
"Cold sun" by Donna Fleischer receives Nagoya City, Japan Board of Education Award for Best Haiku. Dr. Kōko Katō, editor and publisher of Kō*, selected this haiku for the 2014 Nagoya City Board of Education Award for Best Haiku appearing in Kō vol 28 no 4. She made the announcement with her commentary in the new issue of Kō vol 29 n0 4, autumn-winter 2014. First Place $500 Award Recipient for Under the Basho 2014 Haiku Contest ||||| "The Black Swans of Ellen Carey: Of Necessary Poetic Realities" by Donna Fleischer is the catalogue essay to the exhibition, "Let There Be Light: The Black Swans of Ellen Carey", and includes the poem of ekphrasis, "The Red Photogram", by Donna Fleischer, based on "The Red Photogram" by Ellen Carey — Eastern Connecticut State University, publisher, 2014. Catalogue and essay may be viewed at http://bit.ly/1dj0gV1; Semi-Finalist, Naugatuck River Review 2013 Poetry Competition; Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational (2013); Semi-Finalist, Naugatuck River Review 2012 Poetry Competition // Recipient of the Merit 2011 Honorable Mention for Best Anthology, "seed packets" ~ Stanford M. Forrester, editor, Donna Fleischer, contributing editor. Seed Packets: An Anthology of Flower Haiku. Windsor, Connecticut: bottle rockets press, 2010. 5 x 6.5 inches, 100 pages, perfectbound. ISBN 978-0-9792257-4-1. / Vancouver Cherry Blossom International Haiku Invitational 2011 Honorable Mention / South by Southeast Editors’ Choice Award for Haiku, 2010 / University of Hartford 1987 Creative Writing Award for Poetry //

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Arcadia Project by Corey & Waldrep, editors, No Sounds of My Own Making by John Bloomberg-Rissman, Troubling the Line: Trans and GenderQueer Poetry & Poetics by Tolbert & Peterson, editors, a megaphone by Spahr & Young, editors, Hyperobjects by Timothy Morton

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Listing last updated: November 11, 2014

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