John J. Trause

feuilles       plumes
leaves          feathers
and fools
entombed on the plane
of a page
or a beach
caught between two

Breathless Inspiration and Aspiration
The Punctuation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s
Sonnets from the Portuguese 43: How do I love thee?

I Will Make You Fishers of Men

JOHN J. TRAUSE (Wood-Ridge, N. J.) Director of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library. His chapbook of poetry Seriously Serial is published by Poets Wear Prada, Hoboken, N. J. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear or are forthcoming in Sensations Magazine, Cover (New York, N.Y.), The Rift, The Troubadour, Global City Review, Xavier Review, The Alternative News, Parse (Alchemy), Radix, Now Culture, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets Anthology, Off the Coast, TAU-USA, Maintenant, The Journal of New Jersey Poets, Lips, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, Offerta Speciale, Plainsongs, Sulphur River Review, the on-line journals Sidereality, Pedestal Magazine, and Ditch, and the artists' periodical Crossings, published by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. His chapbook Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996) in its performance version (Latter-Day Litany & Other Pseudo-Hagiographica) has been staged Off-Off Broadway and elsewhere by Daniel P. Quinn since 1998. Mr. Trause was a participant in the City Lights Books 50th Anniversary celebration and reading (East Coast celebration) at the Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church, NYC, at which he interpreted work from Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems (1964) and shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, and Karen Finley. In 2005 and again in 2006 Mr. Trause was chosen along with Jerome Rothenberg to participate in the Visible Word exhibition and poetry reading (Stevens Institute, Hoboken, N. J.), which paired poets and visual artists. In 2005 he co-founded the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., where he serves as programmer and host.

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