Articles by: Gina BarnardGina Barnard
Gina Barnard's poems and essays have been published in Columbia Poetry Review, VERSE online, Laurel Review, New Madrid, Web del Sol Review of Books, Kartika Review, Asia Literary Review, Poetry International, in Japanese translation in Poemaholic Café (Tsukuba, Japan), and elsewhere. She is a co-founding and senior editor of The California Journal of Poetics and has been a contributing editor for Poetry International. Born in Fussa, Tokyo, she spent her early years between Japan and the Sacramento Valley, California. She holds an MFA in Poetry from San Diego State University, a BA in English: Creative Writing from UC Davis and teaches composition and creative writing in San Diego, California.

Po-Chop: Eleni Sikelianos: Experiments with Minutes

Po-Chop: Eleni Sikelianos: Experiments with Minutes

“a piece of radish spit into the sink with the toothpaste, its purple shred & white / flesh rattle around the mind, a bit of life”   These lines appear in the long sequence, “Experiments with Minutes,” from Eleni Sikelianos’ sixth book, Body Clock (Coffee House Press 2008). The lines radiate from the page because of their sound and existential […]

Escorting Romanian Poetry to the English Speaking World—Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry edited by Martin Woodside

Escorting Romanian Poetry to the English Speaking World—Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry edited by Martin Woodside

Martin Woodside’s new anthology of Romanian translations, Of Gentle Wolves, adds much to the landscape of contemporary English language poetry. Woodside, in his translator’s note, claims that “contemporary Romanian poets work largely in obscurity and are often dismissed as a marginal, even irrelevant, group;” he argues, however, that these Romanian poets are relevant, diverse, and dynamic and that “the poems […]

An Interview with Jeannine Hall Gailey

An Interview with Jeannine Hall Gailey

I think I must have a long-standing obsession with women who transform into monsters or animal spirits. The idea that women necessarily must live in two worlds—the animal and the human—kind of crosses over multiple cultures…   Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Seattle-area author of two books of poetry, She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books 2011), and Becoming […]

Discovering International Writers at The Center for the Art of Translation

Discovering International Writers at The Center for the Art of Translation

“The Center aims to promote a truly global community, creating a world where writers and readers can cross both boundaries of borders and of language.” The San Francisco-based Center for the Art of Translation (catranslation.org) is a rich resource to visit online and in person. Since 1994 the Center has published TWO LINES, an annual anthology featuring international poetry and […]

She Returns to the Floating World by Jeannine Hall Gailey

She Returns to the Floating World by Jeannine Hall Gailey

What echoes throughout Gailey’s work is the understanding and the desire to create alternate worlds when reality is chaotic.   Jeannine Hall Gailey’s second book, She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books 2011), is a collection that is inspired by and recreates Japanese folk-tales, anime, and Shinto spirits. One of the themes of Gailey’s book is the fear and […]

Building the Barricade: Warsaw Uprising Photographs

Building the Barricade: Warsaw Uprising Photographs

Recently I interviewed translator Piotr Florczyk on his latest translation of Anna Swir’s poems, many of which come from her book, Building the Barricade, where with her spare and direct language she documents the Warsaw Uprising in Poland in 1944. The photographs of the Warsaw Uprising featured in this post were published in an edition of Swir’s Budowałam Barykadę (Building […]

Building the Barricade and Other Poems of Anna Swir: A Conversation with Translator Piotr Florczyk

Building the Barricade and Other Poems of Anna Swir: A Conversation with Translator Piotr Florczyk

You see, ultimately translating is all about searching for some kind of kinship between two languages, a way to uncover that linguistic essence of the text itself.   Piotr Florczyk, welcome to The California Journal of Poetics! Even though you translated Anna Swir’s poems because you felt a connection to her poetry, is there significance in Swir’s work that Americans […]

The Poet's Garden, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Beautiful Impediment: A History of Guns in the Family by John Burgess

John Burgess’ second book of poems, A History of Guns in the Family, is an ambitious attempt to contain the experiences of an entire lifetime in a compact work of nine poetic sequences.

Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is a poet who delights readers with her keen view of the world, which is often influenced by her insatiable wonder and her travels; this year, she gives us the gift of a beautiful third book, Lucky Fish. The book is her invitation for readers to join her in a sensual experience of the world and all its […]


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