Past Issues

Rattapallax is a vibrant looking new magazine and its sixth issue, edited by Martin Mitchell, formerly editor of Pivot, is its best so far. Whatever way you slice its syllabic curiosity, it’s a magazine and a press on the move, thundering into the future.” — Small Press Review

Rattapallax is one sharp magazine destined to rise to the top of the literary magazine world, and one deserving of readership support. The idea of including a CD of authors reading from the issue is one which surely will be copied by other literary magazines, until it becomes standard practice. Hearing the poems read by the authors somehow elevates them, makes them stand taller, makes us listen more carefully.”– Clockwatch Review

The visceral, multimedia hit of poetry.– Timeout, New York

“(Its) first effort lives up to the promise to emulate the music and values of fine poetry of the past, and with stories that have action and events driven by character.” — Library Journal

“Twice a year, Rattapallax Press enthralls readers with stunning work of both new and seasoned wordsmiths in its oddly named literary journal, Rattapallax. These volumes, though few and far between, are chuck-full of sumptuous poetry, thought-provoking prose and unusual artwork. However, what makes Rattapallax different from other literary journals is the added dimension of sound. The journal comes with a bonus CD to tide hungry devotees over until the next issue arrives. Poetry junkies can listen along as the poets read their work.” — City Paper, Philadelphia

“But as courageous as the poets are, so the journals must be, also (and I do put Rattapallax in this category and so will always pick it up, even when I don’t recognise the man on the cover).” — Cordite

Four Stars — Folha de S.Paulo

“A number of literary magazines claim a focus on international writing; Rattapallax is one of the few that truly feels like it does.” — NewPages

Best of American Poetry 2003 (edited by Yusef Komunyakaa). Poems by Marilyn Nelson & Myra Shapiro.

Best of American Poetry 2004 (edited by Lyn Hejinian). Poems by Anselm Berrigan & Rodrigo Toscano.

 

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A TRIBUTE TO AGHA SHAHID ALI [Edited by Yerra Sugarman, Christopher Merrill & M. L. Williams]: Robert Pinsky, Marie Ponsot, Grace Schulman & Jean Valentine. Ghazal for Shahid (Missing You in Palm Springs, 2001) featuring Kim Addonizio, Rafael Campo, Mark Doty, Carolyn Kizer, Maxine Kumin, Elizabeth Macklin, J. D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, W. S. Merwin, Michael Palmer, William Wadsworth & others. WTC RELIEF READING (audio): Richard Price, Cornelius Eady, David Lehman, Suheir Hammad, Giandomenico Picco, Lou Reed & others. AUDIO FEATURES: Billy Collins & Glyn Maxwell. POETRY: Rhina P. Espaillat, Eamon Grennan, Rachel Hadas, Colette Inez, Marilyn Nelson, Pascal Petit, William Pitt Root, Charlie Smith, Karen Swenson, Diane Thiel, Deborah Warren & many others. NEW ARAB POETRY [Edited by Khaled Mattawa & Marilyn Hacker]: Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Muftah al-Ammari, Anas al-Ayla, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Muhammad al-Dayrawi, Maram al-Massri, Waleed al-Shaikh, Tahar Bekri, Andrée Chedid, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Iman Mersal, Amjad Nasser, Fatima Qindil, Amina Saïd, Ghada Shafi’i, Habib Tengour & Saadi Youssef.

 

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Best of American Poetry 2003 (edited by Yusef Komunyakaa) featuring poems by Marilyn Nelson & Myra Shapiro. NEW PERSIAN POETRY: Shadab Vadji, Manucher Atashi, M. A. Sepanlu, Mohammad-Reza Shafii-Kadkani, Ali Zarrin, Ahmad Shamlu, Omran Salahi, Katayoun Zandvakili, Mimi Khalvati, Parinaz Eleish, Mohammad Mokhtari, Esmail Khoi & Abbas Kiarostami. Also, popular Persian song lyrcis. Edited and songs performed by Haale.DIALOGUE THROUGH POETRY READING (audio): Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Breyten Breytenbach, Shashi Tharoor & Bob Holman. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE POETRY (audio): Raymond Kurzweil’s Ramona, Edwin Torres, Anne Tardos, Juliana Spahr & Brian Stefans Kim. AUDIO FEATURES: Molly Peacock and Willie Perdomo. POETRY: Rick Moody, Marilyn Hacker, Eamon Grennan, William Pitt Root, Deborah Warren, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Jeet Thayil, Karen Swenson, Elaine Sexton, Kate Light & many others.

 

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Best of American Poetry 2004 (edited by Lyn Hejinian) featuring poems by Anselm Berrigan & Rodrigo Toscano. BEST AMERICAN AND BRAZILIAN POETRY edited by Flavia Rocha and Edwin Torres.

 

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Indian Poets Respond to the Gujarat Riots: Dom Moraes, Meena Alexander, Jane Bhandari, Ranjit Hoskote, Arundhati Subramaniam, Vivek Narayanan, Jayanta Mahapatra, EV Ramakrishnan, Manohar Shetty, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Dilip Chitre, Atul Dodiya, H Masud Taj & Kabir. Edited by Jeet Thayil. The Age of MC SOLAAR: Major interview and translations of his songs. Also, included are tracks from his CDs. By Margo Berdeshevsky. Luciana Souza and Robert Creeley on Jazz. The Asian Massive Movement: Karsh Kale & Tabla Beat Science. PLUS: Josely Vianna Baptista, John Kinsella, Joy Harjo, Anne Waldman, Kimiko Hahn, Claire Malroux, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Robin Becker, Rhina P. Espaillat, Albert Flynn DeSilver, Alberto Martins, Heriberto Yepez, Marilyn Hacker, Katalin Ladik, Sérgio Alcides, Paulo Henriques Britto, Joca Reiners Terron, Pavla Jónssonova, Jeffrey Harrison, Meg Kearney, Samuel Menashe, Rachel Wetzsteon, Elaine Sexton, Ricardo Rizzo, Chris Stroffolino, Nancy Mercado, Eugene Ostashevsky, Thad Rutkowski, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Caroline Sinavaiana, Didac P. Lagarriga, Matvei Yankelevich, Deborah Warren … Poems by French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin and translations by Marilyn Hacker.

 

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Centenary of Pablo Neruda: Martín Espada, Marciano, Luciana Souza, Marjorie Agosín, Nicomedes Suárez-Araúz, Edward Hirsch, Edwin Torres, Cecilia Vicuna, Ivón Gordon Vailakis, Kyi May Kaung & Emma Sepúlveda. 9 Young Poets from Chile: Gustavo Barrera, Carlos Baier, Javier Bello Alejandra Del Rio, Lila Diaz, Damsi Figueroa Rodrigo Rojas, Rafael Rubio & Leonardo Sanhueza. (Spanish & English). Fela Kuti & AIDS: Antibalas, DJ Spooky, Breyten Breytenbach, Timothy Liu, Toni Blackman, Sapphire & Clara Sala. PLUS: Roger Bonair-Agard, Charles Bernstein, Hedi Kaddour, Brenda Coultas, Lyn Heijian, Fernando Sanchez Sorondo, Andre Luiz Pinto, Elena Alexander, Charles Martin, Philip Nikolayev, Fernando Paixao, Emily XYZ, Martin Smartt Bell, and many more. Artwork by WK Interact, Abe Lincoln Jr. & others.

 

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South African Poetry After Apartheid: Dennis Brutus, Robert Berold, Breyten Breytenbach, Vonani Bila, Alan Finlay, Allan Kolski Horwitz, Mbongeni Khumalo, Bernat Kruger, Kgafela oa Magogodi, Mzi Mahola, Lebogang M. Mashile, Isabella Motadinyane, Ike Mboneni Muila, Lesego Rampolokeng, Arja Salafranca & Kelwyn Sole. PLUS: Saul Williams, Rick Moody, Paul Beatty, Ernesto Cardenal, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Annie Finch, Lynn Freed, Brentley Frazer, Joao Bandeira, Kenneth Goldsmith, Tomas Harris, Colete Inez, Patricia Spear Jones, Eliot Katz, Mohammed Khair-Eddine, Marilyn Hacker, Samuel Menashe, Gonzalo Millan, Robert Morgan, Dael Orlandersmith, Margert Ryan, Jerome Rothenberg, Maria Soledad Quiroga, Virgil Suarez, Bruno Tolentino, Raul Zurita, Li-Young Lee, F.D. Reeve, Cid Campos, Augusto de Campos, Haroldo de Campos, Carl Hancock Rux & Second2Last.

 

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Endangered Languages & Poetry edited by Catherine Feltcher. Breyten Breytenbach , Catherine Fletcher, Ima Aikio-Arianaick, Sherko Bekas, Iain Britton, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, Guy Etienne, Mererid Puw Davies, Dida Aguirre García, Latif Halmat, Tsjêbbe Hettinga, Jaime Luis Huenun, Iluen Clan, Gwyneth Lewis, Leonel Lienlaf, Iwan Llwyd, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Kevin MacNeil, Lorraine Dominique Nakai, Paulos Netabay, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Tim Rakawurlma & Banjo Dinthali, Farhad Shakely, Janneke Spoelstra, Natalia Toledo, Kirmen Uribe, Wayãpi Clan, Wora Clan & Aku Wuwu. TheLouderArts Awake Prize Judged by Laure-Anne Bosselaar with winners John Pursley III, Lucy Anderton & Pamela Steele. Poetry After the Iranian Revolution edited by Niloufar Talebi: Abbas Saffari, A. H. Afrasiabi, Yadollah Royaï Shahrouz Rashid, Ziba Karbassi, Majid Naficy Granaz Moosavi, Saghi Ghahraman, Mana Aghaee Jamshid Moshkani, V. M. Airu, Roshanak Bigonah & Naanaam. New Lyric Poetry edited by Martin Mitchell & Lorna Blake. PLUS: Poetry by Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Kate Light, Janet Kaplan, Laure-Anne Bosselaar , Landis Everson, Daniela Gioseffi, Brendan Lorber, Marty McConnell, Rich Villar, Mercedes Roffe, Sylvio Back, Marilyn Hacker, Salah Stetie, Lourdes Vazquez, Lila Zemborain, and others.

 

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Rattapallax 14

Rattapallax DVD is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Featured in the DVD are films and audio works by Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Joyce Carol Oates, Ishle Park, Paul Bowles, Sherman Alexie, Elvira Hernandez, Fabrício Carpinejar, Anne Waldman, Martín Espada, Arnaldo Antunes and many others. DVD shown at the Zebra Film Awards, Berlin & Potenza Film Festival, Italy.

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Rattapallax 15

Rattapallax DVD is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Featured on the DVD magazine are works by Antonello Faretta, Guilherme Marcondes, Taatske Pieterson, Julian Gray, Kylie Hibbert, Avi Dabach, Abbas Saffari, Caecilia Tripp, Eugene Ostashevsky, Ima Aikio & Jason Lam. Special features on Billy Collins, John Giorno Yehuda Amichai, and the death of William Burroughs; award winning animated short films based on poems by William Blake and Sylvia Plath; and a hip-hop rendition of Gertrude Stein’s poems by Jean Grae and DJ Spooky. Showcase of the winners from the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.

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Rattapallax 16

Bengali Poetry edited by Catherine Fletcher and Goutam Datta. Poetry and translations by Sunil Gangopadhyay, Jodev Bosu, Subodh Sarkar, Yusef Komunyakaa, Christopher Merrill, Carolyne Wright and others. The India Journals by Bob Holman. Additional music by Peter Gordon. Other work by Michael Collier, K.D. Henley, Elvira Hernandez, Joseph O. Legaspi, Claire Malroux, Ron Price, Mark Nickels, Lamont B. Steptoe, Philip Corwin, and others.

 

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Rattapallax DVD is a fusion between contemporary writing and film. Award winning films based on poems by Victor Hugo, Pablo Neruda, and Emily Dickinson. Two short animated films from Chile and Spain — one set in a post-apocalyptic world where a little girl is trapped on an island with a madman morphing humans and animals into new creatures. Also, a visually beautiful documentary about the cassette culture of men in the tribal regions of Yemen. Films shown at Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and New York Film Festivals. The DVD is sold at St. Mark’s Bookshop, 31 Third Ave., NYC (near Astor Place)

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Rattapallax Online featuring poets Edward Hirsch, Eileen Myles and Arturo Carrera. New perspective on their work, poetry, essays, videos, and interviews. Also, a focus on NorthWest poets.

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Rattapallax 19

Rattapallax Online featuring poets James Ragan, Nathalie Handal & Fabricio Carpinejar. New perspective on their work, poetry, essays, videos, and interviews. Also, Film Verse with Bob Holman.

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Rattapallax Online featuring poets Meena Alexander, Christopher Merrill & Peter Finch. New perspective on their work, poetry, essays, videos, and interviews. Also, reinventing Armenia poetry after the Genocide.