RIP Poet Lyn Lifshin (1942-2019)


The poet Lyn Lifshin passed away in early December at the age of 77. Lifshin, a writer of poetry, prose and a participant in the art of dance had a career that spanned from the 1960s to 2019. Approximately 130 of her poetry collections and chapbooks were published over her lifetime and she was a dominate force in the small press world having her work published in thousands of magazines both in print and electronically across the globe.  https://www.lynlifshin.com/index.htm 

Listed below are some links readers may have an interest in:

Poems on Line:

The Paris American: https://www.theparisamerican.com/lyn-lifshin-poetry.html

Terrain: https://www.terrain.org/poetry/25/lifshin.htm

At Sun Magazine: https://www.thesunmagazine.org/contributors/lyn-lifshin

At The Coil: https://medium.com/the-coil/my-afternoons-with-dylan-thomas-poem-lyn-lifshin-9e4179da0592

Books by Lyn Lifshin:


At Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3ALyn+Lifshin&s=relevancerank&text=Lyn+Lifshin&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1

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An Autobiographical Essay by Lyn Lifshin:



At North of Oxford: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/an-interview-with-lyn-lifshin/

At ppigpenn : https://ppigpenn.blogspot.com/2014/01/interview-lyn-lifshin.html?zx=e13e69e324534189

At Word Mothers: https://wordmothers.com/2015/02/15/interview-with-poet-lyn-lifshin/

At The Roanoke Review: http://www.roanokereview.org/interviews-backpage/lyn-lifshin

At Lucid Moon: https://www.lynlifshin.com/Int-holder.htm?fbclid=IwAR0XQC-u99UZ0h94NPVG33HSlZG5T7ablpER5DaojhDfrJK90wSfcW5qjwE

At Open Arts Forum: https://openartsforum.com/an-interview-with-lyn-lifshin/


On Youtube and Vimeo:






Everything Lifshin on Google:









Ten Most Read Poets – North of Oxford 2019

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The following is a list of the most read poets published by North of Oxford by reader views between December 2018 to December 2019.


i was the night by Jonathan Hine



Obit by Doug Holder



2 Poems by Byron Beynon



2 Poems by Akshaya Pawaskar



The Natural World by Judy Kronenfeld



2 Poems by Nasim Basiri



Tin Roof by Hiram Larew



Tell Them You Invited Me by Margaret A. Campbell


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2 Poems by J.C. Todd



America by Tim Suermondt


Contributor Profile : Charles Rammelkamp


Charles Rammelkamp is a regular contributor to North of Oxford. Charles lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Abby. He is the Prose Editor for Brick House Books in Baltimore and Reviews Editor for The Adirondack Review. A chapbook of poems, Jack Tar’s Lady Parts, is available from Main Street Rag Publishing. Another poetry chapbook, Me and Sal Paradise, was recently published by Future Cycle Press. An e-chapbook has also recently been published online Time Is on My Side (yes it is)http://poetscoop.org/manuscrip/Time%20Is%20on%20My%20Side%20FREE.pdf

His photographs, poetry and fiction have appeared in many literary journals. Poems most recently in Leaping Clear, Broadkill Review, Outlaw Poetry Network, Off Course, Foliate Oak, The Literary Nest and Oddball Magazine.

Reviews/Poems by Charles Rammelkamp at North of Oxford



Poems On Line by Charles Rammelkamp

Leaping Clear:  https://www.leapingclear.org/charles-rammelkamp-poetry

Broadkill Review:   https://www.broadkillreview.com/single-post/2018/03/23/Charles-Rammelkamp-one-poem

Outlaw Poetry Network: https://outlawpoetry.com/2018/five-poems-by-charles-rammelkamp/

Off Course: https://www.albany.edu/offcourse/issue72/rammelkamp_jc.html

Foliate Oak: https://www.foliateoak.com/charles-rammelkamp2.html

Oddball Magazine: https://oddballmagazine.com/poem-by-charles-rammelkamp/

The Literary Nest: https://theliterarynest.com/issues/vol-4-issue-1/poetry/charles-rammelkamp/

Books by Charles Rammelkamp

At Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Charles+Rammelkamp&ref=nb_sb_noss

Contributor Profile: Lynette G. Esposito


Lynette G. Esposito is a regular contributor of book reviews to North of Oxford. Mrs. Esposito holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois and an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Rutgers University.  Mrs. Esposito has been an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University,  Burlington County and Camden County Colleges.  Her articles have appeared in the national publication, Teaching for Success; regionally in South Jersey Magazine, SJ Magazine. Delaware Valley Magazine, and her essays have appeared in Reader’s Digest and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A literary activist, Lynette has critiqued poetry for local and regional writer’s conferences and served as a panelist and speaker at local and national writer’s conferences.  You can read Mrs. Esposito’s reviews at North of Oxford at this link: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/tag/lynette-g-esposito/

Lynette’s poetry has appeared in US1, SRN Review, The Fox Chase Review, Bindweed Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, That Literary Review, The Remembered Arts Journal, and other literary magazines.

Poetry Links for Lynette G. Esposito:

SN Review : http://www.snreview.org/03111Esposito.html

Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/lynette-g-esposito-1-poem/

That Literary Review: http://thatliteraryreview.com/PDFs/Issue3.pdf

The Remembered Arts Journal: https://rememberedarts.com/before-we-are-born-of-wind/


She lives with her husband, Attilio, in Mount Laurel, NJ.

Meet the New Poet Laureate of the United States – Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2019-

Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2019-
Photo credit: Shawn Miller

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed Joy Harjo as the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress on June 19, 2019.

Learn more about Joy Harjo . Here is the link to the Library of Congress official announcement:


Coming on December 15th


Poetry by Stephen Mead, Peycho Kanev, Darren C. Demaree and Alan Tolzis.

Submissions are open at North of Oxford: https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/about/

For reviewers- Recently received books https://northofoxford.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/recently-received-books/


Under the El by Michele Belluomini

Under the El
there he is again
the diabetic saxophone player
leg in a cast   his foot cut off
playing jazz-blues at 11am
on a humid June morning
his music evokes the night:
blare of a neon sign stuttering
in darkness
a run of notes in the upper register recalls
voices riffing
from an open door —
men and women laughing     
   happy to be alive
a sudden descent into a minor key
low notes blister the air  — growl
of an argument whirls    reverberates
tension builds    music arching like a cat
ready to pounce:  hear the shouts
feel the shoves    a low snarl
music swirls     filled with disgust  
with a shake of the head   
shrug of a shoulder
friendship walks out the door
blue notes scrape air
lonely footsteps on rain-soaked pavement
oh how he plays
I miss the train   I miss two more
only when he stops
am I released from the spell

Michele Belluomin’s poetry has been published in American Poetry, Philadelphia Poets, Beltway, The Mad Poets Review, The Fox Chase Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Apiary Online, among others. Poems have also appeared in various Poetry Ink anthologies and the anthology, COMMONWEALTH: Poets on Pennsylvania.  Crazy Mary and Others, won the 2004 Plan B Press chapbook competition.  Her most recent volume of poetry is Signposts for Sleepwalkers, also published by Plan B Press (Alexandria, VA).  She works as Adjunct Library Faculty at Community College of Philadelphia.



2 Poems by Gareth Culshaw


His bag emptier with every street.
Socks sagged around his ankles.
The lever in, slip, release
over and over.
Odd numbers, even numbers, rusty
hinges. Wind battered gates that
knocked their whole lives. Seeing
the sun spread itself over his daily
plot. The snip of a latch, clock turn
handle, heave the hinge-less, walk
through the gate-less, unbolt
the formal. Listening to the barking
and cawing, the snap of car lock.
Taking it all in his stride, the passing
of the unknown. Wearing away
his years until he himself slips
and drops.
The perps were our line
the joint between bricks, that
buttering of two faces, softening
the wall. Making us believe
things were not as hard as they seemed.
Flemish Bond, English Bond, Stretcher
Bond, some bricks halved, others
in wait like a waiting foot. The weight
of it all, building before us.
Those years when time is of no height.
And walls had no theme, other than
something to clamber over.
We ignored the perps, seeing them
as a weakness. A scoop with a trowel,
tap with the butt end, dink with the edge,
not realising that for every brick we laid
corners came into our lives, and shadows
and shadows, and shadows.
Gareth Culshaw lives in Wales. He is an aspiring writer who has his first collection by futurecycle in 2018.