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amusejanetmason.com ('s) features Philadelphia Poets 2009 poets -- Annie Rachele Lanzillotto and Lili Bita
click here to read to read a woman alone poems by Janet Mason -- first place winner in the Fourth Annual John and Rose Petracca and Family Award from the 2009 issue of Phila Poets
click here to read Lunar Eclipse No. 9 -- an essay by Janet Mason that is published in Philadelphia Poets 2009
Hitching To Nirvana, a novel of midife and adolescence by Janet Mason is now available on-line and from bookstores
Photos by Janet Mason
Philadelphia Poets--2009, Volume 15
from the Foreward....
Every year when I start accepting poetry and begin inputting it into the draft of Philadelphia Poets next issue, I have no idea if there will be a theme or what that theme might be. Eventually, though what often appears to be a miraculous process, a subtle thread appears that joins it all together.
--Rosemary Cappello, editor
The Caryatids, classical stone pillars carved in the shape of women, hold up the porch of the Erechtheion, an ancient Greek Temple on the North Side of the Acropolis in Athens...The mythology of who the Caryatids represents varies, from maidens to the Goddess, to women who gathered nuts, and to women doomed to lives of hard labor. When I saw them, I felt that I was witnessing my own strength....
--Janet Mason, on the cover photo
Lili Bita is a poet, actress, and musician whose writings have been anthologized and translated into many languages. She is the readings/appearances of many books including Sister of Darkness.
Here in this cradle, this grave
Unclasping your hand,
Dusk falls in the quarry.
Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a Bronx-born private-pilot lesbian poet whose performance works can be seen on You Tube and through her website www.annielanzillotto.com
New York has a destiny of glitter. We're built on it.
450 million years ago
Mica, from the Latin micare, to glitter.
Here on the Bowery it's 260 feet below the surface.