Wayne Clifford is a Canadian poet, editor, and educator. He has written more than a dozen books of poetry, including the goundbreaking sonnet sequence The Exile's Papers, which currently extends over three volumes. After attaining his M.A. and M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in 1969, he spent three and half decades working at a small college in Kingston, Ontario. Leaving to write full-time in 2004, Clifford was appointed as the Poetry Editor at Porcupine's Quill. He presently lives on the island of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy. 



Man in a Window. Toronto, Ontario: Coach House Press, 1965.

Eighteen. Toronto, Ontario: Coach House Press, 1966.

Alphabook. Kingston, Ontario: Makework Press, 1972.

Glass Passages. Ottawa, Ontario: Oberon Press, 1976.

An Ache in the Ear. Toronto, Ontario: Coach House Press, 1979.

On Abducting the 'Cello. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill, 2004.

The Book of Were. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill, 2006.

The Exile's Papers: Part One: The Duplicity of Autobiography. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill, 2007.

The Exile's Papers: Part Two: The Face as its Thousand Ships. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill, 2009.

Jane Again. Emeryville, Ontario: Biblioasis, 2009

Learning to Dance with a Peg Leg. Frog Hollow Press, 2009.

The Exile's Papers: Part Three: The Dirt's Passion Is Flesh Sorrow. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill, 2011.


James Arthur's first book of poetry, Charms Against Lightning, was published as a Lannan Literary Selection by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. His work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The New Republic and The New Yorker. In 2003 he received an MFA from the University of Washington, and he is currently an Assistant Proffessor at Johns Hopkins University.



Charms Against Lightning. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. 2012

Index to poems

Florence Anthony, the poet, is known mainly by her pseudonym Ai. For more poems by her, see the Academy of America Poets


and The Poetry Foundation


  • Conversation
  • Cuba, 1962
  • Disregard
  • Killing Floor
  • Passing Through
  • Salomé
  • Twenty-year Marriage
  • Woman to Man

Ai's poems are in copyright and cannot be reproduced without the permission of her publisher, W. W. Norton.

  • Ai. Cruelty. Boston: Houghton, 1973.
  • --. Killing Floor. Boston: Houghton, 1979.
  • --. Sin. Boston: Houghton, 1986.
  • --. Fate. Boston: Houghton, 1991.
  • --. Greed. New York: Norton, 1993.
  • --. Black Blood. New York: Norton, 1997. [novel]
  • --. Vice: New and Selected Poems. New York: Norton, 1999.
  • --. Dread. New York: Norton, 2003.
Index to poems

For more poems, see The Poetry Archive:

Letter to a City Under Siege

The Academy of America Poets

  • For the Stranger
  • Sequestered Writing
  • The Angel of History [In April, the lilacs come, wrapped in Le Monde]

and The Poetry Foundation

  • As Children Together
  • Kalaloch
  • Reunion
  • Selective Service
  • Skin Canoes
  • Taking Off My Clothes
  • The Colonel
  • The Ghost of Heaven
  • The Visitor
  • Travel Papers

All Carolyn Forché's works are in copyright. Permission must be obtained from her publishers before reproducing her writings.

  • Forché, Carolyn. Gathering the Tribes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976.
  • --. The Colonel. St. Paul: Bieler Press, 1978.
  • --. The Country between Us. Port Townsend: Copper Canyon Press, 1981.
  • --. The Angel of History. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
  • --. Blue Hour. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.

Simon J. Ortiz, poet, writer, storyteller, and Doctor of Letters, is author of over a dozen books, including Out There Somewhere, Men on the Moon, After and Before the Lightning, and Woven Stone. He is also the editor of numerous collections, including Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing, and Earth Power Coming: Short Fiction in Native American Literature. He has taught at the University of New Mexico and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and served as lieutenant governor of the Pueblo of Acoma and consulting editor of the Pueblo of Acoma Press. As a teacher of poetry and fiction, he stresses the artful power of the "storytelling voice." He teaches and writes now at the University of Toronto.


  • Naked in the Wind. NC: QUetzal-Vihio Press, 1971.
  • Going for the Rain. New York: Harper, 1976.
  • Fight Back: For the sake of the people for the sake of the land. Albuqurque: University if New Mexico Press, 1980.
  • From Sand Creek: Rising in this heart which is our America. New York: Thunder's Mouth, 1981.
  • Out There Somewhere. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2002.
  • Men on the Moon: collected short stories. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1999.
  • Speaking for the Generations: native writers on writing. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1998.
  • After and Before the Lightning. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1994.
  • Woven Stone. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1992.
  • Song, Poetry, Language. Tsaile, AZ: Navajo Community COllege Press, 1978.
  • A Poem is a Journey. Bourbonais, IL: Pternandon Press, 1981.
  • Barron, Jonathan. "Annie Finch." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 282: New Formalist Poets. Ed. Jonathan N. Barron and Bruce Meyer. Gale Group, 2003: 91-101.
  • Finch, Annie. Calendars. Dorset, Vt.: Tupelo Press, 2003.
  • --. Carolyn Kizer: Perspectives on Her Life and Work. Fort Lee, N.J.: CavanKerry Press, 2001.
  • --. Catching the Mermother. West Chester, Pa.: Aralia Press, 1996.
  • --. The Encyclopedia of Scotland. Amherst, Mass.: Caribou Press, 1982. [performance poem]
  • --. Eve. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 1997.
  • --. The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.
  • --. Marie Moving: An Epic Poem. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 2002.
  • --. "Metrical Diversity: A Defense of Non-Iambic Meters." In David Baker, ed. Meter in English: A Critical Engagement. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996: 59-74.
  • --. "A Rock in the River: Maxine Kumin's Rhythmic Countercurrents" and "Zaraf's Star." In Emily Grosholz, ed. Telling the Barn Swallow: Poets on the Poetry of Maxine Kumin. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1997: 22-31, 178-179.
  • --. Season Poems. Los Angeles: Calliope Press, 2002.
  • --, ed. After New Formalism. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 1999.
  • --, Johanna Keller, and Candace McClelland, eds. A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 1994.
  • -- and Kathrine Varnes, eds. An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.
  • --, ed. Sequoia. 1987-91.
  • --, ed. WOM-PO. 1997-. A national listserve devoted to the discussion of women's poetry.