The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-2                                                       JUNE -2012                                                    Number-1



Contributors List

Ádám T. Bogár holds an MA in English from Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, Hungary, he is a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society and of Association Computability in Europe. His essays on Kurt Vonnegut and other US and Hungarian authors has appeared in various print and online publications. Besides these, his haiku and other poetry has been published in journals like Taj Mahal Review, The MUSE, Napút, contemporary haibun online, Scifaikuest, FreeXpresSion, Short, Fast & Deadly, Three Line Poetry, and Inter Japán Magazin.


Afzal Moolla was born in New Delhi, India, while his father was the Chief Representative of the African National Congress of South Africa based in India. Afzal's parents were engaged in the South African freedom struggle and spent many years in exile working for the ANC. Afzal attended Springdales School in New Delhi and subsequently travelled with his parents to Finland, Egypt and upon the release of Nelson Mandela, Afzal and his parents returned to South Africa. Afzal currently lives and works in Johannesburg.

Andrew Scott is a Canadian Native.  He is a reviewer for literature and music on and hosts ReVerse, an international on-line classic poetry radio program. Andy's eclectic poetry style has been featured in numerous publications worldwide. His chapbook, Snake With A Flower, is available now on

Originally from Ukraine, Askold Skalsky lives and writes in the state of Maryland and has published poems in over two-hundred periodicals in the
United States and abroad, including Poetry Salzburg Review, Notre Dame Review and Southern Poetry Review. A professor of English for many years,
his essays have been presented in the Oxford Round Table's Forum on Public Policy and at the 2009 CESNUR Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the
recipient of two Individual Artist Awards in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council, and his work was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize. His
first book of poems, The Ponies of Chuang Tzu, was recently published by Horizon Tracts press in New York City.

Betsy Esther Tan lives in Singapore. She loves literature. Her poems have been published in Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore and Pirene's Fountain literary journal, among others. She is currently working on taming her pet dog.

Boghos L. Artinian is a physician in private practice in Beirut since 1975. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut MD 1968 and MRCP(UK) 1973. He has several highly speculative scientific articles in the'BMJ ME' and 'The Practitioner EM'  and many poems in medical and literary journals.

Chung Chin-Yi has completed doctoral studies at the National University of Singapore. Her research centers on the relationship between deconstruction and phenomenology. She has published in Nebula, Ol3media and the Indian review of World literature in English, Vitalpoetics, Rupkatha, an Interdisciplinary Journal on the Humanities, KRITIKE: An Online Journal of Philosophy, SKASE Literary Journal and Thirty First Bird Review, Linguistic and Literary Broadbased Innovation and Research, and Humanicus: an academic journal of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Dr. David Garrett Izzo is an English Professor at Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina who has published 17 books and 60 essays of literary scholarship, as well as three novels, two plays, and a short story. David has published extensively on the Perennial Philosophy of Mysticism (Vedanta) as applied to literature. He is inspired by the work of Aldous Huxley, Bruce Springsteen, his wife Carol and their five cats: Huxley, Max, Princess, Phoebe, and Luca. Two of his novels are fantasies with cats as characters: Maximus in Catland and Purring Heights.

Elizabeth Johnston is an Assistant Professor in the English and Philosophy Department and in the Honors Institute at Monroe Community College.  She received her PhD in eighteenth-century British literature from West Virginia University, and has published a range of feminist scholarship.  She has also written poetry since she could hold a pencil.  She lives in Rochester, NY with her partner, Brian, her two redheads, Ava and Christina, and three unruly cats.

Ellen Pickus taught English and creative writing for thirty years on Long Island in New York, U.S.A., where she lives with her husband and her son.  Retired, she now conducts creative writing workshops for adults and does volunteer work at an elementary school.

The topics of her poems range from summers spent in the mountains to the joys and challenges of raising a special needs child. Her first book of poems, Unbroken Promises, was sold to raise money for research for Alzheimer’s, a disease which affects her mother.


Fahmeena Aslam is a lecturer by profession. She holds a Masters of English Language and Literature from International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Currently, she is pursuing an M.Phil degree in English Literature from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan. She is greatly indebted to her teacher of Classical and Modern Poetry Ms. Asma Mansoor at International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan for her invaluable and constant encouragement.

Felix Nicolau is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at “Hyperion” University of Bucharest, Romania, where he is the Dean of Faculty of Letters and Foreign Languages. He collaborates with other two universities in Bucharest: “Dimitrie Cantemir” and The Technical University of Constructions. He defended his Ph. D. In Comparative Literature in 2003 and is the author of four volumes of poetry, two novels and three books of literary criticism: Homo Imprudens (2006), Anticanonicals (2009), and Eminescu’s Code (2010). He is member in the editorial boards of “Poesis International” and “Metaliteratura” magazines. His areas of interest are comparative literature, cultural studies, British, and American studies.



Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school
district. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hawai'i Pacific Review, The Oxford American, and Slipstream. Her book publications include The Book Of,
A Bright Patch of Sunlight, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been
translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

Jennifer C. Wolfe grew up in Maplewood, Minnesota and studied fiction writing and poetry at Century College in White Bear Lake.  Ms. Wolfe has three previous publishing credentials:  a poem “If” included within the Century College (White Bear Lake, MN) Spring 2008 Student Lounge literary magazine along with two poems “St. Patrick’s Day” and “Roller Coaster,” published within the online edition of Scrambler Magazine, Issue 39, June 2010 and a poem “Flower Child” published within the online edition of The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry, Issue 1, Volume 1, June, 2011.  In addition, Ms. Wolfe has four publishing credentials with BlazeVox Books of New York:  Kick the Stones: Everyday Hegemony, Empire, and Disillusionment, October 2008, Yukon Rumination: Great Fun for All in the Land of Sarah Palin’s Joe Sixpack Alaska, June 2009, Healing Optimism, and Polarization, published as an February 2010, and Somewhere Over the Pachyderm Rainbow: Living in an Elephant Controlled 2010 Election Diorama, May, 2011.

Jim Daniels is Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. He has been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981. His interests include poetry, fiction, and screenwriting. Recent books include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry and From Milltown to Malltown (a collaboration with photographer Charlee Brodsky and writer Jane McCafferty). His fourth collection of short stories, Trigger Man, got  published in 2011. In 2007, he was awarded the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for his collection, Revolt of the Crash-Test Dummies. Two other books were published that year, his third collection of short fiction, Mr. Pleasant and my eleventh book of poems, In Line for the Exterminator. In 2010, he wrote and produced the independent film "Mr. Pleasant", my third produced screenplay. His second, "Dumpster," was filmed in 2005. Street, a book of his poems accompanying the photographs of Charlee Brodsky, won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association in 2006. In addition, he has edited or co-edited four anthologies, including Letters to America: Contemporary American Poetry on Race, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. My poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac," in Billy Collins' Poetry 180 anthologies, and Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" series. His poem "Factory Love" is displayed on the roof of a race car. He  received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. At Carnegie Mellon, He has received the Ryan Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service, and a Faculty Service Award from the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

L.J. Leamen was born Louise Jane Madgett in Toronto Ontario Canada on April 16, 1959. Louise comes from a small family of two parents and one younger brother. When Louise was in public school all the way through to high school she hada flair for writing. Louise's concentration was mostly on short stories and later followed by lots of poetry. Louise resides in Mississauga Ontario with her husband and three dogs.Her latest work "War" a poem about Remembrance Day has recently been published in the book Stars in our Hearts.


Louie Crew, an Alabama native, 75, is an emeritus professor at Rutgers and lives in East Orange, NJ. As of today, editors have published 2,177 of Crew's poems and essays. Crew has edited special issues of College English and Margins. He has written four poetry volumes Sunspots (Lotus Press, Detroit, 1976) Midnight Lessons (Samisdat, 1987), Lutibelle's Pew (Dragon Disks, 1990), and Queers! for Christ's Sake! (Dragon Disks, 2003).  See also The University of Michigan collects Crew’s papers.

Knopf brought out Marge Piercy’s 18th poetry book THE HUNGER MOON: New & selected poems 1980-2010 last spring, scheduled for paperback this spring.  Knopf has THE CROOKED INHERITANCE, THE MOON IS ALWAYS FEMALE, WHAT ARE BIG GIRLS MADE OF and several others in paperback.  Piercy has published 17 novels, recently SEX WARS; 2 early novels DANCE THE EAGLE TO SLEEP and VIDA have just been republished with new introductions by PM Press, and BRAIDED LIVES will be coming out later this year.  Her memoir is SLEEPING WITH CATS, Harper Perennial. Her CD is called LOUDER WE CAN’T HEAR YOU YET. Her work has been translated into 19 languages. She gives numerous readings, workshops and occasional speeches here and abroad.


A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at City Colleges of Chicago.  Her several books include Second House from the Corner, Under a Cat’s-Eye Moon, Oracle Bones, Cinnabar, Smokeless Flame, Kelly in the Mirror, Maafa: When Night Becomes a Lion, Dragon Lady: Tsukimi, and Glacier Fire.  Light Caught Bending and Second Mourning, published by Diehard Publishers, Edinburgh, won Scottish Arts Council Grants.  Named the Glendora Review Poet, Lagos, Nigeria, she was twice a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland.  She was a Poetry Fellow, in residence at the Writers Center, Dublin, Ireland.    Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein published her poem, “Walking Under Night Sky” in“Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading from Their Works.”

Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D is an 80 year old psychologist who has published numerous poems in periodicals such as  the "Antigonish Review," "Toronto Quarterly Review," "Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, " "Slipstream Magazine," "Wisconsin Review," "Shofar Literary Journal," "Dream Fantasy International," "Christian Science Monitor," and the "New York Times."

Nathaniel S. Rounds has been published in Scrivener, Misfits' Miscellany, Pacific Northwest Poetry, and many others. He sells televisions in the day time, but prefaces every sale with the words "you're losing your willpower and intellectual stamina just thinking about it."


Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet and scholar, and his poetry collection, The Flayed Man, has been published by Gothic
Press; Gothic Press will also edit a collection of essays on Ramsey Campbell, that he is editing with Gary William Crawford. He is working
on another collection, to appear through Diminuendo Press. Another collection has been accepted by Hippocampus Press, which has also
published his concordance to the poetry of Donald Wandrei. He is the editor of  Melaleuca. He has recently had Symptoms Positive
and Negative
, a chapbook of poetry about his experiences with schizophrenia, published by Picaro Press.

Dr. Richard Luftig is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award for Poetry. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines including Bloodroot, Front Porch Review,  Silkscreen Literary Review, and Pulse literary Magazine. One of his published short stories was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize.

Salma Ruth Bratt is a professor of English and English pedagogy. She loves her sweet and thoughtful children, traveling abroad, the theater
of complex and interesting playwrights, and the music of good listeners. Her writing is often conceived and nurtured in
conversations with Moulay Youness Elbousty, and she is exceedingly thankful to him.


Victor W. Pearn, born 1950 Jacksonville, Illinois, began writing at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii when he was 21. He graduated from: the University of Illinois, Springfield; English Literature MA at Colorado University, Boulder.  “One Year of Grace,” won the 1983 university poetry contest, and was the prologue in the 1984 Coloradan.   His book Devil Dogs and Jarheads, describes the culture of the U. S. Marine Corps during the Viet Nam war. Poems from that book have been read by Garrison Keillor on his APM broadcast “The Writer’s Almanac.”  His new book Apricot Harvest was written while teaching in China. The poems published in “Muse International” are from that collection. He lives in Colorado with his wife Summer.


Dr. Yearn Hong Choi (Ph.D. from Indiana University, 1974)  has authored six poetry books including Autumn Vocabularies (Writers’ workshop, 1990), Moon of New York (PublishAmerica, 2008),  and Copenhagen’s Bicycle (PublishAmerica, 2010), and memoir, Song of Myself: A Korean-American Life (PoeticMatrix, 2010), 12 essay books in Korean, and edited four books, including Surfacing Sadness: A Centennial of Korean-American Literature (Homa& Sekey, 2003), Fragrance of Poetry: Korean-American Literature (Homa& Sekey, 2005) and an Empty House: Korean-American Poetry (Homa & Sekey, 2008). He is the founding president of the Korean Poets and Writers Group in the Washington area and of the Korean-American Poets Group. He is a resident of Virginia.