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Cover Art by Marshall Hryciuk : : "Syntaxi Strand 94: Interview With An Ampyre"

Featured in this issue:

DARIA RODINA :: three poems
translated from the Russian by MOLLY THOMASY BLASING

MICHAEL BASINSKI :: A Sweet For and After Daria Rodina

translated from the Russian by MOLLY THOMASY BLASING

NORMA KASSIRER :: Astonishment

JAY MILLAR :: To a Reluctant Essence

LUKE DALY :: from Slide Fragments


GERALD MEAD :: from the 30 Square Inches and Travellage Series


MARSHALL HRYCIUK :: from Tatiana Sequence


Edric Mesmer—Collator
Jude Vasseur—Production
David Cloyd—Web Contenter

Cover Art © Marshall Hryciuk :: “Syntaxi Strand 94: Interview with an Ampyre”

This issue made possible by the generosity of donors :: Vicki Fung & Aman Bhandari, Norma Kassirer, Judith Mesmer, John & Dana Rigney, and by Bill & Jean Sylvester.

Many thanks to Molly Thomasy Blasing and to Alexander Sorochan for the coordinating of translations from the poets in Tver’, Russia. Further thanks, as always, to Brian Klemp and Jude Vasseur, without whom this journal would cease to exist.


The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
March 27, 2010 from Noon until 5pm
The Karpeles Manuscript Library
435 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional one day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares.

For more information, visit their website:


Buffalo Ochre Papers and Yellow Edenwald Field will be in attendance, so come and visit our table!

Remember to ask off from work! And bring your cash, even though this event is FREE and open to the public!


Calling her work the examination of “an ambiguous and often fragmented world,” JACKIE FELIX (1929–2009) often explored the nebulous zone of those “popular sources (comic books, film noir, the daily papers)” so often reflective of our immediate cultural amnesia toward those everyday horrors we witness or inhabit. Continues Jackie: “I catch my figures (sometimes alone, sometimes attracted, repelled) in the stop action of a single frame of film . . . a coherency of thought and imagery, a realm in which to examine human sexuality and power,” perhaps nowhere more evident than in her series of six paintings We’re Really Happy. Not oblivious to the humor necessary to excavate such societal ills as the abuse of power—both in spheres domestic and militarized—Jackie lent a generosity of wit to her friends and colleagues, and to those younger artists she befriended. Jackie, who held an MFA and BFA from the University at Buffalo, was also the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those awarded by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Millay Colony for the Arts Residency.


BEN LYLE BEDARD is a writer living in Buffalo. His work can be read in BlazeVox, fhole, Jacket, Ninth Letter, P-Queue, Damn the Caesars, Artvoice, and our own Yellow Edenwald Field. His first chapbook, Implicit Lyrics, was published in 2007 by Punch Press. We’re Really Happy was written in 2008 in collaboration with Jackie Felix and performed at Soundlab on February 26, 2009 as part of the show “Planned Obsolescence.”


Copyright © 2009 The Buffalo Ochre Papers, with all visual rights and textual rights reverting to Alvin Felix and to Ben Bedard respectively upon publication.
Design and production by Edric Mesmer and Jude Vasseur.

We’re Really Happy was printed in a limited edition of 150.

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Cover Art by Katie Sehr

Featured in this issue:

WILLIAM SYLVESTER is the author of War & Lechery: The Poem (Ashland) and the forthcoming Nightmares – They Are Zeros (Buffalo Ochre Papers).

JAYE BARTELL lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he plays music in a band called Oak Orchard Swamp. He thinks Buffalo is a terrific place.

JENNIFER TODARO attends D’Youville College to pursue a degree toward educating the little minds of tomorrow. She currently lives in Kenmore, New York, with her boyfriend where the apartment, at times, doubles as a great coffee shop and hair salon!

SHERRY ROBBINS, poet-in-the-schools, is the author of Or, the Whale (Shuffaloff), and many more manuscripts; a member of the Weird Sisters Collective; and pseudo-legendary cornerstone of Buffalo small press printing, poetry workshops, and at-large local literary production.

KATIE SEHR is a graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work can be viewed through the Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo; Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe; or http://www.katiesehr.com.

LISA JARNOT is the author of four collections of poetry including Night Scenes (Flood Editions, 2008). She currently lives in New York City where she works as a landscape gardener.

DAVID TIRRELL is the author of the chap books The Lion and the Rose and Far From the Towers, as well as the full-length collection The Half-House Poems (Shuffaloff). He is a longtime poet and resident of Buffalo.

NAVA FADER is the author of all the jawing jackdaw (BlazeVox). She is a school librarian.

TED PELTON’s Woodchuck Series now runs to ten stories. He is the author of Malcolm & Jack, among other books, and the director of the small press, Starcherone Books.


Edric Mesmer—Collator
Judith Vasseur—Production
David Cloyd—Web Contenter
Katie Sehr—Cover Image

This issue is underwritten by the generosity of Norma Kassirer. It is also made possible through the kindness of its contributors, the diligence of J. Vasseur, the support of Brian Klemp, and the attentiveness to our every technical whim by Jeff at Rapid Ray’s.

Nightmares—They Are Zeros by William Sylvester

Nightmares—They Are Zeros is a collection of poem cycles, including:

  • “Dream Swept King”
  • “Nightmares”
  • “They Are Zeros”
  • “When Vikings Went South To Britain For The Winter”
  • “Epigrams from Ignoto”
  • “Proud of Their Beautiful Hair”
  • “Held Shadowed”


Bill Sylvester, the author of War & Lechery: The Poem (Ashland), has navigated airplanes, edited technical reports, recited poems, and has been an actor in Buffalo since 1965. His favorite role was as a professor in the English Department at UB. His most important lectures have been poetry readings in Buffalo.


Copyright © 2009 William Sylvester
Published at the sign of the Buffalo Ochre Papers
Cover illustration of helmeted rider borrowed from the bookplate of Mildred Dewey, found in her copy of Matthew Arnold’s Essays in Criticism (Third Series). Boston: Ball Publishing Co., 1906, and seemingly signed MMD; also attributed to Ellen Terry’s son, Gordon Craig.
Cover Concept by Edric Mesmer
Cover Realization by Judith Vasseur

Nightmares—They Are Zeros was printed in a limited edition of 150.