December 2011

This month we are pleased to offer an interview with the man behind one of contemporary writing’s most unique and dynamic voices, poet Bob Hicok. Our December edition also features an exclusive studio session from Chicago pianist and songwriter Daniel Knox, in addition to a stream of Knox’s second album, Evryman For Himself; new poems from Howie Good and Gary Metras; the latest short story from author Ethel Rohan, along with much more.

All of us at Fogged Clarity wish you a happy holiday season.

Benjamin Evans
Executive Editor, Fogged Clarity

December 2011

Table of Contents


  • Ethel RohanEthel Rohan is the author of Hard to Say (PANK, 2011), and Cut Through the Bone (Dark Sky Books, 2010), the latter was named a 2010 Notable Story Collection by The Story Prize. Her work has or will appear in BULL Fiction, The Chattahoochee Review, The Los Angeles Review, Southeast Review Online, Potomac Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in fiction from Mills College, California. Raised in Ireland, she now lives in San Francisco. Fire


  • Howie GoodHowie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as numerous print and digital poetry chapbooks. Intimations of Flight
  • Falling Backwards
  • Assassination Tango
  • Gary MetrasGary Metras‘ poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, The Alembic, American Life in Poetry, Boston Review of Books, Connecticut Poetry Review, English Journal, Hurricane Review, The Pedestal, Poetry East, Poetry Salzburg Review, Small Press Review, Snake Nation Review, Tears in the Fence (UK), etc. His newest chapbooks are Two Bloods (Split Oak Press, 2010) and Francis d’Assisi 2008 (Finishing Line Press, 2008) with a poetry book, Captive in the Here, due from Cervena Barva Press in 2012. So Many Bones
  • Changming YuanChangming Yuan is the author of Chansons of a Chinaman. A three-time Pushcart nominee, he currently teaches English in Vancouver. His poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cortland Review, Exquisite Corpse and RHINO, among many other journals.S.W.E.N.
  • My Crow


  • Mario Corea AielloMario Corea Aiello is an Argentinian artist and architect with a long-spanning and prolific career. His most recent honors include being designated an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture in 2010, a nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture; and a XIII Biennale Donna career achievement award in 2011. He is currently developing both his professional practice (Mario Corea Architecture Studio), as well his academic career, giving lectures, workshops and seminars in Europe, Asia, USA and Argentina. 35th Street Series
  • NY, Always NY
  • Barcelona, Color & Collage
  • John WestmarkJohn Westmark is an American artist, with a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of Florida. His paintings have recently been bought by the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Double Bind Series
  • Folklore Series


  • Daniel KnoxDaniel Knox is a pianist and vocalist living and composing in Chicago. To date, he has released the first two albums–Disaster and Evryman For Himself–of his planned trilogy. Knox has performed alongside Rufus Wainwright, Imogen Heap and Jarvis Cocker, among many other acts.Evryman For Himself
  • The Fogged Clarity Session


  • Bob HicokBob Hicok is the author of six collections of poetry, including his most recent, Words For Empty And Words For Full. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts, and his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry and The Paris Review, along with seven editions of The Best American Poetry. He lives and teaches in Virginia. reads and discusses his poetry


  • Scott HightowerScott Hightower is the author of three books. This fall, Self-Evident, his fourth collection stateside, is forthcoming from Barrow Street Press. Early next year, Oases/Hontanares, a bi-lingual book, is forthcoming from Devenir, Madrid. Hightower teaches as adjunct faculty at NYU and Drew University. A native of central Texas, he lives in Manhattan and sojourns in Jonathan Wells’ collection, Train Dance