March 2011

For a long time, we have tried to find a way to maintain Fogged Clarity‘s monthly issue format while also increasing our journal’s daily content. Thus, this month, we are proud to announce the launch of our re-imagined, redesigned blog. This new blog (which I am affectionately calling “Blogged Clarity”) will be far more active and diverse than in years past, as Ryan and I are pleased to welcome contributing authors Kris Saknussemm, Kirsten Clodfelter, Jim Rioux, and Nora Ananke to our family. Some posts on our new blog will also welcome visitor comments, so please feel free to throw your two cents into the fog.

In addition to our expanded blog, this month’s issue features an exclusive interview with actor and musician Jeff Daniels, a Fogged Clarity session performed by Seattle songwriter Eric Elbogen (of the band Say Hi), new poems from Neil Shepard and Rachel Mehl, along with much more. Please enjoy our March offering, as we await spring on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Benjamin Evans
Executive Editor, Fogged Clarity

February 2011

Table of Contents


  • Robert RosenbergRobert Rosenberg has been awarded a Literature Fellowship from the NEA, and held a Writing Fellowship at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His novel, This Is Not Civilization (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) was a Book Sense pick, and was selected as Alaska Book of the Year, through the Ford Foundation’s “Difficult Dialogues” initiative. His writing has recently appeared in Witness, West Branch, The Miami Herald, and The Moscow Times. Little Things Like Happiness


  • Neil ShepardNeil Shepard has published three books of poetry: Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993); I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998); and This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006). His poems appear in literary magazines such as Boulevard, Harvard Review, New England Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Paris Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and Triquarterly, as well as online at Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. He founded the Writers Program at the Vermont Studio Center and directed it for eight years. He now teaches in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University (PA), and he is the long-time editor of Green Mountains Review. April Myth
  • June Myth
  • Rachel MehlRachel Mehl has published poems in Alaska Quarterly Review, Portland Review, Pank, and Willow Springs, among other journals. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon and lives in Bellingham, WA. Another Broken Doe
  • Before I was Born
  • A. LoudermilkA. Loudermilk is a poet and educator living in Baltimore. His collection, Strange Valentine, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2005. His recent work can be found in Pool, Salamander, Margie, Linebreak, Smartish Pace, and Tin House, among other journals.Mute
  • Kmart Realism
  • P. Ivan YoungP. Ivan Young received his MFA from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with the late James Dickey. He is a 2011 winner of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, and teaches poetry and creative writing at Salisbury University. His recent poems have appeared in Barnwood, Blue Mesa Review, Buzzard Picnic, The London Magazine, Cream City Review, and Fourteen Hills.From Beneath the Bridge
  • Jeffrey ParkerJeffrey Parker is a poet living in San Francisco. His work is forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly, and he is currently shopping his collection, Downturns.Digital


  • Mez Breeze & Peter CiccarielloMez Breeze (Mary-Anne Breeze) Mez Breeze is an Australian-based artist who works with She received degrees in both Applied Social Science [Psychology] at the Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia in 1991 and Creative Arts at the Wollongong University in Australia in 2001. In 1994, Breeze received a diploma in Fine Arts at the Illawarra Institute of Technology, Arts and Media Campus in Australia.
    Peter Ciccariello works at the interstices of creative media, where process overlaps and defines form and form becomes the carrier for the birth and evolution of ideas. Inter-disciplinary and cross-genre, Ciccariello is an artist, poet, and photographer working with metaphor and allegorical memes.
    Eros, than[atos]kfully
  • Sean Miles LotmanSean Miles Lotman is a writer and photographer from Los Angeles living in Tokyo, Japan. I Do Haiku You


  • Say HiSay Hi is a one-man indie-rock band consisting of Seattle musician Eric Elbogen. Since 2002, Elbogen has released seven albums under the Say Hi name.The Fogged Clarity Session
  • Um, Uh Oh


  • Jeff DanielsJeff Daniels has acted in more than forty feature films, including The Purple Rose of Cairo, Gods and Generals, Terms of Endearment, Dumb and Dumber, and The Squid and the Whale. He is the founder and executive director of the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, MI, and also tours as a musician. His most recent album is Keep it Right Here.the actor and musician discusses his work
  • Eric ElbogenEric Elbogen is the sole member of the Seattle-based independent rock band, Say Hi. Elbogen has released seven albums under the Say Hi moniker since 2002, the most recent of which, Um, Uh Oh, came out earlier this year.the musician on making records alone


  • Scott HightowerScott Hightower is a poet living with one foot in New York City, one in Texas, and one in Madrid. His third collection, Part of the Bargain, received the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award. His translations from Spanish have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. He teaches at NYU, and has taught poetry, non-fiction, and translation at Drew, F.I.T., Fordham, and Poets House.Michael Kleins’ “then, we were still living”