September 2012

Greetings, I hope you’re well and that you’ve had a fine summer. We at Fogged Clarity are very excited to resume publishing monthly issues, and have a fine one lined up for this September featuring an audio interview with author Sam Lipsyte, new poems from Denise Duhamel, a full stream of Chicago songwriter Darrick Thompson’s latest album, and much, much more.

Additionally, we are pleased to welcome Hunter College MFA alumnus Dylan Brock aboard as our new fiction editor. Fiction submissions should now be sent to fiction {at} foggedclarity {dot} com, all other submissions of poetry, music, visual art or non-fiction should still be sent to submissions (at) foggedclarity (dot) com. Remember, we are always looking for great work so don’t hesitate to send it our way.

Benjamin Evans

Executive Editor, Fogged Clarity

September 2012

Table of Contents


  • Dusty CooperDusty Cooper is working towards an MA in Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University, where, last year, he was the recipient of the D. Vickers Award.Conditioning


  • Denise DuhamelDenise Duhamel is the author, most recently, of Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005), Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel, 2005) and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001). She is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.Ten Days Before We Meet, I Dream Him
  • Wash
  • Lori LamotheLori Lamothe has published poems in 42opus, The Nervous Breakdown, Goblin Fruit, Seattle Review and Psychic Meatloaf, among other journals. She works as a mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Program and blogs at Primitive
  • Doppelgangers
  • Marion BrownMarion Brown has had poems and reviews published in Barrow Street, Big City Lit, Kestrel, Poetry International, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She is a lifelong New Yorker, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University, and a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener. She has also worked on Wall Street. Her chapbook, Tasted, was published by Finishing Line Press this year.After Storm Warnings
  • Patrick CookPatrick Cook is a retired postal worker. He has been writing off and on most of his life, but only in the last 15 years has he gotten serious. His poetry has appeared in Muscle and Blood, Parody, and About Place. His prose pieces have been published in The MacGuffin and RKVRY.Reading Wallace Stevens in Danang Harbor, 1970
  • Greg ShowtellGreg Showtell is the author of Autoworkers Under the Gun. His poem “I am the Rouge” won the Partisan Press Working People’s Poetry Prize in 2011. Partisan Press published “The World is in Their Care” as a single poem chapbook in 2012. His essays and poems have appeared in the Monthly Review, Blue Collar Review and Labor Notes, among other journals.Conviction


  • Darrick ThompsonDarrick Thompson is a songwriter recording and living in Chicago by way of Spokane, WA. Liar is his second full-length L.P., the first being, I Was an Aeroplane.Liar
  • The Fogged Clarity Session


  • Sam LipsyteSam Lipsyte is the author of the novels The Ask, Home Land, and The Subject Steve, in addition to the collection of short stories, Venus Drive. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Playboy, The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post, among many other places. His honors include a Believer Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Columbia.The author of “The Ask” talks life and fiction
  • Jayson KramerJayson Kramer is the lead singer and keyboardist of the Chicago band California Wives. The group’s first album, Art History was released this month. the California Wives singer discusses his band’s new record.


  • Scott HightowerScott Hightower is an award winning poet, translator, and the author of four books. This fall, Hontanares/Fountains, a bi-lingual book, is forthcoming from Devenir, Madrid. Hightower teaches as adjunct faculty at NYU. A native of central Texas, he lives in Manhattan and sojourns in Spain.Vievee Francis, “Horse in the Dark”
  • Benjamin EvansMichael Tyrell, “The Wanted”