Combo: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, 1998-2003 (ed. Michael Magee)

Combo Cover No. 4 (Fall 1999)
Combo No. 4 (Fall 1999)

Edited by Michael Magee and published in association with the Kelly Writers House, Combo published a vital selection of younger poets over its twelve-issue run from 1998 to 2003. As originally stated, the journal combines “innovative writers under 40 alongside a few older and more established poets who have influenced them." However, over the course of the twelve issues, the reader can also chart the emergence of Flarf and related developments in poetry around the millennium. Most issues open with smart editorial notes by Magee introducing the poems of a dozen or so contributors to follow, and are concluded by a longer essay or interview with an established writer or artist.

Published in a neatly trimmed 5.5 x 8.5 format, Combo came side-stapled with brightly colored cardstock covers and off-white interiors. Each cover features a distinctive rubber offset print design: a tactile experience these digital reissues cannot distribute.

Issues are available for browsing or download below. You may also download the entire set of twelve issues here: zip, 199 MB. Download links for searchable PDFs of each issue follow. Original pagination noted in the contents, which retain the all-caps format of the original tables.

Combo No. 1, Summer 1998 [PDF, 19.2 MB]

Contents

JESSICA CHIU Five Poems p.3
CHRIS STROFFOLINO Two Poems p.5
KRISTEN GALLAGHER Three Poems p.8
ANDREW EPSTEIN Three Poems p.10
JENA OSMAN from "The Periodic Table as Assembled by Dr. Zhivago, Ocultist" p.12
MICHAEL MAGEE Three Poems p.15
KATHERINE STEELE Two Poems p.19
LOUIS CABRI Two Poems p.21
JOHN PARKER The Sinful Flesh p.23
LEE ANN BROWN Three Poems p.26
KERRY SHERIN Five Poems p.29
BOB PERELMAN Tenses p.32
MATT HART Reading, Writing, Rithmetic p.33
HARRYETTE MULLEN A Conversation with Farrah Griffin and Michael Magee p.36

Combo No. 2, Fall-Winter 1998 [PDF, 12.8 MB]

Contents

PATTIE McCARTHY
Three Poems  p.3
BRETT EVANS & PRAGEETA SHARMA
Two Poems
p.7
BRETT EVANS
[sipped on the suds do a fountain]
p.8
HEATHER FULLER
3 Urban Legends
p.9
DAVID KELLOGG
From A to B
p.13
RAY DI PALMA
Two Poems
p.14
LEE ANN BROWN
Loaded Terms / Communicating Rooms
p.20
CHRIS McCREARY
Three Poems
p.24
ANGE MLINKO
Four Poems
p.26
KIT ROBINSON
Two Poems
p.30
STANDARD SCHAEFER
from My Pocket
p.32
LEV RUBINSHTEIN  Two Poems (Trans. from the Russian by Philip Metres and Tanya Tulchinsky)
p.37

Combo No. 3, Spring 1999 [PDF, 14.9 MB]


Contents

MATT HART
Two Poems
p.3
JEN HOFER
Two Poems
p.5
NATE CHINEN
Lucky Stars (Thursday Night Express Poems)
p.7
SHEILA MURPHY
Three Poems
p.10
PATRICK DURGIN
from Color Music
p.11
JENNIFER McCREARY
Three Poems
p.14
BILL BERKSON
Two Poems
p.18
RACHEL RAFFLER
Four Poems
p.19
LOSS PEQUEÑO GLAZIER
Two Poems
p.23
RACHEL DALEY
[oneway a cinema]
p.26
KRISTEN GALLAGHER
Three Poems
p.28
CLARK COOLIDGE
Six Poems
p.37
MARK DuCHARME
Split Infinities
p.38
ALlICE NOTLEY
An Interview with Shawn Walker and Heather Starr
p.40
NEW & RECOMMENDED
  p.50

Combo No. 4, Fall 1999 [PDF, 13.8 MB]

Contents

MYTILI JAGANNATHAN
Two Poems
p.3
LORENZO THOMAS
Two Poems
p.10
SERGEY GANDLEVSKY
Three poems (Trans. from the Russian by Philip Metres
p.12
MICHAEL MAGEE & NATE CHINEN
Trading Fours
p.15
RANDY PRUNTY
heardit means all something
p.21
JACQUES DEBROT
Two Comix
p.28
CARL MARTIN
Eight Poems
p.30
PAIGE MENTON
Bulgarian Voices
p.33
K. SILEM MOHAMMAD
Four Poems
p.36
GIL OTT
Seven Poems
p.40
ROD SMITH
Three Poems
p.44
TOM RAWORTH & ROD SMITH
aux alouettes: the prose of patrick drevet p.46
KRISTEN GALLAGHER
Five Poems
p.47
SHAWN WALKER
Highway
p.51
EVENTS 
  p.53
CONTRIBUTORS' NOTES
  p.55

Combo No. 5, Winter 2000 [PDF, 21.9 MB]

Contents

ANSELM BERRIGAN
Two Poems p.3
MICHAEL GIZZI
from cured in the going bebop
p.7
JESSICA CHIU
Five Poems
p.10
RAY DI PALMA
from The Ancient Use of Stone
p.13
DAVID KOPPISCH
Four Poems
p.15
LAURA GOLDSTEIN
Two Poems
p.17
AMIRI BARAKA
Poems & Artwork
p.19
BRIAN KIM STEFANS
Two Poems
p.23
BILL BERKSON
A conversation with Michael Magee
p.25
SHAWN WALKER
Review of Norman Fischer's Success
p.58

Combo No. 6, Spring 2000 [PDF, 14.6 MB]

Contents

K. SILEM MOHAMMAD
Four Poems
p.3
JOHN ASHBERY
Greased Lightning
p.8
ANGE MLINKO
Nouns for Maggie
p.9
BRIAN KIM STEFANS
The Straw Camel
p.10
CATHERINE DALY
Two Poems
p.18
MATT HART
Two Poems
p.19
RONALD PALMER
Three Poems
p.23
ABIGAIL SUSIK
Two Poems
p.25
CHRIS McCREARY
Two Selections
p.29
BRUCE ANDREWS
Not-You & selection from Flameproof
p.33
ELIZABETH TREADWELL
Two Poems
p.36
MICHAEL MAGEE
On the Highway its Raining
p.38
JONATHAN MONROE
Two Poems
p.42
PATTIE McCARTHY
from bk of(h)rs p.43
EDWIN TORRES
Six Poems
p.44
MICHAEL MAGEE
Interviews Someone / Someone Interviews
p.50

Combo No. 7, Fall 2000 [PDF, 14.7 MB]

Contents

MARK SARDINHA
Four Poems
p.3
MYTILI JAGANNATHAN
A.C.T.S.
p.7
MARK McMORRIS
A Poem for the Love of Women
p.9
HARRYETTE MULLEN
Kamasutra Sutra
p.13
PRAGEETA SHARMA
Four Poems
p.14
BILL FREIND
from A Specter is Haunting the Suburbs of Cleveland
p.16
RACHEL RAFFLER
(split cycle)
p.19
FRAN CARLEN
from a notebook
p.21
DMITRY PRIGOV
Selected Poems (trans. by Philip Metres)
p.24
JESSICA CHIU
Five Poems
p.27
SUMMI KAIPA
Fore-Cast or Some Ob-scene Dare
p.36
EUGENE OSTASHEVSKY
Five Poems
p.37
CARL MARTIN
Five Poems
p.42
TAYLOR BRADY
Three Poems
p.44
LETTERS
  p.49

Combo No. 8, Winter-Spring 2001 [PDF, 17.5 MB]

Contents

KRISTEN GALLAGHER
Four Poems
p.8
RODRIGO TOSCANO
Three Poems
p.12
ROSMARIE WALDROP
Intentionalities
p.19
K. SILEM MOHAMMAD
Six Poems
p.20
ERIC BAUS
from the space between magnets
p.25
DAVID BARATIER
from Estrella's Prophecies
p.28
KRISTIN PREVALLET
from Facing the People Database. A collaboration with Annemie Maes
p.30
MARK SARDINHA
Four Poems
p.31
MARK DuCHARME
Two Poems
p.34
JOHN HEON
Four Poems from Free Fall with Viscous Friction (v=mg/k), a novel
p.36
NICOLE BURROWS
Four Poems
p.38
BOB PERELMAN
Two Poems
p.44
ALEX KATZ
Interviewed by Abigail Susik
p.49

Combo No. 9, Fall-Winter 2001 [PDF, 19.9 MB]

Contents

BEN LERNER
Two Poems
p.5
CHRISTOPHER MULROONEY
Demogorgon
p.7
NATHAN AUSTIN
from glost
p.8
E. TRACY GRINNEL
from music or forgetting
p.9
RAY DI PALMA
Two Poems
p.12
PHIL METRES
Three Poems
p.13
MICHAEL MAGEE
Hats Noodle
p.15
JASON NELSON
Four Poems
p.21
PATRICK F. DURGIN & JEN HOFER
from Routine Knew
p.23
JENN McCREARY
from a doctrine of signatures
p.27
CHRIS STROFFOLINO
Behind the Hymn
p.28
RONALD PALMER
Verb Confusion (No Suggetions)
p.32
LAURA ELRICK
Serial Errant
p.34
REVIEW: Shed by Yedda Morrison
Reviewed by Laura Elrick
p.40
NOTES FROM A PRELAPSARIAN NEW YORK: VINCENT KATZ
"How Much Fun You Can Have Thinking": Reflections on Poetry in the Year 2001
p.42
CARLA HARRYMAN
Interviewed by Michael Magee & Jacques Debrot
p.44

Combo No. 10, Spring 2002 [PDF, 15.7 MB]

Contents

YAGO SAID CURA
Two Poems
p.5
LISA LUBASCH
Ten Poems
p.6
MARK WALLACE
Four Poems
p.16
ROMINA E. FRESCHI
Five Poems (w/ translations)
p.19
THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS
Stalking Another Man's Hands
p.21
SARA MLARSEN
Two Poems
p.23
CARL LOMBARDI
Figural Analysis
p.25
ALAN GILBERT
Two Poems
p.26
JESSICA CHIU
Five Poems
p.29
ALBERT FLYNN DESILVER
Five Poems
p.32
LYTLE SHAW
Three Poems
p.34
KEITH WALDROP
Claude-Mirror
p.36
THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS
Interviewed by Philip Metres
p.42
New Books / Contributors' Notes
  p.54

Combo No. 11, Fall-Winter 2002 [PDF, 15 MB]

Contents

RACHEL RAFFLER
Three Poems
p.3
KIT ROBINSON
Ten Poems
p.7
JORDAN DAVIS
Nashville
p.11
MYTILI JAGANNATHAN
Two Poems
p.15
SARA THACHER
Four Poems
p.17
MATT HART
Three Poems
p.22
ALEX LAVIGNE-GAGNON
A Night in Montreal
p.24
SUSAN LANDERS
14 mgs.
p.27
MARK SARDINHA
Five Poems
p.28
JULES BOYKOFF
Eight Poems
p.32
ANGE MLINKO 
Five Poems
p.36
BARBARA COLE
from situ / ation / come / dies
p.43
BARBARA COLE'S SITU / ATION / COME / DIES
Reviewed by Thom Donovan
p.47
JENNIFER MOXLEY'S THE SENSE RECORD
Reviewed by K. Silem Mohammad
p.51

Combo No. 12, Spring 2003 [PDF, 17.6 MB]

Contents

KATIE DEGENTESH
Four Poems
p.5
K. SILEM MOHAMMAD
Six Poems
p.9
GARY SULLIVAN
Four Poems
p.15
SHARON MESMER
My Own Story
p.22
MITCH HIGHFILL
Seven Poems
p.23
DAVID LARSEN
Seven Poems
p.28
MICHAEL MAGEE  Four Poems
p.31
MARIA DAMON Two Poems
p.36
JORDAN DAVIS
Five Poems
p.37
DANIEL BOUCHARD
In Reverent Mumble
p.42
RODNEY KOENEKE
Four Poems
p.43
NADA GORDON
Four Poems
p.49
DREW GARDNER
Three Poems
p.54

 


Special thanks are due to Kristen Gallagher, who, in addition to playing a major role in shaping Combo, graciously loaned Reissues the hard copies of the magazine to be digitized.