Canopic News 

April 23, 2017

Canopic Jar is extremely pleased to announce poet Gene Kimmet as the latest Featured Voice. While searching for an apt description of Mr. Kimmet’s work, the word “complete” kept popping into my mind. And that’s it. He is a complete poet. Artist, craftsman, performer, scholar–he covers it all and does it all extremely well. Suffice it to say that if I had to pick a starting poet for the seventh game of the world series from among all the many talents who have graced Canopic Jar these past 31 years, I’d hand the quill to Gene.

As a bonus, we were able to stop by his apartment in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and film him give a private reading of the Feature Voice selections.  –PR


April 08, 2017

William Cowper (1731 – 1800), an 18th Century poet for whom in 1763 the prospect of an examination for a job in the House of Lords caused a mental breakdown and an attempted suicide, is now featured on the Canopic Jar Sharing Page. We are pleased to share his poem “The Retired Cat” in honor of one of Canopic’s greatest influences, the late Dr. Mister Bill Wolfe, without whom our view of the world would be considerably more narrow (narrower?).


March 21, 2017

The Nothing,” Canopic editor Phil Rice’s recent addition to Writings from the Porch, is posted today in honor of his dad and dedicated to his son. We hope readers enjoy the little vignette.


February 28, 2017

Harry Owen joins the list of Canopic Jar Featured Voices with a selection of finely-crafted poems. Very pleased to have Harry’s work grace our journal.


February 11, 2017

The talented Dawn Promislow has enlivened the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite with her poem The red barn.


February 02, 2017

Visual artist Jason Heuser takes the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite down a new path with “Reloaded: Presidential Portraits.” Heuser’s talent and vision for detail takes the portrait concept into some creative directions.


January 27, 2017

Poet Neil Silberblatt returns to Canopic Jar with “Licking for Bobby,” an excellent addition to the Presidential Suite.


January 23, 2017

Pleased to add “Riding the Rails” by poet Beth Gordon to the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train.


January 22, 2017

A new link, “Writings from the Porch,” has been added to the Phil Rice author page ( “Writings from the Porch” is basically Phil’s blog, but he doesn’t want to call it that (#coolkidsyndrome). The best part of his blog so far is the use of Sarah Hasty Williams’ painting.


January 17, 2017

Two new poems have been freshly added to the Canopic Jar Presidential Suite: “An American Tale” by Athol Williams and “Poem for an inauguration” by our own Rethabile Masilo. We look forward to receiving many more submission to the intriguing suite.



January 7, 2017

Rethabile Masilo, author of Letter to Country (Canopic 2016) and co-editor of Canopic Jar, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Glenna Luschei Prize for Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015).
Congratulations Rethabile!

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December 31, 2016

The final addition to the Canopic Jar Featured Voices for 2016 is poet Kobus Moolman, the recipient of the 2015 Glenna Luscehi Prize for African Poetry for his collection A Book of Rooms (deep south).  We hope you’ll visit his poems and further investigate the wealth of his published works.


December 16, 2016

The Canopic Jar Presidential Suite is given a tremendous start with “Longest night approaching,” a poem by Marge Piercy. While it may sound hyperbolic, Marge is one of the most respected contemporary poetic voices, so we at Canopic Jar admit to taking more than a little pride in being able to share her poignant offering.  And the Presidential Suite is just beginning …




December 05, 2016

Dr. Jas. O’Phelan, author of In the Wicker Basket under this Fragile Balloon (Canopic 2017), and editor Phil Rice spent the weekend talking old times, new times, and times that forever be. The two old friends have never been at a loss for entertaining conversation, whether at the Hermitage Hotel lounge in downtown Music City in the 1980s, walking the woods of Jim’s rugged farm in Adams, Tennessee, or more recently in a tiny hospital library in New Albany, Indiana. And there has always been a common muse nearby.

Jim’s book is due early in 2017, and we guarantee it will have a flavor all its own.



November 18, 2016

Pleased to announced the latest Canopic Jar Suite: “Presidential.” As always, the prompt for the Presidential Suite is open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes it or it takes the artist. Further, given the obvious topical nature of this suite, the editors would like to stress that Canopic Jar has been consciously apolitical for 30 years. While the editors and contributors themselves may have specific political affiliations, the journal itself does not. Likewise, this particular suite does not have a political agenda. Selections for inclusion will be based on artistic merit rather than political slant.

We will post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suite will be built gradually, thus giving each piece an opportunity to be featured individually as the suite itself evolves. Do keep in mind that there should be something about the piece that reflects the prompt “Presidential.” How it reflects it is up to the artist. (Check out some of the other suites for examples of the concept.)



November 14, 2016

A Birthday in Niagara Falls” from 2012 is re-posted today to celebrate the birthday of Janice Rice, the subject of Phil Rice’s Winter Sun: A Memoir of Love and Hospice. A slightly revised version of the essay serves as  Chapter One in the memoir.



November 13, 2016

Phil and Virginia had a blast manning the Canopic Publishing table at the 2016 Chicago Book Expo. Rethabile Masilo’s Letter to Country, Will Kern’s Ballet for Guys, and Jeff Bumpus’s Becoming Taz generated lots of conversation if not sales, but that was the main purpose: getting the Canopic name out within the the industry. Many thanks to all who support our continuing effort.



November 03, 2016

In the autumn of 1986, Canopic Jar #2 entered the world. Among the dozen or so poets included, one stood out in the eyes of every reader. Rethabile Masilo, at that time enrolled at Maryville College, had sent four poems, all of which were included in the Jar. The Canopic Jar founders (P.A. Merrill and Phil Rice), who had met while attending that same institution,  agreed that receiving and printing the Masilo poems were indications that Canopic Jar was alive.

Now, thirty years later, Canopic Publishing is very proud to present Letter to Country to the world. Rethabile’s third poetry collection to find publication, Letter to Country was edited by poet Virginia Smith Rice and boasts a cover design by Moldova’s Georges Stratan. It’s a damn fine bit of work.



October 25, 2016

Approximately 31 years ago this month, in a dank smoke-filled room in his house on Old Hickory Lake (any room with Merrill was smoke-filled), P.A. Merrill and Phil Rice came up with the concept for something they called Canopic Jar. The first print issue would appear the following spring. It’s been an organic event ever since.

Stuck in the Script” by P.A. Merrill was originally published in CJ#7, 1998. In recognition of Canopic’s 30 years, we now add the poem to Canopic Jar Suite: Film.



October 19, 2016

Our latest Featured Voice is poet Suzanne Lummis. In addition to the five poems included here, there are live links in her bio. We recommended checking them out, and exploring any other places that feature her work.



September 18, 2016

The Avante Garde of the Backyard,”  fine slice of prose by Charles Pinning, joins Canopic Jar Suite: Film



September 14, 2016

Blake Leland’s “Lovers, Romania, 1975” joins Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train. The poem features a photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson.



August 24, 2016

When Canopic Jar launched its “Featured Voices” in 2014, one of our first picks was Dawn Promislow. Dawn had contributed to an earlier numbered issue (#27) and has since contributed to a couple of the CJ Suites. There is no contesting that she ranks among CJ’s most popular contributors–and we’ve been sharing art for 30 years now.

This week we are pleased to add “What I want” to her Featured Voice selection. And thus we open the door to a new concept: once a Featured Voice is established, we are glad to add additional work or news to the page. So if you are an existing Featured Voice, feel free to make use of this latest nod to the world of organic art.

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August 12, 2016

Longtime Canopic associate Tim Pfau adds two fine poems, “Carrying Alfredo Garcia” and “Chivalry,” to Canopic Jar Suite: Film. In Tim’s case “film” is pure cinema—or is it?  Enjoy!

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July 20, 2016

Canopic’s Phil Rice has had a string of radio interviews of late, all centered on his recently published Winter Sun: A Memoir of Love and Hospice. If you missed the live broadcasts you can hear the audio files on Phil’s Audiovisual page.



July 01, 2016

Apology to Leon Spinks” by Daniel Holland invigorates the Canopic sponsored Poetics of Prizefighting page.



June 19, 2016

Canopic’s Rethabile Masilo at a reading celebrating the publication of to kingdom come: voices against political violence, an anthology edited by Rethabile and published by The Onslaught Press.


June 12, 2016

Dr. Joe Schwarcz interviews Canopic’s Phil Rice, author of Winter Sun: A Memoir of Love and Hospice, on Montreal’s CJAD-AM 800:


June 8, 2016

Poet Robert E. Wood joins the Canopic Jar Featured Voices with the splendid “Inclinations” plus an interview with Canopic’s Rethabile Masilo.

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June 6, 2016

David Greenberger, a longtime Canopic favorite and a Featured Voice, has a new CD set to be released on June 17th. “Take Me Where I Don’t Know I Am” features Keith Spring, Dinty Child, and Keiichi Hashimoto providing superb musical backing for Greenberger, who gives voice to the words of elderly friends he has met along the way. This is art at its finest. You’ll dig it.



June 2, 2016

Winter Sun: A Memoir of Love and Hospice continues to make its way into the world. This has necessitated a careful watch on the author’s web presence, so you might notice considerable reconstruction at We are also adding more audio-visual elements to the publishing site and to the Jar, so please feel free to send ideas to



May 17, 2016

With the publication of Winter Sun: A Memoir of Love and Hospice come the warm remembrances of the ways so many folks shared that difficult journey with us. “Here’s the Thing,” a poem by Ciretta M. Carroll that originally appeared in CJ #25, is a wonderful example of that compassionate sharing. Thank you Ciretta, for being such a nourishing part of the story.



May 9, 2016

Canopic Jar has always seen itself as an arts journal. Our primary contributions are literary, but we’ve never set strict boundaries. In fact, we encourage the inclusion of other media. In that vein we present songwriter Paul Teerlinck, our latest Featured Voice.



April 24, 2016

As part of Canopic Jar’s 30th Anniversary celebration, Canopic Publishing is very pleased to announce the coming publication of Letter to Country, a poetry collection by CJ’s own Rethabile Masilo. This will be Ret’s third book, following in the wake of the popular Things that Are Silent (Pindrop 2012) and Waslap (Onslaught 2015). Letter to Country is set to be released this summer.



March 31, 2016

Winter Sun: A Memoir of Love and Hospice by Phil Rice is now available at online retail outlets around the world–as well as directly from Canopic Publishing.



March 20, 2016

We’ve now started Canopic Jar Suite: Film. As this is the 30th anniversary year for CJ, we’re kicking the “Film” suite off with a contribution that harkens back to the earliest Jar ventures. Music was closely aligned with Canopic Jar in those Nashville days, and the first live show was a fine mix of poetry and music. Inspired by David Greenberger/Terry Adams collaborations of spoken word and music, my brother Hal and I once spent a day recording various poems (me) and instrumental jams (him) in his home studio. When it was done we called it Canopic Jar #6. Unfortunately that recording is lost to history (at least as far as we know), but recently we put together a similar collaboration. The poem is from 2013; the song, both music and lyrics, was recorded around 1996. They are different yet share a common mood. Hope you enjoy. –PR



March 14, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the popular Geoffrey Philp, whose poetry has graced Canopic Jar in various incarnations, returns as a Featured Voice. Geoffrey has offered five poems culled from three of his published collections.



March 13, 2016

Canopic Jar Suite: On The Train  is rejuvenated with “Juana,” a splendid poem by Lorraine Caputo.

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March 08, 2016

Pleased to include “Taps,” a poem by Charles O’Hay, in Canopic Jar Suite: Generation.



March 01, 2016

Will Kern‘s web series Billy Jim’s Guide to the Ballet continues to build an audience on YouTube, and along the way the series is introducing readers to his novel Ballet for Guys (Canopic 2016). It’s an entertaining cycle indeed.



February 14, 2016

The Canopic Sharing Page continues to be a growing resource. This past week “White” by Mark Strand was added, complete with a Phil Rice reading.

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February 6, 2016

Pleased to announce that Greg Kosmicki joins the Canopic Jar Featured Voices with five poems.

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January 21, 2016

Ballet for Guys, a novel by Will Kern (Canopic 2016) is available in both print and eBook format through Amazon and other outlets. Check it out, and if you dig it—we’re pretty sure you will—please spread the word (a 5-star rating on Amazon is always nice.) For anyone wanting a signed copy, Mr. Kern is still in Texas for a little longer before heading back to South Korea, so if you buy a copy direct from Canopic we can still make that happen. Best hurry though.



January 08, 2016

We are proud to announce the official publication of Ballet for Guys, a novel by Will Kern (Canopic 2016). In conjunction with this announcement comes the news that author Kern will be at Profiles Theatre in Chicago at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, for a book launch and reading.



January 01, 2016

The Canopic Jar Featured Voice introducing 2016 is the superb poet Jumoke Verissimo. We’re very taken by her creative energy and poetic talents, and we’re confident that our readers will share our exuberance. Alongside her five poems is an interview conducted by CJ’s Rethabile Masilo.



December 27, 2015

Pleased to welcome two poems by Ruth Bavetta to the Generation Suite: “Grandmother’s Clock” and “The Day Time Stopped.”

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December 24, 2015

Advance orders for Will Kern’s Ballet for Guys are now being taken. Books will be shipped during the first week of January 2016, with free shipping to all US addresses!



December 02, 2015

The Will Kern produced video series Billy Jim’s Guide to the Ballet continues to gain viewers and fans. Entertaining and informative, Billy Jim is five minutes a week worth spending.


November 18, 2015

Joan Leotta enlivens the Generation Suite with two excellent poems: “The Conversation” and “Dreaming across the Styx.”



November 15, 2015

The Generation Suite welcomes “First Communions,” a fine poem by Tim Pfau.

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November 5, 2015

With the announcement that Will Kern‘s novel Ballet for Guys will be published by Canopic in January 2016 comes the launching of the web series “Billy Jim’s Guide to the Ballet.” This is going to be a great ride folks. Please do join us.

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October 24, 2015

Jeff Bumpus, author of Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance (Canopic 2014), was officially inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. Canopic’s Phil Rice and his son Paul journeyed to LA to attend the ceremony, as did Jeff’s son Mike and his mother Roxanne.

Also in attendance was Frank Baltazar, a writer whose popular stories appear in Canopic’s The Poetics of Prizefighting. Frank is a retired boxing trainer and manager and also a member of the CBHOF.

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 L-R: Jeff Bumpus, Frank Baltazar, and Phil Rice


October 20, 2015

Anthony DiMatteo’s “Furious Journey” is a fine contribution to popular the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train.


October 17, 2015

Canopic Jar Suite: Generation welcomes poems by Clyde Kessler (“Lonzo Tealbrome) and Neil Silberblatt (“Instructions from My 94 Year Old Motherto get our latest theme under way.

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October 5, 2015

Excerpts from Pamela Mordecai’s book de Book of Mary have been added to her Featured Voice page. A performance poem in Jamaican dialect, we are proud to give a brief preview of this work.

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September 30, 2015

Pleased to welcome poet Alex Manthei as a Canopic Jar Featured Voice!

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September 14, 2015

Canopic Jar Suite: Generation has already started drawing some fine submissions. The editors of CJ feel that this suite might travel in some interesting directions. More to come!


September 12, 2015

Bert Clere offers an essay discussing, among other things, the sense of home in the work of Bill Hicks. Read “Rough and Angry Love” in Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place.



August 27, 2015

Rethabile spotted “Subway Prayer” by Dena Simmons and was inspired to ask her to let the poem be included in Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train. Much to our pleasure she agreed.



August 16, 2015

They tell of they said they told” by Tennae Maki joins Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train. Very pleased to have this fine poem along for the ride.

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July 31, 2015

Featured Voice Gleah Powers is a talented multi-media artist that brings a taste of her prose, poetry, and painting skills to Canopic Jar. We are very pleased to feature her work and grateful she considers CJ to be a suitable forum for her art. Thanks Gleah!

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July 17, 2015

Train journey” by Eleni Cay now adorns Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train.



July 9, 2015

When I was about 20, I had a conversation with my Dad while sitting on the back porch in Gatlinburg. This was a common occurrence in those days, and the nourishment I received is incalculable. On this day whatever problem I was setting at Dad’s feet led him to write this short essay in his then-developing handwritten manuscript for The View from Ridge and show it to me the next day. He nailed the moment, as usual.

Now, 35 years later, I find myself in discussion with my 21 yo son Paul. I recognize the theme, and I reach for my copy of Dad’s book and turn to “Waiting.” Marvelous.




May 30, 2015

Canopic Jar is pleased to announce the inclusion of poet Russell Ragsdale among the Featured Voices.

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May 22, 2015

Joining the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train is Ron Riekki with “Belgium.”

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May 20, 2015

We’re running out of clever train references to introduce the pieces, but the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train keeps chuggin’ along. Two well-crafted photos by Amélie Jumel are the latest addition.

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May 12, 2015

Proud to announce the publication of Waslap (Onslaught Press 2015) CJ editor Rethabile Masilo‘s second book of poetry. Rethabile’s poetry slips through geographical constraints and pulls it all together where it counts.



April 29, 2015

CJ editor Rethabile Masilo gives the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train a little personal touch with “Paris to Maryville.”



April 26, 2015

Metro short 3” and “Metro short 7,” two marvelous vignettes by Amruta Prabhu, are now included in the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train.



April 24, 2015

My Satchel” by Tammy Robacker is the latest a new addition to the Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place. Glad to be keeping that suite kicking.

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April 21, 2015

The Featured Voices section welcomes Nath Jones to its roster. Nath is the author of four collections of stories, the most recent being Acquainted with Squalor. Her writing reflects a keen awareness of prose style and demonstrates an old school work ethic. We’re quite pleased to have Ms. Jones on board



April 11, 2015

Canopic celebrated the publication of Recollections of My Father by Gene Kimmet with a reading and book signing at Read Between the Lynes bookstore in Woodstock, Il. Gene was joined by poets Diana Floress and Virginia Smith Rice, and Jeff Bumpus, author of Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance (Canopic 2014) made an appearance. A good time was had by all.

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March 31, 2015

Aaron DeLee joins the Canopic Jar Featured Voices with four well-crafted poems, each with a photographic illustration. Some may recall Selfie: High Ridin’ WomanAaron’s contribution to the Canopic Jar Suite: High Ridin’ Woman. Canopic is proud to showcase the work of this talented poet.



March 28, 2015

The latest addition to the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train is the splendid Blue-eyed Sam and the Poorva Express by Jamie Samdahl.



February 29, 2015

Poet and novelist Joyce Ellen Davis is the latest addition to the Canopic Jar Featured Voices with an offering of five splendid poems. Rethabile Masilo gets the feature rolling with a virtual interview.



February 26, 2015

tracktracktrack,” an excellent conceptual piece by Floyd Cheung, joins the Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train.



February 24, 2015

The On the Train suite gets a boost with the addition of “A Canadian train” and “late Renaissance,” two fine pieces from CJ favorite Dawn Promislow.



February 05, 2015

Singer-songwriter and author Doug Hoekstra, long-time friend of Canopic and a frequent Canopic Jar contributor,  has recently published a volume of baseball stories called The Tenth Inning. This news comes on the heels of rumors concerning a possible 2nd edition of Doug’s award-winning Bothering the Coffee Drinkers (Canopic 2006). More on that as the story unfolds. Meanwhile, check out The Tenth Inning. It’s full of the crisp storytelling and fluent prose style Canopic readers have appreciated from Doug over the years.


February 02, 2015

R.E.R,” a marvelous photographic essay by Isabelle Granjon, further enhances Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train. Really enjoying the submissions for this suite. A fine mix of artists and genres, and, while we can’t accept everything, we do genuinely appreciate each submission. Keep that energy flowing!



January 31, 2015

Chelsea Cefalu‘s poem “La Bestia” is the latest addition to Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train. Take a look and enjoy the ride.



January 29, 2015

Recollections of My Father by Gene Kimmet is now available! This collection of finely crafted poetry was edited for Canopic by Virginia Smith Rice and boasts a cover design by Lindsey Fisher. We’re very proud of this little book — it’s a great way to get the year started.



January 15, 2015

Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train is off and running with a poem by Danielle Susi and photography by Guillermo Filice Castro. We’ve been getting fine submissions for the developing suite, and making the selections is difficult as our impulse is to be aesthetically inclusive, but running the work through three filters (Rethabile, Virginia, and Phil) gives us a democratic process that effectively keeps us in check. The bottomline is the sharing — your sharing with us and our sharing it with the collective you. Keep the submissions coming. We appreciate it.


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January 8, 2015

Big congratulations to Jeff Bumpus, author of Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance (Canopic 2014), on his being selected for inclusion in the prestigious California Boxing Hall of Fame! Jeff’s memoir continues to attract high praise from literary circles and it’s good to see his boxing career getting some much-deserved recognition.

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December 30, 2014

Very pleased to announce that Recollections of My Father, a collection of poems by Gene Kimmet, will be published in January. And that’s just a hint at the Canopic Publishing slate for 2015. It’s going to be a good year.

Born in Lima, Ohio, a town with a long history of heavy industrial production, Kimmet draws from his memories of growing up during the Depression and World War II, focusing on the people and the mill-town setting which left an everlasting mark. The poetry is well crafted with a keen ear for rhythms and sounds, and the subject matter captures the innocence of youth filtered through the wisdom of the aging poet. Reflections of My Father presents its subjects expressively without venturing into emotional sentimentality. The collection stands as an intriguing read and an important poetic document to hand down among the generations.

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December 17, 2014

We’ve had a good year with the new Canopic Jar segment “Featured Voices,” and we are extremely proud to announce that the final Featured Voice of 2014 is David Greenberger. As mentioned in the intro, the work of David Greenberger (and his magazine The Duplex Planet) has been an inspiration for Canopic Jar for 20+ years. There’s a lot of material in this one —writings, drawings, recordings, video — so it’s not something that can be devoured with just one click. Think of it like an art gallery that you can visit whenever you want. Because it is.

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December 15, 2014

Canopic associate editor Virginia Smith Rice recently posted  “Following the Trail: In Memory of Mark Strand,” a tightly composed tribute on the Sundress Publications Blog. The passing of this brilliant light serves to emphasize his continuing influence on art, and particularly on poetry. His collected works was recently published, which, he smilingly said, “will serve as my tombstone, I suppose.” No, indeed. The Collected Works of Mark Strand, as Virginia so aptly describes, is not a tombstone, but a well into which one may drop the bucket again and again without ever being parched. Safe travels Mark, and thank you.



November 30, 2014

An inspirational piece was added to the Home Place Suite: In Search of Welcome by Charles E. Rice, a short essay/prose poem from The View from My Ridge (Canopic 2003).  The elder Rice was known for his ability to compose tight, flowing prose with intense focus, and “In Search of Welcome” wonderfully demonstrates these traits. As an added bonus, an audio file of Phil Rice reading the piece is included.


November 23, 2014

Our Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place has drawn some marvelous works over the past few month. And just as we’d hoped, the contributions have included poetry, prose, and photographs. No sound bytes or videos yet, but it’s an organic venture.

As the year winds down we would like to ignite the third Canopic Jar Suite: On the Train. As always, take it where you will, or let it take you. While poetry tends to be the meat of these suites, we remain open to any genre —basically anything that can be sent electronically. And remember, there should be something about the piece that reflects the prompt “On the Train.” How it reflects it is up to the artist.

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Guidelines: While our emphasis tends to be literary, we encourage submissions of any genre or media that can be transmitted electronically. Poetry, prose, photographs, drawings, audio, video — artist’s choice. Please send submissions or inquiries to with “On the Train” in the subject line.  Writing can be sent within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have other questions, please send us a note.


November 15, 2014

The poetry of Dana Guthrie Martin has graced Canopic Jar in previous incarnations, and now she joins us a Featured Voice. As editor Rethabile Masilo says in his intro, “a poem should leave the reader with something: a taste, a smell, fear, mirth, wonder, any feeling, whether the poet intended it so or not. These poems win that bet.”

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November 4, 2014

Long-time followers of Canopic Jar have often been treated to the artwork of Alan Phillips along the way, sometimes unidentified, such as the original website banner. Alan’s work has also graced the cover of two Canopic Publishing books, most notably the wonderful painting used for Between the Bones by Mary Sue Koeppel. We’ve been very fortunate to have the friendship and the availability of the talents of such a brilliant artist, and we’d like to take a moment to say “Thank You” Alan. To paraphrase a recent fan, “You’re a freaking great artist.”

Alan has a new blog going, with a new website on the horizon. Follow him here and give him lots of love:

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September 29, 2014

The Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place proudly welcomes two new additions:  “Four Walls” by Cheryl Snell and “Fields of Asphodel” by Yann Rouselott. We’ll be adding a new Suite prompt in October, but we’re still accepting submissions for the Home Place. Visit the Home Place Suite or contact us at for more info.

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September 18, 2014

Evan Knight, a Nebraska-born poet who of late has been creating positive energy among the spoken-word shows of Paris, joins the Canopic Jar Featured Voices. (Rethabile, himself a frequenter of Parisian cafes, is always paying attention, listening for Voices.)



September 5, 2014

Our web presence continues to expand with the launching of, the website and blog for Jeff Bumpus, author of Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance. We’re very excited for Jeff, and we’re looking forward to the continuing development of his writing career. Write on, Taz.



September 1, 2014

Anna Polonyi joins the Home Place Suite with two well-crafted poems: “Couscous” and “K.U.K.

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August 27, 2014

Very pleased to add two poems by Amy Spence to the Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place. “How to Build a Vivarium” and “Fireflied” are marvelous additions and keep the Home Place energy flowing. Thanks Amy!

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August 25, 2014

Canopic Associate Editor Virginia Smith Rice‘s “[like a default, pre-programmed absence]” is in the current issue of the Cimarron Review. Virginia is currently hard at work putting together Recollections of My Father, poems by Gene Kimmet, Canopic Publishing’s next title. More on that exciting news coming very soon.



August 24, 2014

Very proud to get this endorsement for Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance from “Amazing” Layla McCarter, a champion boxer whose tremendous athleticism is eclipsed by her strength of character and intelligence. Thank you Layla!

“I enjoyed this book by Jeff Bumpus so much! I recommend it to all my friends who are involved in boxing, fans of boxing, or anyone who enjoys a good book. Insights, humor, and truth. Get it NOW!” — “Amazing” Layla McCarter, Six-time World Champion



August 21, 2014
Canopic Jar co-editor and resident poet Rethabile Masilo is featured among the Centre for African Poetry’s list of Contemporary African Poets, as are the talented Michelle McGrane (CJ27) and CJ Featured Voice Rustum Kozain. Salute!

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August 19, 2014
The latest additions to the Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place are “Upping Stakes,” a poem by Bruce McRae; and “unrenovated” a prose poem by Canopic Jar favorite Dawn Promislow.  We’re still accepting submissions at (check the Suites page for guidelines).

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August 3, 2014
The Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place continues to breathe and grow. “Thief Knot, Fastening,” a short story by Doro Boehme, and two poems by Wanda Morrow Clevenger (“drought of twenty-twelve” and “gray“) are the most recent additions, with more scheduled to be posted in the coming days. 

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July 26, 2014
Pansy Maurer-Alvarez joins the Featured Voices, and we’re quite sure you’re going to enjoy this poet’s work. In addition to five poems, the presentation includes  an exclusive interview of the author with Canopic Jar editors and a video from a live reading.



July 3, 2014
The Canopic Jar Suite: Home Place continues to grow and gather positive moss as it expands. The most recent additions are “18 Copies of the Odyssey,” an excellent poem by Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, and “The Uninvited,” an excerpt from the novel She Rises Crying by Vic Sizemore. We’ve got more submissions to post soon. Keep ’em coming folks. We’re digging the energy this suite is feeding.


June 5, 2014
Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance
by Jeff Bumpus is now available from Canopic Publishing, both in print and as an eBook. Becoming Taz is a boxing memoir but more than that, it’s a tale of youth filtered through the wisdom of middle age and told with the literate voice of a seasoned storyteller. Canopic Jar’s Phil Rice wrote the Introduction. We’re very proud of this latest book to bear the Canopic imprint.

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May 21, 2014

Reminder: The next Canopic Jar Suite will be based around the prompt Home Place.

This prompt is open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes it or it takes the artist.

While our emphasis tends to be literary, we encourage submissions of any genre or media that can be transmitted electronically. Poetry, prose, photographs, drawings, audio, video — artist’s choice.

We will post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suite will be built gradually. This will give each piece an opportunity to be featured individually as the suite itself progresses.

Please send submissions or inquiries to with “Home Place” in the subject line.  Writing can be within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have other questions, send us a note. Or just flag Rethabile or Phil down if you see them roaming around the social media world or elsewhere.


May 18, 2014
Selections from novelist and poet Patry Francis enliven the Canopic Jar Featured Voices, augmented by a short interview with the author.

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May 15, 2014
Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance by Jeff Bumpus is now available for pre-orders. Visit Jeff’s page for  videos and selected writings related to this marvelous little book.

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April 7, 2014
Call for Submissions:
The next Canopic Jar Suite will be based around the prompt Home Place.

This prompt is open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes it or it takes the artist.

While our emphasis tends to be literary, we encourage submissions of any genre or media that can be transmitted electronically. Poetry, prose, photographs, drawings, audio, video — artist’s choice.

We will post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suite will be built gradually. This will give each piece an opportunity to be featured individually as the suite itself progresses.

Please send submissions or inquiries to with “Home Place” in the subject line.  Writing can be within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have other questions, send us a note. Or just flag Rethabile or Phil down if you see them roaming around the social media world or elsewhere.

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March 31, 2014 
Proud to add When I Wake It Will Be Forever by Virginia Smith Rice (Sundress 2014) to the shelves of the Canopic Bookstore. Visit Virginia’s website ( to read excerpts and to purchase a copy of this marvelous poetry collection. 


March 28, 2014 
The Featured Voices is enlivened  by the poetry of Pamela Mordecai, author of numerous books, including the marvelous  Subversive Sonnets (TSAR 2012).  Ms. Mordecai’s eclectic verse offers the reader a sensuous journey buoyed by solid rhythms and a courageous willingness to “go there.”


February 17, 2014
The first Canopic Jar Suite has been added to the Featured Voices. The poets include Virginia Smith Rice, Lana Rakhman, Rethabile Masilo, Tim Pfau, Aaron Delee, Christine Pacyk, Phil Rice, and C. Russell Price. This is the first in an ongoing series of “suites,” and while this debut was solicited, the next installment will be an open call for submissions. More details to come very soon. In the meantime, please take a look at Suite: High Ridin’ Woman. In our immodest opinion, it’s beyond solid.


February 6, 2014
Canopic Jar proudly welcomes the addition of Dawn Promislow, author of Jewels and Other Stories, to the Featured Voices page. Her short story “Gleaming like light” is spotlighted, and links to other writings are also included. 


January 1, 2014
The Featured Voices section launches with five poems by Rustum Kozain introduced by CJ co-editor Rethabile Masilo–a most auspicious beginning to an exciting new phase of Canopic Jar.


Canopic Jar is an arts journal dedicated to the simple idea of keeping the creative energy flowing in and out. The first Jar appeared in 1986 as a tiny print mag of drawings and poems. Since that modest beginning in print, there have been live shows, a studio recording, an old-fashion VHS movie, and a softcover book—among other ventures. In 1999 the first online Jar was posted. We have since sought to carve our own little digital niche while continuing to nourish and pursue physical expressions as they are presented. Our goal is to, above all else, lead with the art.

Currently our primary online forums are the Featured Voices and the Suites. The Featured Voices are artists showcased by a selection of writings, visual art, audio, or any other genre that applies. The artists are selected by the Canopic Jar editors, but we gladly accept suggestions.

The Canopic Jar Suites are theme-based collections of poetry and other artistic renderings. The themes are open to liberal and organic interpretation — wherever the artist takes them or they take the artist. We post contributions as they are accepted by the editors, so the suites are built gradually and shared as they are progressing.

Suite submission guidelines: Please send submissions or inquiries to with “Canopic Jar Suite” in the subject line.  Writing can be within the email or in an attachment (Word doc preferred). If you have any questions, please send us a note.

For our book publishing imprint, please visit Canopic Publishing.