Vita / Journals

Maryann Z. Corbett
1800 Iglehart Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-5214
651-645-5985
maryann@corbettdigital.net
 

Education:


BA in English with honors, College of William and Mary. Phi Beta Kappa.
MA, PhD in English, with minor in related fields, University of Minnesota.
Dissertation: “A Manuscript Study and Edition of Selections from The Northern Homily 
Collection,” 1981
 

Positions:


1981-present: Language specialist, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota Legislature.
1978-1981: Scholastic Committee representative, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
1973-1978: Teaching associate/composition instructor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota. Courses taught: introductory composition, introduction to medieval literature, writing lab.
 

Publications:

 

Books:

Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter  Able Muse Press, 2013
Breath Control, David Robert Books, 2012    
Dissonance (chapbook), Scienter Press, 2009
Gardening in a Time of War (chapbook), Pudding House Publications, 2007
American Society of Indexers Directory of Courses in Indexing and Abstracting, 1997.
Minnesota Rules Drafting Manual, 1984 ed.
 

Articles:

"An East Midland Revision of the Northern Homily Cycle,” Manuscripta 26 (1982),100-107.
"Revising Minnesota's Laws in Plain English,” Simply Stated, Dec. 1986-Jan.1987.
"Several States Tackle Gender Neutralization of Statutes, “ The Legislative Lawyer, May 1987.
"Making state laws gender neutral,” Simply Stated, Sept-Oct, 1987.
"Clearing the air: some thoughts on gender-neutral writing,” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, March 1990, repr. Chemtech, June 1992, Technical Communication, 4th ed., ed Rebecca C. Burnett, 1997.
"Cantors, Claim Your Art!” Pastoral Music, June-July 1990.
"Plain English in Statutes: Why We're Not There Yet,” The Second Draft, October 1991, 10-11.
"Indexing and Searching in Statutory Text,” Law Library Journal, Fall 1992, vol 84, 759-767. Repr.Keywords and Indexing Specialties: Law, Information Today, Inc., 2001.
"Blank Verse and Blinders,” II, Summer 2007
"Uncontainability Pours Forth,” The Barefoot Muse (Winter 2007)
"Shades of Green: Gawain and the Translators,” The Barefoot Muse (Summer 2009)
"Wadda Ya Mean, Down With Good Poetry?" The Raintown Review (Winter 2010)
TNB Self-interview, The Nervous Breakdown, June 26, 2011
"John Ciardi and the Bedrock of Poetic Form," Measure (2011)
"Cancer, Blogging, Poetry, Faith: Alan Sullivan's Psalms," Berfrois (February 15, 2013)
 

Reviews:

Interrobang, by Jessica Piazza. Eclectica, October 15, 2014
On the Desire to Levitate, by Alison Powell. Eclectica, July 1, 2014
This Time Tomorrow, by Matthew Thorburn. Rattle e-reviews, December 10, 2013
All of You on the Good Earth, by Ernest Hilbert. Angle Issue 4, September 2013
No Hurry, by Michael Blumenthal. The Arts Fuse, June 2013
The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation, by Simon Armitage. Rattle online, April 2013
The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass, by Harry Clifton. New Hibernia Review, January 2013
DIALOGOS: Paired Poems in Translation, by George Kalogeris. The Arts Fuse, November 9, 2012.
Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees, Rattle e-reviews, September 5, 2012
"Death and Life: Thomas Lynch's Argyle Poems," Berfrois, April 16, 2012
"A Playful Walk Along The Illustrated Edge," The Arts Fuse, October 8, 2011
"Good Bone Structure: Charles Martin's Signs and Wonders," Contemporary Poetry Review, September 25, 2011.
"The Word Exchange: A Generous Gift," The Arts Fuse, August 8, 2011
Grasshopper: The Poetry of M.A. GriffithsRattle e-reviews, March 25, 2011
Sixty Sonnets, by Ernest Hilbert. Rattle e-reviews, August 15, 2009.
"Uneasy Feelings: Adam Kirsch's Invasions,” Unsplendid (2.1, Summer 2008)

 

Translations:

 

Latin:

"Ubi Caritas,” English translation to accompany choral setting by James and Marilyn Biery, Morningstar Music, 2004.
"Surge Inluminare,” Latin translation of English text by Marilyn Biery, set by James Biery,  Morningstar Music, 2007.
Alcuin, "Concerning a Nightingale," Cerise Press (Spring 2012)
Aldhelm, "A Storm in Devon," Cerise Press (Spring 2012)
 

Old English:

"Bagpipe," a riddle from the Exeter Book, Lucid Rhythms (Spring 2010)
"Deor,” (Willis Barnstone Translation Prize 2009), The Evansville Review (2009)
"From the Third Storm Riddle: Hurricane," Kin Poetry Journal (November 19, 2012)
"Riddle 25: Onion,” The Barefoot Muse (Winter 2010)
"Riddle 7: Swan," Modern Poetry in Translation (April 2013)
"Riddle 40: Pen," Modern Poetry in Translation (April 2013)
"Riddle 52: Ballista," Modern Poetry in Translation (April 2013)
"The Ruin,” Measure (Fall 2008)
"Two Riddles from the Exeter Book,” Umbrella (Summer 2009)
"Tremor: from the First Storm Riddle of the Exeter Book,” The Dark Horse (Summer 2009)
"The Wife's Lament," Measure (2010)
 

French:

Christine de Pizan, Ballade 11, from Cent Ballades, String Poet (Winter 2011)
Christine de Pizan, Ballade 53, from Cent Ballades, String Poet (Winter 2011)
Christine de Pizan, Ballade 78, from Cent Ballades, Able Muse (Summer 2011)
Christine de Pizan, Ballade 3, from Cent Ballades, Transference (2013)
Christine de Pizan, Ballades 4, 7, 59, and 86, from Cent Ballades, Able Muse (Summer 2014)
Joachim du Bellay, Sonnet 31 from Les Regrets, Lucid Rhythms (Spring 2010)
Joachim du Bellay, Sonnet 38 from Les Regrets, First Things (May 2011), reprinted Front Porch Republic, Summer 2011
Joachim du Bellay, Sonnet 85 from Les Regrets, Light, (Summer 2013)

 

Old Occitan:

"Bertran de Born Sings of War," Able Muse (Winter 2011)
 

Works in Anthologies:
 

"Ardors," in Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature (Abilene Christian University Press)
"The Cyclists," in Ride (Pudding House, forthcoming)
"Long Term Memory," in The Able Muse Anthology (Able Muse Press 2010) and Forgetting Home: Poems about Alzheimers (Barefoot Muse Press, 2013)
"Rose Catalog in January," in Hot Sonnets (Entasis Press 2011)
"A Meditation on Dactylic Hexameter" and "Sonnenizio Sessantina" in The Best of the Barefoot Muse, Barefoot Muse Press 2011.
"The Art Student's Mother Thinks Out Loud," in Obsessions: Sestinas for the 21st Century, University Press of New England, 2014.
"Saturday Edition," in Irresistible Sonnets, Headmistress Press, forthcoming 2014
"Guardroom with the Deliverance of Saint Peter," in Ekphrastia Gone Wild, Ain't Got No Press, 2013.

 

Poems:

 

"A Cautionary Tale," Able Muse (Winter 2010)
"A Choice of Words," Candelabrum (2008)
"A Centurion Offers Critique," River Styx 79 (Spring 2009)
"A Choral Service for All Souls," Verse Wisconsin, (Fall 2010)
"A Crooked Crown: University Avenue Sonnets," LIEF Magazine (Summer 2012)
"A Dream of Rooms," Innisfree Poetry Journal (Spring 2012)
"A Meditation on Dactylic Hexameter," The Barefoot Muse (Winter 2006) 
Pushcart nomination 2006; Best of the Net nomination 2007
"A Morning Myth," Lighten Up Online (June 2011)
"A Mozart Mass with Orchestra in the Cathedral," Atlanta Review (Spring 2008)
"A Paid Engagement," Chronicles (March 2009)
"A Personal Account," Umbrella (Summer 2007)
"A Primary Education," Dappled Things (Summer 2012)
"A Response to Critique," Euphony (Spring 2009)
“A Song for Departures," The Literary Bohemian (November 2009)
"A Theory of Gardens in the Second Generation," Italian Americana (Winter 2013)
"A Trenta-Sei of Mixed Feelings at the Early Onset of Winter," The Flea (January 2011)
"A Volume of Cases," Alabama Literary Review, (2013)
"After Epiphany: Side Street," Terrain (Spring 2011)
"After the Divorce, I Hold a Yard Sale," The Raintown Review (Winter 2008)
"Airheads,"  Alabama Literary Review (Spring 2007)
"Alternate Routes," Angle Issue 5.
"An Elevation," Barrow Street (Winter 2013-14)
"An Ironic Cento Upon the Theories of Kenneth Goldsmith" Atavic Poetry(January 23, 2014)
"...and ran away naked...," Poetry Porch (2014)
"Anger Against Sapphics," poemeleon (Summer 2007)
"Apophatic" Rattle (Fall 2014)
"Ardors," Christianity and Literature (2008), repr. Imago Dei (2012)
"The Art Student's Mother Thinks Out Loud," Mezzo Cammin (June 2007), Obsessions anthology (2014)
"As Little Children," Dappled Things (Summer 2012)
"Asparagus," Shakespeare's Monkey Review (Summer 2007), repr. Umbrella (Fall 2007)
"At the Urgent Care Clinic," Loch Raven Review (Fall 2006)
"Ballade for the Last Move," Anglican Theological Review (Winter 2012)
"Before," Umbrella (Fall 2008)
"Bipolar," Gardening in a Time of War
"The Birds of Ancient Battlefields Visit the Suburbs," The Raintown Review (Summer 2009)
"The Birders at Miesville Ravine," Gatherings (November 2006)
"Bluejay, Singing," The Lyric (Summer 2007) Lyric quarterly prize winner.
"Boxes," The Raintown Review (Summer 2007
"Breakout," LIEF Magazine (Summer 2013)
"Built in a Quiet Neighborhood in 1912," Loch Raven Review (Fall 2006)
"Butterfly Unit," The Harlequin (November 2013)
"Campus and Dinkytown," 32 Poems (Fall/Winter 2012)
"Campus Visit," Umbrella (Summer 2010) (Pushcart nomination)
"Ceremonial Cannon Fire, Historic Fort Snelling," Literary Imagination (Summer 2011)
"Chancery Hand" Birmingham Poetry Review (2012)
"Changed," Relief (Issue 3.2 2009)
"Checking the Funeral Musicians' Schedule," Alabama Literary Review (Spring 2007)
"Chiller," The Lyric (Fall 2008); Verse Daily, November 14, 2013
"Circadian Lament, Sung to a Wakeful Baby," Tilt-A-Whirl 3 (Summer 2010)
"Clotheslines," The Panhandler (Spring 2007)
"Cold Case," The Chimaera (July 2009)
"Cold Snap," Mezzo Cammin (Summer 2009)
"Cold War," Umbrella (Winter 2007)
"Collaboration," Lavender Review (Summer 2013)
"Collision Course," Umbrella (Spring 2008)
"Composed Somewhere Higher than Westminster Bridge" Umbrella (Winter 2006)
"Confessional Work: Late Advent" Rock and Sling (Fall 2007)
"Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter," Terrain (Spring 2011)
"Crossing at Night" IBPC 3rd place, December 2007
"Cuttings," Mezzo Cammin (Winter 2011)
"The Cyclists" The William and Mary Review (1972); Ride (anthology), Pudding House (forthcoming)
"Defending Veronese," The Freeman, February 14, 2014
"Depression Glass: Blue Bowl," The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature (March 2012)
"Designing the Experiment: Preliminary Studies," 14 by 14 (August 2008)
"Development," The Chimaera (July 2009)
"Differing Visions," Blue Unicorn (Summer 2008)
"Dissonance," Mezzo Cammin (Summer 2007)
"Double Abecedarian: The Sorceress Plots Her Comeback," Poetry East (Spring 2010)
"Downy Woodpecker, Up Close" Chronicles (March 2009)
"Dutch Elm" The Lyric (Fall 2007)
"Drama" American Arts Quarterly (forthcoming)
"Dreams of My Teeth" Kin Poetry Journal, (February 23, 2014)
"Ecliptic," Verse Wisconsin, (Spring 2010)
"Emergences," The Shit Creek Review (Spring 2011)
"Entrechat," The Raintown Review (Summer 2010)
"Epistle to the Pumpkin Field" Snakeskin (April 2009)
"Equinoctial" Dogwood (2008)
"Explaining Myself," Angle (Issue 3, 2013)
"Express" Umbrella (Winter 2007)
"...Even to the edge..." Ecotone (Fall 2014)
"Feast of Corpus Christi" The Chimaera (May 2008)
"Finding the Lego," Think Journal (3.1, Summer 2010)
"Fist" Mezzo Cammin (June 2007)
"Flight" The Barefoot Muse (Summer 2008)
"Flourish" The Flea (February 2011)
"From the Lives of the Saints," PN Review 210, 2013
"Front Page Photograph, Memorial Day" Ruminate (Summer 2008)
"Foundation Myth" Mezzo Cammin (Winter 2011)
"The Garden Expert Talks about Lilacs," Gardening in a Time of War
"Gardening in a Time of War" Worm 38, 2006
"Goth Girl on the Late Night 84G," Snakeskin (January 2007)
"The Grandchild of Immigrants Learns a Little Italian," kaleidowhirl (Fall 2007)
"Grievance," (Worm 40 2007)
"Grim," Subtropics (Winter-Spring 2011)
"Guardroom with the Deliverance of Saint Peter," River Styx 79 (Spring 2009)
"Hamartia" 14 by 14 (December 2007)
"Hand," Strong Verse (November 2008)
"High" Umbrella (Winter 2006)
"The Historian Considers the End Time," Euphony (Spring 2009)
"Holiday Concert" Horizon Review (Issue 5), American Life in Poetry, (December 23, 2013)
"Home for Christmas Break, Freshman Year," Snakeskin (January 2007)
"House Tour in the Historic District," Angle (Issue 3, 2013)
"Iconography," The Flea (September 2009) Pushcart nomination 2009
"In the Hall of Minerals," String Poet (Winter 2011)
"In the Renaissance Rooms of the National Gallery," 14 by 14 (April 2008)
"Incident Report," Horizon Review (Issue 5)
"Institute of Art, Spring Break," 14 by 14 (Summer 2010)
"The Jaundiced View" The Raintown Review (Spring 2007)
"Jerusalem in Snow," The New Verse News (January 15, 2013) Pushcart nomination.
"Judiths," Think Journal (Winter 2011)
"Knowledge," Relief (Issue 5.2)
"Lament for the Midnight Train"(Worm 40, 2007, Times Literary Supplement online 2007)
"Late Season Day Trip" Ruminate (Fall 2010)
"Layover" Loch Raven Review (Fall 2006)
"Les Grenades Modernes," Angle (Issue 3, 2013)
"Life Bird," Chronicles (September 2011)
"Light. Motif,"  Alabama Literary Review (Spring 2007)
"Litany,” Mezzo Cammin (Summer 2009)
"Long-Term Memory” Able Muse (Winter 2009). Able Muse Anthology, 2010. Best of the Net nomination, 2010.
"Magnification," Connotation Press (Summer 2012)
"Maintenance Work," poemeleon (Summer 2007)
"Mall of America, New Year's Eve," The Vocabula Review (December 2009)
"Marked Woman," kaleidowhirl (Summer 2006) Best of the Net nomination 2007.
"Map of the Ten Thousand Countries of the World,"Berfrois 
"Maskil," Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, March 2010
"Mayday," The Chimaera (Summer 2011) Pushcart nomination 2011.
"Mean," Fringe (January 16, 2012)
"The Method," The Nervous Breakdown, June 26, 2011
"Mid Evil," Relief (February 2008)
"The Museum of American Opulence"  Whistling Shade (Fall 2007)
"MySpace Invader" The Comstock Review (Spring/Summer 2008)
"Neuro Lit," Lighten Up Online (Spring 2010)
"News Flash,"  The Panhandler (Spring 2007)
"Northeast Digs Out from Record Snowfall," Gardening in a Time of War   
"Not in Our Stars,” Astropoetica (Spring 2010)
"Note to the Lifestyles Editor," Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, March 2010
"Numinous" Candelabrum (2008)
"Odin Learns the Fate of the Gods" Fringe, June 2013 "Old English Riddle with the Answer Choir"  Whistling Shade (Summer 2006)
"Old World Charm," Gardening in a Time of War
"On Being Asked by an Editor..." The Lyric (Fall 2007)
"On Singing the Exultet," Ruminate (Summer 2008) 
Reprinted in Worship Guidebook for Lent and the Three Days, Augsburg Fortress 2009.
"On Singing Palestrina," Nimble Spirit Review (online, undated)
"On the Nature of Things," Nimble Spirit Review (online, undated)
"Outage," Angle (Issue 3. 2013)
"Oxyacetylene Torch and Tanks" Lily (December 2006)
"Paint Store" Soundzine (September 2010)
"Paperboy" Alabama Literary Review (Fall 2009)
"The Panhandler's Tale," Poetry Salzburg Review (Autumn 2011)
"Passport Application," Free Inquiry (Summer 2012)
"The Patient Prays for the Grace of a Happy Death," Umbrella (Spring 2010)
"Pea Planting, Good Friday," The Chimaera (October 2008)
"ParentNet.edu," The Lyric (Spring 2008)
"Pending," Poetry East (Spring 2010)
"Phone Call, 6 A.M," The Raintown Review (Summer 2011)
"Portent," Horizon Review (Issue 5)
"Portraits of Shakespeare;" Angle Issue 6
"Possession," kaleidowhirl (Summer 2006)
"Preservation," Wake: Great Lakes Thought & Culture (December 15, 2010)
"Prophesying to the Breath" First Things (May 2008)
"Psalm for the Last Night of the State Fair," Relief (Issue 3.2, 2009)
"Reading the Fire Code," Relief (February 2008)
"Reach," The Evansville Review (2008)
"Reading Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel to Peter, Age 3." Connotation Press (Summer 2012)
"Receding Ambitions," Lighten Up Online (September 2010)
"Reburial Rite," Think Journal (forthcoming)
"Reflection," Southern Women's Review (2013)
"The Reform of the Calendar," Astropoetica (Spring 2010), 3quarksdaily.com
"Refuting Marvell" Raintown Review (forthcoming)
"Rehearsing the Duruflé Requiem, Late in 2001" Nimble Spirit Review (online, undated)
"Rereading Book IV" The Dark Horse (Summer 2008)
"Reservations," Dissonance
"Resurrection Blues," Kin, October 31, 2012"
"Return of the King Screens at Midnight in the Multiplex," Measure, (2013 issue 2)
"Rethinking Tolkien," The Rotary Dial,  (March 2013)
"Romance Language," Euphony (Web exclusive, February-March 2009)
"Rose Catalogue in January," Chronicles (March 2010); Hot Sonnets anthology (Entasis Press, 2011) 
"Ruin, I-35W" Dogwood (2008)
"Sacred Harp Convention" Poetry Porch (2009)
"Saturday Edition" The Barefoot Muse (Summer 2007)
"Saving the Appearances" Astropoetica (Summer 2011)
"Schaar's Bluff: Upper Mississippi in April” kaleidowhirl (Summer 2006)
"Schema," The Rotary Dial (October 2013)
"Science Museum: Flood Season," The Vocabula Review (May 2010)
"Security," Shattercolors  (undated, online 2007)
"Seeing Defibrillators, After," 823 on High  (forthcoming)
"Seeing Women in Hijab..." The Shit Creek Review (Summer 2007)
"Selections from the Online Bridal Registry" Mezzo Cammin (Summer 2009)
"The Sensitive Guy" Snakeskin (January 2007)
"Separation," The Raintown Review (Summer 2010)
"Showings" Mezzo Cammin (Summer 2009)
"Shrubs for the Northern Garden," Autumn Sky Poetry (February 2010) (Best of the Net Finalist)
"Sibylant," Mezzo Cammin (Winter 2011)
"Small Boy in Yellow Shirt-Jac and Blue Boots" Water~Stone Review (2009)
"Small Losses" Southwest Review (Vol 99, No. 1)).
"Snowy Owls at Emmitsburg, Christmas Eve" Asheville Poetry Review (forthcoming)
"Sonnenizio Sessantina" The Barefoot Muse (Fall 2010) (Pushcart Nomination)
"Soundtrack" Birmingham Poetry Review (2012)
"Speak, Memory. Or Not" Measure (Spring 2008)
"Spotter Observations" Innisfree Poetry Journal (Spring 2012)
"Stone Ground" Tipton Poetry Journal (Winter 2008)
"Stream," Fringe (January 16, 2012)
"Street View," The Rotary Dial (March 2013)
"Suburban Samsara" Alabama Literary Review (Spring 2007)
"Subversive," Relief (February 2008)
"Swift-Counting," Chronicles (March 2010)
"Swing," Dissonance
"Tattoo and Piercing Parlor," The Chimaera (July 2009)
"Teacup," Poetry Salzburg Review (Autumn 2011)
"Team Run, October,"  Dappled Things (Summer 2012)
"Teardown," Ecotone (Fall 2014)
"Tense" Lily (December 2006)
"The Restaurants of Frogtown," nbsp;Saint Paul Almanac 2013, repr. Kin
"The Resistance," River Styx forthcoming
"Thoughts on the Transmission History of The Frog King" The Chimaera (October 2008)
"To the Porn Spammers" Umbrella (Summer 2007) 
"To the Statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Rice Park....." Verse Wisconsin, (Fall 2010)
"Terzanelle for the Pilgrimage to Rosedale," Terrain (Spring 2011)
"Transaction" The Chimaera (May 2008)
"Translating Sabaoth" Relief (Issue 3.2, 2009)
"Trimming Out, 1911," American Arts Quarterly (Summer 2011)
"True Crime," Snakeskin (March 2010)
"Two Funerals," Linebreak (January 4, 2011)
"Ubi Sunt Ballade for the High-Fat Diets of Our Youth," Lighten Up Online (March 2011)
"Variorum," Umbrella (Fall 2008) (Pushcart nomination)
"Victory at Sea in Reruns, Mid-1950s," PN Review 210, 2013
"The Videographer's Beethoven," Chronicles (September 2011)
"Vagrant," Umbrella (Fall 2011)
"Vendetta," River Styx forthcoming
"Vintage Pattern," The Shit Creek Review (Spring 2011)
"Viva Voce," Poetry Revolt (Fall 2007)
"Votive Offering," Poetry Salzburg Review (Autumn 2011)
"Waiting Up," Sewanee Theological Review (Christmas 2009)
"Wall Work," Fringe (January 16, 2012)
"Weather Radio," Able Muse (Winter 2009)
"Weirdos," Poetry Porch (2014)
"Will," Poetry East (Spring 2010)
"Winter Exercise," Dissonance
"Working Draft," The Panhandler (Spring 2007)
"Worksheet," poemeleon (Winter 2008)
 

 

Related experience:

Judge, 2011 Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award.
Moderator, Eratosphere online forum for formal poetry, 2006-2011; administrator, 2008-2011.  
Chapter president, American Society of Indexers, Twin Cities Chapter, 1995-1999
 

Distinctions:

Lyric Memorial Prize, 2008
Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, 2009
Morton Marr Poetry Contest finalist 2009
Able Muse Book Prize finalist, 2011

Richard Wilbur Book Award, 2014, for Mid Evil.

Best of the Net nominations,  Able Muse 2010, Autumn Sky Poetry 2010 (finalist), The Barefoot Muse 2007, 2008, kaleidowhirl 2007
Pushcart nominations, The Barefoot Muse 2006, 2010, The Flea 2009, Umbrella, 2008, 2010, The Chimaera 2011, The New Verse News2013