Through poetry, we honor the intrepid spirit of Tamsen Donner (1801-1847), female pioneer, educator and thoughtful naturalist. For more about Tamsen Donner: Tamsen Bio

TAMSEN is teaching us about poetry through translation, biography, inventive language and shared transcendental values.

TAMSEN is a place for poetry to be both part of the writer’s personal journey and our reader’s mental luggage.

TAMSEN is interested in universal truths, the blunt realities, the erotic, the idiomatic.

TAMSEN is post-rock, post post-structuralist, falling off the Left coast, broken spirits united in an effort to tell the world it’s bleeding and looking down the corridor of white lights.

When a poet’s mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experience: the ordinary man’s experience is chaotic, irregular, fragmentary…wholeness and order are not inherent in the world of experience.” –T.S. Eliot

Ei Arakawa . Nikolas Gambaroff . Bodycard Testimonials . 2012 (1)


TAMSEN will..

+  feature a poet living and writing West of the Mississippi River each issue

+  include a set of International poem translations from the non-Romantic languages

+ encourage submissions of poetry on themes that express our shared worldview

+ publish quarterly biopoetics on poets both living and long gone…