Caesura 2017 Call for Poetry
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Caesura 2016 is available for pick-up or purchase at all PCSJ events.

For more than three decades, Cæsura served its members as a literary newsletter and magazine. Beginning with the 25th anniversary issue in 2005, Cæsura updated its appearance and focus as a literary journal that includes poems, short fiction, non-fiction, critical work, book reviews, and interviews. We hope to provide our members and the public with a compelling mix of work from the established award-winning poet to the burgeoning writer.

Back issues of Cæsura can be purchased by check mailed to:
Poetry Center San José
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112-2599

Most back issues are now closing out at $5 each, which is well below PCSJ's cost for printing. Please specify the date and number of copies you are including payment for. Back issues are also available at many PCSJ events.

Contact us via email at: caesura (at) pcsj.org


2015 Fusion

The 2015 Cæsura features playful, imaginative poems by Sara Key, Karla Linn Merrifield, John Nimmo, Kenneth Pobo, and many of our very own PCSJ poets. Editors Leslie Hoffman and Erin Redfern would like to thank a dedicated team of reviewers for their work in building this collection of diverse, international voices. Joe Miller's selection of brilliant full-color images, as well as the Jay Ruland cover photograph of an Aptos sand dollar, complement the issue's theme of "Fusion."


2014 (dis)Ability

Disability is a condition, physical, mental, etc., that limits a being's ability to function. Infirmite, in French, or behinderung in German, one or another is often defined by some infirmity or hindrance. Oedipus was club-footed, Tiresias was a blind seer, and every Achilles has his heel. We tend to focus on what ails us, albeit infinitesimal, for we are constantly in competition for resources. When you ask anyone today about disability, they are quick to bring up Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder, sometimes dyslexia, almost always wheelchair accessibility, and so on in an infinite variety of degrees and definitions. This issue of Cæsura is interested in, but not limited to, these and other interpretations of the topic (dis)Ability.


2012 The End of the World

December 21, 2012 isn't the first prediction of the end of the world—and certainly, it won't be the last. What is it in the hearts and minds of humans that preoccupies us with our ultimate end? In recent years, we've been hearing about Mayan prophecies, yet more talk of the Rapture, and even predictions of aliens coming down to beam us away. In this issue of Cæsura, poets express surprising optimism and realism in the face of cataclysm.


2011 Brothers and Sisters

at 134 pages, the largest issue to date of
Cæsura, featuring an interview with Sally Ashton, Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County, and two of her poems

Read the interview with Sally Ashton here.


A Cæsura Editions 2011 publication:
A Walk to the Center of Things
poems by Nils Peterson

PCSJ is proud to present as its first offering in its new publication series, Cæsura Editions, Nils Peterson's A Walk to the Center of Things. Nils Peterson was chosen as the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County because of the many years he spent making poets and poetry available to the public, his encouragement of young writers, and for his own work. This collection confirms the wisdom of that choice. About the book, Jane Hirshfield has said, "A lifetime's attention to both writing and living buoys these intimate, intelligent, sometimes chastened, sometimes celebratory, but always compassionate pages." Joseph Stroud added, "Varied in subject and manner, his poems embody a deep pleasure and wonder in being alive, and they bring us into the company of a larger life." Robert Bly adds Nils Peterson's poems show "great affection for the feminine, and they are wonderfully patient with human confusion." Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus at San José State University where he taught in the English and Humanities Departments. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varied as golf and Shakespeare. He was nominated for a 2005 Pushcart Prize. His publications include Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing, The Comedy of Desire, Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango, For This Day, Revenge of the Socks, and now A Walk to the Center of Things.

The Cæsura Edition A Walk to the Center of Things was sent to PCSJ members and is available for sale at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.



includes the 2009
Cæsura Poetry Contest winners, and an interview with Nils Peterson, Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County

sold out

Spring 2009

includes work by Ken Letko, Susana H. Case, and Donna J. Gelagotis Lee


Poetry and Writing about Origins
Spring 2008

includes work by Lisa Ortiz, Gary Metras, Ken Pobo, and Joanne Lowery


Poetry or Writing About or Inspired by Other Art Forms
Fall 2007

includes work by Ira Sadoff, Bruce Smith, John Estes, and Christopher Buckley

sold out

Mortality issue
Summer 2007

includes Ellen Bass, John Bradley, Doug Holder and David Krump

sold out

cæsura Summer 2006

Prose Poem issue
Fall 2006

includes Peter Johnson, Maxine Chernoff, Brian Clements, Gary Young, and Morton Marcus

sold out

cæsura Fall 2006

California Poets' issue
Spring 2006

includes Gary Soto, Al Young, Jane Mead, Brian Turner and Brenda Hillman

sold out

caesura Spring 2006
Transplanted Writers issue
Fall 2005


caesura Fall 2005

25th Anniversary issue
Spring 2005

sold out

caesura 25th Anniversary Issue