Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 1, 1998

A Conversation with Robert Duncan (1976)
The following interview was conducted at Robert Duncan's request in Huntington Beach, California, on May 29, 1976. The second half of the interview is published here; the first half appeared in Chicago Review 43:4 (Fall, 1997). Paul Trachtenberg: People...
As Semblance, Though
"non siamo...non vogliamo"-Montale The nothing-or the not-supposes, of course, and gestures into some certain absence. You thought as much, might have said so quickly, in passing; distinctly absolute, furtive and improbable, this tentative void, quiet...
Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism
Aldon Lynn Nielsen. Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. The publication of Aldon Nielsen's Black Chant: Languages of AfricanAmerican Postmodernism is a welcome and signal moment in poetry...
Das Lied Von der Erde
Moving like great prehistoric icebergs Those clouds bring in the dawn Over our loft on Ada Street today As Chicago yawns and stretches in its bed of wild onions Daniel Burnham's dream Of the city as an Athens or a Paris on the prairie Dissolving in the...
Distance Learning
Angela Sorby. Distance Learning. New Issues Press Poetry Series. Kalamazoo, Mich.: New Issues Press, 1997. This curious, highly elegiac book of poems is one of the most agreeable debut collections I have read lately. Some of its images are very beautiful:...
Forms of Velocity
Both "Swamped" and "Shirine: A Thousand and One Nights" are stories which can be described as formal engagements with the representation of time, meditations on how character is both situated in time and by-passed by events. Although both stories emphasize...
From Straight Poets I Have Known and Loved
He's the Barnum & Bailey of contemporary American poetry. I mean this as a compliment. Since the late 1950s nobody has come near his sustained, irrepressible performance at the highest level in so many rings of poetry. He writes poems and brilliant,...
Iovis Omnia Plena
Anne Waldman. lovis. Books I & II. Coffee House Press, 1993, 1997. With the publication of Book II of Iovis last spring, Anne Waldman's poem is now six hundred forty-eight pages long. Book I contains twenty-three and Book II contains twenty-five...
John Logan
Late one night in the summer of 1953 I was rushing down the main street of South Bend-a half-drunk bottle of Chianti bulging from one pocket of a sopping seersuckerjacket, a copy of Horace's Carmen Saeculare in the other-when I literally bumped into...
Of Piscator
Martin Corless-Smith. Of Piscator. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1997. Ezra Pound once asked poets not to write a line that they could not, under some circumstance, imagine themselves actually saying. For Pound, a preeminent time-traveler,...
Opposing Poetries. Volume One: Issues & Institutions and Volume Two: Readings
Hank Lazer. Opposing Poetries. Volume One: Issues & Institutions and Volume Two: Readings. Evanston, IIl.: Northwestern University Press, 1996. Hank Lazer's books come at exactly the right moment. At this hour, the issues behind Language poetry have...
Rational Meanings: Toward a New Foundation for the Definition of Words (and Supplementary Essays)
Laura (Riding) Jackson and Schuyler B. Jackson. Rational Meaning: Toward a New Foundation for the Definition of Words (and Supplementary Essays). Ed. William Harmon with an introduction by Charles Bernstein. Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of...
Shirine: A Thousand and One Nights
Shirine's English has only a trace of an accent. What gives her away is an occasional hesitation, as if she is sifting through a pile of words until the right one appears. And her sentences have a peculiar rhythm; practically every sentence is punctuated...
Swamped
I see the door fly open in the dance floor mirror: a flash of brightness and Morgan, the prep cook next door; another second he's leaning over the left end of the bar there where all the employees hang out, yelling, "Danny! Danny!" But at the moment...
The Poet in His Skin: Remembering Paul Carroll
I first spoke with Paul Carroll in 1971 when as director he called to tell me of my acceptance to the Program for Writers at University of Illinois in Chicago. The enthusiasm in his voice surprised me. I had applied on the basis of the ten poems I'd...
Untitled
Body you've turned into my enemy lying in wait among the shadows in the alley looking for the chink in the armor you can put your poison in Two weeks ago you turned up in the doctor's office with an infection in the urinary tract (I'll never know its...
We
We have moved to a remote yet populated space. On this space things are different. The space is known for its romantic associations, its rich land, its beauty, its scarce and unique resources, its ability to grow things. Here things grow around and into...