Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, Fall

Alphabet
Although Susanna Nied's translation from the Danish of Inger Christensen's alphabet won the ASF/PEN Translation Prize for Poetry in 1982, it's taken nearly twenty years for it to be published on these shores. After Christensen was awarded a handful of...
Amulet Anatomy
Roberto Tejada. Amulet Anatomy. Hadley, MA: Phylum Press, 2001. The intricate hand stitching, the almost-square shape, and the functional zipper on the black cover make Roberto Tejada's Amulet Anatomy (designed by Thomas Glassford) seem more like a collaboration-or...
Author BIOS
Notably, a number of literary journals of late have mutated or eliminated author bios. Fence, for example, has replaced the bio with a "reading list," in which authors mention what they've been reading, not unlike the "summer reading" column of the New...
Chapbooks Now
Chapbooks Now There appears to be bias against chapbooks in the world of literary reviews; university-affiliated journals and independent journals that publish reviews rarely cover the hundreds of limited-edition, often hand-bound books published by...
Deal Me Jacks or Better
She was alone, in the passenger's seat, with the windows up, her face screened behind a manila folder spread open like a newspaper. Her station wagon was dark and foreign, running in one low arc from bumper to bumper. The tires were wide with a low profile....
Defining the Century
Keith Tuma, ed, Anthology of Twentieth-Century British & Irish Poetry. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 941 pp. Edna Longley, ed, The Bloodaxe Book of Twentieth Century Poetry. Tarset, Northumberland, U.K.: Bloodaxe Books, 2000....
Dispatch from Boulder
Every summer the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University runs a four-week writing program that brings some of the most adventurous U.S. poets to Boulder, Colorado. For students, it's a chance to take a variety of challenging writing...
"If Reagan Played Disco": 100 Days
George the Second may not have been the first U.S. president to achieve power through a coup (Hayes, and Washington, of those we know about, preceded him), but he is probably the first to inspire so much good poetry (Whitman on Lincoln excepted). Of...
Interstate
Our crew is strong. There are four of us, forklift drivers. Our shifts are always tight. Not all of us are friends. We work ninety to a hundred hours a week. There are two loading docks, so we load the semis in pairs, taking them from a line in the dirt...
Journeys to Six Lands
1 Out of droning Bayonne at five, sun silhouetting a Buddha on the city's one shrine. We had fashioned a mast for our hull from a stout pine that we felled and lopped in the dark, amid much blasphemy. By lantern light we saw what some nimble climber...
Lotto
Like most everyone I know, the less money I've got, the more I spend on beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. Call it what you will, but I say the harder the life, the more you spend on junk. However, one time, I have to admit, I went a little too far...
Pine Box [Vamped]
I know where I'm going I just don't have the address. Here's the key. Take the car and drive to the end of the block. Do you want me to shoot someone or build you a house? Aromatic wood was burning in the cast iron brazier by the side of the pool. He...
Ring of Fire
Repetition has had a curious fate in American poetry. Of Modernist tenets-- Poundian dos and don'ts-perhaps none has become as widely accepted by American poets as the command to condense. As the thinking goes, poetry is best when it maximizes efficiency,...
Rocks on a Platter: Notes on Literature
Barbara Guest. Rocks on a Platter: Notes on Literature. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1999. Rocks on a Platter contains some of Barbara Guest's most obscure and compelling lines since Defensive Rapture (1993). It has been interpreted...
Statement of Purpose
Statement of Purpose (adapted from TheArtist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron with Mark Bryan; Media Marketing: How to Get Your Name and Story in Print and on the Air by Peter G. Miller; and from the graduate admissions and...
The Precision We Need Is of Another Earth
It is claimed by certain Indian yogis that suspended animation is indeed possible, that the heart may be stopped and maintain silence underground for a period of hours or days. But you just can't fake the breakdown of the cell wall, the mysterious foam,...
The Shine Poems
Calvin Forbes. The Shine Poems. Baton Rogue: Louisiana State U.P., 2001. Calvin Forbes introduced the character of Shine to his readers in The Book of Shine ( Burning Deck, 1977). Part invention, part legend, Shine returns in the fourth and final section...
Three Postcards from Turkiye
I. Rhodos. His hunger shredded. Well. Blue rubber ball, some kelpish lump in the throat. Her maybes. None of that. Bring brown chrysanthemums, tequila, heat-warped Breath. It just keeps getting weirder. Something stirring. Telephone. Red flashing Light....