Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1/2, Spring

Burial
Ice on an ice cave.I guessed you knew that.Done thought thinks you was been a mind reader orThinks that the limit inside itselfMurders the word with electrical shock.Suicide solidifies in a soaked uncrushed mandibleI'd like to be an alley cat's mealWhen...
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Christopher Middleton: Bibliography, 1962-2002
A.1 Poetry/ProseTorse 3: Poems 1948-61. London, Longmans, and New York, Harcourt Brace, 1962.Nonsequences/Selfpoems. London, Longmans, and New York, W.W. Norton, 1965.Our Flowers & Nice Bones. London, Fulcrum Press, 1969.The Lonely Suppers of W....
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Cocktails
D. A. Powell. Cocktails. Saint Paul: Graywolf Press, 2004. 72 pp. $14Parrot, moth, shark, wolf, crocodile, ass, flea.What germs, what jostling mobs there were in me.-Thorn Gunn, Moly, 1971Amidst the threnodies of D. A. Powell's Cocktails-the third book...
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Dance of the Intellect
There is much talk abroad in the land, over the endive and radicchio in places like New York and the Bay Area, about the dumbing and commodification of our literary culture along with the broader culture. The observation is well-taken if not exactly...
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Duncan, Levertov, and the Age of Correspondences
Duncan, Levertov, and the Age of Correspondences A review of The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov, edited by Robert J. Bertholf and Albert Gelpi. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004.857 pp. $39.95The most interesting thing about The...
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From THE NATURAL HISTORY
September heat wave evenings and gala patio receptions, waiters with sterling trays of hors-d'oeuvres beneath magnolia arbours. Sphinx moths orbit the lights over the bar. Above, misty stars faintly through city haze. High summer maximum foliage-wild...
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Graphology 91: What Little I Have Left of Memory
In the head rushI saw the carpet numbers, and the numbersof all foods were networked,and the modified plants grew through veinsof strangers and uttered a welcomeI dizzily knew to be unwell,even sick. I know that I requiresun to grow, and without sunI...
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House of Polar Hysteria
Is a mixed state, agitation and depression, green eyes gleaming fruitfully from the snow. I cast the circle, invoke the professional lover, where is the topaz man when you need him. She cannot be trusted with a weekend. We dwell with Tyw, Wodin, Thor,...
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IN MEMORIAM: Guy Davenport
Some Epitaphs for Guy Davenport(23 November 1927-4 January 2005)ARCHAICThe least of his epitaphs-but as true as any of the others that might be given him-would name Guy Davenport his century's greatest translator of the archaic Greeks.RADICALIn his lovely...
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IN MEMORIAM: Philip Lamantia
High Poet: Philip Lamantia(23 October 1927-7 March 2005)it is so cool up here!"Opium Cocaine Hemp," Narcotica (1959)Andrew Joron and I met Philip Lamantia on his seventy-first birthday, through Will Alexander, who'd known him for twenty years. Not long...
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Leek Soup
"You can want to do nothing and then decide instead to do this: make leek soup. Between the will to do something and the will to do nothing is a thin, unchanging line: suicide."-Marguerite DurasMost people who make leek soup do not make good leek soupbecause...
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Letters, Abroad and Back
Letters, Abroad and Back A review of Robert Duncan, Letters: Poems 1953-1956. Edited and with an afterword by Robert J. Bertholf. Chicago. Flood Editions. 2003. 71 pp. $17One of the books that coaxed Jacques Derrida away from phenomenology in the early...
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Music and Suicide
Jeff Clark. Music and Suicide. NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004. 80pp. $20Egon Schiele's Two Women Crouching depicts its eponymous two women indeed crouching against a formless, sickly green background. The women are naked (Schiele may be the painter...
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Regions of the Great Heresy
Jerzy Ficowski. Regions of the Great Heresy. Ed. and trans. Theodosia Robertson. NY: W.W. Norton, 2003. 255 pp. $25.95On the back cover of every book by or about Bruno Schulz that has been published in English is a citation from Isaac Bashevis-Singer,...
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Tales of Galicia
Andrzej Stasiuk. Tales of Galicia. Trans. Margarita Nafpaktitis. Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2003. 140 pp. $14At a time in American literary publishing when the recurrence of any one character in any two stories will win a manuscript the designation...
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The Body in the Word
for Christopher MiddletonIt is not simple. It is opposite. Like revelation or dream, it does not lurk behind its signs. Full of fields, even when alone. Even if you rest all afternoon in a kingdom of caresses it engenders choreographies. And the voice...
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The Trouble with Strangers
It was not my dog that bit off the stranger's arm.I may care for the dog and feed the dog and Ihave even paid for her grooming and for hercolorful leash and collar, but does thisentitle me to ownership? I am sorryfor the loss of the stranger's arm and...
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Up to Speed
Armantrout, Rae. Up to Speed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. 80pp. $13.95As I read Rae Armatrout's book Up to Speed, I was reminded of Percy Bysshe Shelley's claim that poets' language "is vitally metaphorical; that is, it marks the...
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Waiting for Harvest Moon
Shadows thrown by people on a wall,A fragile charm, and they stand upright.More often the flat shadows, horizontalOn a paving stone. You tread on them.No, the shadows are not thrown at all.If it be said that some shadow definedSignificant bodies in a...
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