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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2-4, Winter

By Reason of Breakings
Andrew Zawacki. By Reason of Breakings. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2002. 88 pp. $15.95Andrew Zawacki's By Reason of Breakings is, as John Koethe called it in his introduction in American Poet (Fall 2001), "a poetry of ideas." Informed by...
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"Dazzling Songs Hanging in the Void": Yang Lian's
"Dazzling songs hanging in the void": Yang Lian'sA few years ago, in response to the first complete translation into Chinese of Pound's Pisan Cantos, Yang suggested that it was only in Chinese that Pound's poem finally found its full realization, that...
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Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems
Michael Heller. Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2003. 166 pp. $16.95Michael Heller's thirty-plus-year poetic career demonstrates the continuing viability of Objectivism. Indeed, Heller has written compelling criticism...
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Fathom
Andrew Joron. Fathom. New York: Black Square Editions, 2003. 1 15 pp. $12.95Much of the poetry written over the past hundred years has been an implicit or explicit response to the question: What is poetry? Andrew Joron's most recent collection opens...
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From CENTURIA One Hundred Ouroboric Novels
Author's PrefaceThe small volume now before you holds within a brief space a vast and pleasant library; it in fact contains one hundred romans fleuves, but crafted in such anamorphic ways as to seem to the hasty reader to be texts of few, spare lines....
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From LOCUS SOLUS
Chapter VTwilight had come while we were listening to the professor, who, presently, led us up a steep footpath.A ten-minute climb brought us to a small stone building, whose façade, the top of which was oriented toward an immense expanse of forest,...
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From REMEDIES OF LOVE (AFTER OVID)
Love read the name of this book before I had written a sentence-Ovid...Take not away from me the small fires I burn in the memory of love.-John Wieners"Wars," he remarked, "I can see clearly are waiting for me.""O Stupid," I said in reply, "some young...
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From THE POEM OF A LIFE: A BIOGRAPHY OF LOUIS ZUKOFSKY
An Ernster Mensch at Columbia (1920-1924)Louis Zukofsky enrolled as a freshman at Columbia University in January 1920, a few weeks before his sixteenth birthday. His youth was not particularly unusual; the New York public schools, under pressure from...
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Heliography
Losing I can accept, a long process like mould.That way I got to know this place in another way,like seeing the Pleiades from the other side.It could have been worse, I suppose. I couldnever have been here, instead of having been flungheadlong into whatever...
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INFERNO (Cantos 24 & 25) the Thieves: Whatcha Got Is Whatcha Gettin
When the year is young, when vain Aquarius washes his mane, when frost copycats its thick-skinned sister snow, the laborer, Joe Blow, with nothing but incentive, slaps his thigh at the white countryside, and returns to his place to pace, like one with...
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Letterbox
Dorn Again: an exchange between Keston Sutherland and Keith TumaI was thrilled this morning to receive the Dorn issue of Chicago Review [49:3/ 4 & 50:1, Summer 2004]. At first sight it looks to be a great slab of work, some real headway to dent the...
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My Desert
1.But the Sahara isn't all sandbare-scrubbed plains, barrensoil, thorn, broken stone,gravel shimmering ocher and dunDunes the color of honey, wind sculptedruffles and flutes, a knife edge to leeward,a hundred feet highTied dunes, echo dunes, barchans,...
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Pastorelle 14
1Ramps Bridge namedafter Jacob or named after ford on the creek orsmall river also named after Jacobno longer here when the bridge was built1882migrant in the great migration Indiana Kansas Missouri finally Oregonproof you can leave your markif you leaveand...
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Plum Stones: Cartoons of No Heaven
Michael McClure. Plum Stones: Cartoons of No Heaven. Oakland: O Books, 2002. 103 pp. $13In his foreword to D.T. Suzuki's Introduction to Zen Buddhism (1934), Carl Jung cautioned Westerners from engaging in so rigorous and alien a spiritual practice as...
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The Activist
Renee Gladman. The Activist. San Francisco: Krupskaya, 2003. 145 pp. $11One of Beckett's more notable accomplishments was to make art out of the inability to act, for which Hugh Kenner dubbed him "the comedian of the impasse." The idea of creating art...
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The Angle of Reflection Equals the Angle of Incidence
Take that and that and that and that andA kid repeatedly kicks a dog near whereraw sewage gurgles onto sand at low tide,Malaga, 1971. A man rummaging in a ravineof trash is scrunched by a bulldozer.If only I had q or r or s dissolvesinto floaters in...
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The World of Glass
Eugene Wildman. The World of Glass. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. 159 pp. $16.50Through the past four decades, Eugene Wildman's fiction has marked a passage from the breakdown and exploration of narrative to a careful reevaluation...
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