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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, Winter

An Interview with Stephen Rodefer
You were a student of Charles Olson's in the mid-1960s at SUNY, Buffalo. What was that like?Well, at the start it was altogether uncertain. I mean, at registration in the gym in the fall of '63, I didn't exactly know what to sign up for as an elective....
An Interview with Stephen Rodefer: You Were a Student of Charles Olson's in the Mid-1960s at SUNY, Buffalo. What Was That Like?
Well, at the start it was altogether uncertain. I mean, at registration in the gym in the fall of '63, I didn't exactly know what to sign up for as an elective. Someone next to me said, "Myth and Literature, that guy's a poet." Well, I'd never heard...
Holocaust Behind the Counter: L&G Luncheonette and the Origins of the East Village Poetry Scene
These forgotten places of New York's Lower East Side, near St. Mark's Place where I lived, had waiters with tattoos on their arms, tattoos more authentic than today's fashion. What I learned from daily banter with these men helped my privileged years...
"I Lie in Dawn's Great Faculty": Stephen Rodefer's Translation of Francois Villon
First, Villon, for those who don't remember. One long poem, one only longish, and a handful of ballades, written in Middle French around 1460. "Thief, murderer, pander, bully to a whore, he is honored for a few score pages of unimaginative sincerity"...
"I Lie in Dawn's Great Faculty": Stephen Rodefer's Translation of François Villon
First, Villon, for those who don't remember. One long poem, one only longish, and a handful of ballades, written in Middle French around 1460. "Thief, murderer, pander, bully to a whore, he is honored for a few score pages of unimaginative sincerity"...
Letterbox
Andrew Duncan replies to Peter Riley's letter in CR 53:1 and John Wilkinsons response to that letter in CR 53:2/3.Dear Chicago Review,I have deep skepticism about the integrity of the debate between Peter Riley and John Wilkinson in your pages.When I...
Life in Rodefer
"We all await an idiot's judgment." --Stephen Rodefer "What we need more than critics" Rodefer wrote in 1986, "is historians." The line is from one of Rodefer s few published essays in prose, but it might easily be taken for one of the many opinions...
Prologue to Language Doubling
Boris Pasternak (older than Mayakovsky and alive after the Allen anthology) speaks somewhere of the necessity for writers to disregard the approval of their admirers, lest their writing be tempted to repeat itself. He speaks of the urge for perfection...
Rodefer: A Study
Stephen Rodefer was at UCSD when I first knew him. A father (divorced) of two young boys and a respectable worker at the library archives, he was still all poet. I was a mother (divorced) of three and noted the good way he had with children: an affection,...
Stephen Rodefer's Position
Stephen Rodefer's poetry is a digest of the New American poetry and its chosen precursors. Olson and Villon, Ginsberg and Catullus, O'Hara and Baudelaire--Rodefer approaches them as colleagues, with envy and admiration. He disorders their experiments...
Stephen Rodefer: Toward a Checklist
Books, Chapbooks, & Selected BroadsidesThe Knife. Toronto: Island Press, 1965.After Lucretius. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut Libraries, 1973. [Broadside.]One or Two Love Poems from the White World. Placitas, NM: Duende, 1976.Villon. San Francisco:...
Stephen Rodefer: Toward a Checklist: Books, Chapbooks, & Selected Broadsides
The Knife. Toronto: Island Press, 1965. After Lucretius. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut Libraries, 1973. [Broadside.] One or Two Love Poems from the White World. Placitas, NM: Duende, 1976. Villon. San Francisco: Pick Pocket Series,...
What I See in the Silliman Project
The purpose of criticism is to wake the reader and the writer out of their complacency. Those who expect that any good writer should proceed by turning out a series of masterpieces, each similar to the last, only more developed in every way, are simply...