Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 2, Summer

A Burning Interior: New Poems
David Shapiro. A Burning Interior: New Poems. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 2002. 104 pp. $24.95Since his debut in the mid-1960s, David Shapiro has come to be known as a persistent experimentalist whose formal music and lyricism complement his philosophical...
"Anxious Fuchsia Ocean": The Accomplishment of Randolph Healy
Firstly, you have to forget that Randolph Healy is Irish. Because he doesn't trade in that substance: nationality, Celtic duende... How easy it is to think of those poets who are saying all the time under their breath, "Look at me, I'm Irish / I'm different...
Chinese Whispers
John Ashbery. Chinese Whispers. NY: FSG, 2002. 100 pp. $21John Ashbery is the horizon beyond which, at present, we do not see. In such splendors as Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), Houseboat Days (1977), and A Wave (1984), Ashbery has forged...
Defective Affinities
My mother's family were harbour people, my maternal grandmother a Scot married to a carpenter; my father's family were river folk, my paternal grandmother Irish, her husband a lamplighter and fisherman. When my parents met and began courting, Mum had...
From Lindner's Notes
from ON THE BRINKportrait of senior consultant s. * So, this feller spits out of the window of the hospital and he's lucky, he hits a white midget on the head. A moment later the midget turns round and looks up at the window, but there is nobody there....
From What the Surfaces Enclave of Wang Wei
3.Detained without cup inhills' green openings.Moss under the gatecalled from shelterin these secret sweeps.We take our houses far,hard out until shore issouth of a hill. Light we honouradvances the lake,a balcony afloatgains as shines.4.Rows of perfect...
I Love Morning
1.We're in New Mexico.It's summer-all morning to lounge in bed, talk on the phone, read the paper.Martha pats her spiky, old cat, Manet, studies cat's cradle from a book.Time is ethos, as if we're engendered by our manner in it, not required to be in...
Parts of Speech
Aaron, sitting up in bed, the sheet drawn up to his chest, has his hands in Kevin's mouth, fingers tracing the shape of Kevin's tongue down its slippery, bumpy length. Kevin tries not to fidget; the fingers have a salty tinge-they are rough and dry,...
Sleeping with the Dictionary/Blues Baby: Early Poems
Harryette Mullen. Sleeping with the Dictionary. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. 85 pp. $14.95 Harryette Mullen. Blues Baby: Early Poems. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2002. 146 pp. $24.95Harryette Mullen's most recent collection...
The Cave
Jose Saramago. The Cave. Translated from Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. NY: Harcourt, 2002. 320 pp. $25Toward the end of Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville, worrying about a new and peculiarly modern form of tyranny, imagines an "immense...
The Double: An Annotated Novel
Greg Boyd. The Double: An Annotated Novel. Chantilly, VA: Leaping Dog Press, 2002. 136 pp. $14.95If reality is essentially unknowable, then it cannot be described with absolute precision. Of course, this has never stopped anyone from trying. But if we...
The Sense Record and Other Poems
Jennifer Moxley. The Sense Record and other poems. Washington, D.C.: Edge Books, 2002. 78 pp. $12.50The Sense Record is Jennifer Moxley's second full-length collection of poems. Like its predecessor, Imagination Verses (Tender Buttons, 1996), it evinces...
The Trip to Bordeaux
Ludwig Harig, The Trip to Bordeaux. Translated from German by Susan Bernofsky. Providence: Burning Deck Press, 2003. 103 pp. $10Utterly unassuming, lively, droll, The Trip to Bordeaux comprises roughly thirty short, stylistically and structurally distinct...