Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1, Winter

A Coin
For Zrinka Suppose there is a Point A and a Point B and that, if you want to get from point A to point B, you have to pass through an open space clearly visible to a skillful sniper. You have to run from Point A to Point B and the faster you run, the...
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A Coin
Suppose there is a Point A and a Point B and that, if you want to get from point A to point B, you have to pass through an open space clearly visible to a skillful sniper. You have to run from Point A to Point B and the faster you run, the more likely...
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An Interview with Nathaniel Mackey
Born in Miami in 1947, Nathaniel Mackey grew up in Southern California. He attended Princeton and then Stanford, where he earned a Ph.D. in literature. In the late 1970s, after having taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and USC, Mackey joined...
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An Interview with Nathaniel Mackey
Born in Miami in 1947, Nathaniel Mackey grew up in Southern California. He attended Princeton and then Stanford, where he earned a Ph.D. in literature. In the late 1970s, after having taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and USC, Mackey joined...
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An Interview with Stuart Dybek
The following interview was conducted as part of the University of Memphis's ongoing River City Writers Series; the conversation took place March 7, 1995, in Memphis. Stuart Dybeck's books include two collections of short stories, Childhood and Other...
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Chick Lit: Postfeminist Fiction / Chick Lit 2: No Chick Vics
Chick Lit: Postfeminist Fiction. Eds. Cris Mazza, Jeffrey DeShell, and Elisabeth Sheffield. Carbondale, Ill.: FC2, 1995. Chick Lit 2: No Chick Vics. Eds. Cris Mazza, Jeffrey DeShell, and Elisabeth Sheffield. Carbondale, Ill.: FC2, 1996. Cris Mazza, co-editor...
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Filming the Famine
1. My meal of pleasure crisped like a wave in the perfect circle of his lips, not helped by the winds and the air: the primal garment of his skin, and the brush-braid on the hem of his voice was an answer as soft as the question. It was an evening...
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From Atet A.D
[Atet A.D. is volume three of From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, a series of letters written by composer/multi-instrumentalist N., founding member of a band formerly known as the Mystic Horn Society. - N.M.] _____ 5.VI.82 Dear...
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Meadowlands
Louise Gluck. Meadowlands. Hopewell: N.J.: The Ecco Press, 1996. In this latest volume of poems, Louise Gluck moves to a new and perhaps more social key. In Meadowlands, the disintegration of a contemporary marriage plays itself out against the fragmentary...
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Recess
New Girl They were the two children most likely to be amusing each other, the two around whom the others had compassed out the most emphatic circles of silence and contempt, here in the tufted, parched expanse that is a municipal park in Chicago in...
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Selected Poems
Douglas Oliver. Selected Poems. Jersey City: Talisman House, Publishers, 1996. Since the early 1970s, a strain of innovative poetry has arisen in Britain that has received little notice in the United States (though at times even less in its own). Though...
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Some Sketches from the Life of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Joanne Kyger Some Sketches from the Life of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Boulder, Co.: Rodent Press & Erudite Fangs, 1996. This is Kyger's most recent chapbook, and condenses about a dozen scenes from the fascinating life of the founder of Theosophy...
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The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa / Sun under Wood
The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa. Ed. and trans. by Robert Hass. Hopewell, N.J.: The Ecco Press, 1994. Robert Hass. Sun Under Wood. Hopewell, N.J.: The Ecco Press, 1996. By strict count, Sun Under Wood is Robert Hass's fourth book...
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Theofany: Heart
the hands turn blue the knife black no mordant no escape mars is an exaggeration deviant light it is not the hue of her lips which exclaims rather the torn remnant of a red flag poppy or rose inevitably the mind bleeds coals slacken and the snake...
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The Rest Is Jungle
Amigos. Nadie mas. El resto es selva. - Jorge Guillen 1. From a top floor, something that might have been hot coals or feces fell on his head. He didn't want to know. He just cleaned himself the best he could with a page from the Herald Tribune and...
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The Unmanly Art
A few years ago, I went to hear Susan Sontag read from her work. Back then, I amassed autographed books and hoped for authors' insights. Desiring their status, I hoped contact with published authors, like scraps from a saint's hem, would fill me with...
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