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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2/3, Autumn

And Then, One Day, the Rains
And then, one day, the rains, the rains stopped raining down on our muddy river town, and all that mud that made our town the muddy river town that it was, all of that mud, it all dried up and turned to dirt. And the river, yes, the river, too, all of...
An Elemental Thing
Eliot Weinberger, An Elemental Thing. New York: New Directions, 2007. 192pp. $16.95In a recent essay for the New York Review of Books, Eliot Weinberger wrote, "One always knew exactly what [Susan] Sontag was saying, even if one didn't think it was true."...
Boys & Murderers: Collected Short Fiction
Hermann Ungar, Boys & Murderers: Collected Short Fiction. Translated by Isabel Fargo Cole. Prague: Twisted Spoon, 2006. 243pp. $15In a 1930 preface to a collection of Hermann Ungar's short stories, Thomas Mann praised Ungar for all the wrong virtues....
Cold Fulguration
All of this said, short and dated,insistent, presence simply ripened.Such lucre trampled into light doubly-amazed,yearly,looped to a cord, the wings of evening,make their foam in another higher cavern,such wings of evening, evening of evening.I am simply...
Don't Ever Get Famous: New York Writing after the New York School
Daniel Kane, ed., Don't Ever Get Famous: New York Writing after the New York School. Champaign: Dalkey Archive, 2006. 399pp. $34.95Extending the kind of literary-historical inquiry he pursued in All Poets Welcome, Daniel Kane has edited a substantial...
Drift
Kevin Connolly, Drift. Toronto: Anansi, 2005. 85pp. $13.95Ten pages into Drift, Kevin Connolly's third book of poems, I suddenly thought of these lines from the beginning of Whitman's "Song of Myself":Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves...
Elemental Song
for Brenda Cárdenasa shadow scraped, the negativeis answers, seeking solacein the long ways of a shiny bridgea fur sparks into gravesthe outside visitationsaround drivinga cycle starts deliveryof braided water, each seatstays still for the disaster treea...
Fish Heads
It was a good day of us brothers fishing. It was always a good day of us brothers fishing whenever us brothers went down to the river to go do us our fishing. It was a good day of us brothers going down to the river to go do us our fishing even when...
Gravity's Rainbow Illustrated: One Picture for Every Page
Zak Smith, Gravity's Rainbow Illustrated: One Picture for Every Page. Portland: Tin House, 2007. 784pp. $39.95As a thesis-generating machine Gravity's Rainbow has it all: the military-industrial complex, Rilke, mysticism; thermodynamics, sadomasochism,...
Letterbox
John Wilkinson reacts to Peter Riley's letter in the last issue (cr 53:1), plus two responses to CR's special on British poetry.Dear Chicago Review,The last issue of Chicago Review prints Peter Riley's cry of protest against what he takes my review of...
Minus, His Heart
1The boy was in the house with two doors, alone with his proxy father, the Interminable Richard. The boy leaned in toward the glow of the electric voicebox while the Interminable Richard, trying to soothe his old wound, sat on top of it and flipped frequencies....
Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge
Harryette Mullen, Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge. Saint Paul: Graywolf, 2006. 176pp. $15Harryette Mullen's early work owes a good deal to Language poetry: it avoids lyrical self-reference and closure; it focuses on the material...
Saint Ghetto of the Loans: Grimoire
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)Gabriel Pomerand, Saint Ghetto of the Loans: Grimoire. Translated by Michael Kasper. Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006. 118pp. $14Gabriel Pomerand's Saint Ghetto of the Loans is one of the seminal works of...
The Exquisite
Laird Hunt, The Exquisite. Minneapolis: Coffee House, 2006. 254pp. $14.95In the acknowledgements for The Exquisite, Laird Hunt is frank about his debt to W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, citing the book as the impetus for his novel about death and...
The Hands That Hold the Hammer
Sometimes, us brothers, we hold our hands up to each other brother, and like this, with our hands raised in the air, us brothers, we tell each other what to do. Go get the hammer, one of our hands will say to the other brother. Go get us a handful of...
The Sky at the Bottom of the River
There are people here in this town, in this dirty river town with this dirty river running through it, who will be quick to tell you that what happened to our father, when he walked out into the river, was that he, our father, in the river, drowned....
To Pollen
J.H. Prynne, 7b Pollen. London: Barque, 2006. 26pp. $8The following is the second chapter of an unfolding critical novella on current British poetry, to be entitled Corroded by Symbolysme: An Anti-Review of Twelve British Poets, Being Also a True Account...