Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, 1999

Carson: Mind and Heart
Anne Carson. Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse. Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. The first thing I read by Anne Carson blew me away. It was "The Glass Essay" (in Glass, Irony and God, 1995), a thirty-eight-page poem narrated by a woman devastated by the collapse...
Duncan's Introductions at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University
Foreword Robert Duncan and Jess Collins lived at Banabulfar on the northwest coast of Mallorca from March 1955 to March 1956. They made one trip to continental Europe; in December 1955 they went to Paris, where Duncan wrote the final poem of the book...
Easter 1912 and Christmas 1929: Blaise Cendrars and Garcia Lorca in New York (a Second Take)
What lengths what loops. In 1912 and good enough. In 1929. At Easter first, at Piques. And then a good right hand and arm blown off the shoulder at the Battle of the Marne. And after 1930, the Falange. But Easter first, but Christmas next again. A calendar,...
Hair Cutting
She snips his hair with new scissors. He ponders rain on the skylight, x^sup X^; his father sent him an elephant tusk carved into a village with lotus ponds and waterfalls. His son, asleep, left on the kitchen table in an unwaxed bag clusters of chanterelles....
In Natural Light
Since the publication of his first volume of poetry, The Color of Dust, in 1970, Michael Anania has consistently revisited the same themes: transience; qualities of light; the nature of Midwestern urban space; the intersections of history and known places;...
Meadow
Tom Raworth. Meadow. The Post-Apollo Press, 1999. In the United States, experimental or avant-garde poetry has been marketed and distributed pretty effectively for the last thirty years, and has even managed to lodge itself in the academy (most successfully...
Notes to Chris concerning Household Conduct While I Am Away in Buenos Aires
Remember the remote controls nothing that you really want or need. Go to a movie instead or eat some custard. Both are far, but you can walk. Don't mind the little sand showers that fall in the hearth sometimes. It only means that ambulances are driving...
Pages from a Book of Years
Part Two I America First or Lend-Lease. 1941. The Christmas holidays at last and New Year's Eve. How to measure now and then and now again and in the mind or then as now for all of them in kin & kind. And how conceive. How to parse out features in...
The Reef
Elizabeth Arnold. The Reef. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Elizabeth Arnold's The Reef opens with quotes from Heraclitus and Emily Dickinson: two pagans whose gods were capricious, violent and barely real. This debut poetry collection charts...
Tribe
My tribe was lowdown struggling day labor Depression South Eastern Illinois just before the southern hills start to roll toward the coal country where the east/west morainal ridges of Wisconsin trash pile up at the bottom of the prairie, socially a far...
Truluv the Sailor
le dernier couac du Rabbi Tarfon There is some way the world is and also Some way the inner world, fierce female visitor By night, is, who beats the ground and cries out Aicha, aicha. I myself have heard her, And do still hear her, cry the name of her...
West House
Kelvin Corcoran. Melanie's Book. Alan Halsey. A Robin Hood Book. Gavin Selerie. Roxy. All published by West House Books, 40 Crescent Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 IHN, England. The Home Service, Hilversum, Athens, Moscow, Luxembourg, Athlone...thirty...