Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, 2000

#292
Now that I've capped the molar you're certainly free to go but for just a moment stop wiggling and consider the other oral areas that could use a bit of bolstering, the lower jaw, for instance, now that you're here I'd be glad to inject 10 ccs of steel...
Absinthe / Masters and Servants
Christophe Bataille. Absinthe. Translated by Richard Howard. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1999. Pierre Michon. Masters and Servants. Translated by Wyatt Alexander Mason. San Francisco: Mercury House, 1997. For the average English-speaking...
After ARK
What to do after ARK? What follows writing a major work? Ronald Johnson began his long poem ARK in 1970, a bit more than midway in life's journey, and completed it in 1990. Like Zukofsky's `A", ARK is a finished work, not an open-ended epic-like Pound's...
An Inconstant Apple
The description of this one apple was to have been worked up and polished, but the Belgian, M. Henri, cabinetmaker, offered the empty place at his table and quietly spoke of his work, his two sons, each around forty, who work alongside him, also of his...
Boss Cupid
It is a hyperbolic cliche for reviewers to say: with this volume X establishes himself as the Catullus of his age. Yet it would be tempting to make such a claim for Boss Cupid. Gunn's poems often follow the manner of Roman elegists in speaking from within...
Cable Factory 20
Lytle Shaw. Cable Factory 20. Berkeley, Calif.: Atelos, 1999. The artist Robert Smithson would often make "site-selections," in which he would photograph a large-scale industrial project. In a sort of inverse entropy, the finished construction would...
Dictionary of Silence / the City and the Child
Ales Debeljak. Dictionary of Silence.Translated by Sonja Kravanja. Santa Fe, N.M.: Lumen Books, 1999. Ales Debeljak. The City and the Child. translated by Christopher Merrill and the author. Buffalo, N.Y.: White Pine Press, 1999. Slovenian poet Ales...
Far and near / A Profile of Daniela Fischerova
I turned on the television, and we were once again face to face. A man whom I had not seen in fourteen years was looking straight into my eyes and speaking insistently. I was protected by the one-way mirror of the television screen between us. The sound...
From the Murat Family Album
One by one the four children, having climbed the wooden stair, appear in early light, clothed who knows how, on the deck of HMS Tremendous. One after the other, they yawn; then they stretch out their arms. Up and out go their arms, as if they were sending...
In the Mirror of the Eighth King
Christopher Middleton. In the Mirror of the Eighth King. Kobenhavn & Los Angeles: Green Integer, 1999. In his essay "Introduction to an Unpublished Anthology of Short Prose" ( 1992), which appears in another recent collection,' Christopher Middleton...
Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern
Janet Lyon. Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999. Janet Lyon's study of the most polemical discursive form in the modern public sphere, the manifesto, seeks to understand the relationship between that ardent...
Nostos
V. Penelope Pelizzon. Nostos. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2000. Penelope Pelizzon's first book ot poems-winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize-sticks closely to the narrative of nostalgia and return she sets up in the first of four sections...
Notes & Comments
Poet's Novels and the Poetry of Novelists Has there ever been a really good novelist who was also a fine poet? And what about the reverse: has any decent poet ever written a good novel? Naturally, examples abound. Paul Auster wrote terse, objectivist...
On Today's Episode
Today's episode will feature six dances, five embraces, nine kisses (thirty-three percent of them furtive), five coffee shop scenes and as many in the night club, two car chases, four close-calls of various sorts, one case of amnesia and two fatal car...
Outtakes
Somewhere for anyone to happen on, unheard, unreferenced, on master tape, my outtakes, the edges of completion, still survive as leftovers from a cleaned-up final version. They have been filed away for someone killing time in an archive to stumble across...
Phantoms at Mansfield Park
Not since she arrived, an adopted cousin, small and forlorn, in the great house, has any child but Fanny herself penetrated the white-- painted attic where she sleeps. All we are told of the attic is that it is painted white. For years we are not told,...
Pigeon Mumblers
Beyond the trees with last year's plastic bags gnarled in their bare branches, and above the still factories on a gray winter evening, several flocks of pigeons flew into the sky. They curved on the slight breeze, then rose over the water towers. Other...
Reluctant Gravities
Rosmarie Waldrop. Reluctant Gravities. New York: New Directions, 1999. In Reluctant Gravities, the sequel to the post-Wittgensteinian dialogues of The Reproduction of Profiles (1987) and Lawn of Excluded Middle (1993), Rosmarie Waldrop embodies a search...
The Flute Player's Deposition
...suddenly a marvelous sound of music was heard... as if a troop of revellers were leaving the city, shouting and singing as they went. --Plutarch A flute player, that's what I was. Gigs at them banquets with Cleo and Tony. But I'd started young, twelve...
The Long View
Charles 0. Hartman. The Long View. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1999. Readers familiar with Hartman's name will most likely associate it with one or more of the three books of critical theory he has written in the past two decades....
To Do as Adam Did: Selected Poems of Ronald Johnson
Ronald Johnson. To Do As Adam Did: Selected Poems of Ronald Johnson, edited with an introduction by Peter O'Leary. Jersey City, N.J.: Talisman, 2000. In his essay dedicated to young poets, "Hurrah for Euphony," Ronald Johnson advises, "Be an enthusiast."...
Towards the Blanched Alphabets
In his sixth collection, Towards the Blanched Alphabets, expatriate American poet Gustaf Sobin presents a series of poems composed in the territory between Emerson's announcement that "language is fossil poetry" and a more skeptical, post-structualist...
When the Saints
A problem is a stumbling block, something thrown in the way. Problem comes from the Greek-pro (before, in front of) + ballein (to throw)meaning anything thrown before you, directly ahead of you. You either face your problem, a potentially null encounter,...