Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, Fall

Clay. Whereabouts Unknown
Craig Raine. Clay. Whereabouts Unknown. London: Penguin Books, 1996. In British speech, the word "smart" has a wide usage which extends to objects without sentience, and suggests a distinct set of values. Witness its occurences in the British press in...
Desire
Frank Bidart. Desire. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997. Desire is the first book by Frank Bidart to have appeared since he published his Collected Poems in 1990. That volume, entitled In the Western Night, has now entered the contemporary...
Falling Water
John Koethe. Falling Water. New York: HarperPerennial, 1997. Of Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster wrote that "she pushed the light of the English language a little further against the darkness." American modernist writers-and I am thinking specifically here...
First Intensity: A Magazine of New Writing
First Intensity: A Magazine of New Writing, ed. Lee Chapman. Boxkite: A journal of poetry & poetics, ed. James Taylor (Australia). If experimental poetry in the 1980s took on a narrowness, in part though the ideological dogmatism of some Language...
From Arisbe
C.O. Milford Pa. 1904 The way bleak north presents itself here as Heraclitean error driving and driving thought and austerity nearer to lyricism Often as black ice Wrote of antipodes elements oblong numbers a transuasion though icon or index though potentially...
Il Cuore: The Heart: Selected Poems (1970-1995)
Kathleen Fraser. il cuore: the heart: Selected Poems (1970-1995). Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1997. A collection of selected poems often unveils a subtle continuity of thematic issues that spans a poet's career but might otherwise go undetected....
Introduction
This special issue of Chicago Review is meant to reflect some of the range of new writing on contemporary English-language poetry and poetics. As editors of this issue, it is our hope that the collected essays will prove thought-provoking not only to...
Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist
Caroline A. Jones. Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. In this vigorous, ambitious book Caroline Jones describes a recent, periodizing shift in the way that people have conceived...
New, Newer, and Newest Americian Poetries
"KOALA - To survive you have to be willing to do anything. Anthologies! That's where the money really is, or might be. At least so I imagine from my fuzzy animal distance. Reprint the material! Dominate the gene pool! Rise like Godzilla and make them...
Social Change & Poetic Tradition
Define social as relationship that forms community, society, as that community from its economic material base to its cultural philosophical-institutional superstructure. Society is a sum and dimension of all its relationships which define it-as to what...
War Music
Christopher Logue. War Music. New York: Noonday, 1997. Imagine wrath. Divine wrath. Imagine a man filled with that wrath. How can we imagine such a man? And perhaps more importantly, why have weas English speakers-never been able fully to imagine him?...