Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1, Spring

An Introduction
This introduction aspires to be a brief but accurate guide to the development of poetry in the UK over the last fifty years or so as it informs the work of the four poets collected in this issue of Chicago Review. Though this is almost certainly the...
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An Introduction to Speed-Reading
Aloha Generalissimo! your speed-reading dollars, your plenty, it is to serve you on a platter, thus taking these advice. How to approach the text: The text is devil-sticks. The text is "what goes down stairs" i.e. Slinky. The text is one one thousand...
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Not Joking Exactly: Peter Mmanson and the Poetry of Crudity
I Or see some poet pensive sit, Fondly mistaking spleen for wit. --Matthew Green, "The Spleen" (quoted in Manson's Adjunct) Is a joke poetry? According to Henri Bergson "in every wit there is something of a poet," because both practice "a certain...
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Off the Grid: Lyric and Politics in Andrea Brady's Embrace
The most intellectually ambitious collective poetic endeavor in Britain during the second half of the twentieth century has mutated a remarkable and quite new strain of politically engaged writing. This might surprise British readers inclined to believe...
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Roger and Me
Our money is where your mouth is, clammy as that strict blip of successive exit holes, into the light over which is dubbed the light in filth-blistered orthognathic 2D flying elf neon crossbar 261. To buy it if you see what we mean is to see...
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Saut Crapaud
Saut Crapaud was recorded by Columbus Fruge (probably Fruge, judging by the name of several modern Cajun musicians) in Memphis, Tennessee on 18 September 1929. The song plays for one hundred and sixty-nine seconds, of which only seventeen are taken...
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Some Correspondence
I want to begin with "signal to noise," the name of your performance company. It is a term I see becoming problematic in your critical writings. In your article, "'These facts are variously modified': American Writers in an Information Economy," you...
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Some Younger British Poets
Jow Lindsay is Francis Crot and Helen Bridwell and a dozen pseudonymns I don't know, though one hears his real name pronounced as Joe. Neither he nor his avatars have a glue-for-binding book in the world yet, though the one called Crot has published...
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The Poetry of Keston Sutherland
Keston Sutherland's poetry is hard to understand. One way of whipping up attention around it would be to say that it is unprecedentedly so. This would be untrue. In the recent history of British poetry alone there are at least three poets to whose...
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