Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, Fall

A Conversation with Robert Duncan (1976)
The following interview was conducted at Robert Duncan's request in Huntington Beach, California, on May 29, 1976. The first half of the interview is published here; the second half will appear in Chicago Review 44:1 (Winter, 1998). Robert Peters: Robert,...
At the Desiring Vine
A rolling stone gathers no moss. Postmodernism disrupts tradition. He who hesitates always gets lost. Necessity is the mother of invention. Postmodernism disrupts traditions like "half a loaf is better than none" and "necessity is the mother of invention."...
Ducks for Grownups: Jack Spicer, Larry Kearney, Jamie MacInnis 1964
In 1964, a number of young writers from New York joined the Spicer circle in San Francisco's North Beach. Because all had some college education and two of them came from Catholic homes, they became known as "the Jesuits." Andy Cole and Tom Wallace,...
New, Newer, and Newest American 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 read...
Night Thoughts
One striking post-war phenomenon has been the transformation of numerous countries into pseudo-places whose function is simply to entice tourists. - Paul Fussell, Abroad Night thoughts are best, the ones that visit us where we lie smoking between three...
Notes on Lyric Poetry; or, at the Muse's Tomb
Translating the language of things into that of humans entails not only translating silence into audibility; it means translating the nameless into the name. - Walter Benjamin One of my close friends, also a worker in the mine fields of the poetic,...
Poetry Wired
Considering the proliferation of World Wide Web sites devoted to everything from government agencies to personal scatology, it is not surprising that no shortage of poetry websites should exist; entering "poetry" into the search field of Alta Vista,...
Remembering the '90S
Beyond the light stand failure and remorse ... - Philip Larkin, High Windows The snow-man infants from the nursery school devised from the first fall of January stares back from a far comer of the square - a selfish giant made to freeze and rule the...
Smoke
Bone-idle, I lie listening to the rain, not tragic now nor yet 'to frenzy bold' - must I stand out in thunder yet again who have thrice come in from the cold? Sold on sobriety, I turn to the idea of nicotine, my opium, hashish, morphine and cocaine,...
Social Change and 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...
Ten Different Fruits on One Different Tree: Experiment as a Claim of the Book
Prefacing his selection of Language poets for his 1986 anthology In the American Tree, Ron Silliman noted that "the resources available to this moment in writing have been remarkably abundant." This reflection follows immediately upon a list of over...
The New Millennium: Fifty Statements on Literature and Culture (Agree or Disagree)
1. The word "consumer" has replaced the word "citizen" in most forms of discourse. 2. Traditional culture is the enemy of consumerism. 3. Media culture collaborates with consumerism to destroy traditional beliefs. 4. Postmodern theory was created...
What Not to Make of Eric Mottram: Questions & Remarks on Contemporary British & American Poetry
The following remarks were delivered at the first Eric Mottram Conference in Poetics and Cultural Studies at The University of London's Centre for English Studies on September 19, 1997. I have largely left them in their somewhat fragmentary talk-form....
Wrong
Must've been coming an engma. In the modal month of May. Mallardic. So man rejoysyth and woman gladith of somer commyng. The second shifts Into gear. Lanes up ahead unWRANG ling. Been going from mouth To hand. The century come early this year. Way in...