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Articles from Vol. 55, No. 3-4, Autumn

After the Bubble
There are no "camps" in today's American poetry. There are no "schools," except of course the universities that employ poets, including most of the poets in the new Norton anthology, American Hybrid (2009), where one finds claims like these, and where...
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Apocalypticism: A Way Forward for Poetry
The editors of this portfolio asked for a short introduction to my discussion of Joseph Donahues and Pam Rehm's work and apocalyptic poetry. Why write an essay about apocalypticism in the work of two contemporary poets? Why insist that their work represents...
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Best European Fiction 2010
Best European Fiction 2010. Edited by Aleksandar Hemon. Preface by Zadie Smith. Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2010. 421 pp. $15.95 In Fables of the Novel: French Fiction Since 1990, Warren Motte commends the latest generation of French writers...
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Ezra Pound, the Morada, and American Regionalism
Ezra Pound has long been seen as the standard bearer, for good or for ill, of modernist cosmopolitanism and internationalism. While scholars have weighed the significance of Pound's interest in reviving a specifically American literary culture, his espousal...
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Gerhard Falkner's Ground Zero
The German poet Gerhard Falkner emerged to critical acclaim in the 1980s. His first two volumes--so beginnen am korper die tage [thus begin days on the body (1981)] and der atem unter der erde [the breath beneath the ground (1984)]--received praise for...
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Louis Zukofsky and the Avant-Garde Textbook
"What we need is a literary scholarship, which will weigh Theocritus and Yeats with one balance," because "all ages are contemporaneous." From The Spirit of Romance (1910), this is one of Ezra Pound's earliest calls for a universalizing transhistorical...
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Myth and Education
Something more near Though deeper within darkness Is entering the loneliness ... --Ted Hughes, "The Thought-Fox" Ted Hughes thought of the poet's vocation as a gift, a kind of supernatural calling. It was based on a privileged shamanic conversation...
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On Christopher Marlowe's All Ovids Elegies
The best poem in this four-hundred-year-old book, which itself is a translation of a two-thousand-year-old book, concerns erectile dysfunction: She on my necke her Ivorie armes did throw, That were as white as is the Scithian snow, And eagerlie she...
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"Post-Language Lyric": The Example of Juliana Spahr
In the "Note" introducing her sixty-page "Poem Written from November 30, 2002, to March 27, 2003" from This Connection of Everyone With Lungs, Juliana Spahr observes that after September 11, 2001, she felt a need to think about what I was connected...
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Remembering Edward Dorn
The years following Edward Dorn's death on December 10, 1999, saw numerous literary memorials (including special issues of Jacket and Chicago Review), but eleven years later it remains to be seen if, how, and by whom Dorn's poetic contributions to the...
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Robert Von Hallberg and the University
"Those who read only the inset verse quotations here may adequately estimate whether this book has anything to say to them." So writes Robert von Hallberg in the introduction to Lyric Powers (2008). "The case I make is no stronger than the poems my claims...
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Seeking a Poetics of the Fertile Crescent
The Fertile Crescent sweeps across the eastern shoreline of the Mediterranean, down to Egypt, and stretches inland into the desert wastes of modern Iraq. That's a large enough area to host a conglomeration of myths and oral traditions, each with its...
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The Needs of Ghosts: On Poems from the Margins of Thom Gunn's Moly
In the 1972 typescript publication, Robert Duncan's Poems from the Margins of Thom Gunn's Moly are variously presented as "from the margins of," "inspired by," and "translated from." In terms of compositional practice, Duncan did not make firm distinctions...
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The Rhythm of the Actual in Basil Bunting's "Chomei at Toyama"
Something that was talked about a lot at the University of Chicago in the 80s--in Bob von Hallberg's classes and elsewhere--was how poetry resembles prose. "Discursive" was the word that got repeated, how writing that's like prose has a place in poetry....
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