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Articles from Vol. 56, No. 4, Winter

Andrea Zanzotto (1921-2011)
Andrea Zanzotto was and is a "writer after the war"--after both the First and Second World Wars--which is to say that vanishing, disappearing, was one of the deepest experiences of his life. He was born in 1921, and through the stories and the memories...
Dismantlement
At last I'm cured of the habit. I can now peacefully walk down the street and see a paperclip lying on the pavement and yet resist the temptation to pick it up. And this makes me very happy. Even though the habit was at first harmless and pure enough....
Echolalia in Mrs. Piper
The music stopped and I stood still,And found myself outside the hill,Left alone, against my will,To go now limping as before,And never hear of that country more!Robert BrowningThe Pied Piper of HamelinGenius of camouflage beingpresent vis à vis the...
From BELLICOSE VARIATIONS
Prey to a most violent shock, wretchedand near to your heart I sent incense smoke intoyour eyesockets. The Ardeatine caves mixed credencesand dreams- I had departed, you had returned- deathwas a crescendo of violence that found no succorin your head...
From HOSPITAL SERIES
"Lentement, et tres tendrement, quoy que mesuré"- Couperin: 14ème ordre, livre III1.Tyranny of rapports; absoluteof the hotbed quenched monotonously andgrey your undoing of my nightin full night the lunary confirmstrue being, wanting likewiseat battle...
From THE LIBELLULA
Find Hortense: her mechanism is ejaculatorysolitude. Her solitude is ejaculatorymechanism. Find the monstrous gestures of Hortense:her solitude is peopled with specters, and thespecters people her with solitude. And her loveruminates and cannot leave...
IN MEMORIAM: Andrea Zanzotto (1921-2011)
Andrea Zanzotto was and is a "writer after the war"- after both the First and Second World Wars- which is to say that vanishing, disappearing, was one of the deepest experiences of his life. He was born in 192 1, and through the stories and the memories...
IN MEMORIAM: Paddy Galvin (1927-2011)
Soundeye 2011 kicked off with a commemoration of the life of Corconian poet and singer Patrick Galvin, who died last year. The festival, now in its fifteenth year, has been devoted to innovative Irish poets working in the Modernist line, and to their...
Master Klek's Room
This morning they came at last to unlock Master Klek's room. It's nearly three months since he gave up the ghost with an uproar one stormy night. On his knees in the backyard. So that till the day of today it had not been necessary to clear out his shabby...
Metrical Spaces
Any problematic of poetic form has always been connected for me to that which is more strictly musical, and I have never in reality divided the two disciplines, considering the syllable not only an orthographic nexus but also a sound, and the sentence...
Paddy Galvin (1927-2011)
Soundeve 2011 kicked off with a commemoration of the life of Corconian poet and singer Patrick Galvin, who died last year. The festival, now in its fifteenth year, has been devoted to innovative Irish poets working in the Modernist line, and to their...
Some Kind of Cheese Orgy/Love like Hate
Linh Dinh, Some Kind of Cheese Orgy. Tucson: Chax Press, 2009. 128pp. $16Linh Dinh, Love Like Hate. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2010. 240pp. $16.95Reading the poems in Some Kind of Cheese Orgy, I was reminded of the increasingly hysterical prose Linh...
The Boonk
The boonk is a new animal: with 3 eyes and 5 legs and thus altogether 31 toes. It wears boots because its feet are very tender. The ears are elongated and sinewy and covered with hair to serve as shock absorbers or sound cushions because the noises of...
The Complete Late Poetry of Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo
Jean-Joseph Rabea rivelo, The Complete Late Poetry of Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo. Translated by Leonard Fox. Lampeter, Wales: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. 440pp. $129.95Jean- Joseph Rabearivelo, Africa's first Modernist poet, was born in 1901 at the cusp...
The Cosmopolitan
Donna Stonecipher, The Cosmopolitan. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2008. 84pp. $16The figure of the cosmopolitan is difficult to locate. Like her nineteenthcentury counterpart the flaneur, she is always on the move- but unlike the flaneur, her city...
There, in the Sensation of Being Alive
There, in the sensation of being alive, the inundation of so many elements upon the body, the tactility of this wrapper- skin- spoken of as if containing something much more essential. But that is not entirely fair, as even the faintest raised hair knows...
The Secret of the Extraordinary Soldier's Hat on (Military) Shoulders
My first clear point-of-convergence-strong concentrated image of our house, which between brackets stood arms akimbo squeezed among the ranks of other similar houses at the edge of the park, except that ours was painted white on the outside, a job my...
Toc
Steve Tomasula, Stephen Farrell, Matt Lavoy, and Christian Jara, TOC. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2009. DVD-ROM. $16.95The aim of Steve Tomasula s most recent narrative experiment, the new media novel TOC, seems straightforward: to rework...
"Truly Traditional. and New, of Now": Ian Hamilton Finlay's Transition from Poemorama to Garden-Poem
Standing on the edge of a heather moor where the Pentland Hills rise is a whinstone boulder with a single vein of quartz. This stone is a poem. Inscribed "CURFEW / curlew," it invites us to hear the bird's liquid call as it plies down to the valley below....
Waldorf Panels on Sculpture: A Gallery
In the spring of 1965, dozens of New York artists met for an invitation-only conference called the Waldorf Panels on Sculpture. The artist Philip Pavia, organizer of the event, explained the event's name and the format in an interview: 'The name, Waldorf...
Waldorf Panels on Sculpture: A Gallery
In the spring of 1965, dozens of New York artists met for an invitation-only conference called the Waldorf Panels on Sculpture. The artist Philip Pavia, organizer of the event, explained the event's name and the format in an interview: "The name, Waldorf...
Wildfire
Andrea Brady, Wildfire. San Francisco: Krupskaya Press, 2010. 80pp. $15It's interesting to read Andrea Brady's Wildfire in Beirut, where the graffiti reads "War Makes Coffins and Castles" and old relics of the civil still stand, thirty or forty years...
Windoubtfilled
There is sometimes just beyond the window the threat of twins. A dopplegang.These are not clones. You will not open like a Russian doll. They are moretheir own than they are yours. Not kind.Your grandmother had a pair. One died.Blue leather with leather-covered...
Winnuendo
Touch me in the morning, see if I will respond, rise up like a tired plant given water.I bet I fucking lotus will.Sudden shifts to sex are confusing until I am reminded, I am human.The term nookie/nooky came into English use in 1928. A nook is a perfect...
Yellow Peril
He who in this world lets suffer the living beings, whether they have been born once or twice, who has in him no compassion for living beings, let him be considered a pariah.- VasalasuttaWhen night is deep and thick I wake with a hiccup darkness is throttling...