Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Parnassus : Poetry in Review is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, 2001

A.E. and Me
Triumph is fleeting but disgrace lasts forever. The year was 1978. The setting, that old brick fortress in downtown Denver we called UCLA (the University of Colorado between Lawrence and Arapaho). The topic, late Victorian literature. The professors...
Alias, Alas
Henri Coulette. The Collected Poems. Edited by Donald Justice and Robert Mezey. University of Arkansas Press 1990. 252 pp. $14.95 (paper) For his few readers, the poetry of Henri Coulette has always been a kind of secret pleasure-secret because the poems...
A Modern Wunderkammer
Constance Hunting. Natural Things: Collected Poems 1969-1998. National Poetry Foundation 1999. 228 pp. $19.95 Constance Hunting is a connoisseur of things both natural and fabricated, with a knack for choosing and framing her treasures, some of which...
A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance
POEM A throw of the Dice will never abolish Chance PREFACE (1897) I WOULD PREFER this Note to remain unread or, if glanced at, that it even be forgotten; it offers little beyond the able Reader's own penetration: but how it will perplex the unsophisticated,...
Clio Rising
Derick Burleson. Ejo. University of Wisconsin Press 2000. 120 pp. $18.95 $11.95 (paper) Davis McCombs. Ultima Thule. Yale University Press 2000.66 pp. $19.00 $12.00 (paper) I dare not ask you if you bless the poets, For you do not look as if you ever...
Cows Have No Religion
Cows Have No Religion John Montague. Smashing the Piano. Wake Forest University Press 2001. 84pp. $10.95 (paper) John Montague. Collected Poems. Wake Forest University Press 1995. 376pp. $19.95 $10.95 (paper) John Montague concluded his Collected Poems...
Emily Dickinson Thinking
It is natural that Emily Dickinson should come to mind when one reflects on the evidence for thinking in poetry. Her work has been called metaphysical, philosophical, theological. Vocabularies have been invented to describe her style of thinking-its...
Gilded Totems
James Merrill. Collected Poems. Edited by J. D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser. Alfred A. Knopf 2001. 905 pp. $40.00 For all his high gloss and sleek sensibility James Merrill was a collector of totems, many of which served him as sly and sometimes poignant...
Grazing in the Ruins
David Ferry. The Eclogues of Virgil: A Translation. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1999. 102 pp. $13.00 (paper) There has always been bucolic poetry. Anyone who has read the Song of Songs understands how ancient and vital is the connection between song...
"Her Mouth Is a Bloody Closet"
"Her Mouth Is a Bloody Closet" Sharon Chmielarz. The Other Mozart. Ontario Review Press 2001. 97 pp. $21.95 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a sister named Maria Anna, known as Nannerl, who was also a pianist and a child prodigy. In the 1760s, she and her...
"How Little at Home We Are in the Interpreted World"
Tessa Rumsey. Assembling the Shepherd. The University of Georgia Press 1999. 61 pp. $15.95 (paper) Matthea Harvey. Pity the Bathtub its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. Alice James Books 2000. 67 pp. $11.95 (paper) Cort Day. The Chime. Alice James Books...
I Could Write a Book: Popular Song Lyrics of the Twentieth Century
Reading Lyrics. Edited by Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball. Pantheon 2000. 706 pp. $39.50 The New Conservatism hasn't led to much good art. In poetry, painting, classical music, and architecture, "traditional values" have more often than not meant...
On the Inadequacy of Physical Evidence
On the Inadequacy of Physical Evidence* In every pathological museum of repute the visitor will come upon at least one vitrine of specimens-a snake in segments, frogs' legs, a half-dozen wood lice, most of a newt-- which, according to their labels, once...
Oxford Days
More research than you might imagine has treated the subject of Oxford speech. There is, of course, an Oxford accent which, tested against the so-called "received pronunciation" (RP) of BBC English, tops a wide gallery including the Yorkshire accent...
Remembering the Cold War
Remembering the Cold War* I The Dialtone Decision can still the clocks hands, wrap the moment in a voluminous straitjacket. In the room, six flights underground, two men wear identical keys around their necks, waiting, as though the gears of the earth...
The Comedian as the Letter I, or the Perils of Vaudeville in a Post-Modern Age
The Comedian as the Letter I, or The Perils of Vaudeville in a Post-Modern Age Irving Feldman. The Life and Letters. The University of Chicago Press 1994. 103 pp. $29.00 $13.00 (paper) Irving Feldman. Beautiful False Things. Grove Press 2000. 95 pp....
The Ghost of an Obession: Translating Mallarme's a Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance
In 1971, I walked into the library of the University of California at Irvine-you might have seen the building in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, where it was part of the "Ape Training Facility"-looking for the hardest poem in French I could find....
The Palace of Wisdom and the Six-Minute Poem
The Palace of Wisdom and the Six-Minute Poem Theodore Enslin. Then, and Now: Selected Poems 1943-1993. Edited by Mark Nowak. National Poetry Foundation 1999. 429 pp. $34.95 $19.95 (paper) Theodore Enslin. Re-Sounding: Selected Later Poems. Talisman House...