Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Parnassus : Poetry in Review is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1/2, 2003

"A Policied Exile from the Human Race": The Achievement of Anthony Hecht
"A Policied Exile from the Human Race": The Achievement of Anthony Hecht Anthony Hecht. Collected Later Poems. Alfred A. Knopf 2003. 231 pp. $25.00Anthony Hecht. Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry. Johns Hopkins University Press 2003....
Ernst Weiss, 1882-1940
"A lot of time well spent with Dr. Weiss," Kafka confided to his diary in 1914. Later that year, dealings successfully concluded at the "tribunal" in Berlin that terminated his first engagement to the long-suffering Felice, he and Dr. Weiss holidayed...
Flukes
Lacking the patience and limitless godly eyesto watch every tick of circumstance, everybudge of a molecule or twothat adds up to light rain, a rockslide,Dutch elm disease, or a fertilized eggand bright red hair like her great-grandmother's,we can be...
Heart Suture
Medical student Friedrich von B., tall, blond, and young, passionately fond of "major surgery" but certainly not averse to other kinds of passions, among which a certain Hildegard Anneliese had played a considerable if, in recent times, not entirely...
Hope
It's hopeless, you told me,waking in the middle of the night-the moonlight driftingin through the curtain-and you looked at your wife,at her thin, whitening shouldersand dark hairas she was slowly breathing,thinking again and againof all this evil,the...
One Hell of a Ride
One Hell of a Ride Glyn Maxwell. Times Fool: A Tale in Verse. Houghton Mifflin 2000. 396 pp. $27.00At my old university, the administration had a practice of deeming the occasional Tuesday "Monday" when a Monday had been missed or had "disappeared" owing...
Poetry Love Potions
Poetry Love PotionsJames Fenton. An Introduction to English Poetry. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2002. 137 pp. $18.00Robert Pinsky. The Sounds of Poetry. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1998. 129pp. $16.00Edward Hirsch. How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love...
Priscilla Becker and Eric McHenry: An Exchange*
I was disappointed in Eric McHenry's decision to refer to indirect sources in the assessment of my book, Internal West. I would have preferred him to have responded to the poems themselves. His interpreting my photograph is petty, to be generous. Further,...
Resistance
Resistance Abba Kovner. Sloan-Kettering. Translated by Eddie Levenston. Schocken Books 2002. 134pp. $17.00There are many places on this planet where Abba Kovner is hailed as a hero, but none more meaningful to me than a particular mosquito-laden parcel...
Surgery: An Introduction
When Alice Attie called me and asked if I would look at the photographs she had taken in hospital operating rooms, I happened to be recovering from gall bladder surgery. While my doctor did not include in my file an image of the inflamed organ or give...
The Return of Robert Lowell
The Return of Robert Lowell Robert Lowell. Collected Poems. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2003. 1186 pp. $45.00Tamed by Miltown, we lie on Mother's bed;the rising sun in war paint dyes us red;in broad daylight...
The World Out-Herods Herod
The World Out-Herods Herod Robert Lowell. Collected Poems. Edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2003. 1186 pp. $45.00"Sometimes, however, to be a 'ruined man' is itself a vocation."-T.S. EliotRobert Lowell's death might...
Things He Gave Her
Rawalpindi, Pakistan: 1966-1976A lead box three and3/8 inches long, one and l/l6th inches wide, and almost an inch deep, hinged neatly but sprung now from the compacted grey dust of thirty years.Inlaid upon the cover, a plump gold deer holds his antlers...
Tuning a Def Ear
This essay is about words as theater: the power and use of words on stage, presented by artists on a set, in costumes, under lights, before an audience. What's refreshing about Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway is how elemental it is in all...
What Birds Mean When They Say That
Silence glimmers in a pond,louder in the midst of birdssurface riffled, fretted,fluted, deep intact.They say taratat and brrrp,every good, hi-ho, fine does,willow-willow, dash dot, whatnot, and I transcribe like amoth limping, meticulous,across a sandy...
Zigzag
Though I'll be looking at it in a sidelong way, my subject today is revision, the process by which the poet attempts to determine when a poem is finished. I'll be considering this idea of the poem being "finished"-in the dual sense of "ended" and "ornamented"-in...