Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Parnassus : Poetry in Review is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, 1999

A Brief for the Epigram
The GreekAnthology. Edited by Peter Jay. Penguin 1981. 442 pp. Out of print. Martial in English. Edited by J. P. Sullivan and A. J. Boyle. Penguin 1996. 436 pp. $14.95 (paper) The Mortal City: 100 Epigrams of Martial.. Translated by William Matthews....
And in the Afternoons I Botanized
Where we sat, on the flagstone terrace behind the house, Gin cooling in the spill of civilian twilight, ice cubes Doing the dead man's float, with air rough to the touch, The birch leaves blown yellow, in the lacerating shape of spades, And thin boughs...
Apples of the Eye
I don't know what it is about these phrases-every beast of the field, every fowl of the air; everything that creepeth upon the ground, the fish of the sea-that fills me with a covert exultation, a momentary buoyancy. It is hard to know exactly what moves...
A Working Girl's Cant Wins
Deborah Garrison, A Working Girl Can't Win and Other Poems. Random House 1998.61 pp. $15.00 "Deborah Garrison's first book of poems, 11 years in the making, is impressive for its variety, concision and sureness of touch." "A Working Girl Can't Win is...
Hart and Fangs
O My Land, My Friends: The Selected Letters of Hart Crane. Edited by Langdon Hammer and Brom Weber. Four Walls Eight Windows 1997. 590 pp. $35.00 Marianne Moore, The Selected Letters. Edited by Bonnie Costello, Celeste Goodridge, and Cristanne Miller....
Horace Variorus
The Odes of Horace. Translated by David Ferry. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1997. 344 pp. $35.00 Horace in English. Edited by D. S. Carne-Ross and Kenneth Haynes. Penguin 1996. 560 pp. $14.95 (paper) Peter Levi, Horace: A Life. Routledge 1998. 270 pp....
In Each Other's Arms, or No, Not Really
Jorie Graham, The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994. The Ecco Press 1995. 197 pp. $23.00 $15.00 (paper) Jorie Graham, The Errancy. The Ecco Press 1997. 112 pp. $22.00 $14.00 (paper) Jorie Graham began her last two books of new work-Region...
Inverse Genius: On the Greatness of William McGonagall
William McGonagall (1830-1902) is the pre-eminent bad poet of the English language, as Shakespeare is the best. Shakespeare's pre-eminence is rarely disputed, except by those with an agenda, but McGonagall, though treasured by a happy multitude, mostly...
Looking for Mr. Person
A Centenary Pessoa. Edited by Eugenio Lisboa with L. C. Taylor. Translations: poetry by Keith Bosley; prose by Bernard McGuirk, Maria Manuel Lisboa, and Richard Zenith. With an introductory essay by Octavio Paz and contributions from Antonio Tabucchi,...
Pure Astonishment
The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt. Alfred A. Knopf 1997. 471 pp. $30.00 Our view of her poetry is still obscured by the dust kicked up over the course of her dramatic career-debut, response, and counter-response-all of which time will clarify in the...
Securitas
At the beginning of the Empire the Romans introduced a new deity to their pantheon. It happened almost furtively, after hesitation, and without any theological preparations. Securitas-this is how she was called-was elevated to the altars, and watched...
Takes on Arcadia
Stephen Minta, On a Voiceless Shore: Byron in Greece. Henry Holt 1998. 292 pp. $25.00 David Solway, The Anatomy of Arcadia. Press 1992. 290 pp $18.00 Patricia Storace, Dinner with Persephone. Pantheon 1996. 398 pp. $25.00 "The ancient remains and the...
The Sins of the Sonnets
Shakespeare's Sonnets. Edited by Katherine Duncan-Jones. The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series. Thomas Nelson 1997. 485 pp. $45.00 $16.00 (paper) Helen Vendler, The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Harvard University Press 1997. 672 pp. $35.00 If Shakespeare's...
The Strange Words of Grief
Sandra M. Gilbert, Wronglul Death: A Medical Tragedy. W. W. Norton 1995. 364 pp. $22.50 Alan Shapiro, Vigil. University of Chicago Press 1996. 136 pp. $18.95 Gibbons Ruark once remarked there are really only two kinds of poems: those about love and those...
The Visit
The young man shifted uncomfortably. For almost ninety minutes he had sat quietly in the dim light, trying to read the shorter items in his pocket poets edition of Baudelaire. He checked his watch and thought for a moment that the tall figure striding...
Two Views of My Grandfather's Courting Letters
To speke of woe that is in marriage. --CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales 1 So here is where it all began, in these Limp prevarications and apologies! I recognize Grandfather's courting voice too well, Its little stylistic flinches: "It would be swell If...