Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Parnassus : Poetry in Review is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, 2002

Accordion Music and Raw Profusion
Campbell McGrath. Capitalism. Wesleyan University Press 1990. (out of print) Campbell McGrath. American Noise. Ecco Press 1994. 67 pp. $11.00 (paper) Campbell McGrath. Spring Comes to Chicago. Ecco Press 1996. 87 pp. $12.95 (paper) Campbell McGrath....
"Evaporating Disagreeables": Mistah Kurtz and Mistah Keats
Once freed to traffic in the gruesome, imagination can run into problems of an almost mechanical nature, when tact or taste get in the way and nausea prevails. Take, for example, Fons Rademaker's movie, The Rose Garden, starring Liv Ullman, Maximilian...
Gabfest
David Kirby. The House of Blue Light. Louisiana State University Press 2000. 77 pp. $22.50 $14.95 (paper) David Kirby's poetry can be amazingly disarming, if you are disarmable. Here are the first six-and-some stanzas of the title poem of The House of...
"In the Bodies of Words": The Swenson-Bishop Conversation
It was at Yaddo, where both poets were fellows, that May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop first met in the fall of 1950, a period Bishop later described as "the most wretched and unpleasing stretch of my life." She was drinking heavily, twice to the point...
King Lear, Several Little Boys, and an Old Crazy Woman in My Mother's Nursing Home
An old, crazy woman in my mother's nursing home sat down on the chair beside me and asked if she was going to die. I looked at the door, the window, panicked, couldn't remember how the lies went, and said, "Yes." There are times when you look down the...
Majesty Threatened and Maintained
Sandro Botticelli. The Drawings of Dante's Divine Comedy. Edited by Hein-Th. Schulze Altcappenberg. Harry N. Abrams 2000. 360 pp. $75.00 Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy. Translated by C.H. Sisson. Oxford University Press 1993 [first published 1980]....
Maragheh and Alamut
I love a forest gap that a hike's disclosed within an Appalachian maze of pine: a fractured column shines inside the chasm of daylight its fall created, a cylinder of moss in an aureole of ferns, lethargic flames. To the piney woods this weekend, to...
My Strange Love: Intimations of Stanley Kubrick Recollected from Early Childhood
If we'd thought to name our afternoon's pastime, we might have called it Spot the Bomb. We made it up while rambling through the neighborhood one overcast spring day: a game whose first move was a shouted "I saw the flash in the sky!" Whoever called...
Of Albatrosses and Angels
After a climbing accident on a remote Japanese island some years ago, in which I broke three ribs and my temperature soared like an oboe solo, I found myself hallucinating angels and albatrosses. If they didn't lower my fever, they at least quelled my...
Spoken For
Robert Mezey. Collected Poems, 1952-1999. The University of Arkansas Press 2000. 304 pp. $22.00 (paper) Poets, in order to please, must "say" something in their poems, but poems can please without saying much about their writers. "Voice"by which I mean...
Steady under Strain and Strong through Tension
Seamus Heaney. Electric Light. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2001. 98 pp. $20.00 In Seamus Heaney's collections, the last shall usually be first. Many critics over the years have observed that the final poem in a Heaney volume will serve advance notice...
Terror and Photography
Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs. Edited by Gilles Peress and Janine Altongy. Scalo 2002. 861 pp. $50.00 Eugene Richards. Stepping Through the Ashes. Aperture 2002. 192 pp. $40.00 In September of 2001, the German avant-garde composer Karlheinz...
"The Auspicious Place"
Susan Aizenberg. Muse. Southern Illinois University Press 2002. 63 pp. $12.95 (paper) Priscilla Becker. Internal West. Zoo Press 2001. 64 pp. $14.95 (paper) Joy Katz. Fabulae. Southern Illinois University Press 2002. 59 pp. $12-95 (paper) Richard Matthews....
"The Chameleon's Dish": Ten New Poets
Christopher Bakken. After Greece. Truman State University Press 2001. 72 pp. $22.00 Quan Barry. Asylum. University of Pittsburgh Press 2001. 72 pp. $12.95 (paper) Peg Boyers. Hard Bread The University of Chicago Press 2002. 93 pp. $14.00 (paper) Major...
The Shops
Those little shops were on the Plaza del Pan, behind the Church of the Savior, where the Galicians parked, seated on the ground or leaning against the wall, their empty sacks on their shoulders and a handful of cords in their fist, waiting for a trunk...
Truth, Beauty, and the Remote Control
Anne Carson. Men in the Off Hours. Alfred A. Knopf 2000. 168 pp. $24.00 Anne Carson. The Beauty of the Husband. a fictional essay in 29 tangoes. Alfred A. Knopf 2001. 147 pp. $22.00 Never short of cheek, Ezra Pound printed the following three lines,...