Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Parnassus : Poetry in Review is a magazine focusing on Humanities

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 2, 2000

Breath and Blister: The Word-Burns of Michael Palmer and Leslie Scalapino
Michael Palmer. The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995. New Directions 1998. 260 pp. $18.95 (paper) Leslie Scalapino. New Time. Wesleyan University Press 1999. 104 pp. $25.00 $11.95 (paper) Michael Palmer is a poet under Saturn, a poet of unmistakable...
Dream Carp
People traveled from miles away to see my paintings of fishthe jeweled armor of their scales, the beadlike set of their eyes in rubbery socket rings, the glimmering swish of fin and tail so real it seemed that you could almost dip a net deep into the...
Elysium
You've seen his face before in every city, recurrent as the logo of a major corporation: Early Macho Destitution. The ruddy skin a different red than the rosy glow of work crews or the poppy hue of drunkards' cheeks. His is the orchid tinge of tongues...
Endeavors
To map, to classify. And that these two endeavors are the same. Or similar. And to collect. A kind of madness or a kindness of the sane. And then to draw and paint what has been mapped and classified. Why not. And to admire that. Or not. And pay for...
Fantasy Echo: Oracles, Enigmas
Edward Nobles. Through One Tear. Persea 1997. 87pp. $22.00 Cal Bedient. Candy Necklace. Wesleyan University Press 1997. 92pp. $12.95 (paper) Edward Nobles' first book exhibits an alert mix of skill, strength, and maturity Condensed as they are, his poems...
Horse Horse Hyphen Hyphen
BORDER GHAZALS I. I hate, I love, I don't know how I'm biracial, I'm torn in two Tonight, he will lock me in fear In the metal detector of love Rapeflowers, rapeseeds, rapiers A soldier's wry offerings He will press his tongue Into my neighing throat...
In Search of the Torturer's House
D.A. Powell. Tea. Wesleyan University Press 1998. 71 pp. $17.95 Larissa Szporluk. Dark Sky Question. Beacon Press 1998. 71 pp. $12.00 (paper) Tea is a book of abject self discoveries, a bitter brew D. A. Powell's almost indifferently fast-moving, unhappily...
Jackals in Parentheses
Eugenio Montale. Collected Poems 1920-1954. Ossi di seppia/Cuttlefish Bones, Le occasioni/The Occasions, La Bufera a altro/The Storm, Etc. Bilingual edition. Translated and annotated by Jonathan Galassi. Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1998. 626 pp. $40.00...
Leveling the Spirit
David Barber. The Spirit Level TriQuarterly Books 1995. 81 pp. $29.95 $12.95 (paper) 1. "Some things are truly lost," laments the bibulous telepathist in Richard Wilbur's poem "The Mind-Reader." A sun hat skitters from a parapet and somersaults out of...
Mature Potatoes
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. Eugene Onegin. Translated, with a preface and notes by Douglas Hofstadter. Basic Books 1999. 137 pp. $22.00 Brendan Galvin. Hotel Malabar. University of Iowa Press 1998. 50 pp. $10.95 (paper) Frederick Pollack. Happines....
My Mothers's Elephants
Because of their size, and the shape of their ears, and the sweetness and wisdom she claimed to see in their miraculously-lashed eyes, my mother, for as long as I can remember, loved elephants. At the zoo, she would linger, chuckling, before their house,...
Remembrance of Things Proust
Mashed Potato A man of imagination among scholars feels like a sodomite at a convention of proctologists. So I keep away as much as possible from buildings named Burrowes South and Goldwin Smith, and their denizens. Presumably the sense of pageantry...
The Irish in Me
Stand back from me as if from a window cleared by a sniper. The Irish in me have had every sacrament winched down into them like small engines flaming. They crochet lace with meat hooks. Pray Jesus right out of the pyx. A dream, a lie, a wager home,...
The Transformations
Frances Sherwood. Vindication. Farrar, Straws & Giroux 1993. 435 pp. $22.00 Judith Farr. I Never Came to You in White. Houghton Mifflin Co. 1996. 225 pp. $21.95 Paul West. Byron and the Spoiler's Art. Lumen Books 1992. 157 pp. $12.95 (paper) Paul...
The Triumph of Geoffrey Hill
Geoffrey Hill. The Triumph of Love. Houghton Mifflin 1998. 82 pp. $22.00 For every poem encrusted in learning like The Waste Land or The Cantos (whether Eliot's mandarin allusions or Pound's half learned learning), needing a road map for the shortest...
The Worst High School Marching Band in the South
We've seen you all before, A spectacle of spectacles, thick As the skull of a cheerleader in midleap-- The hornrimmed owls, the harlequins Of brassy hair, the round Astonished look of wired eyes. Even at the homecoming game, You never felt at home, not...