Academic journal article Chicago Review

Reading for the Chicago Review in 1978

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Reading for the Chicago Review in 1978

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I was on the poetry staff of the Chicago Review for three issues in 1978; I also contributed a translation to one of those issues and a brief book review to another. I had just graduated from college with a writing fellowship that was too little to live on, though I didn't realize that before I tried to live on it. I had married my high school and college sweetheart and followed him to the University of Chicago-I could write anywhere, right?-where he had an instant community in the English graduate program, and I knew no one except for him. During the day while he was on campus, I worked on my own poetry, translated the poetry of Yves Bonnefoy, and tried on the role of grown-up. When I went to English department events on campus, I was introduced as Cappy's wife. The only place where I could meet others on my own terms and discuss poetry as a fellow writer was in the Chicago Review office, which I remember (perhaps inaccurately) as small, crowded, dingy, and loud. I loved it.

I remember fierce arguments but not much of what we argued about. Rereading one of the issues I worked on (CR 30. …

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