Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 49/50, No. 3-4/1, Summer

All Day Permanent Red
Christopher Logue. All Day Permanent Red. New York: FSG, 2003. 64pp. $18Twenty years ago I was a private in the US Army. At the time, there was a popular indoctrination drill the sergeants would practice on us. Young recruits were asked the function...
Ascending the Platte
Great Dane mudflaps cut the backwash,block the stones slung out of the tread ravines.Swarms of Crotch Rockets flow in the wake,splashing through the schitstream,flowing out of the feedlots, the olfactory blitzkriegtorching the front brain with cacafuegodeep...
A Selection of Edward Dorn's Correspondence (1960-1962)
Dorn s letters are his autobiography (as David Southern says in his essay that follows this selection). The archives are coherent enough to provide, in this brief glimpse, an insight into Dorn's early writing life, picking up where the narrative proper...
Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry
Robert Pinsky. Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. 96 pp. $14.95This short book is not Robert Pinsky's first venture into criticism. In 1976 he published an important manifesto-like study, The Situation...
Flesh and Bone
Cydney Chadwick. Flesh and Bone. Penngrove, CA: Avec Books, 2001. 1 87 pp. $14This is a collection of thirty-five very short stories that do not afford the author the space to construct and maintain complex characterizations. Chadwick writes the moment...
From MOUNTAIN R
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE - The floor belongs to the president of the Republican Council.THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLICAN COUNCIL - We must do something. We must. Something must be done, something must be accomplished. It must not be said that we have not...
From the Warring Factions
Ammiel Alcalay. from the warring factions. Los Angeles: Beyond Baroque Books, 2002. 212pp. $12In "Theses on the Philosophy of History" (his last published essay), Walter Benjamin wrote that "only a redeemed mankind receives the fullness of its past-which...
"Meagrely Provided": A Response to Don Paterson
The following is a rejoinder to Don Paterson's corrosive introduction to New British Poetry, an anthology of British poets born after 1945 released on April Fools Day 2004 by Graywolf Press. Given Graywolf's stunning publicity budget ($30,000 per book,...
Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice
Devin Johnston. Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2002. 212 pp. $19.95Any serious discussion of the occult in contemporary culture inherits the mixed blessings of occultism's popularization...
Radicals on the Great Plain
The Drenchers advocate more water everywherewhether by silver nitrate dispersalor by drilling water mining.They make no distinction between good and bad waterMain enemy: the Dredgers.Both sexes, however, are reductionist.The Drieden regard everything...
The Orchards of Syon
Geoffrey Hill. The Orchards of Syon. Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 2002. 72 pp. $24Despite numerous prizes and the adulation of a select group of critics, in the mid-1990s Geoffrey Hill seemed destined to enjoy a small space on the poetry shelf. Born...
Zephyrus Image: A Bibliography
Abstain Johnston. Zephyrus Image: A Bibliography. Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 2003. 244 pp. $40Have you left something out:Negative, says my Gunslinger,no thing is omitted.These words from Edward Dorn's Gunslinger serve as the epigraph for the introduction...