Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 47, No. 1, Spring

A Modernist's Mind's Ear: Anselm Hollo's Rue Wilson Monday
A note introducing Anselm Hollo's rue Wilson Monday (La Alameda Press, 2000) explains that this series of sixty-six poems "received its title from French poet Guillaume Apollinaire's 1913 poem `Lundi rue Christine," which Hollo describes as "a Cubist...
Among the Monarchs
Christine Garren. Among the Monarchs. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2000. Indeclinable, relational, sovereign in its way, the preposition is an apt emblem both for loss and for elegy's formal reckonings. More than simply evoking a before and after,...
A Note on Federigo Tozzi
Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920) was born and raised in the Tuscan city of Siena, where his father ran a popular restaurant, and on a country farm outside Siena, where his family had a small landholding. Largely and widely self-educated (because his temperament...
A Poetics for the New Millenium
I have decided that all of my writing from this point forward (are we moving forward?) shall stem from one phrase, a phrase which I feel is the culmination of all my years of struggle in the writing "field," and that phraseutterly original in my view-is:...
A Wild Salience: The Writing of Rae Armantrout
A Wild Salience: The Writing of Rae Armantrout. Edited by Tom Beckett. Cleveland: Burning Press, 1999. I'm interested in opacity, in the ways the world is opaque. I'm also interested in deception, in how we deceive each other and how we deceive ourselves......
Breaking Cover: Peter Riley's Passing Measures
Breaking cover: Peter Riley's Passing Measures1 Kc: ...what tradition is present in your writing? PR: English poetry. All of it, good, bad and indifferent, popular and unpopular, overvalued and neglected, the lot. It's an entire climate, all the poetry...
Cold-Water Flats
Laudate sie, Signore mio, per sor' Aqua la quella e molt' utile e umile e prezios' e casta. -Francis of Assisi From landing to landing, black-stockinged, white threads in a knot, one woman hits at forte the scale from diaphragm to larynx. Italian saws...
Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems 1975-1990
August Kleinzahler. Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems 1975-1990. New York: FSG, 2000. These seem like salad days for experimental poetry. Some of the best experimentalists-Nathaniel Mackey, Alice Notley, John Taggart-are writing their best poetry....
Mile High Biscuits
[Peter O'Leary has been kind enough to forward us the following recipes, which he received from Ronald Johnson in 1993.] Peter: I set out several years ago to try to make a biscuit as high and fluffy as Colonel Sanders' and came up with this. Later I...
Open Book, Case Closed: The Democratic Paradox of Minnesota's New Literary Center
Open the spotless glass doors to Open Book-a $6.75 million not-for-profit corporate merger that houses four Twin Cities literary institutions (the Loft Literary Center, Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, Milkweed Editions, and Ruminator Books)-and you'll...
Pages: New Poems and Cuttings
John Matthias. Pages: New Poems and Cuttings. Athens, OH: Swallow, 2000. John Matthias once told a newspaper reporter that "it is ultimately important to write about something more significant than the self.... [otherwise] we begin to get poems at the...
Pastoral
Carl Phillips. Pastoral. St. Paul: Graywolf Press, 2000. On my initial reading of Carl Phillips's poems in Pastoral, I found myself almost uninterested in such lines as the following from "Lay Me Down," My Found and Found again Star: for as irradiant,...
Seated Recklessly
SEATED RECKLESSLY I 1. Modernity recto and verso (Faust sits restlessly at his desk in his armchairs) 2. Pencil to paper automotively ceding to a curious mesmerism in her method, some self-medicating sets of assumptions occluding that modernism free...
Some of We and the Land That Was Never Ours
Note: Someone was singing we are all in this world together. There were some grapes. Someone was feeding sparrows, making them perch on the thumb and eat out of the hand if they wanted any food. The sparrows preferred to eat on the ground. In memory...
The Annotated "Here" and Selected Poems
At once a new volume of poems and a selection from previous volumes, this collection provides a striking account of Marjorie Welish's poetic achievements over the past 22 years. As the title suggests, the new poems in The Annotated "Here" occur in that...
The Tavern
We started from Florence ten days ago on a bicycle trip around the province of Emilia, and since my friend Giulio Grandi was due back at the post office for work the next morning, we left Faenza despite the pouring rain to make it back in time. It was...

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