Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 1, 2000

At Dusk Iridescent
Thomas Meyer. At Dusk Iridescent. highlands,. N.C.: The Jargon Society, 1999. Thomas Meyer is an antique, Alexandrian poet who lives half the year in rural North Carolina and the other half in rural England. His voice is Callimachan, Catullan, Sapphic;...
Box Camera Box
The film opens with bookstalls along the Seine (fig. 13) and the spontaneous firing of neurons controlling face and tongue. Hippocrates knew it is in the brain that the dazzling white seafoam crystallizes into a pipe though the Ancients held that we...
Broken Line
The sign above the car doors says not to Apoye against La Puerta. It's a sunny Saturday afternoon, late September, and in fifteen minutes I'll be sitting across from my father at a damp greasy table in the Howard Johnson's across from Grand Central....
Economy of the Unlost (Reading Simonides of Keos with Paul Celan)
Anne Carson. Economy of the Unlost (Reading Simonides of Keos with Paul Celan). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1999. This is a book about nothing: about the poetry of vanishing points, epitaphs, and absences, about parents taken away by...
From Rough Music (Ruff Muzhik)
Towards the end of 1965 the "success" of the Morden Tower was paralleled by pressure from the dole to get me into a proper job. It became increasingly intense and hard to handle. I started getting visits from National Assistance Board officers every...
In Heaven and on Earth / A Note on Ingeborg Bachmann
A red shadow ran across Amelie's forehead. She stepped back from the mirror and closed her eyes. The streak Justin's hand had drawn across her face disappeared for a moment. He had hit her only once, then hastily retracted so as not to betray himself...
Mail Romance
1. An automythological account of this author's strange affair The second most astounding day of my monkish and circumscribed life was the 19th of January, 1995-itself a double anniversary, for it also marks the beginning of a debilitating illness (the...
Notes & Comments
Blow, hail or freeze, I've bread here baked rent-free! Whoring's my trade, and my whore pleases me; Bad cat, bad rat; we're just the same if weighed. We that love filth, filth follows us, you see; Honour flees from us, as from her we flee Inside this...
One Red Lip
One Red Lip Not enough skin to cover her face, said Chekhow: in order to open her mouth she had to shut her eyes, and vice versa. Gusey's body flew off shipboard into the cloudy sea. Prompt shark, bad angel, Valery. O my fathers, must a pain reside in...
Picture 6
Picture 6 "At the same time the mind is trying to find its place within the land, to discover a way to dispel its own sense of estrangement." Give me my death back I will free me if you do, what I saw killed me right off, give it back to me yours. At...
Sacred Forgery and the Grounds of Poetic Archaeology: Armand Schwerner's the Tablets
The final edition of Armand Schwerner's The Tablets arrives as a valuable, important book, extending and challenging our conceptions of poetry, reading, certainty, completeness, and instructing us in the value of humor and the centrality of various modes...
Smokes
Much of the attraction of Susan Wheeler's first collection of poems, Bag o' Diamonds, results from her ability both to find and to fabricate. For example, in "Settings," the first section of "The Rudiments of Baublery," an early poem from Bag o'Diamonds,...
The Ferry
In high summer, the river, a thousand-voiced song carried by a steep incline, fills the entire countryside with the sound of rushing water. But near the riverbank, it is quieter, murmuring more as though immersed in itself. It is broad and its strength,...
The Intricacies of Post-Shooting Etiquette
I One winter morning, watching Bein read his breakfast paper, Kohke decided to kill him. He stood behind Bein, aligned a pistol barrel with Bein's skull and worked the trigger. He had reasons for wanting Bein dead, but watching his lover shake about...
The Redshifting Web
To read Arthur Sze's The Redshshifling Web is to walk through Paul Rivet's Musee de l'Homme, the research institute of the Surrealist movement its scientific repository. The book's near-dishevel of human artifact and natural object is a display that...
Two Stories
Train She has always suspected the existence of her twin sister. Her parents share a knowing, guilty eye contact whenever she brings up the idea of siblings at the dinner table. The dinner table is vast and covered with goblets, unused place settings,...
When Suzy Was: A Book of Answers
Kelvin Corcoran. When Suzy Was: A Book of Answers. Cullompton, UK: Shearsman Books.1999. When we think about language in general, most of us think of words as departing from things, or moving on a spatial and temporal trajectory away from them. In this...
Wicked Heat
Kevin Hart. Wicked Heat. Sydney, Australia: Paper Bark Press, 1999. When Harold Bloom came out with The Western Canon, there was not only the controversy contrived by listing who, dead and living, was in the canon, but also the added interest of seeing...

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