Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 47/48, No. 4/1, Winter

"Another Way of Looking at the Universe" (1997)
"Another way of looking at the universe" (1997) STAN BRAKHAGE: There are some who would caution us about our use of language, who would say that there's no point in saying things like "primordial," that it's ridiculous to talk about a camera that's invented...
Brakhage Meets Tarkovsky
After the panel [at the 1983 Telluride Film Festival], they had arranged for Tarkovsky to see some of my films. I had warned Bill Pence that he might not like my films and I was nervous about showing them. All they could arrange, under the circumstances,...
Feathered over, Predilection Forgets Which the Bond, Which the Question Reality
As a hand moves around a cone and plane, Spray rises and falls on all sides. The guide attends the wheel, And sick from it, the engine starts. He has a glass eye and we, Confused, hear him tell us our confusion. "Because," he wonders, "where we're from."...
Having Declared a Belief in God.(1995)
Having declared a belief in God, and God's presence in current human affairs and (however obliquely) human consciousness, I think it is incumbent (in times like these, times of varying styles-of-doubt) to attempt to write what I personally mean by the...
Holderlin Hybrids: In a Doorway
1 The world was galaxies imagined flesh. Mortal. What to think now? Think simple. Matter? A lump of wax? An afterglow? Or does everything happen of its own accord? Perfect and full-bodied. No more. Observable. No longer. In your eyes or line of sight....
In Consideration of Aesthetics (1996)
Dedicated to Marilyn Brakhage Before a work of art people who feel little or no emotion for pure form find themselves at a loss. They are deaf men at a concert. They know that they are in the presence of something great, but they lack the power of apprehending...
L'Ange Heurtebise / the Angel Heurtebise
I The angel Heurtebise, on the stairs Silken in his wings Singes me, refreshes my memory The fool, alone, inept Here with me, in chalcedony That is shattered, idiot, by your Supernatural symmetry. II The angel Heurtebise, incredibly Brutal, sacked me....
Night Music / Hell / Speaking into Silence
Charles Wright. Night Music. Exeter, UK: Stride, 2001. Franz Wright Hell. Exeter, UK: Stride, 2001. Robert Lax: Speaking Into Silence. Exeter, UK: Stride, 2001. Like its indie-rock counterpart, the 8-inch vinyl disk, the chapbook is a form of publication...
Painting Film (1996)
If it be an art, then it is intrinsically aesthetic, requiring aesthete-- that is to say, it is beautiful, integrally balanced, and (as unique) of some individually discovered integrity: its appreciator is one who is capable of sensory justice and evolutionary...
Something Said: Essays
Gilbert Sorrentino. Something Said: Essays. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive, 2001. When first published by North Point in 1984, Something Said was a wonderful collection of essays, a rare work with the potential to transform readers interested in innovative...
Sortie De Champ
What say repulsive caterpillar turns into cause of a thing migratory No welcome showering through nuance of his effusive propensity That he should have nothing to do but sleep all day in fatal accomplished element That he should wake with pain across...
Stan Brakhage and the Long Beach of Maya Deren's Poetis of Film
How you produce volume after volume the way you do is more than I can conceive, but you haven't to forge every sentence in the teeth of irreducible and stubborn facts as I do. It is like walking through the densest brushwood. -William James to Henry...
Stan Brakhage: Correspondences
Somedate eve [ 1954] Dear Robert and Jess, Thanks-for the letters giving shock and excitement. Everything is happening and it's all wonderful, thunderful also. Majorca!-eureka!-I'm delighted for the both of you, meaning I'm glad for you and also sad...
The Lost Films (1996)
The Lost Films is a series of nine untitled films, from the late 1980s through to 1995, which are photographed and/or painted, sometimes painted-over photography-and are "lost" in the sense that, across the whole period of time, I could not manage nor...
Theory of Margins
For Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop Given the prices these days, late empire in a stew, where is the island of Mr. Callisto, the accident report, and nautical reason? Nowhere to be found. But we are always finding an echo in the cloth or two lines at convergence...
The Shell Collector
The shell collector was scrubbing limpets at his sink when he heard the water-taxi come scraping over the reef. He cringed to hear it-its hull grinding the calices of finger corals and the tiny tubes of pipe organ corals, tearing the flower and fern-shapes...
The Shrubberies
BRIEF REVIEWS Ronald Johnson. The Shrubberies. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2001. When we say a poem is true to experience, we mean something else, at least when the poem is successful. We may, for example, mean that it transforms the world, or names it...
Xq28
Jennifer Martenson. Xq28(1). Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press, 2001. Martenson's new chapbook is a series of footnotes to an absent text. Set below the footnote line, her poems may be read according to two numerical systems: by priority of page order...