Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring

Brief Family Statment
When the pater was apprehended muling hooch in his diapers our reaction was neither shock nor shame, nor even embarrassment. Rather, we were pleased the patriarch had recovered a vestige of his old ambitious spirit, and gratified to find him making creative...
Catholic
1.What can you do after Easter?Every turn of the tire is a still point on the freeway.If you stand in one, and notice what is all around you, it is a pile-up ofthe permanent.The churn of creation is a constant upward and downward action;simultaneous,...
Conference
Stacy Doris. Conference. Bedford, Massachusetts: potes and poets press, 2000. 104pp. $12.95Stacy Doris's Conference combines procedural verse and a thirteenth-century poem about the Sufi path to divinity to stage a crazy plenary session between characters...
From Memphis
The inconvenience-as always happens in such cases-was not that you minded what was false, but that you missed what was true.-Henry JamesLet me tell you about down south, where a motherfucker might as well not even have a mouth.-Ice-TA strange boy is...
Luck
Gert Hofmann. Luck. Trans. Michael Hofmann. New York: New Directions, 2002. 266 pp. $23.95If Tolstoy tells us that all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way, Gert Hofmann, it might be said, complicates this dismal egalitarianism by insisting...
Music like Dirt
Frank Bidart. Music Like Dirt. Quarternote Chapbook Series. Louisville, Kentucky: Sarabande Books, 2002. 32 pp. $8.95This chapbook presents fourteen poems on a common theme, which Bidart describes as "the human need to make." Making, or poiesis, is a...
Now You Can Hear Us, Our Stiff Wings Flapping
There was always something we doubted when she said she feared birds. Some drama in her behavior suggested it wasn't a real fear.Hates, not fears, my father would say.It was something unrecognizable to us, maybe. My father seemed to enjoy birds, and...
Robert Creeley: A Biography
Ekbert Faas with Maria Trombacco. Robert Creeley: A Biography. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2001. 536 pp. $28The problem with biographies is that biographers are rarely as intelligent as their subjects. Such is the case with Robert Creeley:...
Source Codes
Susan Wheeler. Source Codes. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2001. 107 pp. $12.95The collage on the cover sets the stage for the sense of dislocation that pervades this book: a figure in a space suit wanders through a city in what appears to be (judging...
Spinoza in Her Youth
Norma Cole. Spinoza in her Youth. Richmond, California: Omnidawn, 2002. 123 pp. $12.95Norma Cole's twelfth volume, Spinoza in her Youth, reaffirms the intellectual vigor of a lyrical practice that is currently being pursued by a number of contemporary...
The Issue of Their Loins
Possibility. The possible.It lets itself away when it divides.Until from the sperm's flagellates at its borders the ovum drinksinto it the decisive,sugar-tippedone,it does not sunder toward begetting.Of whateverlater from the ovum might be led to the...
Unknowne Land
Eleacute;na Rivera. Unknowns Land. Kelsey Street Press, 2000. 55 pp. $10One of the foremost issues facing an emerging generation of poets is the reconciliation of the theoretical technology of postmodernism with an emotional injunction to express personal...

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