Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, Spring

A Metaphysics of Emotion
The cosmos or void a cloud with a gold crust under it. This is a vision, that it-what I will be after my lifeis a plain of expanding cloud with a gritty gold underside I feel the gold crust inside myself as a melting the give of dyin ice. Sex begins...
From Circadium
Dictionary of Assigned Intentions (Predation of the Gas) Our language is a market in which this little piggy's already there. There is a reflexive accuracy to every utopia, the irreducible need to speak in a circumlocutionary equation for being neither...
In the Belly
David Gewanter. In the Belly. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. In the Belly, Gewanter's first book, is full of corpses and soon-to-be-corpses, including dead fetuses with "blunted heads adrift / in formalin" (1), and the cadaver of an old...
Leaving a Shadow
Heather Allen. Leaving a Shadow. Port Townsend, Wash.: Copper Canyon Press, 196. It's not easy to write poetry about stillness. For one thing, the very notion is a paradox, since the language in any poem must move to be moving. We arrive at fertile stillness...
Mountains and Rivers without End
Gary Snyder Mountains and Rivers Without End Washington, D.C.: Counterpoint,1996. Late in 1992, I saw Gary Snyder read at the Art Institute of Chicago. His "new and selected" poems, No Nature, had been published earlier that year and had just been nominated...
The Inescapable Injustice of the Imagination: On the Recent Work of Jennifer Moxley
Imagination Verses is the first full-length book by a poet who first achieved at least some degree of national notoriety by her inclusion in the double "New Coast" issue of O-Blek magazine in 1993. Yet this long-awaited book of poetry that unironically...
Wittgenstein's Ladder
Marjorie Perloff. Widtgenstein's Ladder. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Ludwig Wittgenstein's place in philosophy is certain, but (for good or bad) he has yet to be embraced by literary theory, which remains firmly under the sway of Continental...

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