Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, Summer

Blast from the Past
Kenward Elmslie's Blast from the Past (Austin: Shanky Possum, 2000) Kenward Elmslie's poetic memories of life with John Latouche and the rest of the New York School would make me feel terribly nostalgic for Pop Art, Bebop, and the highbrow Beats (Frank...
Complete Travels
Martin Corless-Smith. Complete Travels. Sheffield, U.K.: West House Books, 2000. At one point in his journals, Coleridge complains that he'll not be able to "los[e] [himself] in the flexures of [a Mulberry's tree's] Branches and interweaving of [the...
Four Poetry Books & a Masterpiece
Peering onto the racks of the poetry section at your local megastore emporium is an increasingly depressing affair. Who are all these people? How is it a poet I've never heard of can have a retrospective brick just out on Norton? The Collected Limericks...
From the Lightning Field
5. Your mind unkinks itself like carded wool as one foot steps in front of the other, circling the five-foot figure-eight infinity loop, painted on tarmac at the beach's edge in Bolinas. Soon, like a Himalayan ascetic, you've walked yourself into a waking...
Hotel Imperium
Rachel Loden. Hotel Imperium. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999. Certain circles seriously asked whether American poetry can be said to be political. "Where are the contemporary American equivalents of Yeats's `Easter 1916' and Auden's `September...
In the Kitchen
1 Someone someone's in the kitchen old lady someone's old finger a design a sign old lady someone's leathery old finger that points someone's in the kitchen with a brown-haired girl who is wearing a gold-brown tunic over a grey-brown skirt brown-eyed...
Notes & Comments: Brazilian Poetry
We turn to Brazilian poetry for many reasons now-beyond the simple sparking of our attention that the recent Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain (Sun & Moon, 1997) occasioned-each reason expressive of a latent desire, or expectation, or wish from our...
Notes & Comments: Poetry and Science
Such is Nature-description as referring to a class, an action, a quality, and an individual substance. It is this very [description] that rules supreme in scientific treatises; and in poetry too the same [type of description] is required. -Kavyadarsa...
Seances
Louis Armand. Seances. Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 1998. Few readers may be aware that Louis Armand's fifth collection of poems, Land Partition, appeared this year from Textbase publications, or that Inexorable Weather (Arc) as well as The Garden (Salt)...
Sills: Selected Poems
Michael O'Brien. Sills: Selected Poems. Cambridge, MA: Zoland Books, 2000. Rarely is a selected poems one's first introduction to a poet, but in the case of Michael O'Brien's Sills, I think we have to make a welcome exception. Although he published work...
The Glance of Countess Hahn-Hahn (Down the Danube)
Peter Esterhazy. The Glance of Countess Hahn-Hahn (Down the Danube). Translated by Richard Aczel. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1999. Anyone who sets out to translate Peter Esterhazy's work into English takes on a task that is both extremely difficult...
The Great Life
Everyone calls them Pouce and Poussy, at least that's what their nicknames have been since childhood, and not many people know that their real names are Christele and Christelle. People call them Pouce and Poussy because they're just like twin sisters,...
The Master Thief: A Poem in Twelve Parts
Camille Guthrie. The Master Thief: A Poem in Twelve Parts. Honolulu: Subpress, 2000. Chapter 22 of Exodus describes laws and ordinances against thievery. In verse 8, Yahweh proclaims that if a thief who has given stolen goods to their original owner...
The Red Horse
Having just come to university, I was anxious not to miss any lectures. And so every Tuesday and Wednesday, when they started early, I was half asleep in the Metro on my way to the faculty. As the train moved out of Lenin Hills Station, I opened my eyes,...
Transfigurations: Collected Poems
Jay Wright. Transfigurations: Collected Poems. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State U. P., 2000. When Basil Bunting first collected his poems in 1968 for the Fulcrum Press, he wryly eulogized, "A man who collects his poems screws together the boards of his coffin....
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