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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1, Spring

Ancient Overture of Hérodiade
from MallarméTHE NURSE(incantation)Abolished, and her frightful wing in the tearsin the pool, abolished, that mirrors the alarms,the naked golds flaying the crimson space,an Aurora has, heraldic plumage, chosenour cinerary, sacrificial tower,heavy tomb...
Beaver Hat (a Civil War Gag)
At last the savage roar of the linnet unbarred, the thunderclapdacshund. On a torrent of glass the hooligan fairy mooning the doubt-drearEmpress in suffocate cuttlefish order. All of the order arrayhis stairway of grievous pandering. How long by his...
Collected Poems
Lee Norwood, Collected Poems. Exeter: Shearsman, 2004. 521 pp. $28Easy poetry isn't worth reading twice. But the same can't be said for the poetry of ease. Lee Harwood is a giant of this kind of poetry, which might include considerations of natural beauty,...
District and Circle/Cracks in the Universe
Seamus Heaney, District and Circle. New York: Farrar, 2006. 78pp. $20Charles Tomlinson, Cracks in the Universe. Manchester: Carcanet, 2006. 77pp. $ 16.95"The poet's only hope," Ted Hughes said, "is to be infinitely sensitive to what his gift is, and...
Ergon
Work at home encased in plastic, is itborn or learned gentleness, that iscan ungreased applications be worked inwithout succumbing to sweating-I work for cardiac health, have the whole urbanlifestyle, go past dinner for broke,throats backed up with moral...
Escafeld Hangings
Geraldine Monk, Escafeld Hangings. Sheffield: West House, 2005. 128pp. $28While it's often inadvisable to look to a poet's prose as guide to her poems, Geraldine Monk's "incomplete mapping" of her poetry on West House Book's website goes a long way toward...
Fantasia
Balloted shingle, after which distanceto the poles is aesthetic.Below this tin body, plunged inwater made slick by the runningof Singapore and the princessof Alaska, stretch some placesblack juvenile tissue, steeply importantthey transfix the blunted...
Fig
Caroline Bergvall, Fig. Cambridge: Salt, 2005. 148pp. $15.95Unpredictable and at times taxing, French-Norwegian poet Caroline Bergvall's latest book catalogues her continuing exploration of plurilingual and mixedmedia poetic practices. Best described...
Horses in Boiling Blood
§ Barry MacSweeney, Horses in Boiling Blood. Cambridge: Equipage, 2004. 84pp. £8Rod Mengham's Equipage has published the extraordinary imitations of Apollinaire that Barry MacSweeney wrote before his death in 2000. MacSweeney's death by alcoholism was...
Hot White Andy
For Us"Que l'on soit difficile et que l'on choisisse au sein de l'abondance...nothing could be simpler."-de SadeLove deepely grounded, hardly is dissembled.-Marlowe* ALavrov and the Stock Wizard levitate over tothe blackened dogmatic catwalk and you...
Leaves of Field
Peter Larkin, Leaves of Field. Exeter: Shearsman, 2006. 116pp. $15Unless we were graced with a childhood in Kenya, BaIi, or Italy, most of us have little sense of what it is like to live with an alien dialect of our own language. Peter Larkin's "Leaves...
Letterbox
Peter Riley responds to John Wilkinson's review of Simon Jarvis's The Unconditional (from CR 52:2/3/4); Catherine Wagner discusses CR and women.§Dear Chicago Review,The poetry that developed through Cambridge in the 1960s and 70s was a high point of...
Neither Waving nor Drowning
Come dance, the water point of leveragefirm at the scribbled back, generous to a defectotherwise sponged from the pool. You pluralyet less than one, sneezed up in an ecstasyI forget and mount. White thins to nothingas blood does. Repelled by like, likesimilar...
Not Joking Exactly: Peter Manson and the Poetry of Crudity
IOr see some poet pensive sit, Fondly mistaking spleen for wit.-Matthew Green, "The Spleen" (quoted in Manson's Adjunct)Is a joke poetry? According to Henri Bergson "in every wit there is something of a poet," because both practice "a certain dramatic...
Perihelion
Sarah Law, Perihelion. Exeter: Shearsman, 2006. 116pp. $15Sarah Law's third book of poetry, Perihelion, is full of sequences: a twenty-sonnet sequence about monsters, another ten sonnets about tai chi, and forty ekphrastic poems about Italian Renaissance...
Poems
J.H. Prynne, Poems. Northumberland: Bloodaxe, 2005. 590pp. $41.95J.H. Prynne, hailed by some critics as the most vital contemporary British poet-a designation at once useful in its emphasis and silly, since poetry is more conversation than competition-writes...
Precinct
I wake up hopefulI haven't hurt anyone in my sleepI'm back in tracksuit, tapping on the concretepyramid in the roundabout, held up on a stickto a feeder lane efficientlymoved that is also a kindof land management.Road rings furniture stores moving littlesitting...
Proud Flesh/Lake Shore Drive
John Wilkinson, Proud Flesh. 1986. Cambridge: Salt, 2005. 84pp. $14.95John Wilkinson, Lake Shore Drive. Cambridge: Salt, 2006. 153pp. $14.95Over the past three decades John Wilkinson has quietly established himself as one of England's most important...
Race Hazard Testbed > Privacy Statement
What there should be now pilot. In yourterror cell the distribution of walls iswall wall wall wall no#oo7FFF-huedyonder dome or strain of pristineagriculture but what in your littleeye the brave foreknowledge of wintervalmeat speaks may your bed contain...
Savage Survivals: Amid Modern Suavity
§ Andrew Duncan, Savage Survivals: amid modern suavity. Exeter: Shearsman, 2006. 116pp. $15This is the first chapter of an unfolding critical novella on current British poetry, to be entitled Corroded by Symbolysme: An Anti-Review of Twelve British Poets,...
Snail Book
Forth I must by hedgerow bowersTo look at the leaves uncurled,And stand in the fields where cuckoo-flowersAre lying about the world.-A.E. HousmanTriassic, soft-bodied amber protists.A strand of goldfish shit, bent double at the central inclusion of mucus,...
Sung to Sleep
Our country's enemies snore in the safety catch,dream about owning everything, like achenesin the neighborhood which is just their accessorythey take to the air to advertise their species.What viewer could believe themthat a locum spirit floats life...
Swallows
Martin Corless-Smith, Swallows. New York: Fence, 2006. 101pp. $13The first twelve pages of Martin Corless-Smith's Swallows consist entirely of quotations (one hesitates to call them epigraphs); the rest of the book is strewn with them, within poems,...
The Music Laid Her Songs in Language/A Sinner Saved by Grace
Michael Haslam, The Music Laid Her Songs in Language. Todmorden: Arc, 2001. 68pp. £5.95.Michael Haslam, A Sinner Saved by Grace. Todmorden: Arc, 2005. 82 pp. £8.95.In 1895, the Victorian writer F. Anstey had a self-deprecating Lady Rhoda declare, in...
The Path to the Sea
Thomas A. Clark, The Path to the Sea. Todmorden: Arc, 2005. 82pp. £8.99The Scottish poet Thomas A. Clark has been called a minimalist, a modernist, a romantic, an objectivist, a landscape poet, an anti-pastoralist, a Platonist, and an Aristotelian. While...
There Are Words: Collected Poems
Gael Turnbull, There Are Words: Collected Poems. Exeter: Shearsman (in association with Mariscat Press), 2006. 496pp. $30The poet and publisher Gael Turnbull (1928-2004) was born in Edinburgh, grew up in Canada, studied medicine in Cambridge, England,...
The Welsh Poems
Peter Finch, The Welsh Poems. Exeter: Shearsman, 2006. 146pp. $16The Welsh Poems doesn't make much new. But that's not Peter Finch's project. Across the book, Finch figures the poem as a site of cognitive waste, a word-fill. The collection includes extended...
Uncle Dave Macon
Hello, folks, raised in the South among the coloured folk, and working the fields of corn with them all the days of my life, I will sing them good old Southern songs, so now I'm going to sing you a little of Run, Nigger, Run, the Patter-roller'll Catch...
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