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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2-4, Autumn

A Correspondence
1 October 2005Tomaz,I thought I'd begin by asking about your own influences: what writers were important to you as a young poet? & how did you first come to the practice of writing & reading poems?Christian2 October 2005Christian,To answer this...
Amtrak New York-Montreal, January 24, 1974
First I shivered like a switch on waterbecause of the "chain of accidents." The secondthought was: I'd like to be at least as systematicas Swedenborg. Was the frame clear?I accepted it, even if all layers of my bodydidn't yet go through the groove?Immediately...
Crosses
John Taggart, Crosses. London: Stop Press, 2006. 180pp. $18John Taggart's Crosses takes its epigraph from Kafka's Blue Octavo Notebooks: "The fact that there is nothing but a spiritual world deprives us of hope and gives us certainty." We expect epigraphs...
Debouchment as a Form of Stereognosis
& each of us as orphans, factory-made & approvedby the soft blossomsof aerial warfaresang beautifully on the windowsill-size stage.I wanted to kneel & wash their tiny, soiled handsuntil a crimson light, pink & flickering, shonebetween...
Editor's Note
To get lost in a book is a good thing; to get lost in a magazine never is. With this in mind, we present a brief guide to four features in this 400-page, sixtieth-anniversary issue of Chicago Review."Born in another country, Rexroth would have served...
Hour with One Hand Inserted in a Time of War
We dug with our hands & hand shovels.We dug with our spatulate feet.& with torsos as our only circumferencewe dug a maze. A maze of passageways:Level Three the Maternity Ward, Aprilwith knees on either side of her chin.Some thoughts no wider...
In like Flynn
It wasn't the opium, it was everything else. The breakneck escape, the voyage, the sex and drinking during the trip, the theft, the brawl... The opium came later, and it landed in a terrain already soaked in whiskey, Spanish sherry, French wine, and...
Report from the Undersecretary of Inquests
Gender: indeterminate. Age:ancient. Eyes: undersized.Nose: broken. Neck: connected.Hair: mostly air. Chest: at rest.Gender: pending. Forehead: dented,perhaps by stars or star-shaped devicessuch as a Phillips head, althoughthe tongue, twisted, recently...
Rexroth's San Francisco Journalism
In early 1960 the San Francisco Examiner (a Hearst newspaper) offered Kenneth Rexroth a job writing a weekly column. He accepted. By May 1961 the column had proved popular enough that he was asked to do two and sometimes even three per week.The association...
Second Excursion
from Greek PassagesIn Arkadiain / Dear Rough Guide, You will be distressed to learn that the Hotel Trikolonion at Stemnitsa, described (p.261) as family-run, very pleasant and hospitable, and reasonable in price, has, alas, fallen into the hands of the...
Starred Wire
Ange Mlinko. Starred Wire. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2005. 64pp. $15You'd think Ange Mlinko would grow weary of comparisons with New York School poets. Publishers Weekly, in its review of the present volume, lauds her "Frank O'Hara-inspired verve,"...
The Call
Call out.Press nine.I will hear some shift of gray in the air.Will ingest the frost of its silence.A six-foot bedAnd a sprawler's sigh through the wallOf this fifty-pound hotelOccupied by the dropped.Call out, no call back.Fall fast forward without willTo...
The City Man
Howard Akler, The City Man. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2005. 154pp. $14.95Because the Chicago Review is a serious publication, given to sober criticism and averse to fawning blurbs, I feel bound to reveal straight away that The City Man contains a simile...
The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch. New York: Knopf, 2005. 761pp. $40Of the three kings most identified with the New York School of Poets, Kenneth Koch is the least heralded. While his status as a celebrity teacher for several generations at Columbia...
The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan
The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan. Edited by Alice Motley with Anselm Berrigan and Edmund Berrigan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. 749pp. $49.95This is a story about a man who decided to be a poet. It took him ten years. First he met...
The Emperor's Three Hundred Woodcutters: Or: The Fable to End All Fables
The Emperor calls on us. He says this year we will have to work double, triple, maybe even quadruple time, and maybe at the end of it all he will give us a little something extra-not quadruple of course, triple either, but something, who knows? Maybe...
The Unconditional
Simon Jarvis, The Unconditional. London: Barque Press, 2005. 242pp. $35It would defeat rhetoric to overstate the peculiarity of Simon Jarvis's book, The Unconditional: A Lyric; this must be among the most peculiar books ever published, up there with...
Things
From Hoza Street and Marszalkowska carts were moving, Jewish carts:furniture, tables and chairs,suitcases, bundlesand chests, boxes and bedding,suits and portraits,pots, linen and wall hangingscherry brandy, big jars and little jars,glasses, tea pots...
Three Letters
KENNETH REXROTH & YVOR WINTERSEach responsible in his own way for the flourishing of California's literary culture in the twentieth century, Kenneth Rexroth and Yvor Winters differed both in temperament and literary judgment. One of Rexroth's first...
To D.S. Savage
KENNETH REXROTHWhen Rexroth asked O.S. Savage (1917-) if he would contribute to the New British Poets anthology (New Directions, 1949) he gained a friend and ally. Their correspondence ran without significant interruptions throughout the 1940s and was...
To George Woodcock
KENNETH REXROTHThe correspondence between Kenneth Rexroth and anarchists Herbert Read (1893-1968) and George Woodcock (1912-95) was an outgrowth of shared values. All three were prominent figures in the literary wing of the anarchist movement that had...
To Herbert Read
KENNETH REXROTHRexroth first met Herbert Read during his visit to England in 1949, shortly after the publication of his New British Poets: An Anthology (1949). Rexroth greatly admired Read and would later write a laudatory introduction for the New Directions...
To Jonathan Williams
KENNETH REXROTHJonathan Williams (1929-) first wrote to Kenneth Rexroth as a recent Princeton dropout looking for advice about attending the Art Institute of Chicago and avoiding the draft. Within two years, he had made his way to Black Mountain and...
To Louis Zukofsky
KENNETH REXROTHLouis Zukofsky first contacted Kenneth Rexroth in November 1930, soliciting poetry for the 1931 Objectivists issue of Poetry magazine. Almost two years older than Rexroth, Zukofsky had spent all his life in New York City, where he had...
To Weldon Kees
KENNETH REXROTH"Goddam Kenneth Rexroth," wrote Ann Kees with fear and salt to her husband after one Abraham Lincoln Kanai knocked on her door in the dead of night. WeldonKees, at Yaddo, had not prepared her for Rexroth's plan to establish safe houses...

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