Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, Spring

After ARK [*]
What to do after ARK? What follows writing a major work? Ronald Johnson began his long poem ARK in 1970, a bit more than midway in life's journey, and completed it in 1990. Like Zukofsky's "A", ARK is a finished work, not an open-ended epic--like Pound's...
Annus Mirabilis
Although she's been publishing poetry and prose at a fairly steady clip for the last quarter century, the past year appears to be something of an annus mirabilis for Fanny Howe. In addition to the high-profile volume of Selected Poems published earlier...
City of Glass
Has there ever been a really good novelist who was also a fine poet? And what about the reverse: has any decent poet ever written a good novel? Naturally, examples abound. Paul Auster wrote terse, objectivist thing-poems in the 1970s, and did yeoman...
"Cultural Capital"
They burn everything I have, or what little I have. I don't care, etc. The poem supreme, addressed to emptiness--this is the courage necessary. This is something quite different. Robert Creeley, "The Dishonest Mailmen" As has often...
Pigeon Mumblers
Beyond the trees with last year's plastic bags gnarled in their bare branches, and above the still factories on a gray winter evening, several flocks of pigeons flew into the sky. They curved on the slight breeze, then rose over the water towers. Other...
Serenade: Poetry and Prose 1975-89
Bill Berkson does not have the cartoonish humor of Ron Padgett, or the deadpan directness of the late Joe Brainard. Because of this lack of a signature style, Berkson is often overlooked--even by devotees of the second-generation New York School with...
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