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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1-2, Spring

A Feuilleton: Reinventing the Madeleine?
During the first few minutes of his recent Southwestern University Brown Symposium lecture on Gustav Mahler's Song of the Earth (1908-9), the musicologist Donald Mitchell gave an account of one mode of Asian music, heterophony, which I found exciting....
Air, Necessary to Life
THE MOST IMPERIOUS OF NEEDS Most imperious among the needs which rule over us are those of food, drink, and sleep. So long as hunger does not exceed its lesser sibling appetite which seasons and gives flavor to the coarsest of dishes; so long as...
Andalusian Dreams
O king, whose ancestors were noble of mind and blood, To whose favors, a rope of pearls, my throat has responded, Adorn this hand of mine now with a falcon. With a falcon honor me, one with shiny wings, feathers ...
A Retrospective Sketch
I first came to Austin, Texas, for the academic year 1961-62. When I came back in 1966, not knowing I would stay there, I was already thirty-nine years old. I did know that ties with Europe could not be cut; that I would carry Englishness uneasily...
A Theory of Thermodynamics
first law: [DELTA]U = Q + W the primary (1) statement of bodies (2) in relation (3) where U = the internal (4) energy (5) of a system Q = the transfer (6) of heat (7) to or from the system W = the amount (8) of work being done on (9) or by the system...
Capturing the Fleeting Moment: Photography in the Work of Allen Ginsberg
In The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Tom Wolfe provides a description of Neal Cassady that epitomizes the Beat quest for the moment: Cassady in his movie, called Speed Limit, he is both a head whose thing is speed, meaning amphetamines,...
Christopher Middleton and the Bare Bone of Creation
Amour fou? What's this, then? Early 1960s in London and some of us have been drowning in the drumming ploughland for a couple of years, so eager for a pure English poetry uncorrupted by the tediously experimenting Europeans and--Lord, save us from...
Christopher Middleton: Bibliography, 1962-2002
A. 1 Poetry/Prose Torse 3: Poems 1948-61. London, Longmans, and New York, Harcourt Brace, 1962. Nonsequences/Selfpoems. London, Longmans, and New York, W.W. Norton, 1965. Our Flowers & Nice Bones. London, Fulcrum Press, 1969. The Lonely...
Christopher Middleton in Conversation
The following text is based on recordings made in October 2002 and in July 2003 when Christopher Middleton came to stay in London. The entire interview comprises seventy-nine pages and is published, together with "A Nocturnal Journal" and Marius Kociejowski's...
CM: A Portrait
I was in bed when Christopher Middleton first entered my life. I had been sequestered there for almost a month with a refractory spine. The drugs I took, pure codeine at one point, were such that I wept through the whole of World Championship Darts,...
Elsewhere
There have been two modernisms, the imaginative and the prescriptive, and the pity of it is that the two have been confused, or their relative importance transposed so that the prescriptive has in some quarters come to be regarded as more fundamental...
Habitation for a Spirit: The Art of Christopher Middleton
In his essay "The Pursuit of the Kingfisher: Writing as Expression," Christopher Middleton is suddenly arrested by a memory: "I built a nest for a bird once, in my childhood." (1) With this memory, I feel, we are introduced to the original impulse...
High Poet: Philip Lamantia (23 October 1927-7 March 2005)
it is so cool up here! "Opium Cocaine Hemp," Narcotica (1959) Andrew Joron and I met Philip Lamantia on his seventy-first birthday, through Will Alexander, who'd known him for twenty years. Not long before, Philip had locked himself out of his North...
I'm Me and You're Not: Kent Johnson's Miseries of Poetry
Like an identity-theft victim in a Citibank credit card commercial, Kent Johnson opens his mouth to speak but it's the voice of another that comes out. He has introduced us to an astonishing array of voices, including, most famously, Hiroshima survivor...
Introduction
The idea for this special section on Christopher Middleton was born of a conversation with August Kleinzahler following a reading in Chicago a few years ago. We agreed that the lack of wider recognition of Middleton's work was unfortunate and needed...
It Takes a Thief: An Interview with Camille Guthrie
This interview began with my review of Camille Guthrie's book The Master Thief (CR 47:2, 2001). Guthrie sent me a letter of appreciation after the review appeared, filling in some details, noting some allusions I missed. Over the next year or so, we...
Letter to Christopher
One night, a little more than a year ago, I had just finished a long and intense discussion at the office, which to a certain extent explained the anguished lucidity of my insomnia. Towards midnight I embarked on the same ritual I performed each...
Likelihood of Survival: Paul Vangelisti's Poetry
If the avant-garde in American poetry since the defeat of the United States in Viet Nam has focused on the distinctions between poems written in lines on the one hand and prose in which the logic of inquiry operates with all the modulations of poetic...
Middleton in Asia Minor
Some years ago, scrambling up a canyon that winds through Jabel Rumm in southern Jordan, I heard a muezzin's call to prayer carried by the wind, amplified and distorted into a low rumble by the sheer sandstone rockface that towered above me. The sound...
Some Epitaphs for Guy Davenport (23 November 1927-4 January 2005)
ARCHAIC The least of his epitaphs--but as true as any of the others that might be given him--would name Guy Davenport his century's greatest translator of the archaic Greeks. RADICAL In his lovely essay "Finding," Davenport roots his entire...
The Turkish Rooftops
Turkish country people like to sleep on rooftops. In bowers made of dry leaves or in nests of reed they can be found sleeping in the night or during the day. Village houses have one ground floor where in rooms framed by divans families gather, having...
Travelling in Turkey with Christopher M
Legend, you are the one, the who The woman jumping out of the global box The song the wave the blue in the veins Which has no completion ("Discourse on Legend") When I was one of Christopher Middleton's graduate students at...
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