Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 2, Summer

A Note on Anna Zemankova
Anna Zemankova was born in Olomouc, Moldavia on August 23, 1908, worked as a dental technician for ten years before her marriage in 1933, began a family in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and moved to Prague after the war. Following a period of depression in...
Dispatch from Krakow: Ubu King Goes to War
I have been trying to write this text for several hours, and I'm still having problems deciding on the tone. The matter is obviously of international or even global significance, so I should be serious. I am not, however, a political expert, only a...
Max Beckmann at Tate Modern
From the north side of London, the Tate Modern is best reached by walking from the traffic circle before St. Pauls Cathedral over the Thames on the new Millenium footbridge to the main doors of the museum. That seventeenth-century St. Pauls and the...
Poetry and Contingency: Within a Timeless Moment of Barbaric Thought
Kant thought he was honoring art when among the predicates of beauty he emphasized and gave prominence to those which established the honor of knowledge: impersonality and universality. This is not the place to inquire whether this was essentially...
Soft Conquest: Poems by Mark McMorris
For more than a decade, Mark McMorris has been publishing his dense and eloquent poems in leading electronic and print venues including Callaloo, Conjunctions, Fence, Hambone, and Tripwire. In addition to three tightly conceived chapbooks released...
Stan Brakhage (1933-2003)
I first met Stan Brakhage during the summer of 1997, but it wasn't until the winter of the following year that our friendship really took off. There was a largeness about Stan that was perplexing to negotiate--the largeness of his physical form, the...
The Apprenticeship of Dr. Williams
The volume under review is the only republication to date of William Carlos Williams's first book, Poems, which the poet self-published in 1909 in his hometown of Rutherford, N.J. It also includes a facsimile of the previously unpublished "Notes from...
Who Needs a Hundred Million Lilly Dollars?
Those of us who had just started calibrating to Chicago's pleasant pace along Lake Michigan have been struggling to retune our idles to the recent spate of carefully curated poetry readings that have been cropping up in the last few years. In addition...
Witt & Stein
LW: In logic nothing is accidental. GS: A sentence is a part of the way when they wish to be secure. LW: All propositions are of equal value. GS: A sentence is an interval during which if there is a difficulty they will do away with it. ...
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