Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 3-4, Summer

A Map of Locations
Edward Dorn (1929-1999) should need no introduction. Regardless what readers may not know of his fugitive early and late work, his masterpiece Gunslinger (1975) remains in print, and is both "a pageant of its time" and still relevant to ours. Most...
An Interview with Edward Dorn
This interview, first published in Chicago Review 39:1 (1993), took place at Dorn's home in Boulder, Colorado, on September 4, 1990. John Wright, who spent many years in northwest Washington, begins by asking about Dorn's early years in the Skagit...
An Interview with Eleni Sikelianos
"The extrication of self is the politic of perception" --Christopher Dewdney "[C]osmic rhythm ... since the beginning of the human race, has imbued mankind with the unconscious belief that to move with the sun is positive,...
A Selection of Edward Dorn's Correspondence (1960-1962)
Dorn's letters are his autobiography (as David Southern says in his essay that follows this selection). The archives are coherent enough to provide, in this brief glimpse, an insight into Dorn's early writing life, picking up where the narrative proper...
Creative Writing
I like it here in the southern Appalachians. It's a whole hell of a lot better than my house was in Cincinnati. Here I can sit on my front porch and look out over the mountains, watch the cars go by on the road below my porch, rock a little, read a...
Edward Dorn Out: Forms of Dispossession
In the summer of 1965 Edward Dorn attended the Berkeley Poetry Conference, substituting for LeRoi Jones. He spoke to the audience of his travel with photographer Leroy Lucas through what is known geographically as the Basin-Plateau, an area occupied...
Forensics in the Provinces: Collecting the Correspondence of Edward Dorn
By the 1990s, Ed Dorn had honed a sharp distinction between "poet" and "writer," making it clear that he was a member of the larger, more inclusive class. He is, of course, principally celebrated for his poems, in particular the modern epic, Gunslinger....
Late Dorn
Edward Dorn is the dead poet I miss most these days, when the poetry passing for political is about as forceful as a garden hose sans nozzle. In the last decades of his life, Dorn was mostly writing a topical poetry, and that is exactly what we need...
"Meagrely Provided": A Response to Don Paterson
The following is a rejoinder to Don Paterson's corrosive introduction to New British Poetry, an anthology of British poets born after 1945 released on April Fools Day 2004 by Graywolf Press. Given Graywolf's stunning publicity budget ($30,000 per book,...
On the Authority of Root Meanings and the External
(a poetry workshop at The Naropa Institute, Boulder, 6/13/1977) Throughout his discourse Ed Dorn seeks to clarify terms. He always considered it worth refining broad terms like "political culture," "education," "rhetoric," or "theoretical." He would...
Philip Guston
Thus it might be argued that when a painting is "finished," it is a compromise. But the conditions under which a compromise is made are what matters. Decisions to settle anywhere are intolerable. --Philip Guston, "Faith, Hope and Impossibility"...
Robinson Jeffers: The Man from Whom God Hid Everything
I What a strange poet Robinson Jeffers was. Lyrically striking if frequently obtuse, he's probably the most prolific modern poet still in print--his five-volume Complete Poetry contains over 2,500 pages. Popular early in his career, he died largely...
Rolling Stock: A Chronicle of the Eighties
We had come to Boulder from San Francisco in the fall of 1977, not planning to stay. Ed had signed a one-year contract as visiting poet at the University of Colorado, another in a series of jobs that had made us academic nomads, taking us from Lawrence,...
Vaya Con Ojo Caliente: A Memoir of Edward Dorn
In December of '99, when I first heard that Ed Dorn was dead at seventy of pancreatic cancer, I was at once stunned and not exactly surprised. He hadn't been looking too good in recent years. After performing a prodigious cleanup act in the late '80s...
Zephyrus Image and Edward Dorn
Zephyrus Image press in San Francisco was the brainchild of Holbrook Teter and Michael Myers, two unlikely partners who produced some of the most provocative and politically engaged ephemera ever to come out of the small press scene in this country....
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