Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2-3, Autumn

For a Realist Literature
Georges Perec isn't typically associated with anything we might call "realism," but from 1959 to 1963, before joining the Oulipo, he belonged to a group of leftist writers who called themselves La ligne generale--after the film by Sergei Eisenstein--and...
Numbers Trouble
Jennifer Ashton's recent article "Our Bodies, Our Poems" makes some bold claims about gender and contemporary poetry. Most striking is her claim that the "the recent commitment to women as formal innovators ... is utterly and literally essentialist."...
On Communicative Difficulty in General and "Difficult" Poetry in Particular: The Example of Hart Crane's "The Broken Tower"
New conditions of life germinate new forms of spiritual articulation. And while I feel that my work includes a more consistent extension of traditional elements than many contemporary poets are capable of appraising, I realize that I am utilizing...
Ooga-Booga
Frederick Seidel, Ooga-Booga. New York: Farrar, 2006. 112pp. $24. Frederick Seidel's six-figure Ducati 999FO5 factory Superbike racer is one of four Italian professional racing motorcycles he owns. You don't have to be Peter Unger to feel this is...
Poetry Magazines & Women Poets
Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young's "Numbers Trouble" (which appears on page 88 of this issue) counts men and women in various poetry media to determine gender representation in "innovative" poetry communities. Intrigued by their findings, we decided...
Radi Os O V
THE BOOK OF ADAM Now Adam waked, Of leaves Of birds on every bough. composed As through unquiet half raised Shot forth hand and the fresh field prime to mark for I this night, have dreamed of next design; which my mind sets off the face of things-...
The Numbers Trouble with "Numbers Trouble"
The governing tone of Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young's "Numbers Trouble" is indeed one of trouble--in their words "a combination of annoyance and confusion"--at what strikes them as a serious mistake about the current situation of women poets--the...
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