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Articles from Vol. 56, No. 2/3, Autumn

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1That year dress supposed open-sourcestenciling onto fabric as in the manner ofEXHAUST.At ALL: The will to acquireINTERESTon earthand inhabita followingfor the left hand.A discipleremoved THIRSTY? from the PROTEST!PrefaceOBJECToperating the bookon earthand...
An Anthology Called Pegasus
Pulse...we were tired of peace. And in later cross trafficdusty Pleides hitherto a small modish afterthought.NOT NOW made of some material.Matriculated futurity throwing off reflections left and right: Los Angeles.The hero arrives home unrecognized.PulseThat...
Cento Encephalogram
1And the anger that was the birds making sounds at each other, wasmusic to some harmless to most, who knows what a bird feels?The birds that were singing this morning have shut up I thought Isaw a couple, kissing, but Larry said noThe bird is astonished...
Crayfish
The fish were dead already. The water had disappeared. The sky had burned itself a mirror in which it had been reflected for the last month. The bright, wan fire had reached the stones. It looked like a road made of white bones, something like that....
Flags and Their Discontents
1Brand name of the ancient cityYour namesake for our ancient cityAncient unrest and eccentricityUnrest epitomized by the byteEven keel immersed in sitesAnd look: name recognition.Ancient preferences for ancientEpiphenomena and nomenclatureAncient unaccented...
From His True Penelope Was Flaubert: Ezra Pound and Nineteenth-Century Poetry
Pound's relations with the nineteenth century have always been ambivalent, and this ambivalence can help us to situate with some precision the alternatives available to him at the crucial beginnings of his career. Such study will have the incidental...
From Lilies from the Acorn
The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility.- "The Importance of Being Earnest"The activity of wringing lilies from the acorn that Pound attributes to...
From the Hall of the Singing Caryatids
Translated by Andrew BromfieldUncle Pete called a week later, when Lena had already gotten over it. The call came early in the morning. Lena's sister, who answered the phone, said: "Some hot shot's looking for you."Lena didn't realize who it was at first,...
From THE MIDDLE NOTEBOOKES
[...]Please forgive me, it's raining.I would like to write you the letter of that duration, but I am so stunned that I can only imagine the letter, tossed about as I am by these sorrows sometimes a strange euphoria. Tonight it is a sorrow that is as...
Greensward
Cole Swensen. Greensward. New York: Ugly Duckling Press, 2010. $14.00.Over the last decade, Cole Swensen has consistently pursued answers to unexpected questions in equally unexpected places. Most recently, Ours (University of California Press, 2009)...
If I Were Another: Poems/Almond Blossoms and Beyond
Mahmoud Darwish. If I Were Another: Poems, tr. Fadyjoudah. New York: Forrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009. 240 pp. $28Mahmoud Darwish. Almond Blossoms and Beyond, tr. Mohammad Shaheen. Northampton, MA: Interlink Publishing, 2009. 95pp. $25The Palestinian...
In Cuba
He went back to a bedEven more terrible than the loyal eyesOf a dog about to be euthanized.-Frederick SeidelMy wife has died in the hotel. Her body was unable to support the massive thread count. The men came in, investigated, and went out. She was always...
Ode to Tl61p 1
1.1In future you cover your cost in void too empty to be lost, static at terminal velocity; on the opening night as light parts and you jump out to gravitate orderly to ballot the flattering flesh you missed resist arrest in its shattering petty larceny,...
Pastoral and Elegy in the Early Poems of Tennyson1
The feeling that life is essentially inadequate to the human spirit . ..is naturally at home with most versions of pastoral.- William EmpsonPastoral and elegy resemble each other in obvious ways. Each juxtaposes a complex with a simple condition of being;...
Rain in December
On Monday it began to rain. For several days there'd been a thaw. We were on our way home. Darek cursed, turned the wheel, and the car skidded on wet ice. We tried to use the sides of the road, where there were rocks sticking up. The way was clear, straight,...
Rite of Spring
Translated by Bill JohnstonWhen the frogs come out from beneath the earth and set off in search of standing water, it's a sign that winter has grown weak. White tongues of snow still lie in dark gullies, but their days are numbered. The streams are bursting...
Statement (Some Assembly Required)
The realkept public has caught a sliver of interim, alarms coincident with honking: the ambulance cut short in its path, stranded in logic spaced thus-includes a sample of 5th caffigraphy from the XVI century affixed to Mughal court paper in the XVII...
The General
I was born after the dictator completed most of his work: our country bore his name by that point, General Ricardo Salvatierra; our nine states bore his name also, as did our ninety-four counties, and streets and boulevards and freeways, and each of...
The Raw
A razor wind slashed as she douked below dykes,followed dips and shake holes, took detours along dales.Her skirts tacked the storm that stropped her facewith the sharp icy edge of a blade.HIGH CARRICK, ELSDON, LATE MAY 1791When her daughter Jane fell...
The Warbler Road/The Bark of the Dog
Merrill Gilfïllan. The Warbler Road. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2010. $15.95Merrill Gilfïllan. The Bark of the Dog. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2010. $14.95The twenty-six short essays collected in The Warbler Road record Merrill Gilfillan s wanderings in...
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