Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1, Summer

154 Forties
Jackson Mac Low, 154 Forties. Edited by Anne Tardos. Denver: Counterpath Press, 2012. 314pp. $22Although Jackson Mac Low is best known for writing according to strict constraints, the poems of 154 Forties are bound together by a looser common form: eight...
Becoming a Patient of History: George Oppen's Domesticity and the Relocation of Politics
(ProQuest: ... denotes "strike-through" in the original text omitted.)I. DIALECTICMany of George Oppen's poems that I'm most compelled by now, I first found to be dull or sentimental, doctrinaire or mystifying. Moreover, I found them to be opaque. How...
Bruised in a Manner Fitting
The vesselmen wear sick hyphenated names, Selby-Bigge or AriewGarber. They grow pocked skin and terrier mustaches-pour out a heat of steel without euphemism or complaining calls, or thinking about the sloughs, the bosh, their boisterous uncouth bodies-how...
Collecting as Modernist Practice/Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity
Jeremy Braddock, Collecting as Modernist Practice. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. 336pp. $39.95Jed Rasula and Tim Conley, Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity. South Bend, IN: Action Books, 2012. 574pp. $25In the past several...
Disorientations: Groundings
Jay Wright, Disorientations: Groundings. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2013. 98pp. $15.95Readers of Jay Wright's poetry know him as a relentlessly allusive and idiosyncratic mythmaker who is always playing more games than one. Wright's study of West African...
Doldrums
Surrendersmall pledge of allegianceand the earth goes palesafe but not sanethe splinter plundersthis tadpole accusesand for starters who will I stick up my toe or thumb toI accuse yet againthis time surrendersmall pledge of allegianceit's too muchvast...
Fray
Unfolded darkand whatever may be done in the darkShot of interiormoving lightsIgnite darkwith thought to "solving" that which is unclear in the aftermathby magnifying itthrough a water glass, eye glasses, under glassIgnite desk.But for the legibly-scanned...
From OF AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Of Autobiography1She shall never forgetcardiac inkstand + because life is short + on off on of + ENTER2On off on of + ENTER the same juryto be read as much as seen to be causingarrhythmias within the frame because.3Because life is shortdecisive black...
Head and Neck
Head too heavy, hands too large, legs too short, my father said, setting me inside a cage and giving me a friendly wave through the bars while I watched as he glued matchstick boxes at the kitchen table because he had one leg too few and his left arm...
Mephisto Waltz
He doesn't like Liszt because he doesn't understand that love is all rhetoric and that's what gives it a non-vegetative depth.-Jose DonosoWhen she opened her purse to look for her creams, the blue silk pajamas (which her sister Beatriz had bought her...
Notes and Comments
On Kirill MedvedevThe Russian poet and activist Kirill Medvedev renounced all copyright to his works in 2004. Since then, his main publication outlets have been LiveJournal and Facebook, and his frequent poetry readings have been replaced by one-man...
The Number and the Siren
Quentin Meillassoux, The Number and the Siren. Translated by Robin Mackay. Falmouth, UK: Urbanomic; New York: Sequence Press, 201 2. 306pp. $25.95In his first book, After Finitude, Quentin Meillassoux showed contemporary philosophy some numbers. The...
The Poet's Imaginary
Actions that culminate in some form of deliberate production, directed by purposeful agency as means to probable ends, are a familiar part of human behavior. We do things and we make things, and the grammar of transitive acts is well established in Western...
This Is Hoeing
So complicated like a special bird which I don't know the name oflet me ask a nightingale.I don't know this it feels like it looks like a metal him.Meddling, read your lovely but not I love you.Ifs chh not ch. Ifs chh not ch. It's hccch.Read a woman...
"We Are Nothing for Each Other" (Asphyxia)
No confíes en mis fotos.1-Alejandra PizarnikIn an essay on national feeling published in 1921, Robert Musil identifies pronominal vacuity thus: "The true 'we,'" he writes, "is: We are nothing for each other." It is this nothing that is of particular...
What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life/Rontel
Marie Calloway, What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life. New York: Tyrant Books, 2013. 200pp. $12.85Sam Pink, Rontel. Portland: Lazy Fascist Press, 2013. 96pp. $7.95The graphic sexual content of Marie Calloways autobiographical stories instigated major...
Word Made Flesh
Because life is shortcells are programmed to die unless notified not to.Because life is shortnothing is easier than overtaking the futurethe certainties arising only from sluggishness, Mallarmé'sbulging, a specific milieu in tissue where once existed...
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