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Articles from Vol. 59/60, No. 4/1, 2016

A Conversation with Ed Roberson
On February 11, 2016, Ed Roberson gave a poetry reading to a packed room at the University of Chicago. He read directly from the original typescript of MPH before debuting a selection that included many of the new poems appearing elsewhere in this section....
An Interview with Eldzier Cortor
LO: You've been based in New York for decades now. But maybe you could tell me a little bit about when you were in Chicago.EC: There's a difference between the two places, you see. When I was in Chicago you could just come in and knock on the door of...
Bedouin of the London Evening: Collected Poems
Rosemary tonks, Bedouin of the London evening: Collected Poems. northumberland: bloodaxe books, 2014. 160pp. £12Rosemary Tonks died in 2014, more than thirty years after she had renounced an ascending literary career. The obituaries came like an avalanche:...
Between the World and Nommo: Hoyt W. Fuller and Chicago's Black Arts Magazines
On October 27, 1969, the scholar and literary critic Stephen E. Henderson commended his friend Hoyt W. Fuller on a run of recent issues of Negro Digest. Henderson was impressed with the magazine's coverage of the Black Arts Movement (BAM), and he surmised...
'Cause
when we made the middle passage didn't wewalk the waters didn't wehave the waters paved with the skullsof our grief for each other didn't we make iton ourselves.when we crawled under the mason dixondidn't we jump the fence over jordandidn't the river...
Code Violations: Chicago Review in the 1990s
In his introduction to Chicago Review's fiftieth anniversary issue, former editor David Nicholls writes, "Andrew Rathmann, Angela Sorby, and I met throughout the winter of 1996 to read through the archive of back issues and report to each other on what...
Collected Poems
michael gizzi, Collected Poems. great barrington, ma: the figures, 2015. 517pp. $25When Michael Gizzi died in 2010 at the age of sixty-one, he left behind a copious body of poetry, all of it published by small presses, much of it out of print and hard...
Freshness Date Stamped on Bottom: Or, How Innovative Was It
This short memoir has been difficult to write.I joined the fiction staff in 1977, became coeditor in 1980, and finished as editor for the special section "{In/Re} novative Fiction" in 1982 and 1983 (33:2-3). There were remarkable people there-charming,...
From A YEAR FROM TODAY
maybe the way to go about thisis to stay within earshot & sip the Turk."Hustlers of the world, there is one Mark you cannot beat:The Mark Inside."musician asks for a check to read a few moments amongst poets notgettingpaid & gets paidsee a homeless...
From CAMPTOWN
Note: In Camptown various monsters speak and sing."Monster or beast: one who walks."Tunes came to chronicle volition. Saywhat it is you wanted. Shelterin the lee of what you said, shelter in the published range, the lipsof one pushed up againstthe brow...
From DAYBOOK 1918
Translated by lawrence VenutiTranslator's introductionThe poet Josep Vicenç Foix i Mas (1893-1987) is a major figure in modern Catalan literature who has influenced generations of writers down to the present. Under the pen name of J. V. Foix (his surname...
From Mysterious Rustlings from the Magic Kingdom
At first there's just a bluish, mellow little flame flickering up from the tip of my right big toe, at certain spots tending toward a greenish yellow, and only after a while does red join in, and it reminds me of the indoor fireworks from the New Year's...
Heartbreak Hotel: In Memoriam Stephen Rodefer (1940-2015)
Though he gets the lyric wrong in titling his 1978 Figures book The Bell Clerk's Tears Keep Flowing (it's bell hop not clerk), Stephen Rodefer chose a great analog in Elvis: as handsome as the head on a Greek coin, sexy as all get out, charming, mean,...
"I Am a Phenomenon Quite out of the Ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms
daniil kharms, "i Am a Phenomenon Quite out of the ordinary": The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms. translated and edited by anthony anemone and peter scotto. boston: academic studies press, 2013. 689pp. $35Daniil Kharms was born in St....
Interregnum
I became editor-in-chief of Chicago Review in a sideways fashion early in 1974, when the new editor, a protégé of his predecessor, got himself ousted almost immediately upon taking office. I'm not sure whether palace revolt or popular insurrection is...
Introduction
This special section began with a visit to Ed Roberson in January 2015. Perched at the edge of Bronzeville, Roberson's high-rise apartment looks north toward Chicago's downtown skyscrapers and east across Lake Shore Drive toward Lake Michigan. Fanning...
Introduction
Chicago Review marks seventy years in print this year (1946-2016). As the memoirs from former editors elsewhere in this issue attest, CR's relationship to its home university has waxed and waned over the years. But what has remained constant to CR is...
Notes to Poems
MPH: The Motorcycle Poems is based on the author's 1970 typescript. The version printed here incorporates undated minor revisions entered into the typescript in pencil, as well as recent emendations by the author."'cause" / Previously appeared in "Aerialist...
On Ana Blandiana's My Native Land A4
On Ana Blandiana's My Native Land A4Ana Blandiana is the pen name of Otilia Valeria Coman, probably Romania's greatest contemporary poet. Coman continued the political opposition to Ceausescu's totalitarian regime that she learned from her father, so...
"Poetry Is a Necessity of Life": In Memoriam C. D. Wright (1949-2016)
"I love them all," begins a recent book by C. D. Wright. Words, she is speaking of. "More than the pristine, I love the filthy ones for their descriptive talent as well as transgressive nature."I first heard of her in 1981, when she applied for a job...
Pope County, Illinois
Cattle bones baskets of soil & chalklabor sedimented in landjunco on a bur oaksnow-covered iron teeth draggedover plowed fieldIDA HAZELWAS BORNAPRIL ETHE30TH1787 AND DIED JULY THE 14TH1810Millstone Bluff keyless split expelblind wind blowing slashingher...
Preface to MPH: The Motorcycle Poems
In the summer of 1970, Andrew Welsh, Dick Vandall, and I rode cross-country from Pittsburgh to San Francisco and back on two BMW motorcycles. Andy was a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, finishing a dissertation that was later published...
Premonition
etel adnan, Premonition. berkeley: kelsey street press, 2014. 56pp. $19Etel Adnan's massive and diverse body of work is dedicated to other possibilities of knowing. Some possibilities include writing from the perspective of the other, as in her celebrated...
Putting Lyric to "All Blues"
1to Miles'snotesOscar took the sizesof the tonesof bluesand called up the hugesea the skyto the music2sea have beenin somany a lineseahavebut have it been Miles'sblues lineis what I'm saying youshould pay attention toas some one who watches that lineof...
Sand Opera
philip metres, Sand opera. farmington, me: alice James books, 2015. 109pp. $16.95The title of Philip Metres's second full-length collection, Sand Opera, is an erasure of the term "Standard Operating Procedure." The book takes as its central premise the...
Seeing Eldzier Cortor
Eldzier Cortor died on Thanksgiving Day, 2015, about seven months after I interviewed him. He was ninety-nine years old. According to his son Michael, Cortor worked as an artist up until the day he died.The New York Times ran a generous obituary of Cortor,...
She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks
M. Nourbese Philip, She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks. foreword by Evie Shockley. Middletown, Ct: Wesleyan University press, 2015. 102pp. $15.95Thanks in no small part to the critical acclaim garnered by Zong! (2008), M. NourbeSe Philip's...
Some Reflections on One's Own Literature
When I published my first prose pieces in 1918, an illustrious critic for whom I feel deep affection asked me: "Why do you write this?" The question long decided the fate of various short texts-poems?- that I was writing in the form of a diary. Several...
Taxonomic
Mountains purpling lichens weathering rocktrenches filled with tree limbs "cabins perchedlike birds" among hill clefts dispossessedby which "nothing means something"she said "a living fossil" horsetails& goats-beard rooting among sprucea flock of...
The Pillars
wonder do the head goose hear the motorswimming the sky water wonder dohe hear his brothers the wakejam the wind out of shapeabout nothing to lose and how the houseof directions be all out of shapecause they was bornleanin on the cornergettin they back...
Vachel Lindsay and the W. Cabell Greet Recordings
"Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance.... Poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music."-Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading (1934)In April 1912, the Victor Talking Machine Company sent a recording engineer to the Indianapolis...
Wild Grass on the Riverbank
hiromi ito? , Wild Grass on the Riverbank. translated by Jeffrey angles. notre dame, in: action books, 2015. 103pp. $16Hiromi Ito is said to have called the English-language version of her narrative poem Wild Grass on the Riverbank, translated by Jeffrey...
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