Online Edition: Spring 2004


Community & the Classroom:
an interview with Juliana Spahr

      Spahr discusses pedagogy through the prism of a poet's eye. by Michelle Naka Pierce



Iraqi Poetry Today
edited by Saadi Simawe and Daniel Weissbort

This anthology was compiled in hopes that a new translation of Iraqi poetry into English would contribute to the appreciation and cause of peace in the Middle East. Reviewed by Jeffrey C. Alfier

Here & Elsewhere: a poetic cul-de-sac
Raymond Federman

If literature is near death, Federman's Here and Elsewhere fans the flames. Reviewed by Karl Krause

The To Sound
Eric Baus

In his debut collection, Eric Baus engages minerals, math, cartography, and sound itself to pull apart the micro-cosmology of language. Reviewed by Jane Sprague

Involuntary Vision
After Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

edited by Michael Cross

Like Kurosawa's characters, the poets in this anthology reveal that the monstrous in our world is always inextricably, instinctually, and inexorably human. Reviewed by Mark Tursi

Immigrant Blues
Goran Simic

Simic, a Bosnian poet, writes blunt poems about living in war-torn Sarajevo. Reviewed by Gilbert Wesley Purdy


&   Unlikely
Jeffrey Brown

Two autobiographical graphic novels grapple with sex, drug use, and drinking, and renders the terrific blanches and indelible happiness one can inflict upon another in high school. Reviewed by Jennifer Przybylski


Book of Ten Nights and a Night
John Barth

An erudite and playful postmodernist tackles the events of 9/11 in this new collection of stories. Reviewed by Alicia L. Conroy

Denny Smith
Robert Glück

Glück exudes remarkable narrative adeptness in this new work, complete with the diversionary tactics that multiply layers of awareness and reading pleasure in the best contemporary fiction. Reviewed by Gail Scott

Bluett's Blue Hours
Thomas Kennedy

An American writer based in Denmark has just come forth with the second volume of his Copenhagen Quartet. Reviewed by Linda Lappin

Detroit Tales
Jim Ray Daniels

In this collection of short stories, Daniels does everything he can to confirm all of our greatest fears regarding the Motor City. Reviewed by Dustin Michael


Juniper Fuse
Upper Paleolithic Imagination & The Construction of the Underworld

Clayton Eshleman

A passionate and visionary work, Eshleman's Juniper Fuse translates and reintegrates the narrative of awakening humanity as depicted within psychic wombs on the cave walls of southwestern Europe. Reviewed by Sarah Fox


Paul Bowles on Music
edited by Timothy Mangan and Irene Herrmann

Though known primarily for his novels, stories, and translations, Paul Bowles was also an accomplished composer and widely published music critic. This new collection of his music writings includes the last interview with Bowles before his death in 1999. Reviewed by Mark Terrill

Lost Splendor
The Amazing Memoirs of the Man Who Killed Rasputin

Prince Felix Youssoupoff

In this memoir, the prince provides an exciting and detailed account of how he assassinated the erstwhile holy man who wielded a frightful and prodigious power over Russia's royal family in the years preceding the Bolshevik Revolution. Reviewed by Rod Smith

The Soft Cage
Surveillance in America: From Slave Passes to The War on Terror

Christian Parenti

Parenti explores the place of surveillance techniques in American life (and the fight against them). Reviewed by Jim Feast

Listen Here
Women Writing in Appalachia

edited by Sandra L. Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson

Listen Here collects the voices of women who have carved life and art out of the rough beauty of the Appalachian territory. Reviewed by Lynnell Edwards

Feminine Persuasion
Art and Essays on Sexuality

edited by Betsy Stirratt and Catherine Johnson

This collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of Kinsey's landmark publication Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Reviewed by Stacy Brix

The Lennon Companion
&   Lennon Legend

Joyce-inspired writer, heroin-drenched, black-cloaked troublemaker, self-appointed imaginary saint—John Lennon was all these things and more. Two new books deepen this iconic figure of the 20th century. Reviewed by Steven Lee Beeber

The Road to Santiago
Kathryn Harrison

Harrison walks the most venerable footpath of Western Europe and describes her experience through her perspective as a woman, a mother, and an American. Reviewed by John Toren

Caroline Kraus

Follow this dark journey into a strange and manipulative relationship between the dispirited Caroline and the abuser Jane. Reviewed by Holly Chase Williams

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