Online Edition: Summer 2004


Gerard Malanga

Having published his first poems by the time he was 21 in such venerable magazines as the Partisan Review and the New Yorker, the acclaimed photographer and writer Gerard Malanga here discusses four decades of his life in poetry. Interviewed by Erik La Prade


Wild and Whirling Words
edited by H. L. Hix

In an unusual group review, six writers—Charles Altieri, Susan Briante, Elisabeth Frost, Arielle Greenberg, Frederick Turner, and Lorenzo Thomas—anonymously respond to a work of poetry criticism which has poets anonymously responding to other poet's poems. Readers are invited to continue the dialogue therein! A semi-anonymous symposium, organized by Brian Clements



The Exquisite Corpse
Alfred Chester

Having twice gone out of print and lapsed into literary limbo, this extraordinary prose work's very unavailability helped to elevate it to the cult status by which it is known today. Reviewed by Mark Terrill

A Perfect Hoax
Italo Svevo

Svevo's story of an aging “man of letters” who achieves what he believes to be overdue recognition reflects his own belated acclaim for his masterwork, The Confessions of Zeno. Reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Nuruddin Farah

Farah exposes “a nightmare of loyalties,” the intricate web of interpersonal relationships that perpetuates violence in Mogadiscio. Reviewed by Scott Esposito

Do You Hear Them?
Nathalie Sarraute

Originally published in 1972, there has never before or since been such a serious book about the giggles. Reviewed by Stephen Schenkenberg

The Long Haul
Amanda Stern

In her debut novel, Stern depicts the anguish of a doomed and dangerous relationship between two people who consume each other as ferociously as they consume drugs and alcohol. Reviewed by Stephanie Anderson

The Dead Letter & The Figure Eight
Metta Fuller Victor
That Affair Next Door & Lost Man's Lanes
Anna Katherine Green

For readers who think that thrillers about serial killers are a product of our tawdry age, here are four 19th-century sensationalist classics that are titillating, vulgar, and moralistic by turns. Reviewed by Kris Lawson


Owl's Head
Rosamond Purcell

Three memoirs are embedded in this unique book, as artist-collector Rosamond Purcell searches for eye-catching detritus in a scrapyard in the small town of Owls Head, Maine. Reviewed by Michelle Mitchell-Foust

Devotional Cinema
Nathaniel Dorsky

Based on a lecture the avant-garde filmmaker delivered at a conference on Religion and Cinema, Devotional Cinema is a celebration of what's sacred about film. Reviewed by by Christopher Luna

Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond
Agustin Victor Casasola
Mexico-New York
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans

Two sumptuous books contrast time and aesthetic in Mexican photography. Reviewed by John Toren

Restoring the Burnt Child
William Kloefkorn

A noted poet's second memoir grapples with how 1940s middle America shaped its boys into men. Reviewed by James Walkowiak

The Origins of Totalitarianism
Responsibility and Judgment
Hannah Arendt

Two profound and sober works by this unshrinking philosopher take on the defining issues of 20th-century politics. Reviewed by Rick Canning

Assembling Art
Barbara Zabel

The author examines four avant-garde artists working in different genres to develop evidence of the new American identity steeped in technology. Reviewed by Stacy Brix


Neo-Surrealism; or, the Sun at Night
Andrew Joron

Joron is both a participant and elucidator of the ethereal practice of Neo-Surrealism in these recent publications. Reviewed by Noah Eli Gordon

Writing Through
Translations and Variations

Jerome Rothenberg

This unusual "selected poems" provides an intimate portrait of Jerome Rothenberg by incorporating his life-long dialogue with otherness. Reviewed by Jen Besemer

The Escape
Jo Ann Wasserman

In Jo Ann Wasserman's riveting and important first collection, she uses her two battling hands to write about her two great preoccupations: “Writing” and “My mother.” Reviewed by Michelle Mitchell-Foust

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry
edited by David R. McCann

Koreans have been writing poetry since the rise of their civilization; this anthology provides a generous sampling from the Modern age that shows a range of style and subject. Reviewed by Sun Yung Shin

Living in the Past
Philip Schultz

Schultz's urgent lines tug and travel, propelled by multiple voices, guttural expressions, and Hebrew incantations, all of which becomes the musical embellishment in this book-length memoir in verse. Reviewed by Maureen Picard Robins

Trouble in Mind
Lucie Brock-Broido

In her long-awaited third book, Brock-Broido's words, lines, and even line breaks appear so masterfully wrought that they invite the reader to pause and bend close to them—yet that is both their strength and their weakness. Reviewed by A. A. Farman

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