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SPRING 2021

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INTERVIEWS

“This Anxious Present”: An Interview with Ben Ehrenreich
Journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich’s newest book, Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time challenges readers to take a side as we stand anxiously between erasures of the past and the uncertainties of the future.
Interviewed by Benjamin P. Davis

The Productive Procrastination of Robert Stone: An Interview with Madison Smartt Bell
Acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell discusses his definitive biography of the National Book Award winning author Robert Stone, highlighting key aspects of the author’s work and life along the way.
Interviewed by Allan Vorda

FEATURES

Are Translators Ventriloquists? On Reviewing Literary Translations
Let's explore the promises and pitfalls of describing translators (often ignored in reviews of translated works) as ventriloquists—at first it makes sense, then the metaphor goes very strange.
By Eric Fishman

Remembering Clayton Eshleman
By Pierre Joris
We commemorate the passing of poet and translator Clayton Eshleman with an obituary written by fellow traveler Pierre Joris, along with links to writing about Eshleman and an invitation to readers to send their own thoughts about this influential writer.

Pandemic Reflection: Patrick White’s Riders in the Chariot
by Kiran Bhat
Having been stranded in Australia during the pandemic lockdown, Kiran Bhat describes how the pause on travel led him to journey into the country’s literature instead, starting with its sole Nobel laureate.

POETRY REVIEWS:

Rough Song
Blanca Varela
Peruvian poet Blanca Varela was well-respected among an auspicious group of writers, including Octavio Paz and Jean-Paul Sartre; we can now see why in her first collection of poems to be translated into English. Reviewed by John Bradley

FICTION REVIEWS:

Winter Counts
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
A stunning crime novel, Winter Counts offers a fascinating snapshot of life and Lakota culture on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Reviewed by Julia Stein

NONFICTION REVIEWS

Coolidge & Cherkovski in Conversation
Clark Coolidge and Neeli Cherkovski
Edited by Kyle Harvey
Swapping stories and memories, ranging across topics and poetic encounters from the 1960s to the present, this transcribed conversational collage between two poets offers a fascinating look into their creative lives. Reviewed by Matt Hill

ART REVIEWS

The Sculpture Of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air
Edited by Timothy Anglin Burgard and Daniell Cornell
This robust gathering of essays, including several newly added to this edition, is a definitive collection of material on and about a renowned San Francisco sculptor. Reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan