Fall 1988



Fall 1988

Table of Contents


A Snapping Turtle in June

American Theater Watch, 1987–1988

At the Edge

Fighting Words: Unlearning to Write the Critical Essay

The Pre-Natal Mountain: Vision and Irony in Recent Irish Poetry


Here in Time and Not

Out of Place

Until It Comes Closer


Between Seasons

Blessed Coming Off Ladders

Every Day There Are New Memos & Academic Subjects

How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land? & Heat Lightning in a Time of Drought

In Cedar Grove Cemetery

October 15th

The Earth Is Round

The Faithful

The Sounds of Rain

To Live in Warsaw

Travel Silk

Triage & Joy



Biography As Comic Opera, As Melodrama, As Legal Fiction (on In Search of J. D. Salinger by Ian Hamilton)

Failure and the Harlem Renaissance (on Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance by Houston A. Baker, Jr. & Color, Sex and Poetry: Three Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance by Gloria T. Hull)

on Ezra Pound: The Solitary Volcano by John Tytell

on Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe by David Herbert Donald

on The Bosom Serpent: Folklore and Popular Art by Harold Schechter

on The Essays of Virginia Woolf. Vol. 1 by Andrew McNeillie

on The Haw Lantern by Seamus Heaney

on The Servant’s Hand: English Fiction from Below by Bruce Robbins

on Tradition Counter Tradition: Love and the Form of Fiction by Joseph Allen Boone

The Achievement of Richard Ellmann (on Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann & Four Dubliners: Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett by Richard Ellmann)

The Work Being Done: Five New Books (on Evening Wind by Robert Mezey; Next by Lucille Clifton; Women Hoping for Rain by David Tillinghast; What We Say to Strangers by Barbara Drake; & Letter at the End of Winter by Don Stap)

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