Fall 1997



Fall 1997

Table of Contents


“Not as a Leaf”: Southern Poetry and the Innovation of Tradition


Echo and Narcissus: The Fearful Logic of Postmodern Thought


A Globe of Glass

Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime

The Letters of Heaven


About Stones

After Moving to a Place Where I Do Not Know the Names of Plants and Birds

Another Autumn

Authors in Hell

Bringing Back the Bones

Family Reunion


God, My Daughter Guesses,



Insomniacs’ Debating Society

Last Days

Last Poem of Summer


Mountain Time

Never to the Present

No Finale

O Pioneers!


Sister Mary Appassionata Praises Those Who Love to Watch

The Drift

The Exigency of Rhyme

The Prodigal Son Paraphrases a Plagiarist

These Privileges Doth the Wolf Hold to This Hour


A Quiet Dialogue


American Theater Watch, 1996–1997

An Animal of the Sixth Day by Laura Fargas

Essayists, Obsessions, and Hardcovers (on Art & Anger: Essays on Politics and the Imagination by Ilan Stavans; Walking Possession: Essays and Reviews, 1968-93 by Ian Hamilton; The Night Is Large: Collected Essays 1938-1995 by Martin Gardner; & No Passion Spent: Essays 1978-1996 by George Steiner)

In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country by Kim Barnes

Landscapes of Mind and Matter (on A Vision of Nature: Traces of the Original World by Michael Tobias; Political Landscape: The Art History of Nature by Martin Warnke; & Landscape in America by George F. Thompson)

Lullabies in Reverse (on Invisible Horses by Patricia Goedicke; Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum by Michael Waters; Trespasser by R. T. Smith; Stalking Joy by Margaret Benbow; & Heavy Grace by Robert Cording)

on All We Need of Hell by Harry Crews

on Distant Friends and Intimate Strangers by Charles East

on Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing by Henry Petroski

on The Sibling Society by Robert Bly

The Vigil by C. K. Williams