Fall 2001



Fall 2001

Table of Contents

Special Feature

A Letter to Bishop Robert E. Jones

In Praise of the Black Mother: An Unpublished Faulkner Letter on “Mammy” Caroline Barr

Last Words to James Wright

The Sound That Comes from Character: An Interview with Louis Simpson on the Life and Poetry of James Wright

The True Shape of Poetry: A Reading and a Conversation


The Most Precious Square of Sense: In Praise of Shakespeare’s “Politics”

Warring Memories



Getting the Story


One of Star Wars, One of Doom

Passing for Faith

The Inheritance


Grand Forks

I Would Trade Places with Your Death

Imagining Grace


November: Journal Entry


The Bean Sprout

The Bobcat

The Invisible Is Not Lost

Widow’s Weather


Still Home


“I Am Telling You This as Calmly as I Can”: A Review of Recent Poetry Chapbooks All in All by Laura Chester; Catch and Release by Jamie Simpson; Fear of Everything by David Starkey; The Memphis Sun by Jim Murphy; A Day’s Work by Rick Campbell; Blue Numbers, Red Life by Roy Jacobstein; and Lilting by R. T. Smith)

American Theater Watch, 2000–2001

Crass Casualty (on Casualties by Ron Rash; Marked Men by Michael C. White; Glory Goes and Gets Some: Stories by Emily Carter; Troublemakers by John McNally; and Scar Vegas and Other Stories by Tom Paine)

Natural Selection (on The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000 by Dave Smith; Knowing: New and Selected Poems by Jonathan Holden; The Blessing: New and Selected Poems by Richard Jones; Selected Poems of Anne Sexton by Anne Sexton, edited and with an introduction by Diane Wood Middlebrook and Diana Hume George; Sweet Confluence: New and Selected Poems by Susan Ludvigson; and The Selected Levis by Larry Levis, selected and with an afterword by David St. John)

on Karmic Traces, 1993-1999 by Eliot Weinberger

on Miłosz’s ABC’s: Memories, Dreams and Reflections from the Nobel Laureate by Czesław Miłosz, translated by Madeline G. Levine

on The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin, A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal by Barry Werth