Fall 2008



Fall 2008

Table of Contents

Special Feature

“It Is a Marvelous Book”: Correspondence


Approaching the Rubicon and Crossing the Bar: Washington’s Death and the Rise of Republican Rule

Forms and Structures

Memory and Helix: What Comes to Us from the Past

The Art of Looking Down

The Speed of Light


The Days Down Here

The Wildcat Massacre



Elegy for My Father

Moles & My Heart (Cut View)


Of Dust

The Heart’s Uncertain Myths about Itself

These Are the Last Good Days of the Republic & I Wander Down My Street Because I Cannot Find a Book



“Even Sincerity”: On the Viability of the Self in Contemporary Poetry (on One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America by Dan Chiasson; Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems by Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer; and American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell)

American Theater Watch, 2007–2008

Where Does the Poetry Go? (on Time Is a Parlor Trick and Other Poems by Doyle D. Turner; Falling into Velázquez by Mary Kaiser; Contents of a Minute by Josephine Jacobsen; A Little White Shadow by Mary Ruefle; The Reindeer Camps by Barton Sutter; The Preacher by Gerald Stern; Turkish Pears in August: Twenty-Four Ramages by Robert Bly; Only on This Planet by John Graber; and A Word for It by Warren Slesinger)