Fall 2009



Fall 2009

Table of Contents


Four Cats and the Pathetic Fallacy

O Taste and See

On the Border


I Feel Like Being Nice Today

The Shield of the Norns



American Primitives

Feeling Sorry for Myself after the Collapse of Civilization

His Wife

Starting Out from Ted Hughes’s Letters & My Face and My Voice

Sticks; Goose; & Explosion

Taoism: A Primer

The Black Humvee and the Blue Tangs & Ghost Gear

The Book of the Dead Man (The Sun)

The You of the Mottoes




Memento Mori


American Theater Watch, 2008–2009

How Well We Know So Little: The Sequence in Post-Postmodern Poetry (on Katie Ford’s Colosseum; Christopher Buckley’s Modern History: Prose Poems 1987–2007; and Rita Dove’s Sonata Mulattica)

Novellas for the New Millennium (on Phillip Lopate’s Two Marriages; Patrick Michael Finn’s A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich; and William H. Gass’s Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas)

on Collected Poems by Ciaran Carson

on Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

Seconds (on Sharon Olds’s One Secret Thing; The Dream We Carry: Selected and Last Poems of Olav H. Hauge, translated by Robert Bly and Robert Hedin; Kevin Goodan’s Winter Tenor; Richard Kenney’s The One-Strand River: Poems 1994–2007; and Carl Phillips’ Speak Low)