Spring 1985



Spring 1985

Table of Contents


The Bosom Serpent: Folklore and Popular Art

The End of Boredom

The Nobel Prize and the Paper Men: The Fixing of William Golding

Writers on Journalists: A Version of Atheism


Her Mother’s Daughter


Time and Fear and Somehow Love



Mishipasinghan, Lumchipamudana, etc. & By One

Mother / Daughter


The Immoralities: Drunk All Afternoon


Torch Songs

Tough End

Van Gogh, “The Potato Eaters”

When My Father

Women at Forty & Family History

Wood Violet & Common Mullein


“My Fingers Clawing the Air”: Versions of Paradise in Contemporary American Poetry (on Deep Within the Ravine by Philip Schultz; Paradise Poems by Gerald Stern; Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things that Have Been in the Fire by Marvin Bell; Traffic, With Ghosts by Rosanne Coggeshall; & Selected Poems by Philip Levine)

Custom, Birth, Food, Nature: A Perspective on Some Women Poets (on The Nightingale’s Burden: Women Poets and American Culture Before 1900 by Cheryl Walker; An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich by Wendy Martin; To Hold in My Hand: Selected Poems, 1955-1983 by Hilda Morley; Coagulations: New and Selected Poems by Jayne Cortez; The White Wave by Kate Daniels; In the Mother Tongue by Catherine Anderson; Deer in the Haystacks by Dixie Partridge; Deception Pass by Sue Standing; Natural Affinities by Erica Funkhouser; All That Autumn by Eileen Silver-Lillywhite; Hours by Frances Mayes; & Talking Soft Dutch by Linda McCarriston)

Interpreted Lives (on The Life of Jane Austen by John Halperin & James Boswell: The Later Years, 1769-1795 by Frank Brady)

on Diane Arbus: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth

on Dust Bowl Descent by Bill Ganzel

on Hemingway in Cuba by Norberto Fuentes

on History of My Heart by Robert Pinsky

on How Far She Went by Mary Hood

on Plath’s Incarnations: Woman and the Creative Process by Lynda K. Bundtzen

on The Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

on Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry by Robert Hass

on When Words Lose Their Meaning: Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language, Character, and Community by James Boyd White