Spring 1997



Spring 1997

Table of Contents


A Habit of Distrust

Comfort Me with Apples

The Expense of Spirit in Postmodern Times: Between Nihilism and Belief

The Music of Silence

The Power of Stories


Light in the Crossing

Old Growth

The Ninth, in E Minor

The White Beast


Entries and Divagations

Family Life

Home Fire

Late Evening, Ash Wednesday

Old Gus labors alone

Old Whores in Love: A Valentine

She, Being an Artist

Standing Deer

The Brain of the World

The Ruby

When the humans disappoint,


Acute Ambiguity


on Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography by Gail Levin

on Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time by Eavan Boland

on Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution— Lessons for the Computer Age by Kirkpatrick Sale

on The Dustbin of History by Greil Marcus

Smart [Academic] Jews (on SmartJews: The Construction of the Image of Jewish Superior Intelligence by Sander L. Gilman and People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on Their Jewish Identity, edited by Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky and Shelley Fisher Fishkin)

The Contemporary Long Poem: Minding the Kinds (on The Diviners by Robert McDowell; Middens of the Tribe by Daniel Hoffman; Quartet by Angela Ball; & The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley)

The Speed of Memory (on Vertigo: A Memoir by Louise DeSalvo; The Lonely Other: A Woman Watching America by Diana Hume George; and In Search of Susanna by Suzanne L. Bunkers)


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