Spring 2016



Spring 2016

Table of Contents

Special Feature

Robinson Jeffers Redivivus

Robinson Jeffers, the Big Read, and Me


A Ferment of Existence: Ethics, Friendship, and the Better Life

A Quickening of Forgotten Fields

An Interview with Walker Percy

Blind Spot

Daughter of a Paper Son: True Confessions of a Fake Gemini

Franklin Odo: Flâneur of Asian American History

In Defense of Flannery O’Connor’s Dragon


People Not Pedagogy: Education in Old Virginia

Still Hunt

The Queen Esther Theory of Gardening and VHS Tapes of Death

The Rape of the Schoolmarm

The Redneck


All the Other Demons

Automatic Return


Osmium Schwartz on Her Back


The Lizard of Conques

The Longing of Men

The Stones of Sorrow Lake

To Rest Our Minds and Bodies



Blue Zenith

Check dam

Coronado Beach; The World Doesn’t End; & On Eating

Dear Skull

ENGL1102 & Look at Them

Ghettoland: Exeunt

In the Land of Superstition

Iodine; At the Pripyat Hospital; & My Hematologist Listens to My Love Songs

Love Songs for Lupus

Meditation at Decatur Square

Memo to the Man Who Spat on Me & To My Future Child, Concerning Your Family History

No Return

Noonday and a Deep Idea of Yellow

Now That I Am Closer to Thirty-Nine than Thirty-Eight, I Have Located a Psychological Evaluation from the Summer I Turned Fifteen

On the Road to Skye; Mustache; & Positioning

Petunia; Bringing in the garden on the night of the first frost; & After Taking Out a Splinter

Poem of the mind in the act of finding lag & The rising sea of available dukedoms

She Gathers Rocks


Symbolon; Balaklava; Album amicorum; & Devotional Image and Eating-Paper, translated from the German by Monika Cassel

Tennessee Tundra

Three Aubades (Aubade: The Constitutional, Aubade: West, Aubade: East)

Who Can Know

Winterberries; California Avenue; & The Oilers


Making Scenes: Three Writers on Puerto Rican Syndrome (on Justin Torres’s Blackouts; Urayoán Noel’s Transversal; and Éric Morales-Franceschini’s Syndrome)

on Action this Day. Working with Churchil by sir John Wheeler-Bennett

on Brainwyrms by Alison Rumfitt

on Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón

on Fatal Attraction, created by Alexandra Cunningham and Kevin J. Hynes

on Losing Battles by Eudora Welty

on Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade

on The Apocalyptic Vision in Paradise Lost by Leland Ryken

on The Great Medieval Yellows by Emily Wilson

on The Melville Archetype by Martin Leonard Pops

on The Quarry and The Birth-mark by Susan Howe

on The World Upside-Down: Comedy from Jonson to Fielding by Ian Donaldson

on Thomas Taylor the Platonist: Selected Writings by Kathleen Raine, George Mills Harper

on Trace Evidence by Charif Shanahan

on Tyranny of Concepts: A Critique of Marxism by Gordon Leff

on Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis

The Wild Unsayable: Magic, Mystery, and Ambiguity in Contemporary Poetry (on Mark Doty’s Deep Lane; Alberto Ríos’ A Small Story About the Sky; Jill Bialosky’s The Players; and Joanna Klink’s Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy)

Wildness in Contemporary Poetry (vs. Poetry about Wildness) (on Jeanne Heuving’s Mood Indigo and Robyn Schiff’s A Woman of Property)