Spring 2019



Spring 2019

Table of Contents

Special Feature

Ordinary Wealth (with photographs by Peter Forbes)


Blue Buzz, Blue Guitar: Wallace Stevens and the Poetics of Noisemaking

Give Us Our Crowns

Invasive Beauty


Leo’s Bomb

Phantom Rove

Purple Tents




Etymology of a Mood

I Am Learning

I’m a Guest at the Wedding of Horowitz’s; Farmers, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky—What They Didn’t Say; Balloon Man; Lakehurst; & Sunset



Memory Care

Ode to Whitman’s “They do not think whom they souse with spray”; Ode to Tennyson’s “Some one had blunder’d”; Ode to Frost’s “And they, since they / Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.”

Questions Directed Toward the Idea of Mary

This Preparation of All Things Autumnal


on All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung

on Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp by Józef Czapski, translated from the French by Eric Karpeles

on Otherworld, Underworld, Prayer Porch by David Bottoms

Parts of a Poet: Lensing’s Stevens (on George S. Lensing’s Making the Poem: Stevens’ Approaches)

The Spanish Civil War: Harbinger of World War II (on Antony Beevor’s The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936–1939; Paul Preston’s The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, and Revenge, revised and expanded edition, and We Saw Spain Die: Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War; Henry Buckley’s The Life and Death of the Spanish Republic: A Witness to the Spanish Civil War; Stanley G. Payne’s The Spanish Civil War; Nick Lloyd’s Forgotten Places: Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War; ¡No Pasarán!: Writings from the Spanish Civil War, edited by Pete Ayrton; George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia; Enrique Moradiellos’s Franco: Anatomy of a Dictator; Mercè Rodoreda’s In Diamond Square, translated by Peter Bush; Emili Teixidor’s Black Bread, translated by Peter Bush; Lydie Salvayre’s Cry, Mother Spain, translated by Ben Faccini; and Manuel Rivas’s The Low Voices, translated by Jonathan Dunne)

They, Too, Sang America: Visual Artists’ Harlem Renaissance