Spring/Summer 1990



Spring/Summer 1990

Table of Contents


Deceptive Cadences

Excerpts from a Journal: July 1989


My Introduction to Katherine Anne Porter

Powerful Red Dogs: Excerpts from a Painter’s Studio Notes (

Silent Dancing

The Woman, The Place, The Poet


A Perfectly Happy Woman


How Do You Do, Mister Cat


No Evidence Has Been Found

The Very Pineapple


War and Peace


A Dialectic for Spring Quarter

A Field of Rape

A New Poet


Arguments of Everlasting


Built with the Same Beauty

Circuit Rider

Conversation with Isadora Duncan


For Wiley, Age Six Months

From the Front Door: to the Mailbox and Back


In the Garden of Earthly Delights

In Which I Forgive My Mother Her Intentions

Men’s Middles

News of a Death

On Veronica

Painting No. 21 (Palo Duro Canyon), 1916

Renouncing the Tower

Salt of the Earth

The Process

Time Was, She Declares

To the One Lost on the Other Side

Visiting Flannery O’Connor’s Grave

Watching Great-Grandma Bean Undress

When She Named Fire



A Want Ad (on Parties by Elizabeth Seydel Morgan; Where the World Is by Janet Kauffman; Green the Witch-hazel Wood by Emily Hiestand; Waving from Shore by Lisel Mueller; & Grace Notes by Rita Dove)

Achieving Women (on Building Domestic Liberty: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Architectural Feminism by Polly Wynn Allen; Ellen Glasgow’s Reasonable Doubts: A Collection of Her Writings by Julius Rowan Raper; & Gender, Race, and Region in the Writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart, And Kate Chopin by Helen Taylor)

Ambiguous Womeriy Unwomanly Ambitions (on Life/lines: Theorizing Women’s Autobiography by Bella Brodzki and Celeste Schenck; The Private Self: Theory and Practice of Women’s Autobiographical Writings by Shari Benstock; & Writing a Woman’s Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun)

Challenging the Hierarchies (on Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine by Naomi Schor; The Pirate’s Fiancee: Feminism, Reading, Postmodernism by Meaghan Morris; & The Feminist Spectator as Critic by Jill Dolan and Ann Arbor)

on All-American Girl: The Ideal of Real Womanhood in Mid-Nineteenth Century America by Frances B. Cogan

on Herself Beheld: The Literature of the Looking Glass by Jenijoy La Belle

on Looking On: Images of Femininity in the Visual Arts and Media by Rosemary Betterton

on Reading in America: Literature and Social History by Cathy N. Davidson

on Sexual Visions: Images of Gender in Science and Medicine Between the Eighteenth and Twentieth Centuries by Ludmilla Jordanova

on The Sisters’ Arts: The Writing and Painting of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell by Diane Filby Gillespie

on The World, the Flesh, and Angels by Mary B. Campbell

on Where the Meanings Are: Feminism and Cultural Spaces by Catharine R. Stimpson

on Wildish Things: An Anthology of New Irish Women’s Writing by Ailbhe Smyth

Some Recent Herstories (on Obscene Gestures for Women by Janet Kauffman; After You’ve Gone by Alice Adams; Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle by Ellen Gilchrist; Confessions of a Bad Girl by Bette Pesetsky; & The Women Who Walk by Nancy Huddleston Packer)

Unfinished Lives of Sylvia Plath (on Sylvia Plath: A Biography by Linda Wagner-Martin & Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath by Anne Stevenson)