Summer 1994



Summer 1994

Table of Contents


A Succession of Trees

Love Letter from the Lonely Middle


Ten Stories

Walking in the Dark


Love in the Middle Ages

The Longest Story Ever Written

The Newarker


Against the Literal


Hymn for Granite

Invention of the Land


Preface to an Omnibus Review

Rodin’s Garden & Monet’s Lilies

So Many Ways to Tell Ourselves the Truths

Song: One Summer Afternoon in the Country

The Books

The Mother’s Night Thoughts & May and the Misdiagnosis: Fighting Back

The Old Hedonist’s Dwindling Sestina

The Trees Will Die

Time After Time



Love in the Middle Ages

The Longest Story Ever Written

The Newarker


(Re)joycing about (Re)reading (on Retelling/Rereading: The Fate of Storytelling in Modern Times by Karl Kroeber & Rereading by Matei Calinescu)

How Others Have Lived Here (on When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago; Devotion: A Memoir by Miriam Levine; Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest by Chris Anderson; & Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World by Scott Russell Sanders)

on A Different Person: A Memoir by James Merrill

on After the Rain by Jared Carter

on Following the Brush: An American Encounter with Classical Japanese Culture by John Elder

on Thoreau on Birds: Notes on New England Birds from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau by Francis H. Allen

on Walking Light by Stephen Dunn

on Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life by Bonnie Friedman

Taking Sides: Six Poetry Anthologies (on Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness by Carolyn Forché; A Gathering of Poets by Maggie Anderson, Alex Gildzen, and Raymond Craig; The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Poems for Men by Robert Bly, James Hillman, and Michael Meade; Men of Our Time: Anthology of Male Poetry in Contemporary America by Fred Moramarco and Al Zolynas; Fast Talk, Full Volume by Alan Spears; & African-American Poetry of the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology by Joan R. Sherman)