Summer 1999



Summer 1999

Table of Contents

Special Feature

Her Literal One; Won’t Let Go; Goliath and the Barbarians; Ramses the Second; & “The Burden of Modernity”: The Book, the God, the Child


Genderator I.I: A Modish Proposal

Leaving Latitude: Emily Dickinson and Indian Pipes

The Lone Tree

The Mystery of the Smiling Elephant: In the Erotic Temples of Khajuraho

Waiting for a Miracle: A Jew Goes Fishing


Méthode Champenoise

Occam’s Razor

Unfinished Symphony


Effets de Neige: Impressionists in Winter


My Father’s Hundredth Birthday

Seven Roses & The Fire and the Rose

Thomas Eakins on Painting

We Did Not Fear the Father

Where Is Fire Headed?



Indifferent West


Dickinson’s New Blue Dress (on The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Variorum Edition, edited by R. W. Franklin

on A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997 by Wendell Berry

on Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller (translated by Rita and Robert Kimber)

on Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren: A Literary Correspondence by James A. Grimshaw

on Ellen Glasgow: A Biography by Susan Goodman

on Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry by Alice Fulton

on Reading the Mountains of Home by John Elder

Stories That Work (on The Coast of Good Intentions by Michael Byers; The Buddha in Malibu: New and Selected Stories by William Harrison; Circumnavigation by Steve Lattimore; and Cheaters and Other Stories by Dean Albarelli)

Tensions (on Portrait of My Father in an English Landscape by George Szirtes; Hay by Paul Muldoon; Beyond by Albert Goldbarth; Bardo by Suzanne Paola; and Fuel by Naomi Shihab Nye)