Summer 2004



Summer 2004

Table of Contents

Special Feature

Contemporary Poetry and the Technological Sublime

Faith and the Impossible: The Gay Sublime

The Intimate Sublime

The Sublime: Origins and Definitions


Charles Wright’s Via Mystica

Freedom and Discipline: Hayden Carruth’s Blues

Is There an Australian Pastoral?

Mixed Messages

The Enjambed Body: A Step Toward a Crippled Poetics

The Mirror Diary


“You Might Notice Blood in Your Urine for a Couple of Weeks” / & Scenes from the American Revolution & The Road

A Man Walked Out


American Dream

Art Tatum at the Gee-Haw Stables; First Nights; & Broken String


Describe Yourself in Three Words or Less


Elegy, Kahuku

Face & At 24

Having This Definition & You Have Only to Be Alive

Hits of the Seventies

In That Bright Room


Knot Tying Lessons: The Slipknot; Knot Tying Lessons: The Clove Hitch; & Knot Tying Lessons: The Perfection Knot

Making it in poetry & Capital punishment

My First Shriek; Tenderness; & Mother

Sestina for Hayden Carruth

Stillbirth; Counted; & New Hunger

The Genius; In the White City; The Gift of October; & Lullabies of the Tulip

The Mail

The Pasha on the Hill; Vision of a Tibetan Master Walking over Snow; & Desultory Photo with Ocean Prospect

Thin Ice & What If

Today on Sports Radio WIP

Trained Man and Dog

Uncle Bud, Unshaken in the Wake of Sputnik: October 1957


Beyond Words


on Trouble in Mind by Lucie Brock-Broido

Row, Row (on Lives of the Animals by Robert Wrigley; Eyeshot by Heather McHugh; Lay Back the Darkness by Edward Hirsch; and Rampant by Marvin Bell)

What Do Poets Know? (on Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life, edited by Sharon Bryan and William Olsen; Open House: Writers Redefine Home by Mark Doty; The Vehement Passions by Philip Fisher; The Madness of Art: Interviews with Poets and Writers, edited by Robert Phillips; and The Healing Art: A Doctor’s Black Bag of Poetry by Rafael Campo)