Summer 2006



Summer 2006

Table of Contents


Hyacinthe and the Bear


Stargazing in the Atomic Age



The Whipping

Which Rocks We Choose


Albert Einstein Held Me in His Arms


Genesis: Primeval Rivers and Forests

In a Body

Looking for Sharks’ Teeth

Sonnet for the Sin of Foolishness

The Bells

The Summer Afternoon

Too Here; Dignity; & Greener

Woman in the Painting; Beauty Parlor; & Spark

Write Your Name in the Space Provided


Subject to Change


Being Real in Fiction (on Carrying the Torch by Brock Clarke; Somewhere Geese Are Flying: New and Selected Stories by Gary Gildner; Something for the Journey by Richard Cortez Day; and Your Lolita by D. B. Wells)

on Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia

on Campo Santo by W. G. Sebald

on Collected Poems 1943-2004 by Richard Wilbur

on Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865-1917 by Angela Sorby

on The Dawn Collector: On My Way to the Natural World by Reg Saner

on The Difference between Women and Men by Bret Lott

on The Niagara River by Kay Ryan

on What Begins with Bird by Noy Holland

The Religion of Now (on Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America by Kathleen Rooney; Fool’s Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology by Stewart Justman; Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture by David Chidester; The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman; and The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, edited by Andrew Light and Jonathan M. Swift)

Where Do We Discover What We Believe? (on Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil by C. D. Wright; The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience by Ann Lauterbach; Poetry and What Is Real by Richard Tillinghast; Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry by Peter Middleton; and The Extravagant: Crossings of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy by Robert Baker)


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