Winter 1985



Winter 1985

Table of Contents


Invisible Ink: Writing in the Margin

Natural Virtue: Symbol and Imagination in the American Farm Crisis

Poetry and Mathematics

The Vulnerable World and Its Claims on Us


Somewhere Geese Are Flying

The Perfecting of the Chopin Valse No. 14



A Case Against Old Habits: A Vision; High Noon; & When we are denied

American Country

Blue Willow


Living the Present Life



Parkers Prairie, Minnesota

Pretending in Paestum

Reading Sappho


Sine and Cosine

Some News for Mark

Surviving in Tolstoy’s Dream

The Apple Trees

The Movement This Joy Makes


Winter Aphorisms, Uncoded


Chaucer and Historical Criticism: Some New Revisions (on Chaucer and the Poets: An Essay on Troilus and Criseyde by Winthrop Wetherbee & Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative: The First Five Canterbury Tales by V. A. Kolve)

Contemporary American Poems: Exclusive and Inclusive (on Cries of Swimmers by Maura Stanton; The Triumph of Achilles by Louise Glück; Healing Songs for the Inner Ear by Michael S. Harper; The Roundhouse Voices: Selected and New Poems by Dave Smith; & Elegy on Independence Day by Arthur Smith)

Journeying Eastward, Journeying Home (on Encounter with Zen: Writings on Poetry and Zen by Lucien Stryk & Collected Poems 1953-1983 by Lucien Stryle)

on America, Land of Faeries by Morgan Ossian

on Castle Tzingal by Fred Chappell

on Encounters With Chinese Writers by Annie Dillard

on Great Reckonings in Little Rooms: on the Phenomenology of Theater by Bert O. States & The Idea of the Actor: Drama and the Ethics of Performance by William B. Worthen

on Mothering the Mind: Twelve Studies of Writers and Their Silent Partners by Ruth Perry and Martine Watson Brownley

on One Hundred Years of Huckleberry Finn: The Boy, His Book, and American Culture by Robert Sattelmeyer and J. Donald Crowley

on Seeing Earth: Literary Responses To Space Exploration by Ronald Weber

on The 60s, Without Apology by Sohnya Sayres, Anders Stephanson, Stanley Aronowitz, and Fredric Jameson

on The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians. 2 volumes by Francis Paul Prucha

on The Incredulous Reader: Literature and the Function of Disbelief by Clayton Koelb

on You Know What Is Right by Jim Heynen

Seeing and Selling America: 1945-1955 (on Life: The Second Decade, 1946-1955 by Doris C. O’Neil; Out of the Forties by Nicholas Lemann; & Roy Stryker: U.S.A., 1943-1950; The Standard Oil (New Jersey) Photography Project by Steven W. Plattner)

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