Winter 1986



Winter 1986

Table of Contents


“The Catcher in the Rye” and All: Is the Age of Formative Books Over?

Dickinson Descending

Jules Lion’s New Orleans

The Dialectics of Nudity

The Evolution of Heroes’ Honor in the Southern Literary Tradition


Edward and Jill

Her Book




Coming Home from the Post Office

Harriet St.

Imaginary Numbers & Checkers

Letter Accompanying the Specimen of an Amazing Bird


Lucille, Post-Operative Years



The Flight of Starlings

The Lessons

The Poem at the End of the World

This Day After Yesterday

Those Who Wrestle with the Angel for Us

You Get So


Coherence Through Place in Contemporary American Poetry (on Relations: Selected Poems 1950-1985 by Philip Booth; Selected Poems by Robert Bly; In These Mountains by Peter Sacks; Collected Poems by Robert Hay Den and Frederick Glaysher; & Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove)

Dickinson: Upon the First Centennial (on Dickinson: Strategies of Limitation by Jane Donahue Eberwein; Emily Dickinson and the Life of Language: A Study in Symbolic Poetics by E. Miller Budick; Dickinson: The Anxiety of Gender by Vivian R. Pollak; & The Master Letters of Emily Dickinson by R. W. Franklin)

Language and Pressure (on Self and Sensibility in Contemporary American Poetry by Charles Altieri; Introspection and Contemporary Poetry by Alan Williamson; & American Poetry and Culture, 1945-1980 by Robert Von Hallberg)

on Atrocity and Amnesia: The Political Novel Since 1945 by Robert Boyers

on Exorcising Blackness: Historical and Literary Lynching and Burning Rituals by Trudier Harris

on Forty Acres and a Goat: A Memoir by Will D. Campbell

on Louise Bogan: A Portrait by Elizabeth Frank

on Open Season: Sporting Adventures by William Humphrey

on Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms by Philip Dacey and David Jauss

on The Post-Modern Aura: The Act of Fiction in an Age of Inflation by Charles Newman

on The Scandal of the Fabliaux by R. Howard Bloch

on Ultramarine by Raymond Carver