Winter 1992



Winter 1992

Table of Contents

Special Feature

“With an eye of Flemish accuracy”: An Afterword

Three Previously Unpublished Poems: “A Drunkard,” “Salem Willows,” “Suicide of a Moderate Dictator”


A History of My Silence

Jazz and Poetry: A Conversation


Silent Witnesses: Native American Maps

The Garden Wall

Zora Neale Hurston in the Land of 1,000 Dances


Men of Limited Motion


Racism in America: The Official Report


“One Is the Point, Two the Line, Three the Triangle, Four the Pyramid”

Country Music

Loretto Says

Midwinter Notes

Night Shade


The Jazz Workshop, Boston, 1967

The Landscape of the Piano

The Observer

What If You Wanted to Write a Poem


Family Matters (on Playing for Keeps by Donald Junkins; Days Going / Days Coming Back and Other Poems by Eleanor Ross Taylor; Forgiveness by Dennis Sampson; Moon in a Mason Jar by Robert Wrigley; & The Makings of Happiness by Ronald Wallace)

Good Men, Bad Times (on Men Who Would Be Good by Gordon Weaver; Skin by C. E. Poverman; Public Landing Revisited by Robert Phillips; & Sweet Lucy Wine by Dabney Stuart)

Maiden Voyages and Their Pilots (on When Last I Saw You by Patricia Claire Peters; Learning to Dance by William Aarnes; Somewhere In Ecclesiastes by Judson Mitcham; Crucial Beauty by David Scott Ward; The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas by Cathy Smith Bowers; & Under a Cat’s-Eye Moon by Martha M. Vertreace)

on After Henry by Joan Didion

on Faulkner’s Subject: A Cosmos No One Owns by Philip M. Weinstein

on London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin by Rob Nixon

on White Woman Speaks with Forked Tongue: Criticism As Autobiography by Nicole Ward Jouve

The Courage to Fall (on Falling into Life by Leonard Kriegel & Secrets of the Universe: Scenes from the Journey Home by Scott Russell Sanders)

The Questions Literary Theoreticians Ask (on Is Literary History Possible? by David Perkins & Colors of the Mind: Conjectures on Thinking in Literature by Angus Fletcher)