Winter 1997



Winter 1997

Table of Contents



Going to Rainbow

Pith Helmets

Rhapsody in Green


Angela Perfidia

Ice Passages

The Lap of Luxury

Things That Women Taught Me About Water

University Life


At the Corner of Hoover and Sparkleberry

At the Edge of a Cliff & Staying Here

Child Drawing in a Hospital Bed

Chroma & Riffing

Do Not Leave Baby Unattended

For My Mother at the End

Joseph Shows Up for the Christmas Story Three Days after His Hernia Repair

Listening to a Pavane by Gabriel Fauré

Love and Death in the Old House


On House Mountain


Procession of All Souls

Sounds of the Resurrected Dead Man’s Footsteps #17, #34, #16, & #11


Stylization and Its Failures

The Appian Way & History of Civilization

The Apple

The Book of Monsters and Angels

The Long Marriage

They say dancing

Three Epigrams

Three Short Questions

We Were Insects and Animals

Where We Have Come

Why God Must Permit Everything


The Waterworks Series


“I Gotta Use Words…” (on The Patience of the Cloud Photographer by Elizabeth Holmes; Pears, Lake, Sun by Sandy Solomon; The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by Laure-Anne Bosselaar; Eve by Annie Finch; Candy Necklace by Cal Bedient; The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Nelson; & Ardor: The Book of the Dead Man, Volume 2 by Marvin Bell)

Larger Concerns (on Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction by Charles Baxter; Believers: A Novella and Stories by Charles Baxter; Hints of His Mortality by David Borofka; Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill; and Bear and His Daughter: Stories by Robert Stone)

on Hello, Stranger: Beach Poems by Robert Dana

on The Blue Caterpillar and Other Essays by Sam Pickering

on The Least You Need to Know by Lee Martin

Playwrights Talking, Playwrights Writing (on Speaking on Stage: Interviews with Contemporary American Playwrights, edited by Philip C. Kolin and Colby H. Kullman; and Plays for the End of the Century, edited by Bonnie Marranca)

When Privacy Becomes Everybody’s Business (on Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life by Janna Malamud Smith; Life in a Day by Doris Grumbach; and Portrait of My Body by Phillip Lopate)