Winter 2002



Winter 2002

Table of Contents


From the Bardo Zone

Moments of Being: An Antarctic Quintet

The Illuminations of Bernard Faucon and Anthony Goicolea


At the Blue Breakers


One Last Time, for Old Times’ Sake


And Everything That Bears Flowers Is from Venus, and All Roots from Saturn, and Leaves from the Moon


High Lonesome

In Another Country

In Real Life


Mercy, Perhaps


Ooh My Soul

Perry County Novena

Player Piano

Suddenly & Hearing Roy Orbison on the Tape Loop at Starbuck’s

That Cried to the Whole City “Sleep No More”

That’s a Take

The Singers I Prefer

Watcher over the Dead


Living the Blues: The Music Makers


Contrasting Memories of Escape and Survival (on Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt; Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm by David Hamilton; Flying Sparks: Growing Up on the Edge of Las Vegas by Odette Larson; and A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel)

Interlude (on Blue Dusk: New and Selected Poems, 1951-2001 by Madeline DeFrees; Waterborne by Linda Gregerson; Book of My Nights by Li-Young Lee; The Holy Worm of Praise by Philip Schultz; and Bellocq’s Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey)

Provision and Perfection (on Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New And Selected Poems, 1970-2000 by Stanley Plumly)

Supporting Roles (on Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling by Maura Stanton; The Price You Pay by Ellen Winter; Leaving the Neighborhood and Other Stories by Lucy Ferriss; & The Practical Heart: Four Novellas by Allan Gurganus)