Winter 2004



Winter 2004

Table of Contents

Special Feature

Seeking Words; Last Supper; Milan Cathedral Eclipse; Bad Waters; The Clam-Rake Room; Gene Vincent’s Blue Cap; The Altar; & The Quail Men of Churchland


Life Sentences

Rilke and the Requiem

Taking Emerson Personally

Taking Poe Seriously

Two Sides of a Tortoise: Melville, Dickens, and the Eclipse of the West’s Moral Imagination

Upon the Flooding of Our House


A Splendid Wife


Song of the South

The Levanto


Death in the Face

Photograph of Pablo Neruda, Chile, 1948 / Photograph of the Author, Eureka, California, 1948

Tears: An Assay; “And”: An Assay; & Ah!: An Assay

The Ambrosiana Library

The Beauty Trap

Wanting to Write like Merwin


Costume Party


Among the Erratics (on Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser; The Morning of the Red Admirals by Robert Dana; From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems by Peter Everwine; Tristimania by Mary Ruefle; The Orchard by Brigit Pegeen Kelly; Desire Lines: New and Selected Poems by Lola Haskins; Invisible Bride by Tony Tost; & Goldbeater’s Skin by G. C. Waldrep)

Old New Critics (on Speaking of Beauty by Denis Donoghue; Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry by Anthony Hecht; & To Sound Like Yourself: Essays on Poetry by W. D. Snodgrass)

on Ghost Orchid by Maurya Simon

on Is He Dead?—A Comedy in Three Acts by Mark Twain, edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin

on Science of Desire by Erin Murphy

on Sontag and Kael: Opposites Attract Me by Craig Seligman

on What’s Nature Worth? by Terre Satterfield and Scott Slovic

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