Winter 2005



Winter 2005

Table of Contents


Maps and Stories: A Brief Meditation

One Summer: Musings about Avoidance, Temperament, and the Poem Becoming a Poem

Playing for Grace: William Matthews




Ordinary Life

The American Male in Serious Decline

The Problem of Evil in Hauberk, Missouri


At the Beginning of Another War

At the Edge


How We Practiced Being American

In This Time of War

My Mother Dreams Another Country

The Art of Fresco

The Stand-up Cell

The Telling of Grandmother’s Secret & The Land of Is

The White Ghosts

When Dylan Left Hibbing, Minnesota, August 1959 & Night Rain


New Worlds


Between a Rock and a Hard Place (on Damned If I Do by Percival Everett; What You’ve Been Missing by Janet Desaulniers; The Pacific and Other Stories by Mark Helprin; and Sorry I Worried You by Gary Fincke)

From Voice to Page (on The Writer’s Voice by A. Alvarez and Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats by Helen Vendler)

on Consuming Silences: How We Read Authors Who Don’t Publish by Myles Weber

on Ogden Nash: The Life and Work of America’s Laureate of Light Verse by Douglas M. Parker

The Uses of Adversity: American Nature Writing in Despair (on The Heart of the Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost by Marybeth Holleman; Liquid Land: A Journey through the Florida Everglades by Ted Levin; Absence and Light by John R. Campbell; and The Future of Ice: A Journey into Cold by Gretel Ehrlich)