Winter 2007



Winter 2007

Table of Contents

Special Feature

“A Writer’s Face”: The Letters of Harry Crews (with commentary by Doug Carlson)

“If I Do My Job Right”: Harry Crews and His Readers

Leaving Home for Home



Is and Was


A Fable Containing a Reflection the Size of a Match Head in Its Pupil

How Are We Going to Lose This One?


A Hand Is Shaped for What It Holds or Makes

After the Storm

driving past the smith mortuary on seventh street

Judith Bearing the Head of Holofernes

Mum’s the word

Signed On & Tool

The Pastor’s Wife Considers Her Fifty-Seventh Birthday

Yellow House


Momentary Landscapes


Intense Agitation (on Time to Get Some Things Straight by John Repp; Black Poem by Gary Copeland Lilley; The Making of Collateral Beauty by Mark Yakich; The Invention of Fiction by Rick Bursky;Elegy and Collapse by Patty Paine; Coming to Flood by Sebastian Matthews; Leave Time by Jeff Worley; A House That Falls by Sean Nevin; Daphne and Jim: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Biography in Verse by Laurel Snyder; Hard Rain by Tony Hoagland; Dusk Outside the Braille Press by Paul Hostovsky; One by Diane Kerr; Carmina Detroit by Dawn McDuffie; Fern-Texts by Reginald Gibbons; First Things to Hand by Robert Pinsky; and The Packing House Cantata by William Trowbridge)

No Place Like Home (on The Woman in the Woods: Linked Stories by Ann Joslin Williams; You Won’t Remember This: Stories by Kate Blackwell; Thoreau’s Laundry by Ann Harleman; The View From Castle Rock: Stories by Alice Munro)

on Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad

Vision and Virtuosity (on Half/Mask by Roger Mitchell; Escaping the House of Certainty by Susan Ludvigson; My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again by Daisy Fried; Wind in a Box by Terrance Hayes; and This Clumsy Living by Bob Hicok)