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Monolithos: Poems, 1962 and 1982

Issue No. 41 ~ October, 2000

Among a handful of others, including Louise Gl├╝ck, Jorie Graham, Carl Phillips and Linda Gregg, Gilbert is one of the foremost contemporary poets on myth.

At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom

Issue No. 41 ~ October, 2000

It’s almost too easy to start out this review with a metaphor based on a line from a story in this book. Never mind that it’s a line from the best story in here (“The Harvest”) and that it seems ample: “I leave a lot …

Women and Children First

Issue No. 41 ~ October, 2000

[Prose's stories] left me feeling that, if I approached my own life with her scalpel-like intensity, I would find something extraordinary in me, too.


Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

In the deep sea of American poetry, Simic is our winning angler. He reels in the catch, and we sit down for the feast, supping on a poetry of succulent thrill and delight.

Robert Frost: A Life

Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

According to Parini, Frost was initially viewed as a wise and genial man. Then he was perceived as the 'farmer-poet offering homespun wisdom from the lecture platform.' Finally, and most recently, Frost has been condemned a monster.....

Turnip Blues

Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

"When Mrs. Lemack reads in a newspaper article that the late blues singer, Bessie Smith — her lifetime idol — rests in an untended grave in a run-down cemetery, she is determined to go there and make sure that Bessie receives the care and respect she deserves..."


Issue No. 27 ~ August, 1999

Cooper's novel moves like a dream in which one knows one is dreaming and yet can't wake up. The narrative voice shifts so often that the first half of the book is unnecessarily confusing ... [and] not everything is neatly explained by the end - but then, it rarely is in a dream....

Elvis Costello, A Biography

Issue No. 26 ~ July, 1999

In the end, Elvis Costello remains to us an invisible man, and we're left living on the outskirts of a life that, while still in full creative force, deserves to have some of its past detailed...

Scars of Sweet Paradise

Issue No. 26 ~ July, 1999

Janis [Joplin's] story is a thrilling, inspiring, and finally a heartbreaking one, and even with her flaws Echols is an excellent guide...

White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness

Issue No. 25 ~ June, 1999

I wanted to like this book. A combination of memoir and extended musing on race and race theory, White Lies is the work of Maurice Berger, a white boy who grew up Jewish in a largely black Lower East Side housing project. His father was …