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A Piece of My Heart

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Twenty-six women told their stories to Keith Walker about their experiences serving in Vietnam during the American involvement in that country. It is significant that each story is different and yet the same. Each woman …

About Love

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Although I am a self-confessed romantic, I’m no expert on love poetry. I haven’t read a book of so-called “love poems” in years. The last love poems I remember reading are Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems …

The Freeing of the Dust

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Many of Levertov’s poems are explicitly about her anti-American sentiments regarding the involvement of the United States in Vietnam. In “From a Plane,” the poet reflects on how Vietnam looks untouched if viewed from the …

Sweet Machine

Issue No. 18 ~ November, 1998

James Hall reviews Mark Doty's Sweet Machine, the author's latest collection of poetry, and is filled with an overwhelming urge to shop.

Falling Water

Issue No. 17 ~ October, 1998

When Frank Lloyd Wright designed a house suspended over a water fall, he was fulfilling Montaigne’s belief that Our reason has capacity enough to provide the stuff for a hundred other worlds, and then to …

Charity

Issue No. 17 ~ October, 1998

Mark Richard populates his latest collection of short stories, Charity, with a desperate set of characters that includes hospitalized orphans, ex cons, mythological figures like Death, and a scorched forest fire fighter. These characters are …

Tumble Home

Issue No. 16 ~ September, 1998

Raymond Carver called her a precisionist. Others write that she is a minimalist and a miniaturist. As a student of her work I can only add illuminator and listener. Anything more would be too wordy …

Suttree

Issue No. 16 ~ September, 1998

Although stylistically similar to Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy’s first novel, Suttree, brilliantly undermines the conventions of the Southern novel and the mythology of this tradition. Suttree is the story of an upper-middle class, college educated man …

Purple America

Issue No. 15 ~ August, 1998

Rick Moody’s latest novel, Purple America, is the story of a stuttering son, Hex Raitliffe, who is home to care for his mother, a long sick invalid, after she is abandoned by his stepfather. Over …

The Passion

Issue No. 15 ~ August, 1998

Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion mixes the cosmic and the carnal into a Napoleonic era, surrealistic romance. The plot and subject matter are nothing new. Winterson’s ideas about language are. The Passion creates, not so much …