Online Edition: Summer 2000

Features

Armand Schwerner Part II

The acclaimed author of The Tablets also published Selected Shorter Poems and Cantos from Dante's Inferno in the last year of his life.

Reviews

PROSE

HOUSE OF LEAVES
by Mark Z. Danielewski

Things aren't what they seem to be in this "second printing" of a novel that originally appeared in a different form on the Net.

THE MIND'S EYE: WRITINGS ON PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHERS
by Henri Cartier-Bresson

A collection of Cartier-Bresson's writings on the people he has known, the places he has visited, and his relationship with the world he found through the lens of his Leica.

VALENCIA
by Michelle Tea

Not quite a novel but more than a memoir, Michelle Tea's Valencia is a lesbian manifesto, a portrait of a life lived outside the mainstream.

STARDOG
by Jack Driscoll

Jack Driscoll's latest novel, Stardog, may navigate by the entrenched conventions of the American road novel, yet, like any good potboiler, this charmingly droll trip down America's byways satisfies our expectations in surprising ways.

LEAP
by Terry Tempest Williams

With poetic intensity, Williams carries us into the world of Hieronymous Bosch, uncovering connections between his vision, the world it mirrors, and contemporary life.

THE NEW YORK YEARS
by Felice Picano

In The New York Years, a collection of short stories written between 1972 and 1981 and published for the first time as one volume, readers are granted the rare treat of witnessing the birth of a supernova, a literary talent willing to take them on a tour of a long-gone New York City, once a metropolis of desire, now almost thoroughly co-opted and neutered by Walt Disney.

THE AUTHENTICATOR
by William M Valtos

What happens to philosophy majors after graduation? Do they descend into the Stygian netherworld of the service economy, or like novelist William Valtos, do they put their crania-load of arcana to some practical purpose? Valtos's second novel, The Authenticator, assays both questions with morbid rigor.

POETRY

REPUBLICS OF REALITY, 1975-1995
by Charles Bernstein

Republics of Reality, brings together in their entirety many of the poet's early, out-of-print books, along with newer poems.

TOTTERING STATE
by Tom Raworth

New edition of Raworth's Tottering State, where meaning squirms, squirts, slips and slides from phrase to phrase.

LOVE AND SCORN
by Carol Frost

Frost's conflicts with the divine, with the body, and with poetic convention interrupt any delusions of attaining untainted joy or complete peace. Rather, Frost's brilliance is in her ability to capture moments that strain toward soaring song or deep despair, but that nevertheless linger at the thresholds of the breaking point.

POEMS
by Anne Michaels

Whether slipping under the sheets as a late lover to the great Italian modernist painter Amadeo Modigliani or donning the seventeenth-century scientific cloak of the revolutionary mathematician Johannes Kepler, Canadian poet Anne Michaels offers a series of persona poems that ruminate and seduce with an erudite yet sexy seriousness.

ARCANI
by Jack Hirschman

Jack Hirschman's Arcani catalogs, like a Book of Shadows, the various significant mysteries and losses collected in a life.

THE CRADLE OF THE REAL LIFE
by Jean Valentine

The Cradle of the Real Life is Jean Valentine's eighth collection of poems, the latest offering in a thirty-five year spread, and a fine overture to Valentine's chemical wedding of old-school feminism and new-school poetics.

BLUES FOR UNEMPLOYED SECRET POLICE
by Doug Anderson

Blues for Unemployed Secret Police demonstrates a fearless poet, one who is unafraid of surveying the world around him or his own heart.