Online Edition: Spring 2001

Reviews

POETRY

The Beforelife
Franz Wright

This new collection puts the reader on the precipice of silence, the only true position from which to observe such desolate beauty.

Poemas/Poems
Gerardo Deniz

translated by Monica de la Torre Come face to face with the Spanish grotesque in these breath-taking poems by the pseudonymous Deniz, available for the first time to English speakers.

Musca Domestica
Christine Hume

In Hume's award-winning first book, a common household fly provides the inspiration for dizzying linguistic feats, musicality, and lyrical landscapes.

The Contagion of Matter
Valerio Magrelli
translated by Anthony Molino

An essential Italian poet, Magrelli's bleak vision of contemporary Italy enhances the general existential condition of man, "rooted in the void."

Guru Punk
Louise Landes Levi

Travel inside the mind of this exultant, erotic, and defiant Jewish poet, and you'll never be the same again.

The Oomph of Quicksilver
Michael Davitt
edited by Louis de Paor

With poems selected from seven major collections, Irish poet Davitt's new book is quite the cause célèbre.

Poetry Slam
The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
edited by Gary Mex Glazner

Say what you like about Poetry Slams--they're here to stay. This new anthology mixes the good with the bad.

Two Russian Poets
The Pillar of Fire
Selected Poems by Nikolay Gumilyov
Selected Poems by Nikolay Zabolotsky

The Russians always seem to do it bigger and better than us. These early 20th Century poets prove it.

DRAMA

Death & Taxes:
Hydriotaphia & Other Plays
Tony Kushner

The famous playwright responsible for Angels in America offers a collection of shorter works that stimulate and delight.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Walker Evans Revisited
Walker Evans: The Lost Work
Unclassified: The Walker Evans Anthology

Two extraordinary new books flesh out the long career of the prolific and observant photographer of the American experience.

FICTION

Demonology
Rick Moody

A collection remarkable for the ground it covers, both formally and emotionally, Demonology shows why Rick Moody is one of the great prose stylists of his generation.

Liberty's Excess
Lidia Yuknavitch

Yuknavitch's language explodes off the page in this new collection of stories--so stand back and brace yourself.

The House of Gentle Men
Kathy Hepinstall

Discover the disturbing and luminous world of 1940s Louisiana where life in the bordello takes a strange turn.

Head
William Tester

It doesn't matter whose head you're occupying at the moment--get inside Tester's Head and feel the electric current of chewy language and divine grace.

The Fox from Up Above and the Fox from Down Below
José Maria Arguedas

The moving posthumous novel and diary entries of this neglected Peruvian writer is, in effect, an apologia for his suicide in 1969.

Not A Chance
Jessica Treat

No one in real life could be as delusional or insane as the characters in this collection of short stories, or could they? You be the judge.

NON-FICTION

Sixty Years of Arkham House
compiled by S. T. Joshi

Created in order to publish the fiendish imaginings of H.P. Lovecraft, Arkham House continues to release horror and weird fiction, much to the delight of fanatics of the supernatural everywhere.

Translating the Unspeakable:
Poetry and the Innovative Necessity
Kathleen Fraser

Not to be tamed, Fraser describes the arc of her poetic experience and development in the eighteen essays collected in this remarkable book.

From Dawn to Decadence:
500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the present
Jacques Barzun

Bored? Tackle this hefty new book in which Barzun traces the dominant trends in cultural history, many of them spurred by that pesky ennui.

Narrow Road to the Deep North
Katherine McNamara

Follow the experiences of poet McNamara as she details her own odyssey in search of living culture in the harsh Alaskan landscape.

The Adversary
A True Story of Monstrous Deception
Emmanuel Carrére

What would you do if your friend and neighbor of twenty years up and killed his family? They say he was the nicest guy . . .