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February-March 1996
[Vol.17, No.3]

 

Rants and raves

Letters to ABR

Focus: POSTMODERN BLACK POETRY

 

MAROONS: POSTMODERNIST BLACK POETRY by C.S. Giscombe

 

TEXT AND SUBTEXT by John Keene

 

POETRY AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE: Edward Foster reviews Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In by Ed Roberson.

 

FATHER TONGUE by M. Nourbese Philip

 

TELEGRAPHS FROM A DISTRACTED SIBYL by Harryette Mullen

 

A POETICS OF MY SENSES by Mark McMorris

 

WHY DO I WRITE? by Claire Harris

 

UP FROM BEAT: Barry Wallenstein reviews Transbluency: The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones (1961-1995) by Amiri Baraka.

 

LOGOLATRY: Mark Scroggins reviews Asia & Haiti by Will Alexander.

 

WHAT DID I DO TO GET SO BLACK AND BLUE?: Keith Tuma reviews Black + Blues by Kamau Brathwaite

 

Feature: THE MARVELOUS REAL

 

THE DANCE OF LOVE: Sinda Gregory reviews Phosphor in Dreamland by Rikki Ducornet.

 

POST-FEMINIST KING PUSSY & THE DREAM-TREASURE OF VIOLET LIGHT: Lance Olsen reviews Pussy, King of Pirates by Kathy Acker.

 

BEARING THE UNBEARABLES: Nathan Whiting reviews Unbearables edited by Ron Kolm, et.al.

 

AGAINST CULTURE: Michael du Plessis reviews Encyclopaedia Acephalica edited by Georges Bataille, et. al.

 

Feature: NAKED APES

 

SIMIAN ALCHEMY: Ben Stoltzfus reviews Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ape by Michael Butor.

 

MONKEYS OF ARKANSAS: Forrest Gander reviews Monkey Secret by Diane Clancy.

 

Feature: ONESELF I SING

 

THE IDEA OF ORDER AT AMHERST: William Lansing Brown reviews English Papers: A Teaching Life by William H. Pritchard.

 

CAVALIER MUSINGS: Robert Dassanowsky reviews The G.I. Prince by Prince Franz Hohenlohe.

 

TRUE LIES: Steve Weinberg reviews Palimpsest by Gore Vidal.

 

REMEMBERING THE CITIZEN WRITER: Larry Hanley reviews Days of Anger, Days of Hope: A Memoir of the League of American Writers, 1937-1942 by Franklin Folsom.

 

Book Reviews

 

RADICAL REALISM: Tom LeClair reviews Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

 

PLAYS AS LITERATURE: John Tytell reviews Conjunctions: 25. The New American Theater.

 

MOVING INWARD: Jerome Klinkowitz reviews The Scourging of W.H.D. Wretched Hutchinson by George Chambers.

 

POETRY AS PRAYER: Myra Shapiro reviews Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age edited by John Bradley.

 

THE POWER OF RH POSITIVE DRINKING: Doug Nufer reviews Human Resources by Floyd Kemske.

 

ASTROPHYSICAL GRAMMATOLOGY: Mark Amerika reviews Helen Keller or Arakawa by Madeline Gins.

 

PARDON HIS PRETENSE, BUT…. Rochelle Ratner reviews City of Salt by Gregory Orr.

 

THE HYPODERMIC TERRAIN: Erick Miles Williamson reviews Nice Boy by George Veltri.

 

TECHNOLOGICAL SUBLIMITY: Brian McHale reviews Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk by Joseph Tabbi.

 

OKIE DUST: Frank Allen reviews The Last Dust Storm by Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel.

 

THE CADENCE OF DISCLOSURE: Fred Muratori reviews By the Bias of Sound: Selected Poems, 1974-1994 by Gustaf Sobin; Numen by Cole Swensen; and Stromata by David Miller.

 

THE RAZOR'S EDGE: Michael Hemmingson reviews Straight Razor by Harold Jaffe

 

THE COLOR OF SHAME: Frank Stewart reviews The Colors of Desire by David Mura.

 

DARK OUTRAGE: Daniela Gioseffi reviews The Scorpion's Dark Dance by - Alfredo de Palchi.

 

HOME TRUTHS: JR Fo1ey reviews A Burden of Earth, and Other Stories by Beth Bosworth.

 

ABSTRACT ROMANTICISM: Anthony Robbins reviews A Hummock in the Malookas by Matthew Rohrer.

 

CONSTRUCTING A SELF: Patrick Pritchett reviews Spinsters by Pagan Kennedy.

 

EXTINGUISHMENT: Steven Wingate reviews Extinction by Thomas Bernhard.

 

TROUBLE IN PARADISE: Kit Reed reviews Rushing to Paradise by J.G. Ballard.

 

TWO (SHORT) TALL TALES: Matthew Howard reviews Renderings by James Sallis, and Madonna, Maleva by Ewing Campbell.

 

NO PAIN, NO GAIN: Warren Woessner reviews The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly—Poems Collected and New by Denis Johnson.

 

ANARCHISTS' LOCKSTEP: Richard Kostelanetz reviews Anarchist Voices: An Oral History of Anarchism in America by Paul Avrich.

 

THE TECHNOLOGY FIX: Jim Miller reviews Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler.

 

THE SELFISHNESS OF LOSS: Margaret Quamme reviews The Double Legacy: Reflections on a Pair of Deaths by Rachel Hadas

 

METAFICTIONAL MEMORIES: Ursula K. Heise reviews Swanny's Ways by Steve Katz.

 

THE NET

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