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  • Rae Armantrout's probing new collection

    Rae Armantrout's probing new collection
    The only time I met the poet Rae Armantrout, a few years ago, I escorted her from her hotel to the lecture hall at the University of Chicago where she was to read. We chatted, and she mentioned that she had a new book coming out. I asked her what it was called. “‘Money Shot,'” said this smallish, birdlike woman in her early 60s. The incongruity of hearing such a phrase issue from such a mouth (Google it if you don't know what it means; this is a family paper) strikes me now as an apt metaphor for Armantrout's career and work. 
  • Review: 'In Partial Disgrace' by Charles Newman

    Review: 'In Partial Disgrace' by Charles Newman
    TriQuarterly still serves as his calling card. Seven years after his death and nearly four decades after he stepped down as editor, Charles Newman will always be best remembered as the dashing pipe-smoker who took Northwestern University's sleepy literary...

    Review: 'My Life and My Life in the Nineties' by Lyn Hejinian

    Review: 'My Life and My Life in the Nineties' by Lyn Hejinian
    There's that John Cage quote people trot out when you call a piece of art boring — “In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one...

    "Double Shadow: Poems" by Carl Phillips

    "Double Shadow: Poems" by Carl Phillips
    "Double Shadow: Poems" By Carl Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 58 pages, $23.00 "We're not what / either of us expected, / are we?" Carl Phillips asks in his new book, Double Shadow. It's a good question, and it's one that raises another question,...

    Discoveries

    Discoveries
    Illuminations Arthur Rimbaud, translated from the French by John Ashbery W.W. Norton: 165 pp., $24.95 This may be the most beautiful book in the world — lighted from within and somehow embodying all forms of literature at the same time. The 44...