All Nonfiction

Below is a list of nonfiction published in Per Contra since Issue 37. Older work can be found in the archive.

Issue 37 - Nonfiction


Art As Healing Magic: Hans Breder’s Chakras


Review of Lee Slonimsky’s Bermuda Gold


Issue 38 - Nonfiction


Beginning Nature Again: Joe Danciger’s Landscape Paintings


Review of Colette Inez’s The Luba Poems


Review of Lee Slonimsky's Red-Tailed Hawk on Wall Street


Review of Lewis Turco's The Hero Enkidu


Issue 39 - Nonfiction


The Romantic Subject: Art As the Embodiment Of Creative Illness by Donald Kuspit

Let me begin by comparing three works of art, two paintings by Ingres and a print by Goya, all of which are about the romantic subject, who is of course the modern artist--the symbol of the modern idea of the fundamental irrationality of the human subject.


Joe Beneveto’s Poetry: The Voice of Learning and Experience by Lee Slonimsky

Joe Benevento is a fascinating and original poet, a master of, among several varieties of poetry, the poem that tells a story.


Review of Richard Burgin’s Don’t Think by Miriam Kotzin

Richard Burgin's Don’t Think is a superb book, a remarkable addition to his substantial, impressive oeuvre.


Review of Sarah Kennedy’s The King’s Sisters by Courtney Watson

Richard Burgin's Don’t Think is a superb book, a remarkable addition to his substantial, impressive oeuvre.


Nonobjectivity As A Crisis Of Subjectivity by Donald Kuspit

Modern science and modern art are opposed, however much they have a certain uncanny resemblance.


The Semiotic Anti-Subject: Postmodernism's Repudiation of Subjectivity by Donald Kuspit

What is postmodernism? There are all too many definitions, all agreeing on only one thing: something has changed, socioartistically as well as aesthetically.


‘A Becoming Exit’: Suicide of Honor in Seneca, Shakespeare, and Mishima by Paul D. Green

It is a common misconception that classical antiquity approved of and defended all forms of suicide.


Review of Laurel Blossom’s Longevity by Miriam Kotzin

Laurel Blossom’s sixth collection of poetry, Longevity, is a stunner, one of the important long poems of the 21st century.


Poet, Guitarist, Painter: a Review of Elizabeth J. Coleman’s Fifth Generation by Lee Slonimsky

...the author’s spiritual perspective merges with a musical ear and an unerring gift for language to create a highly fulfilling experience for the reader.


Review of Daniel Mark Epstein’s Dawn to Twilight: New and Selected Poems by Miriam Kotzin

The arrival of a volume of new and selected poems by an accomplished poet is a much-anticipated event, as was Daniel Mark Epstein’s Dawn to Twilight, which rewards the reader from the early poems through the most recent, confirming that Epstein is a superb poet and translator.


Review of Carol Lipszyc's The Saviour Shoes and Other Stories by Paul D. Green

Why, one might ask, is there a need for yet another book on the Holocaust? That’s a fair question. Here are two valid responses.


Review of Lee Slonimsky's Pythagore, Amoureux, Pythagoras in Love, Sonnets (translation by Elizabeth J. Coleman) by Licia Hahn

The timeless themes and spare elegance of Slonimsky’s poetry and Coleman’s beautiful translation resonate long after each reading.


Review of Robert Zaller’s Speaking to Power by Miriam Kotzin

Robert Zaller’s Speaking to Power is an impressive collection of superb poetry that evinces the author’s wide-ranging knowledge and indicates a passion for justice.