Issue 38 – Nonfiction

Visual Art

Beginning Nature Again: Joe Danciger’s Landscape Paintings
by Donald Kuspit

Light is everywhere, indeed, the sycamore seems made of light, giving it a ghostly aura.   The medium may not be all for Danciger—after all, he’s representing an external observed reality—as the modernist critic Clement Greenberg argued it is for an abstract painter, but he is clearly a master of it, as his vigorous painterliness indicates.


Book Reviews

Review of Colette Inez’s The Luba Poems
by Alexis Levitin

Fifty years ago, dining at the Eberharts in Hanover, New Hampshire, Robert Lowell leaned towards me like a stricken man and said, with painful gravity, “Macbeth is very, very dark. The only thing that saves it is the poetry.”


Review of Lee Slonimsky’s Red-Tailed Hawk on Wall Street
by David Beckman

How many poets plant their flag where Wall Street and poetry intersect? Wallace Stevens stood at a similarly unusual corner, that of the insurance business and poetry. But Stevens never attempted to capture his corporate geography in his poems.


Review of Lewis Turco’s The Hero Enkidu
by Miriam N. Kotzin

To say that Lewis Turco’s The Hero Enkidu is clever, is to understate its virtues both as a page-turner action story and as an accomplished poem